Mira, Jan 2002, 22.95, 384 pp.
When his Mexican village and four neighboring hamlets high in the clouds are destroyed as Rafael defeats the Rain God, he leaves in exile for America using the name Rafe McClure. He accepts a job as a stable hand in the Forsythe's FoxHaven estate in Virginia. Rafe's natural talent and his love for horses come to the attention of Brooke Blair, whose mother Marla is an informal member of the Forsythe family through her relationship with her best friend Carolyn. Brooke and Carolyn's daughter Lily are not only best friends, but raised as sisters.
After receiving medical treatment in Europe, Lily returns home to an apparent suicide murder as Brooke's mother and her father are dead. Unable to cope, Brooke flees FoxHaven leaving Lily to cope with the aftermath. Now years later Brooke has returned to FoxHaven only to see the intimacy between her “sister” and the man she loves, but left behind.
Best-selling author Katherine Stone usually provides her fans with a pearl of a novel, but her latest tale seems disjointed as if the wonderful writer could not decide between a contemporary triangle and a fantasy romance. The story line of STAR LIGHT, STAR BRIGHT contains several intriguing subplots, but the two prime themes never merge in spite of three strong and delightful charcaters. The contemporary aspects with its mystery and relationship drama is a powerhouse, but the fantasy elements remain out of place and never fully integrate. Though not one of her brighter lights, the audience will still enjoy Ms. Stone's latest tale.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner