Book Review: ‘Tattered Stars’ by Catherine Cowles
I’m definitely a huge book fan and I’m an even bigger fan of romantic suspense. There are actually so many tropes that I love and am always down to read. But I have to say, Catherine Cowles is able to put so many of my favorite tropes into one amazing book in such beautiful ways. I’m not sure how I discovered her, if she was recommend from Amazon based on all the other romantic suspense novels I read, or if it came from goodreads. But I’m so glad I was able to discover her. Tattered Stars is now one of my favorite books and just the beginning for the Tattered and Torn series. So keep reading for my review!
So Many Beautiful Things
I was obsessed with Tattered Stars from the moment I started reading it. I also didn’t put it down until I had absolutely devoured it. So I quickly looked up Catherine Cowles and began buying and reading every single book of hers I could find. She quickly made her way into my favorite author’s list. And this book absolutely made it to my top favorite books ever. I’m going to be reading it again and again.
Everything about Tattered Stars was beautiful from the cover, to the characters, to the way everything was written. Everly and Hayes have such a beautiful relationship and everything between them is just incredible. It’s so nice to read about two characters in a healthy relationship. Everly has been through so much in her life and is trying to find her independence and always do the right thing. She deserves all of the good things in the world and it’s part of why I’m so happy she found a character like Hayes. Because he treats her the way she deserves. The way they communicate is so beautiful and real.
The Tropes, Characters, and Plot
Everly’s family despises her because she turned her father in for kidnapping when she was younger. What she had to go through as a child and what her so-called family is putting her through as an adult is heart wrenching. Catherine Cowles writes so emotionally that there were several times I was tearing up because of all that Everly had been through and was still struggling with. There was also turmoil between Everly and Hayes because the girl that Everly’s father kidnapped is Hayes’ sister. I really expected Hayes and his family to also mistreat Everly and was fully prepared to be frustrated with them. But they are a pretty incredible bunch and consider her a hero. Especially because she went against her entire family to do the right thing.
If you love small-towns, sheriffs, brave heroines who aren’t afraid to face their past, beautiful, healthy and compassionate relationships (emphasis on the passionate), overcoming ghosts of the past and learning how to move forward, then this is the book for you. And if you do choose to read this book, I just about guarantee that you are going to fall in love with Catherine Cowles as much as I have and begin devouring the rest of her books as well.
What I Love About It
Because I’ve read so many romantic suspense novels, sometimes things can feel repetitive. Or I could feel like I’ve already read a book before only to discover it was slightly different. So when it comes to Catherine Cowles, I like that she has a refreshing writing style. It was great to be able to read about a couple like Everly and Hayes. They understood each other on so many different levels and had such great communication with one another. But it didn’t feel unrealistic. It just felt like Hayes being raised in a family where it was normal to talk about your feelings and understand the feelings of others.
Have you read any of Catherine Cowles’ books yet? If you have, what is your favorite book by her? If you haven’t, I definitely recommend her and her books! Have you had the chance to check out Tattered Stars? What did you think of it? You can find and follow us on Twitter @capeandcastle or Instagram @capeandcastle to discuss all things Catherine Cowles, or any book! Be sure to also check out our site for more articles on all things Disney and beyond. And you can find me on Twitter and Instagram!