If you like a sweet enduring romance that can survive anything, even an alien possession, this might be the lite scifi romance you have been looking for. From A Distant Star isn’t as polished as something from a publishing house, but for an indie (and an indie price), it isn’t too bad. I think if you still want to read it after the first sentence of this introduction,you have a good shot at enjoying this. On the other hand, if you snorted a beverage out of your nose when you read the intro sentence, you should probably pass. I gave it a shot, and it does have some redeeming qualities, but it ultimately pushed my suspension of disbelief too far. I also felt this way about one of the same author’s contemporary mysteries, though, so I might just not be a fan. I gave it three strange stars. It publishes May 19, 2015
No one was around when something crashed behind the barn late one night. No one even paid much attention to the noise because they were keeping vigil around Luke’s deathbed. When Luke makes a miraculous recovery and government agents show up searching for something that fell from the sky, Emma, Luke’s devoted girlfriend, begins to believe it wasn’t her love that brought him back. Something is different about Luke, but Emma isn’t willing to settle for anything less than her soulmate, and she will do anything to get him back, even if it means believing the impossible. True romantics will sigh over the certain and unshakeable love that Emma feels for Luke, the type of love that makes even insurmountable obstacles easy to ignore. And though readers mostly encounter the real Luke through memories, it is easy to see why Emma thinks he is worth fighting for. This is a quick and easy read, paced to introduce the situation without drawing out any part of the action for too long. The SciFi elements are simple and readers won’t have any trouble with the mechanics, but they are expected to accept some rather vague explanations, so think SciFi Lite. This is a far-fetched premise and the blurb makes that pretty clear, so be prepared to suspend your disbelief for the entirety of the book. Strangely enough, I had a harder time accepting the examples of human kindness that Emma encounters more than anything else. The narrative begins from a unique perspective, and I can’t help but wish it circled back and ended with that perspective to wrap things up, but it had a satisfying ending. The decision to give “Luke” a distinctive voice was completely reasonable, but it does result in some choppy prose and dialogue.
I received an invitation to read this book from the author via Goodreads and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.