Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Love Under the Stars (The Brashear Series Book 1) by Kathleen Shoop #review #giveaway

 I have a new book recommendation for you if you like historical fiction and romance. This book is called Love Under the Stars by Kathleen shoop. This is the first book I have read by her and after this, I will be looking up some of her other books to read! This book was not only good but interesting and based on true people which was also cool to me.

Love Under The Stars is inspired by the true story of John & Phoebe Brashear. If you never heard of John well, he developed telescopes and lenses that people still use today. The story is set in the early 1860s in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. John is a young man who is fascinated by physics and astrology but also helps with sermons at his local church. He also helps teach Sunday school which is where he meets Phoebe who he instantly falls in love with. 

Phoebe lives with her strict, unconventional family. She is responsible and a hard worker taking care of her parents and siblings. She cooks, cleans, cares for the younger children, and helps out at church Sunday school as well. She has grown up knowing she is to stay single and help with the fourteen people living in the household. When she meets John she begins to start seeing life differently which is hard on her because she must choose her family or her heart. Can she figure out a way to love John and start a life with him as well as fulfill her duties to her family without hurting anyone? 

This book takes you back in history and makes you see how different life was. We think it was simple back then but I feel it's just as hard just different. I absolutely loved this book! It kept me intrigued until the very end! I definitely recommend this book and I can't wait to read more of Kathleen's books. Get your copy today! 


1861, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 

Inspired by the true story of John and Phoebe Brashear who developed telescopes and lenses that are still in use today, Love Under the Stars brings the beginnings of their journey to life. Set against the steel mills of Pittsburgh, a young man has a mind for astronomy and physics, the gifted hands of a millwright, and the heart of a minister. Conflicted about which life path to take, he is further confounded when the love of his life shows up teaching Sunday school in the classroom next to his. 

Phoebe Stewart is headstrong, responsible, and meticulous about her role as a baker and cook in her family's household. Despite her whip-smart mind, she understands that she will live a single woman's life with her family and revels in the caring and feeding fourteen household members. Then she meets John Brashear. He opens her eyes to a universe of heavenly bodies, a world of possibility beyond the walls of her home. 

Torn between the love growing between the two and Phoebe's devotion to her family, they navigate a path to where they can announce their plans to marry and buy a little home up on the South Side Slopes. It all seems to make sense… until it doesn’t. Can John and Phoebe fulfill their obligations while being true to their hearts? Can they make their dreams come true?

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About Kathleen Shoop
Bestselling author, Kathleen Shoop, holds a PhD in reading education and has more than 20 years of experience in the classroom. She writes historical fiction, women’s fiction and romance. Shoop’s novels have garnered various awards in the Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY), Eric Hoffer Book Awards, Indie Excellence Awards, Next Generation Indie Book Awards, Readers’ Favorite and the San Francisco Book Festival. Kathleen has been featured in USA Today and the Writer’s Guide to 2013. Her work has appeared in The Tribune-Review, four Chicken Soup for the Soul books and Pittsburgh Parent magazine. Kathleen coordinates Mindful Writing Retreats and is a regular presenter at conferences for writers.

I adore writing historical fiction (The Letter series, After the Fog and Donora Stories that are coming soon!) but am having a blast writing romance like Home Again, Return to Love and Tending Her Heart (Endless Love series). Thank you so much for the time you take to read.

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1 comment:

kathie said...

Thank you so much for reading and sharing your thoughts on Love Under the Stars. It was so fun to write and I appreciate that you liked it!!