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Fading Starlight

Kathryn Cushman
Fading Starlight

A high-profile fashion internship should have launched Lauren Summers's career---but instead, a red carpet accident left her blackballed. Working for a former Hollywood star in return for free lodging in a seaside cottage, she sets out to salvage her reputation. But will the... Read More

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A high-profile fashion internship should have launched Lauren Summers's career---but instead, a red carpet accident left her blackballed. Working for a former Hollywood star in return for free lodging in a seaside cottage, she sets out to salvage her reputation. But will the old woman's secrets raise new questions---and knock her off balance again?
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  • Product type: Book
  • Format: Softcover
  • Release Date: Apr 19, 2016
  • UPC: 9780764212628
  • Volumes/Discs: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Publish Date: May 3, 2016
  • Language: English
  • Audience Age Maximum: 0
  • Audience Age Minimum: 0
  • BISAC: "FIC042000"
  • ISBN: 0764212621

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“Fading Starlight” is a breath of fresh air! by BTSCelebs on 7/29/2016

The scenery Cushman describes in her new novel sounds so serene, peaceful and utterly breathtaking you will enjoy being transported into that world. In the story, an alleged high-profile, fashion designer mistake forces Lauren Summer into seclusion. Surprisingly, the designer in-training still manages to land a small job making costumes for a high school theatre department in Santa Barbara, CA. The LA native relocates to the picturesque beach location right next door to a rich yet mean elderly woman named Charlotte Montgomery. She and the former Hollywood starlet butt heads. until she is kicked out of the neighborhood. The unexpected happy ending comes after many misunderstandings and exposed broken hearts.

I think “Fading Starlight” was just delightful. It was very different from the inspirational novels I am used to reading, but that made it all the more enjoyable. Ten stars out of ten for this sweet summer read. I highly recommend reading this one.

Well-written and engaging novel! by Kristina Anderson, The Avid Reader on 6/10/2016

Fading Starlight is the latest novel by Kathryn Cushman. Lauren Summers has recently graduated from fashion institute and was fortunate enough to get picked for an internship with Deb Couture. Lauren was flattered to be picked to design a dress for Marisa Remington (an actress) who wants to look more grownup than her mother and managers want her to be. Lauren oversaw design and final alterations to dress for the VMA’s. Lauren is watching the award show on television and is shocked when there is an “accident” with the dress. The dress breaks open to expose the actress’ undergarments (we all know who staged the so called accident). Deb Couture immediately closes ranks and blames it on Lauren. Lauren is fired (of course) and blackballed in the industry. Lauren’s mentor, Professor Navarro finds a job for her to do that also comes with a place to stay (out of town). Lauren will work on the costumes for a high school theatrical production of Camelot (Lauren’s specialty is historical clothing) in Santa Barbara. The place to live is being provided by Ralph Edwards. The community has very, very strict rules (such as not taking pictures, sticking to walking paths, valuing each other’s privacy). Mr. Edwards needs someone on site while construction is being carried out (a rule). The owner of the nearby Victorian, though, is not happy with the new addition to the neighborhood. Charlotte Montgomery is a recluse and values her privacy. Lauren is happy to have the beautiful place to live and some work. But she wants to be able to clear her name. Then Lauren is approached by Kendall Joiner, a reporter. She will help Lauren clear her name (already has some helpful information on Marisa’s deception) in exchange for information on Charlotte Montgomery. Lauren reluctantly agrees. But over the summer she slowly gets to know Charlotte and her housekeeper, Frances Brown. Will Lauren be able to hold up her end of the bargain? Is Lauren willing to compromise her values to clear her name?

Fading Starlight was a good novel. I was immediately engaged and kept reading until the end. The sabotage was easy to figure out, but I enjoyed the other elements at play in the book. I liked the characters and the beautiful setting (I wanted to live in the community). Fading Starlight had a good pace that made it easy and enjoyable to read. The book is well-written and contained a nice life lesson. I give Fading Starlight 4.5 out of 5 stars. There were a couple of slow areas (mostly when character is thinking). I just told you a little about what transpired in the book. There is much more (a mystery of sorts). I look forward to reading Kathryn Cushman’s in the future (and I will be checking out her other published novels).

I received a complimentary copy of Fading Starlight in exchange for an honest evaluation of the novel.

Great mystery, but lacking in character depth. by Halee on 6/3/2016

//// When her big shot blows up on her, how far will one woman go to regain her dream?////

I requested this book from Bethany House, expecting a really deep, fun book.... But that's not what delivered at all!


Very slow start
Shallow characters (not much backstory)
Hard-to-connect-with story-line

Awesome plot
Mystery/suspense was good
The vintage 40's and 50's aspect was refreshingly amazing
The fashion/theater world was involved

So, now the negative content.


Um, VERY LIGHT mentions of drugs/alcohol (not very much at all)
Couple comments about a man "having plenty of women"

I REALLY loved the last 100 pages of this book! The characters WERE hard to understand because Kathryn Cushman didn't give us much background....BUT she might have meant to do that.

It was perfectly clean and barely any romance.

Actually speaking about the romance, it was REALLY rushed! I mean, can't say without spoilers but ugh. No.

What made this book so interesting for me was the plot! That really was the only thing "right" for me. To wrap things up, the book was probably a 4 stars for me, it was pretty good, and I will certainly be reading more from this author!

Good job, Kathryn Cushman!


*I was sent this book for an honest review from Bethany House Publishers. Thank you!!!!*

A refreshing read by Mimi on 5/31/2016

I found this book to be a delightful one. It was the first novel I'd read from the author, and I really enjoyed her writing. I felt getting to know her characters was very easy, and she created them to be very believable. One of the main elements that I appreciated, and why I call it "refreshing" is because the story wasn't focused on a romance between the main character and a leading man.

That piece missing allowed me to focus more on how the characters grew as individuals, and the relationship between Lauren and others in the story. Lauren was someone you could cringe with when she had moments of blunder, and get frustrated with when she was dealing with her neighbor. I appreciated the other characters in the story who helped her to grow in her faith and build her confidence when the world seemed to want to see her fail.

I'm already looking forward to Kathryn Cushman's next novel with high expectations!

This book was provided by the publisher, Bethany House. The review is my own opinion, and not influenced by the publisher.

Wonderful story, both in the past and in the present by Sydney on 5/25/2016

All of this begins with… a wardrobe malfunction. Walking up on stage to present an award, teen star Marisa Remington trips a bit on the edge of the Deb Couture gown she is wearing – and live cameras capture everything she is wearing underneath! Lauren was the last one to work on the gown, having been the only designer who could handle Marisa’s difficult personality, so all the blame is heaped on her. As a result, she loses her internship, and as her roommate, Chloe, is getting married soon, Lauren needs to find another place to live that is very inexpensive and far enough away from Hollywood that she can lay low for a bit and let the scandal die down.

Luckily, she is offered a job at a prestigious high school in Santa Barbara creating costumes for their upcoming production of Camelot. Luckier still, she is offered a cottage in a gated community, provided she be at home while the renovators are there to work.

The cottage is next door to a huge Victorian mansion, in which resides Charlotte Montgomery, who has many ghosts in her past and many secrets she keeps. Ever suspicious of people, and for good reason, she immediately sets about to evict Lauren from the community. Though Lauren really has done nothing to warrant eviction, the favors reporter Kendall begins to ask of her might spell the end of her stay there. If she doesn’t do as Kendall wishes, Lauren may never be vindicated if the disaster with Marisa turns out to have been a publicity stunt all along.

I felt this was a very good read – interesting storylines and very human, relatable characters. It will make a great poolside or patio-in-the-shade summertime book. If you like old Hollywood, this would be great for you.

**I was sent this copy from Bethany House in exchange for my fair and honest opinion.**

What Would You Do to Clear Your Name? by Becky on 5/23/2016

Lauren is reeling after what was supposed to be her big break, but instead it turns out to be her worst nightmare. Working as a intern fashion designer in a prestigious company, the gown she slaved on was to be worn by a popular teen star. Unfortunately, just as the celebrity walked on stage, the gown seemed to fall apart, momentarily, leaving the girl exposed. While this happened, the television camera captured it for the entire world to see. Lauren is mortified for the teenager, and is stunned that a gown she worked so hard on could have had this happen. As a result, she has lost her job, and been blackballed from working anyplace else in Los Angeles.

Lauren is offered a low paying job miles from Los Angeles that includes free rent. Since the pay is so low, Lauren needs the housing to be included to be able to survive. But the rent free, broken down cottage is in a very unusual neighborhood. The area has very strict privacy rules. If the rules aren't followed to the letter, Lauren could be kicked out. Wanting to hide from the world, an over-the-top, very private place sounds perfect to Lauren. Plus, landscaping the neglected yard is therapeutic for her.

In this neighborhood, the most private person of them all, wealthy Charlotte Montgomery, lives right across the street from Lauren. Elderly now, Charlotte, was involved in a scandal decades earlier, and rarely leaves her home. She insists all the privacy rules are followed precisely. Lauren feels God might have placed her there to befriend Charlotte, but all overtures she makes are met with cold hostility. Charlotte cannot believe that anyone would do anything nice for her without expecting something in return. But a small part of Lauren isn't ready to give up on her.

An aggressive reporter, Kendall Joiner, contacts Lauren, and tells her the gown catastrophe was staged, and she could get proof that would clear Lauren. However, Kendall will only do that if Lauren will give her information about Charlotte. Is Lauren ready to sell out Charlotte, and risk losing her rent-free home by breaking the privacy laws? Does Kendall really have proof that would clear Lauren, or is this just a ruse to get information about the reclusive Charlotte?

This was an entertaining book, and I really enjoyed the story-line about fashion designing, especially the clothes from a by-gone era. Refreshingly, Lauren has a strong moral compass, and integrity. The dilemmas she finds herself in are realistic, and I think it would be easy for readers to relate to Lauren. The mystery surrounding Charlotte added a nice addition to the tale, too. I recommend this 5-star book to anyone who enjoys contemporary fiction.

The publisher has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of Fading Starlight, through Bethany House Publishing for the purpose of review. I have not been compensated in any other manner. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

The publisher has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of Fading Starlight, through Bethany House Publishing for the purpose of review. I have not been compensated in any other manner. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Letting Go and Trusting God by Suzie on 5/19/2016

There is something about Kathryn Cushman’s books that speak to me. Everyone I pick up draws me in and blesses me, teaches me, in some way. While my preferred genre is usually romance—and Cushman includes a smattering of that in most of her books—any book written by this author makes it onto my TBR list. And Fading Starlight is one of the best yet.

As Lauren Summers struggles to regain her footing after a career-ruining debacle, her faith and determination shine through her interactions with others, her desire to follow God’s leading and work ethic. Offering a stark contrast to Lauren’s open, giving nature is her neighbor. Charlotte Montgomery is suspicious of everyone, won’t let anyone close, and holes herself up in her home in the gated community. So, naturally, Lauren’s innocent acts of kindness are seen as calculated attempts at making Charlotte owe her.

The characters in this book created a full picture of Lauren’s life. Despite a trying past, people came around her and loved her, raised her to love others and the Lord before anything else. While some of Lauren’s decisions may not be the best, she learns from her mistakes and does her absolute best to make them right in spite of losing benefits for her personal gain.

A story of healing, of letting go of the past and letting people in, Fading Starlight is beautiful and poignant. I highly recommend this one.

***Bethany House provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest and fair review. All opinions expressed are my own,

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