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There Will Be Stars txt There Will Be Stars , text ebook There Will Be Stars , adobe reader There Will Be Stars , chapter 2 There Will Be Stars , There Will Be Stars b66e1d In A Life Full Of Lies, He Settled Finally For The Truth No One In Mattingly Ever Believed Bobby Barnes Would Live To See Old Age Drink Would Either Rot Bobby From The Inside Out Or Dull His Senses Just Enough To Send His Truck Off The Mountain On One Of His Nightly Rides Although Bobby Believes Such An End Possible And Even Likely It Doesn T Stop Him From Taking His Twin Sons Matthew And Mark Into The Mountains One Saturday Night A Sharp Curve, Blinding Headlights, Metal On Metal, His Sons Screams Bobby S Final Thought As He Sinks Into Blackness Is A Curious One There Will Be StarsYet It Is Not Death That Greets Him Beyond The Veil Instead, He Returns To The Day He Has Just Lived And Finds He Is Not Alone In This Strange New World Six Others Are Trapped There With HimBobby Soon Discovers That Rather Than The Place Of Peace He Had Been Led To Believe He Was In, It S Actually A Place Of Secrets And Hidden Dangers Along With Three Others, He Seeks To Escape, Even As The World Around Him Begins To Crumble The Escape Will Lead Some To Greater Life, Others To Endless Death And Bobby Barnes To Understand The Deepest Nature Of Love

About the Author: Billy Coffey

Billy and his wife, Joanne, live with their two children in the foothills of Virginia s Blue Ridge Mountains A product of his small town locale, Billy counts as assets his rural authenticity, unwavering sense of purpose, and insatiable curiosity all of which tend to make his front porch a comfortably crowded place.

10 thoughts on “There Will Be Stars

  1. says:

    Whoa Wow Dude This book was deeeeeep As other reviews have stated this story is really about the human condition, the heart of man It was as powerful and poignant as it was haunting I finished the book at 1 45 this morning, and I m still sitting here wondering how I could cry for the town drunk And I think that s some masterful writing by Coffey to pull that off At first, I thought There Will Be Stars was simply hard to get into But it wasn t It was dizzying and that was intentional and planted me right in the heart mind of Bobby Barnes I sort of sensed the order to the chaos, so I hung with it And when the story broke open, when Bobby started searching for answers and finding them, I felt them I moved with him I was moved by him This isn t a light, entertaining read It s a powerful message about hope and change And heroes Non traditional, everyday heroes Well done, Billy Coffey There s a reason I admire your writing and your ability to conjure worlds like this.

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    Nobody thought Bobby Barnes would live to see old age If drink did not rot his insides it would be while he was driving his truck on the mountain.Bobby thinks neither of these situations is possible so it does not stop him taking his twin sons with him one Saturday night The collide with another vehicle Will Bobby survive Will his life be the same This storyline confused me at times but lightbulb moments popped up now and again I did think of one point of not finishing this book but I just had to know what happened next.I would like to thank Net Galley, Thomas Nelson Fiction and the author Billy Coffey for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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    I wasn t sure if I would like this book because the plot seemed a bit out there the parallel world or alternate heaven story line isn t something I ve read much about and haven t had much interest in But this book was impossible for me to put down This was a very deep story that delves into the choices we make and the effects of those choices.This book was packed with twists and turns, I never knew what to expect with each turn of the page The story was very unpredictable, but in a good way The characters were richly developed I really felt like I knew each person in the book They each had their own issues they were gritty, very flawed, and dimensional.The author is very gifted at story telling while reading this book, I was in the town of Mattingly, walking beside Bobby, Dorothea, George, and all the other characters I will definitely be picking up of his books in the future.The plot is very clever and thought provoking and the pacing was great I flew through this nearly 400 page book in 2 days which is very rare for me.Overall, this was a very unique story that kept me interested from the first page to the last I would highly recommend it I received this book from Booklook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review.

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    2.5 Stars Read all my reviews on I think this one might find itself the most confusing read of the year.Set in some kind of a Groundhog day limbo, Bobby Barnes and a group of other people are forced to relive the same day over and over again Strangely though, they go through this together, even though they died at different times and are forced to reenact there final day in quite some detail.I was curious about the book, I think that is one of the main reason why I kept reading and the fact that I don t like to DNF books The premise was promising however the execution was very confusing I kept wondering about the rules regarding their Groundhog day Why did not every person who died in the village join them And , but I m about to enter the spoiler territory The rest of the story was less to my liking though At times the pacing was terribly slow and also relatively repetitive All in all, I think it just wasn t the book for me.Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

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    This is one of those books that takes a look at the human condition and what drives each of us as individuals How one situation can be heaven, hell, or purgatory based on your own experiences or outlook on life When Bobby ends up in a crook of time that resets every night, he learns about the others trapped there too and how they may view things a little differently than he The culmination of their beliefs is what makes this such a good read Bobby is the catalyst that seems to make everything start to change in what they call the Turn And Bobby will learn the extremes the others will go to in order to prove their own belief is correct It sort of had a Breakfast Club feel to it People from all different walks of life who would normally never have interacted with each other were then forced to live eternity together It was a tenuous connection as a family because of that, and how they deteriorate is deliciously terrible Some of it was just brutal Finding out how each person ended up in that place was the most fascinating part for me They each had to deal with such crappy situations Laura Beth in particular and I yearned to rectify it for them Well, not Junior cuz screw that guy But pretty much everyone else, yes When they learn how they can escape the Turn all the crap hits the fan Some implode, some fight back, some wither in denial Like I said, it s a piece on the human condition and what people will do or won t do in order to get what they want I loved Laura Beth s story and Bobby s story the most It was heart breaking and lovely and horrible The ending was perfectly done enough closure to satisfy any reader, but just enough left open ended to mar the ultimate tranquility You ll still wonder what happened next.

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    In the world it is called Tolerance, but in hell it is called Despairthe sin that believes in nothing, cares for nothing, seeks to know nothing, interferes will nothing, enjoys nothing, hates nothing, finds purpose in nothing, lives for nothing, and remains alive because there is nothing for which it will die Dorothy Sayers I sat here for quite some time, wondering how I can put into words what Billy Coffey s newest novel, There Will Be Stars is, without giving it away I m probably sure of one thing, after I write this review and publish it, think on it some , will probably wish I had written something else I always do when it comes to Billy s novels and that my friend, is what makes his novels so unique I guess, I m still wondering what genre it might fit into, because for some it will be one thing, and for others something else I think people will all take something very different away from this novel, and that is what makes Billy Coffey s writing style so unique and almost ethereal in a sense It takes you someplace, you re not sure you want to go, kinda of like hearing that strange noise at night, and you don t really want to know what it is, but you have to see for yourself if it is something or simply nothing at all There Will Be Stars is a novel from the Mattingly Series which Billy began writing about and as he places a disclosure at the beginning, these can be read in any order, but this one takes place a few years after In the Heart of the Dark Wood I, personally, love to read them in the order he has written them, and then I make in fact go back and read them in a different order This is the story not only of Bobby Barnes, the main character in this novel, but those who he is interconnected with Not only those who play a role in this novel, but those who he speaks with in getting from the beginning to the end of this story Bobby Barnes is the town s drunk He runs a automotive repair shop in the small town of Mattingly, Virginia, one in which everyone knows your business, often without your permission, because it is that small and everyone is connected in some unique way that can only be explained by the mind of the writer of the novel People have been saying for some time, that Bobby will one day drink himself to death, either by consuming so much or by getting behind the wheel Bobby might have a different opinion on that one He works better when he has had a few even though he rarely gets much done Perhaps he drinks to forget, perhaps he drinks simply because that is all he has known, and to do something different, might just throw him for a spin he isn t willing to take Whatever the issue, this is the story of how Bobby defines those very moments in something I have a hard time describing All I know is that you have to experience it to understand it and that my friend, is why you need to read this novel I received There Will Be Stars by Billy Coffey compliments of Thomas Nelson Publishers for my honest review and I did not receive any monetary compensation aside from a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest and personal opinion How to describe what this novel is about is like mixing Groundhog Day with the Twilight Zone There are six people who are about to find out what heaven or hell is like based on their own perceptions of where they are in life and how they see the events that are coming to them all In fact, all I know is that Billy Coffey can spin a tale that will have you second guessing yourself all the way to the very end and make you want to reread it to see if you might have missed something along the way For me, this is a definite sign of a truly talented writer, and for me, this one rates up there with something Stephen King might have written Well worth again another 5 out of 5 stars Keep em coming Billy Coffey, keep em coming A reader s discussion guide is included at the conclusion and would make for one great novel for book clubs to take a poke at

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    Please check out all of my reviews at Will Be Stars is a quirky southern gothic with a rather slow pace The novel shares it s setting of Mattingly with several other books by Coffey each can be read on its own, but many of the same characters pop up throughout the novels This novel focuses on Bobby, a man who is unlikely to reach old age due to his heavy drinking Although he is aware of his dangerous behavior, he still takes his young twin sons out for a drive late at night, drinking a six pack of beers along the way Bobby s truck goes off the road, swerving to avoid another vehicle Bobby s last thought is there will be stars With Bobby s final conscious thought, he is expecting death and nothingness, but instead he awakens to the dawn of the day he has just lived and must re live over and over again He is not alone in this purgatory, but instead he shares it with six other people, all of whom are repeatedly experiencing their own final days Many of them are resigned to their fate, complacent and even somewhat content they have formed a little family in this other world Bobby, however, thinks he can change the results of his final day, although it continues to have the same ending Although at first the odd collection of people seem to be working together to make the best of their situation, not all is as it seems some of the group are actually dangerous, concealing dark secrets As their fragile world begins to fall apart, Bobby tries to escape with some others, and none of them are sure whether they are in heaven or hell The alternate world has an ethereal feel, emphasized by its Christian themes of purgatory, punishment and rebirth, as well as its exploration of the human condition Bobby especially is seeking to understand his role in the world, which is called The Turn he is the catalyst for change in this other place, although he doesn t understand why The horrifying details of how each person ended up there bring some darkness to the novel, keeping it from being too preachy or cute The novel is unique because it encompasses so many different genres, although it is most of all a suspenseful spiritual fantasy It is an interesting concept, but I found it really hard to get into, and found myself confused most of the time it probably deserves a re read to catch all the details I think this book is best treated as a philosophical think piece, as it meandered through questions of life and death Regardless of my confusion, I couldn t put it down because I needed to know how it ended, and I m glad I stuck it out for Bobby s final moments.I received this novel from Thomas Nelson Books and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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    A hearty thank you to Thomas Nelson for the ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.I went into this book with almost no expectation I d never heard of the author, let alone read one of the other books in the Mattingly collection of stories I knew nothing about the publisher, which I ve come to learn publishes primarily Christian novels In truth, had I known this, I might not have given the book a chance, since I am an agnostic, with several years of Catholic school in my upbringing, and very little love for books that typically include the word faith in the description I actually chose to read the book almost entirely based on the beautifully designed cover, and I m so glad I did.The story is well summed up in the description, but the way I ve seen it described best is Groundhog Day meets The Twilight Zone This is a great summary of the flow of the story, though I d caution those who see the name of the classic Bill Murray film and think this book will be funny It s not, though it has some really humorous moments This book is heavy reading, in the vein of Flannery O Conner and William Faulkner, true Southern Gothic in the best way possible The characters are rich, well rounded people, with flaws and strengths Each chapter from the perspective of a different character builds both dread and optimism, as if the book were a mural that is revealed over time by different artists Even at the end, it is difficult to see the full picture, but I know it was something I enjoyed.My only real complaint was that the book felt a little long in parts, while the end felt a bit rushed I mentioned that I m an agnostic, and I think it s important that I clarify that my religion, or lack thereof, did not impede my ability to enjoy the book While I believe someone who is of the Christian faith may see things in the book that I did not, I feel that this is a book that can be enjoyed by anyone One of the characters in the book describes The Turn as a mirror, and I feel that description is also apt for the book Finishing There Will Be Stars will be a different experience for everyone, but certainly one I d recommend.

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    I wasn t sure what to expect with this novel, particularly after I looked it up on and found that it is listed under Christian lit I m not sure I agree with this What a fascinating book Really interesting take on what happens after death, how people cope, how their lives can change, and how people can find redemption You don t have to remain the same and change is a state of mind Even a small change creates big ripples in life I found the writing very easy to follow and Bobby is a very interesting man While so many think he is broken and horrible he is probably the most selfless and motivated person trapped By giving someone a chance or treating them with respect you can often change their life Just a really profound book that made me think about how my life touches others.

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    I received a copy of this book for free through NetGalleyThat cover It s not that I thought that this was going to be light hearted, but I didn t think it was going to be so deep There Will Be Stars is beautifully written but I had trouble connecting with the characters and therefore couldn t enjoy this strange yet fascinating world I would definitely say it is worth the go for some readers.

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