Swearing Off Stars

Danielle Wong (Author)
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Description

Amelia Cole―Lia for short―is one of the first women studying abroad at Oxford University in the 1920s. Finally free from her overbearing Brooklyn parents, she finds a welcome sense of independence in British college life. Lia quickly falls for Scarlett Daniels, an aspiring actress and hardheaded protester. Scarlett introduces her to an exciting gender-equality movement with high stakes. But when their secret love clashes with political uprising, their relationship is one of the casualties. Years later, Lia's only memories of Scarlett are obscured by the glossy billboards she sees advertising the actress's new films. But when a mysterious letter surfaces, she is immediately thrown back into their unsettled romance. Lia's travels span oceans and continents in her search for Scarlett. Spread across time and place, their story is one of desire, adventure, and ultimately, devotion. Lia will stop at nothing to win Scarlett back, but she soon realizes that uncovering lost love might not be attainable after all.

Product Details

Price
$16.95  $15.59
Publisher
She Writes Press
Publish Date
October 03, 2017
Pages
280
Dimensions
5.5 X 0.8 X 8.4 inches | 0.8 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781631522840
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About the Author

Danielle Wong is an emerging author living in San Francisco. Writer by day and reader by night, she loves creating and consuming all forms of media. Beyond her love of writing, Danielle is a passionate traveler and photographer. She was fortunate enough to tag along on her father's business trips during childhood, and has explored more than 25 different countries. Seeing so much of the world at a young age shaped her unique perspective on life. Her writing has been published on several websites, including The Huffington Post, USA Today, and Her Campus. She has a short story published in Be The Star You Are For Teens, and is currently working on her next novel.

Reviews

2018 Reader's Favorites Book Awards Gold Medal in Fiction--Historical 2018 International Book Awards Winner in Fiction: LGBTQ 2018 Independent Press Award Winner in Women's Fiction 2018 Independent Press Award Winner in LGBTQ Fiction 2018 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Winner in First Novel (Under 60,000 words) 2018 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Finalist in LGBTQ2 2018 National Indie Excellence Awards Finalist in LGBTQ Fiction 2018 National Indie Excellence Awards Finalist in Women's Fiction 2018 IBPA Ben Franklin Awards Finalist in Fiction: Romance "Setting her first novel against tumultuous world events, Wong focuses foremost on the romantic relationship between her main characters. She reveals a gift for writing place, especially scenes in Hong Kong, where Scarlett, now a movie star, is on set. A star-crossed story for lovers of romantic and character-centric historical fiction." --Booklist
"Wong's style is imagery-laden and captivating, with floating, seamless prose...No relationship is easy to maintain, but this story is a heartfelt exploration of the ways in which relationships are absolutely necessary." --Foreword Review, 5 stars
"A tempestuous, fiery page-turner that will leave you aching and begging for more, Swearing Off Stars is a novel with both great heart and unforgettable characters." -- San Francisco Book Review, 5 out of 5 stars
"Wong's novel succeeds in creating congenial characters with an undying commitment to women's liberation in education, careers, and relationships, particularly those bonds that are stigmatized...An engaging romantic tale that also calls for equality." --Kirkus Reviews
"Swearing Off Stars is easily one of the most beautiful books I have read. It is joyful, heart-wrenching, and defiant in the face of any opposition to telling the stories of women like Lia and Scarlett. I would recommend this book to any woman, whether part of the LGBT community or not, who wants a reminder that we do have a place in history." -- Manhattan Book Review, five out of five stars
"A fiery page-turner that will leave you begging for more! 5 Stars!" --Cynthia Brian, New York Times best-selling author
"Wong writes a fiery and fantastic novel featuring two women who find true love with one another...Swearing Off Stars is a truly wonderful novel." --RT Book Reviews
"A captivating book for all readers who believe in the power of love." --Betty Hafner, author of Not Exactly Love: A Memoir
"A novel with great heart and unforgettable characters...Oxford student movements, movie star solitudes, desperation and hope, all entwine in this captivating story. --Vamsee Juluri, author of Saraswati's Intelligence
"A new kind of romance is unveiled in Danielle M. Wong's heartfelt story of first love and suspense....This story of uncovering lost love and finding your true soul mate is sure to earn a front row seat on your bookshelf."
-- Brit + Co, "21 New Books to Read This Fall"
"...a passionate love story where the heroines have to fight against prejudices...The book is well crafted in a vivid style."
-- Lamorinda Weekly
"Swearing Off Stars is a very beautiful and engaging story with memorable characters and well-developed themes...The story is intelligently plotted, emotionally intense, and beguiling."
-- Readers' Favorite (5 out of 5)
"An LGBT romance? Yes. A story set in Britain? Yes. During the 1920s gender equality movement? Yes, yes, yes."
-- HelloGiggles
"A beautifully written and heart-wrenching romance, spanning decades and continents, Swearing Off Stars is a captivating must read."
-- BuzzFeed
"...for anyone who wants a light romance..."
-- Historical Novels Review
"The novel spans decades and continents as we watch our characters grow, separately and together... Over the years, their relationship is many things at once - tumultuous, steamy, addictive - and, most importantly for the reader, never boring... Swearing Off Stars is tough to put down, spanning many decades and following Lia's many relationships, romantic and otherwise. I'm looking forward to seeing where in world history Danielle M. Wong's next romance novel will land." -- LAMBDA Literary "Swearing Off Stars by Danielle M. Wong tells the spellbinding tale of secret love and gender equality...an engrossing, thought provoking novel that will be enjoyed by all readers of quality fiction." --Reader Views