Meet Me at the Starlight

Bethany House. Jul. 2024. 384p. ISBN 9780764240980. pap. $18.99. CF
Supermodel Harlow Hayes has lost her fiancé, her money, her passion, and her trim waistline—and part of her still wants to give her broken heart back to the man who hurt her. When she retreats to her cottage in Sea Blue Beach, FL, she encounters Tuesday Knight, an octogenarian who runs the town’s run-down roller-skating rink. Originally founded by the prince of Lauchtenland and a formerly enslaved person, the Starlight Rink has seen more history than most—housing the homeless during the Great Depression, surviving the mob in midcentury, and giving hundreds of teens jobs and confidence until the late 1980s. When a smooth-talking developer wants to tear down the Starlight, an eclectic group, led by the fearless Tuesday, try to save it; Tuesday also takes Harlow under her wing.
VERDICT Hauck (The Best Summer of Our Lives) pulls out all the stops in this heartwarming novel of perseverance and family, with her trademark dual-era nostalgia and mysterious, heaven-sent character. Her loyal fans will also appreciate nods to her “True Blue” series.
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