Matt Beaulieu was two years old the first time he held Elle McClure in his arms, seventeen when he first kissed her under a sky filled with shooting stars, and thirty-three when they wed. Now in their late thirties, the deeply devoted couple has everything - except the baby they've always wanted.
When a tragic accident leaves Elle brain-dead, Matt is devastated. Though he cannot bear losing her, he knows his wife, a thoughtful and adventurous scientist, feared only one thing - a slow death. Just before Matt agrees to remove Elle from life support, the doctors discover that she is pregnant. Now what was once a clear-cut decision becomes an impossible choice. Matt knows how much this child would have meant to Elle. While there is no certainty her body can sustain the pregnancy, he is sure Elle would want the baby to have a chance. Linney, Matt's mother, believes her son is blind with denial. She loves Elle, too, and insists that Elle would never want to be kept alive by artificial means, no matter what the situation.
Divided by the love they share, driven by principle, Matt and Linney fight for what each believes is right, and the result is a disagreement that escalates into a controversial legal battle, ultimately going beyond one family and one single life.
Told with sensitivity and compassion, The Promise of Stardust is an emotionally resonant and thought-provoking tale that raises profound questions about life and death, faith and medicine - and illuminates, with beauty and grace, the power of love to wound...and to heal.
©2013 Priscille Marcille Sibley (P)2013 HarperCollinsPublishers
This is my granddaughter's picture! She is my love.
The girl next door and her lifetime love! After a tragic teen love and pregnancy, this couple separate, grow up, find other loves, then come back together only to be torn apart again. The story was never gloomy, although it was sad and tough, there is a sparkle that kept me interested and involved. I loved the characters, the situations, how everything was described. The timing was perfect, the story kept me involved, and in the end, I left with a smile. That is what I want in a story even if it is uncomfortable.
There aren't enough words to describe how much I loved this book. I loved how real the story is and how the arc of the book makes you look at your own thoughts and beliefs. I loved how it yanked on my heart strings and kept me needing to turn each page, unable to stop reading just to find out more. It's not an easy book to read due to the emotions it can bring up, but I still highly recommend this book.
This is a great beach read because it's fast-paced and has an ethical question at its core... but it was a bit over the top in terms of the set-up. I think it would've seemed a bit less fantastical if the main character hadn't been an astronaut.
The main character --- listening to his thoughts and emotions on losing his wife and potentially losing his child.
That....it ended HAPPY. No one wants to read a book about someone pulling the "plug" or cutting off the life support to viable baby.... that is wanted.
He captured the essence of the main character so well. I would read more books by him.
This book is hard to read because it takes on the battle of Pro-Life VS Pro-Choice. However, I think in the end... everyone who reads this book will be happy. Ell gets what she has always wanted.... a family and to not suffer.
This book made me cry ---- laugh ---- and I so enjoyed the characters stories and loved them as they all unfolded. This story actually seemed like this could have been someone's life story. I am so glad the author chose to save the baby -
Matt's ability to withstand adversity even when his whole family stood against him saving the baby and ending Ell's life.... is so admirable. Glad I purchased this book and will buy more from this author!!
Absolutely!!! The book was perfect! The narrator was perfect for this book. Beautifully written.
The story could have been a true story!!! It seemed so real. It makes you think about life and death and what you would do.
The main character
Yes, I cried in several different parts.
This book is a very touchy subject. I read a previous comment about being pro choice, and so they couldn't read it. The book is wonderful whether you are pro life or pro choice. It is a MUST listen!!!!
Amazing, unbelievable, spellbinding
None, one of a kind
What can I say about this book? Nothing but you HAVE TO READ IT! Amazing story.............
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