Although Star Rising can easily be read on its own, I would advise reading Ferguson’s previous novel The Art of Rivers to gain a bit of background on Star and her friends. This book takes Star to Ireland with her employer Priscilla Kelly and the last minute addition of her son Paul who intends to protect his mother from Star.

I’ll admit that I didn’t like Paul at all from the beginning and even enjoyed some of his hilarious mishaps, thinking he was only getting what he deserved. The author changed my mind about Paul, gradually letting me inside his mind and his pain as I watched Star’s determination and care for his mother and even him work their way into his heart. I loved Star and her struggles to continue following Christ despite occasional urges to revert back to her past addictions. Her heart was full of love and I could see the Holy Spirit working in her throughout her story.

As I have come to expect, Janet Ferguson has filled this book with memorable characters who each have personal issues that need to be overcome. I love how she covers difficult subjects with such aplomb and doesn’t leave her characters floundering in their problems. Star Rising is a wonderful book and I highly recommend it to all.

I voluntarily reviewed a digital copy of this book provided by the author. A favorable review was not required. All views expressed are my own.


Star Youngblood has always been a fighter–a necessity after her mother married a monster of a man. Now, she’s finally on the path to the stable life she’s always wanted. Her employer, Priscilla Kelly, is a sweet woman ravaged by rheumatoid arthritis, and Star will do anything to help her. Even if that means going toe to toe with Mrs. Kelly’s neglectful son.

After being betrayed on the mission field and devastated by the tragic death of his father, Paul Kelly gave up on God. He lives life on his own terms, biding his time as a corporate pilot until he can save enough money to begin his own flight school closer to home. His mother is all he has left, and he wants to be near her. He just didn’t expect her health to decline so quickly. When he discovers his mother has taken in a stray—a woman he’s not at all sure can be trusted—his protective instincts kick into high gear. Paul’s handled a lot of turbulence, but he’s never gone up against a force like Star.

As Paul and Star strive to protect his mother in their own ways, they soon find their hearts are at the greatest risk.


Janet W. Ferguson is a Grace Award winner and a Christy Award finalist. She  grew up in Mississippi and received a degree in Banking and Finance from the University of Mississippi. She has served as a children’s minister and a church youth volunteer. An avid reader, she worked as a librarian at a large public high school. She writes humorous inspirational fiction for people with real lives and real problems. Janet and her husband have two grown children, one really smart dog, and a cat that allows them to share the space.

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