Monday, February 15, 2016

Silent Stars of Bethlehem By Laura Hodges Poole

From the time she was a child, Carly Shepherd has gazed at the silent stars in the night sky of her home town of Bethlehem, North Carolina. With her childhood overshadowed by her father’s abandonment and mother’s alcoholism, she wonders how anyone can believe in an equally silent God. After all, she’s not felt his presence any more than her earthly father. Though she remembers Christmas pageants and attending church as a child, she no longer has any use for what she considers fairy tales. 

Drew Middleton is seeking shelter from a rain storm when he walks into Carly’s vendor tent at a fall festival, but he’s quickly taken with the talented artist and her creations. Feeling an instant connection, Carly is confused by her feelings, especially when she realizes his spiritual commitment. 

Dealing with a wayward brother and career opportunities that may require relocation, Drew knows now is not the best time to begin a relationship, especially with someone who doesn’t share his faith. 

Carly’s past and their chance of future together collide when she’s snared into refurbishing sets for a Christmas pageant with Drew’s help. 

Will Drew’s love and their shared experience bring about a spiritual awakening in Carly this Christmas? Or will time run out as the stars continue to shine silently over Bethlehem?

Laura Hodges Poole

Laura Hodges Poole is a Christian writer with dozens of articles, devotions, and short stories in publication. She is a 2014 American Christian Fiction Writers Genesis semi-finalist and a 2012 Romance Writers of America Emily finalist (second place) in Christian fiction. Laura is also an Associate Editor with ChristianDevotions.Us ministry and a member of the Christian PEN. She freelances as a ghostwriter/collaborator. 

Laura's passion is encouraging others in their Christian walk through her blog, "A Word of Encouragement," at She may be contacted at Follow her on Twitter @ Laura_Poole. Connect with her on Facebook at!/LauraHodgesPoole.

My Review
Silent Stars of Bethlehem
By Laura Hodges Poole

I really enjoyed this Christmas story. A sweet romance. First book that I have read by Laura, but loved the characters. They are very realistic people you just might meet next door. Well written. A love story of faith and love. Carly has grown up with a bad family life and has lost her faith in God or if there is even a God. She ends up working on a Christmas pageant which she remembers from her childhood but to her they are like fairy tales. Carly meets Drew working on the pageant he falls for her, but one problem is her beliefs. He knows he shouldn't even think about dating her because they are not equally yoked. Can he help her find her faith? Will the Christmas Spirit get a hold of Carly? 

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