My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Stargazey Point is a fairly typical feel-good story set in the American south complete with the strong but troubled heroine, the unique geography and climate of South Carolina, the love interest that starts out as a possible antagonist, a colorful cast of characters, some moments of humor, and plenty of redemption. Abbie’s horrific past experience and the plight of the town make a bit edgier than most of the genre. Yet I often felt that the events in the novel were just a means to an end. As tortured as Abbie is, she never actually deals with her demons as much as fills the space with her new project and – and maybe this is just me – but I didn’t feel that she and Cab really had that much chemistry. This is a story that needed time to develop and it just didn’t have that. I felt that it was trying too hard to fit into its subgenre and get to the happy ending. Sorry if I spoiled that but it really shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise.