I was very kindly asked if I’d like to receive a copy of the fantastic Steve N. Lee’s new novel *As The Stars Fall to review and of course I said yes! I’m usually a crime/thriller type of girl but I will reach for other genres occasionally depending on my mood and the story. This was actually the first book I’ve ever read from this author and I’m so pleased to have found someone new to read. I’ll definitely be looking at getting more of his books to read.
A desperate dog. A scarred girl. A bond nothing can break.
When a young girl suffering with her own tragedy comes across an injured young dog, she can’t resist helping him. Both having braved the worst the world had to throw at them, the pair quickly form an unbreakable bond. They picture their future as an endless stream of adventures filled with love, laughter, and good times.
But life has one last cruel trick to play…
At one moment heart-warming, the next heart-breaking, this is the story of a devoted dog’s rollercoaster journey to be the one thing every good dog dreams of being — a best friend. Through a touching tale, As The Stars Fall explores how compassion can make us whole again and friendship can heal even the most broken of hearts.
About The Author
Apart from animals and writing, Steve’s passion is travel. He’s visited 58 countries and enjoyed some amazing experiences, including cage-diving with great white sharks, sparring with a monk at a Shaolin temple, and watching a turtle lay eggs on a moonlit beach. He’s explored Machu Picchu, Pompeii, and the Great Wall of China, yet for all that, he’s a man of simple tastes — give him an egg sandwich and the TV remote control, and he’ll be happy for hours!
He lives in the North of England with his partner, Ania, and two black cats who graciously allow Steve and Ania to stay in their house.
As The Stars Fall is a fantastically well-written story based on the dogs perspective. It starts off with Dog, a stray on the streets trying to survive and find his family and food. Then an encounter with Hound leaves him injured and his path collides with Mia and Daddy. Dog has only ever been treated badly so doesn’t trust Mia at first but then he starts to let himself feel love and now has a name, Kai.
During the book we discover what happened to Kai’s family, and how Mia and Kai turn each other’s worlds upside down. I love how the author captured Kai’s thoughts and that genuine wonder about the world that fills dogs the way it does with babies. I mean once you have that bond with a dog and it becomes part of your pack it’s forever. I’ve loved growing up with dogs.
Kai is a dog that loves nothing more than solving a mystery or two and has lots of adventures along the way, like discovering the four seasons and travelling on a bus. I don’t want to give too much away but one of my favourite parts was when Kai kept finding scents of dog-not-a-dog, which we soon discover is actually a fox. It will have you giggling, doing happy teeth and it will have you crying. There are so many magical moments shared between Kai and Mia and I suggest you have tissues at the ready.
I absolutely love how you’re right there in the moment with him, you’re reading his thoughts and putting all the clues together to solve the biggest mystery with Kai. It really is such a beautiful book and I often look at my little pooch Jack and wonder what he really thinks, and if he misses where he comes from.
I highly recommend this book to all you animal lovers out there. Wow, this one really took me on an emotional journey and is definitely a book I would read again and again. It really makes you think about life and how far we have come in our experiences and discoveries along the way. A couple of chapters in I was hooked.
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Is this something you could read?? Have you read this?? What did you think??
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