There Will Be Stars by Billy Coffey

Friday, May 13, 2016

About the book:

No one in Mattingly ever believed Bobby Barnes would live to see old age. Drink would either rot Bobby from the inside out or dull his senses just enough to send his truck off the mountain on one of his nightly rides. Although Bobby believes such an end possible—and even likely—it doesn’t stop him from taking his twin sons Matthew and Mark into the mountains one Saturday night. A sharp curve, blinding headlights, metal on metal, his sons’ screams. Bobby’s final thought as he sinks into blackness is a curious one—there will be stars.

Yet it is not death that greets him beyond the veil. Instead, he returns to the day he has just lived and finds he is not alone in this strange new world. Six others are trapped there with him.

Bobby soon discovers that rather than the place of peace he had been led to believe he was in, it’s actually a place of secrets and hidden dangers. Along with three others, he seeks to escape, even as the world around him begins to crumble. The escape will lead some to greater life, others to endless death . . . and Bobby Barnes to understand the deepest nature of love.
Paperback, 416 pages
Published May 3rd 2016 by Thomas Nelson 
About Billy:
Billy and his wife, Joanne, live with their two children in the foothills of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains. A product of his small-town locale, Billy counts as assets his rural authenticity, unwavering sense of purpose, and insatiable curiosity--all of which tend to make his front porch a comfortably crowded place.
My Take~
As I read this book I felt as if I was following a trail of bread crumbs, with each one containing a nugget of the story. Each of these characters tugged at my heart strings, Laura-Beth's story brought tears to my eyes as I could relate to her, and I just wanted to reach through the pages and give her a hug. I was also reminded of something I was taught in a communications class, if a video camera was focused on you would your behavior be different than if you weren't being taped. It made me think about my behavior and how I am seen by not only my family and friends, but strangers. Do they see the reflection of Christ in me? I sure hope so because that is my desire.

Don't miss this book! It will be one of my faves for the year, and I am going to go back and read all of the books in Billy's Mattingly series.

I received this book free from Billy Coffey/Thomas Nelson Publishers in exchange for an honest review, I did not receive any monetary compensation.


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