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Friday, July 23, 2010

Stars In The Night - Book Review

Everyone has always dreamed of moving to Hollywood with the hopes of becoming the next big star with their name in lights.

That’s what Rosemary Shaeffer had hoped when she convinced her mom and dad to let her leave her small town in Indiana at the height of World War 2 to head for Hollywood to make it big.

Her parents only relented and gave her their blessing if she remained in contact with them faithfully with a weekly phone call, otherwise she’d be on the next bus headed home.

Her older sister, Audra, is finally getting her big break after finishing up at law school to try her very first case as a woman. Finally life for the Shaeffer sisters is looking up.

Until…one night when Rosemary doesn’t make her routine call home. At first her father brushes it off that she might be at an audition or on a movie set, but they agree to wait until morning hoping that she will call and explain the reason for taking so long to call. Only the call never comes. Audra feels that something isn’t right. Maybe it was the sound in her voice the last time she spoke with Rosemary. Was it trouble with a man?

Leaving nothing to chance, Audra leaves to Hollywood to find out what happened to her sister. Yet when she arrives, she finds a dead body of a woman in her sister’s bathroom and her sister missing. Is her sister the murderer?

After contacting the police, Audra is called to meet the police at the hospital. She is hoping that her sister has been taken there after some accident, but when she arrives, she is asked to identify the body of a woman found in red gown at the park. It’s Rosemary.

How does one call her parents and tell them that they have lost another child? Audra decides to stay in town and try to solve the murder of her sister. As she has to go on is a book of her sisters calendar and a long list of men’s names. Will she be able to find her sister’s murderer? Will she herself become the newest target of something the killer is looking for? What did her sister wind up getting herself involved with to justify murder?

In order to find out, you’ll have to read, Stars in the Night by Cara C. Putnam, in her latest book involving the Hollywood stars that all have ulterior motives to get their names in lights.

I received this book, compliments of Christian Fiction Blog Alliance, for my honest review. For more information regarding this book, the author or where to purchase a copy, you can read more below:

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Stars In The Night
Summerside Press (July 1, 2010)

Cara Putman


A Word From Cara:

I graduated from high school at sixteen, college at 20, and completed my law degree when I was 27.

My writing journey started in 2005 when I decided to write my first novel. Now I have eleven books published with more on the way.

People say I've accomplished a lot and that I must have life by the proverbial tail. Hardly! I grew up as a home schooled kid when home schoolers were misunderstood and oddities.

I struggle with balancing my writing and law career, plus being a good mom and wife.

I often fear people won't like my books.

I've walked through the deep pain of miscarriage.

Really, I'm just like you – I don't have it all together and have gone through tough times. But in His strength, I've discovered a strength I never knew I had. A strength I want you to discover, too.

In the end I'm just an ordinary mom who has seen God do some wonderful things as I've been obedient to step into the calling He's led me into.

Stars in the Night Background

Stars in the Night was an idea that had begun to percolate in my mind. I’d written two World War II series and was actively looking for my next setting. My husband, a huge World War II history buff, and I were kicking ideas around, and I’d decided Hollywood was probably the next place for me. I’d gone to the library and gotten a stack of research books when I got the call. An editor I knew but had never worked with wanted to know if I might be interested in a new line they were starting. As we talked, I got so excited. And then she emailed me their guidelines, which listed that Hollywood was a location they were interested in setting books.

Only God could have known ahead of time. But because I followed His prompting I was ready to run with an idea. Stars in the Night is the result.


Hollywood 1942. When attorney Audra Schaeffer's sister disappears, Audra flies to Hollywood to find her.

Any day Audra might have been flattered by the friendly overtures of Robert Garfield, a real-life movie star. But on the flight from Indianapolis to Hollywood, Audra can think of little else than finding her missing sister. When Audra arrives in the city of glitz and glamour, and stars, and learns her rising starlet sister has been murdered, all thoughts of romance fly away.

Determined to bring the killer to justice, Audra takes a job with the second Hollywood Victory Caravan.

Together with Robert Garfield and other stars, she crisscrosses the southern United States in a campaign to sell war bonds. When two other women are found dead on the train, Audra knows the deaths are tied to that of her sister.

Could the killer be the man with whom she's falling in love?

If you'd like to read an excerpt of Chapter 1 of Stars In The Night, go HERE.

Contest: Lots of opportunities to win and great prizes, and the grand prize contains some of Cara's favorite classic movies as well as all of her WWII novels: Launch Contest!


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