Review: The Brightest Star by B. Cranford


Note: This ARC was provided by the author via Give Me Books Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

Color me pleasantly surprised! I do believe I've just come across a new author worth keeping an eye on in B. Cranford. Her debut release is entitled The Brightest Star and based on what I finished reading, I think she's already a star in the making. This second chance love story had a freshness to it that romance readers who read as much as I do crave. There was hate right alongside the love that never really went away, belated enlightenment on the heels of justified anger, and confusion mingling with understanding. This story elicited it's share of smiles from me courtesy of the lighthearted moments and flirty text exchanges, but this story also caused a few tears to fall as well, thanks to the cause of the breakup and its aftermath. Whether you're a crier or not, prepare for a good story!

Two years ago, Brighton Starling and Sebastian Figures were ready to sign the deed on the house of their dreams, but that day ended up becoming a disaster, one that exposed Sebastian's long-held secret and had him walking away from the only girl he's ever loved. Three years of being together and two years of being apart culminate with Seb making his presence known to Bright once again. He's back in their hometown and he wants nothing more than to be back in her life, but she isn't exactly welcoming him back with open arms. Feelings of hurt and betrayal thrum within Bright, but she also can't deny that the guy she hates is also the guy she still loves. Seb may not have to work hard to get Bright to fall for him once more, but convincing her he's worthy of her trust may be impossible.

I've lost count of how many second chance romances I've read in my lifetime, but suffice it to say that it takes something special to make one stand out for me. The Brightest Star stood out. Whether it be in the direction this first-time author decided to take her story or her giving her characters both an honest yet humorous voice, B. Cranford impressed the heck out of me. Was the book perfect? No, but the definition of the word "perfect" depends on what standards one holds, right? This book came close, checking off nearly all of my boxes. There were times I wanted to shake Brighton and Sebastian and other times that I wanted to give them a hug. They and their story stirred my emotions, and one particular pair of supporting characters tickled my fancy enough to make me cross my fingers for their own novel soon. The Brightest Star is one of the best debut releases for 2017. Five stars. ♥

Release Date: 13 July 2017

Date Read: 11 July 2017

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