Of Sunlight and Stardust

Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
Categories: LGBT, Romance
4.5 out of 5 stars (743 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

After the death of his wife, Tanner Rowe takes a step toward making her dying wish come true and buys the house with the dilapidated barn she'd been inexplicably drawn to in the picturesque Upper Peninsula. But after a year, he still can't get past his grief long enough to make the repairs he'd promised.   

Recently out of prison, Cole Lachlan has little to his name. Homeless, broke, and without many options as a felon, Cole heads to Red Bluff with hopes of a second chance. There he meets Tanner, whose loneliness mirrors his own, and soon Cole is trading room and board for rebuilding the burned-out barn on Tanner's property that hasn't been touched in 70 years.   

Turns out, the barn holds more secrets than either of them could have imagined. After unearthing a hidden journal from 1948, Cole and Tanner spend their evenings poring over the pages, reading about a young man pining after his best friend. The deeper they delve into this forbidden affair from the past, the more Cole and Tanner's own relationship shifts - from acquaintances to friends...to undeniable attraction.   

But as they begin to deal with the newness of falling in love in the wake of Tanner's loss and Cole's past, they also become more determined to unravel the mystery of the young lovers who've captured their hearts, the rumors about the fire, and what really happened that fateful night.

©2018 Christina Lee and Riley Hart (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

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I rated high but I don't LIKE the ending.

I don't like books I cry at the ending. This book is well written, I LOVE Tristian James on anything. But I will not listen to this tear jerker again! I don't read books to cry !

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A Nonlinear Story With Heart

Wow. I loved the layers in this, between a past story and a present story. The past story takes place as journal entries that the current characters read together, so it alternates between present and past. It shows a good contrast from intolerance to acceptance for the LGBT community across decades.

This is also achingly sweet and wildly sexy. It held my full attention.

Narration is good.

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Love is so Beautiful

This book was sad but encouraging at the same time. Tanner and Cole’s connection is fated. I loved that we got to see almost 2 love stories. How they became a couple but also the struggles they faced. I can’t even imagine and I am glad I don’t have to but to have understanding and compassion for someone else situation is key in evolving. Or at least that is how I feel.

Cole has so much to work through and Tanner is so understanding because of his own past that even if he didn’t know it he was helping Cole.
And it was kind of the same for Cole, helping Tanner it really is a beautiful story of love.

I am glad I picked this up.

The narration was good a little different than I am used to but I still really enjoyed the book and the voices.

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Sweet but heartbreaking love stories

A few months ago a friend recommended this book to me and ever since I’ve hoped it would be released in audio. Mid May I got my wish and so my journey began with Tanner Rowe and Cole Lachlan. They are both living day to day, but for different reasons. A year ago Tanner lost his wife to cancer. She was the love of his life and the reason he bought the house he now lives in. It was her dying wish for him to live there, restore the burnt barn and find happiness again. But still after all this time he can’t do it. He lives in the house, barely existing. Until Cole comes walking into his life asking to borrow fishing equipment. Offering Cole a place to stay and three meals a day in exchange for him doing repairs to the barn is the perfect solution to both of them.

Cole is freshly out of prison, he has no job, home or money to his name. He’s also determined to do whatever it takes to never go back there again. Turns out, finding a job with a felony record is a lot tougher than he counted on so when Tanner offered him a place to stay in return of some repairs he was more than happy to take him up on the offer. As soon as he entered the barn he felt a presence, knew that it held secrets and not long after he found a hidden journal from 1948. A journal written by a young man in love with his best friend.

The story was predictable but still sweet. It’s divided into two timelines as we follow both Cole and Tanner’s journey of healing, friendship and then attraction and love. But we also follow the two young men from the journal, them falling in love how their relationship went from best friends to madly in love. The difficulties and danger of being in love with another man in the 1940’s. Both love stories were sweet, at times bittersweet and sad, but definitely worth every emotion it wrings from you. The ending was a bit much and farfetched, but then again you can’t always get it all and I was happy enough with the rest of it.

This book was narrated by both Tristan James and Kale Williams. Their dual narration was I’d like to say like a dance - no more like synchronized swimming. They switched of perfectly, had the same pacing and passion, and volume. It was seamless and beautiful. They worked really, really well together. It was almost too perfect in a way, they were too much alike.

Sometimes a dual narration makes sense, where the different narrators bring different skill sets to the table, different voices. To distinguish between different POV’s a bit more when it’s just one narrator. That was not the case here. Listening to audiobooks should be effortless in my opinion. It shouldn’t require a conscious effort on the listeners’ part to follow along the story, at least not in terms of who, where and when. Both Kale Williams and Tristan James have so similar voices and way of narration that you needed to really focus to know who was narrating and if it was the past or the present. I’m not saying that it was in any way bad – it just felt unnecessary for the dual narration as either Williams or James could and would have narrated the whole book with the same result.

A copy of this book was generously provided by the authors in exchange for an honest review for Love Bytes.

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Beautiful tearjerker

Wow this was magical! A true love story and perfect for a movie! Treat yourself with this one it moved my soul.

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Narration Made It Better Story

The duo narration of James and Williams lifted the story, making it above average.

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Touching Story

Wow what a heart felt story. I can admit crying at the end (good tears).

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Great story, terrible narration

This is a lovely story but Cole’s narrator is so bad it round half the book.
His voice is raspy and nasal, he makes Cole sound old and haggard even if he’s supposed to be in his late 20s / early 30s. He also makes Tommy sound feminine and young when he’s supposed to be in his 20s

The written book would be a better purchase

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Narrators made it hard to listen.

I wanted to love this story but the recording was done poorly and the narrators sounded very stilted. maybe this was an earlier version.

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Sweet, GFY story

Overall, I thought this book was interesting and held my interest throughout. However, the gay for you story line was a bit of a stretch. :-)

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  • Hussain
  • 08-11-20

Amazing

Great story and amazing narration , there is more substance and quality to this story than in other M/M romantic stories

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-07-20

would have been so much better without the sex

kinda difficult to finish. The main story was well written and intriguing, but the sex scenes read more like a 13 year old's fanfiction, very sloppy and inexperienced.

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  • Culwen
  • 06-30-20

You need imagination as author does not provide it

There's rarely any description of the area, the people or the even the characters other than the bland basics. If you ask me where this was set and what kind of town did they live in. I would shrug.

Love stories tend to fall into this style of writing but unfortunately this audiobook did not get me excited. This style is more of an audio description. He did this. He did that. He said this. He stopped. As if a teenager wrote it.

They have two parallel stories yet their narration choice was to have an husky older man read one protagonist point of view and then a younger man speak for the other protagonist. I don't see the point as both characters seem to have thoughts regardless of the named chapter. Also having the "historic" story read by same voice actors just confused things as there's no differentiation. This proves to me the level of performance and story. I would assume a part is about the main protagonist but find out it's the historic pair. Or vice versa.

Sadly, unless you're looking for a mediocre love story, I would pass on this.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-03-20

love story of mating souls

absolutely loved this 😍😍
a tale of two guys who fall in love as they find out the story behind the burnt out barn from 1948
story highlights how far we have come from, how wrong people thought back then
narration was good, the two narrators complement each other

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  • Katie townsend
  • 08-24-19

beautiful moving powerful

of sunlight and stardust was such a beautiful and incredible story

Tanner and Cole stole my heart from the moment I met them

Tanner and Cole journey was a story that you could feel everything in your heart and soul and I mean happiness tears pain heartbreaking moments and heartwarming moments

By the time I finished of sunlight and stardust my heart was so full

kale Williams and tristan james did such a beautiful job of bringing tanner and cole and there journey to life and they made me feel every emotion aswell it was perfect

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-03-19

Wow

A must read!! Beautiful story bought tears to my eyes . just beautiful!!! So glad I read it.

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  • Nadine
  • 06-05-20

Forbidden Love

Tom and Charlie were men ahead of their time beautiful souls. Taken too soon but would be instrumental in being the influence in the lives of others. Especially Tanner and Coles. A beautifully written heart breaking triumphant story

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  • Alan
  • 06-17-19

Tender, moving & heart-warming

Life has treated Cole and Tanner harshly. When Cole does some work on Tanner’s farm, they slowly start to heal. They find a old diary which shows they are not the first same-sex couple to live on the farm, and the book follows both couples’ storylines. I always enjoy romances where the narration alternates between the two main characters and this was no exception. Both performances were excellent!

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  • Donna Hirsch
  • 05-31-19

Dual narration perfect

Wow T and C and Emma are all revived. What an amazing story. Emma and Tanner visit a place where there is a barn that has been damaged by a fire. Emma wants the property but dies before and makes her husband to promise to buy it. Cole has been released from jail and is trying to find work when he meets Tanner he is going to restore the barn. He finds a Journal by Tom from 1948. He has 2 best friends Paige and Charlie. Tom and Charlie fall in love and the story follows both Tom and Charlie as well as Tanner and Cole. An amazing story