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  • Guide Star

  • A Gripping and Emotional Roller-Coaster of a Novel About Love, Life, and Not Giving Up
  • Written by: Joy Ellis
  • Narrated by: Shiromi Arserio
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (28 ratings)

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Written by: Joy Ellis
Narrated by: Shiromi Arserio
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Publisher's Summary

Stella won't give up, but she doesn't know how to go on.

Stella North, a rising star in the police, has her life torn apart by a gunman's bullets. She has often faced danger, but these injuries mean she must give up the job she loves. Her grandmother Beth is her rock. And Beth is no ordinary woman. At 70, she runs marathons and has a past that Stella knows very little about.

Beth calls in her friend, Michael, to help with Stella's recovery. But this man means a lot more to Beth than she reveals. And Stella's ex-husband, Edward, and old police partner, Robbie, want to help, but Stella puts up emotional barriers, and they have problems of their own. Her old friends from her days of Urbex (exploring old abandoned buildings) offer a glimmer of hope for the future.

©2017 Joy Ellis (P)2020 Tantor

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I was expecting a different story

I was disappointed. I kept listening expecting for an improvement in accordance to my expectations based on previous books by Joy.

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Tried too hard

I usually enjoy this author but I found the story dragged badly and there seemed to be no plot. Disappointed.

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Disappointing and on the sexist side

I found Ms. Ellis different Fenns series entertaining enough though they ventured into the outlandish at times and plots were too similar between the series. However, I had to abandon this one when the main character's main support, her grandmother, and her friend, a supposed expert therapist, treat her like a recalcitrant two year old and the author clearly believes them to be right given how the encounter plays out. For a novel that purports to be about a strong female lead character I found the patronizing patriarchal approach insulting. I realize I can be dismissed as I did not finish the book but I did force myself to get through the first of Ms. Ellis' Matt Ballard series and it just was not worth it.

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very enjoyable!

Love this author and how the characters all overlap with her other books but also stand alone for new readers/listeners.

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Gripping and Emotional Roller-Coaster? No!

I've read most of Joy Ellis' books and that's why I bought this one. Joy Ellis usually writes in the crime/detective/thriller genre. This was actually quite the opposite; it was more of a love story. Personally, I think she should stick with her normal genre. The narrator was awful. Her voice was gravelly and monotonous. I won't be listening to any of the books she narrates. It was a struggle to finish the book and I only did because 1- I usually try my best to finish books I don't like and 2- I wanted to give Joy Ellis the benefit of the doubt... maybe it would get better. Audiobooks are quite unique in that you need both the author and narrator to be awesome in order to create a fantastic product. This was not the case.
While I don't recommend this book, I will give her new books in this genre another try. But label it as it is: It's not crime, not thriller, and not a roller-coaster. This was more of a 'Danielle Steele' or 'Nora Roberts' feel good/love story rather than a 'Joy Ellis'. Nothing wrong with these authors, just not what I was expecting to read.

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Lovely story with a few surprises!

Ties in with my favourite series but had some very personal connections as my son has had a brain injury. Thank you Joy for another great book!

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  • Wayne
  • 2020-02-17

Simply beautiful!

GUIDE STAR is a different novel by Joy Ellis. It's not a mystery/suspense thriller, not at all. If that is what you want this novel will disappoint. It is a novel about not giving up even when the odds are stacked against you. British actress Shiromi Arserio does a wonderful job of narration.

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  • cheryl Gumm
  • 2022-04-26

not my thing

I am just not entertained by romance novels. otherwise if it's your thing the story is well written and the characters are interesting

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-02-17

Not a mystery/thriller

Why did this book pop up in my mystery/thriller search?

It's by Joy Ellis and I like a lot of her other stuff. I stuck with it to the end in the hope that someone would be murdered. No such luck. Dull. dull. dull.

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  • Michael
  • 2020-05-05

What a lovely, encouraging story!

An enjoyable cast, nice story and well read. Not Ellis’s normal genre but a few familiar characters woven in to this gentle story about friends, family and real life. Very enjoyable.

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  • Ásrún Kristjánsdóttir
  • 2020-02-10

Nothing happens to these ordinary people...

I i usualy realy like joy ellis books. I was therefore very surprised to be listening to a joy ellis book where no exiting events take place. I waited all the way to capter 16 for the storry to begin,,,but finaly gave upp,,,could not care less about what happened ro these people.
The story was well read. That could have saved something,,it did,,,but not enough.

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  • Marghi Kilmer
  • 2023-01-12

Departure for Ellis, well worth it!

I’ve listened to so many of Joy Ellis’ police procedural and mysteries, which I love. This book, though, is completely different! No criminals, no murders…..and I truly enjoyed it. Just as Stella and her friends explore hidden parts of landscape, so does this book.
Ellis creates interesting, likeable characters and now I can’t wait to listen to some of the police books I haven’t heard yet!

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  • DianneHMB
  • 2022-04-23

Charming.

Loved the narrator who wove a basket containing complicated lives and emotions. The story was human and full of flaws. How good it felt to be able to share a happy ending. Resolve to move forward and live in the present is to be admired.

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  • Lynn M Vogt
  • 2022-04-08

Stick to crime Joy!

Not her best effort. After listening to her Fens books narrated by Armetage this one seemed flat. And Marie sounded Asian not Welsh!

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  • Anna Noggins
  • 2022-02-16

Disappointing

I love Joy Ellis but this one was disappointing. I kept expecting something to happen but it never picked up. It is sweet, kind, reassuring - a bit like a hallmark movie.

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  • LuvBks
  • 2021-06-27

Not to old to enjoy family romance and excitement

Thank you Joy for including the grandma who loves life and is young at heart. Still wants a love in her life and knows it’s possible
I love your books and look forward to reading your books, they give a sense of hope and promise but with true life experiences
Wendy
Pinetop Arizona