Choices. Life is all about choices from the smallest to the largest they affect our lives every day. From what time we get up in the morning, or whom we choose to date or whether or not to trust a past loved one…every choice matters. But what is the most important choice a person can make in their life? In Marian Keye’s latest work The Brightest Star in the Sky, we really see some bright and brilliant work built upon the premise of one choice that is about to be made.
An unseen observer is following the lives of the individuals at 66 Star Street, and watching as their stories weave in and out in a vastly large array of choices, the observer is watching so they may make a choice of the very own. From the elderly psychic, the unreliable lover to the seemingly happy married couple, we get a glimpse into the present and past of a spectacularly abundant cast of characters. Keyes makes magic by creating an enormous cast of characters while still investing the reader in each one by developing such depth to their personalities and lives, we cannot help but to read on. She gains our interest in what will happen to them and the choices they will make. She makes us a part of their world. In my opinion Keyes has mastered the art of the large character ensemble in this book, she has created a read that cannot be put down and you wish will never end. And yet in the end she still manages to surprise you, just when you thought you knew everyone. A wonderful read especially for readers who enjoy a multiple cast novel with in depth detail and an amazing plot. I highly recommend this book to all readers especially lovers of popular fiction and those who enjoy novels set in Europe in the modern day, The Brightest Star in the Sky is based in Dublin. For more informtation please see the summary below:
Marian Keyes’s inimitable blend of rollicking humor, effervescent prose, and stories that deal with real-life issues have captivated readers around the globe. She is one of the bestselling authors of women’s fiction in the English-speaking world. Her new novel will delight fans of Candace Bushnell’s darkly comic sensibility and Sophie Kinsella’s fast-paced action. The Brightest Star in the Sky follows seven neighbors whose lives become entangled when a sassy and prescient spirit pays a visit to their Dublin townhouse with the intent of changing at least one of their lives.
But what will this metamorphosis be and who will the sprite choose? There’s Matt and Maeve, the newlyweds struggling to overcome the first obstacle in their storybook romance; Lydia, the brassy but vulnerable cabbie; Katie, the just-turned-forty PR executive searching for a more gratifying life; and the eldest resident, Jemima, currently playing hostess to her son Fionn, who is in town to star as the hunky gardener in a hot new television show.
Keyes’s universal themes and appealing characters have made her an international phenomenon, and are sure to conquer a wider American audience. With The Brightest Star in the Sky, she delivers another satisfying story charming in its wit and surprising in its depth.