Kathleen Gilles Seidel: Till the Stars Fall



Om Krissa and Danny s childhood to the formation of Dodd Hall to the band s ownfall to Krissa and uinn reconnecting It s gorgeously written offering beautiful inner monologues for each character We immediately see Krissa s Witch Week (Chrestomanci, desperation at being consumed by uinn and Danny and her heartache at being pulled between the two of them We understand uinn s all consuming love for Krissa and his need to have her near him always We never really understand Danny who is selfish andifficult and slow to trust The story has the feel of a saga one that reminds me a bit of the books that Katherine Stone used to write Except much better The writing is strong and Memory Boot Camp deft and Seideloes a wonderful job infusing scenes with emotion and creating immensely likable characters This book was a London Calling delight start to finish and one that will immediately take its place on my keeper shelvesFinal Grade A Krissa and Danny French are siblings who live in a small mining town in Minnesota Danny is an intense young man with a keen mind and beautiful voice More than anything he longs leave the small town heespises and his stifling family life with his morose failure of a father and his enabling mouse of a mother However brilliant he is he has too much bitterness to really apply himself in school to make it out Krissa is the perfect Orchard Valley Grooms daughter with the perfect grades who has the aptitude but not the ambition to leave the Iron Ridge But one pivotal night Krissa and Danny come to a revelation about themselves and their family Danny begins a year long makeover with Krissa s help to become the perfect college applicant Theiriligence pays off and Danny is accepted into PrincetonWhile there Danny meets uinn Hunter a child of wealth and privilege who becomes Danny s best friend and partner as they form the rock band Dodd HallThe story follows the rise and fall of Dodd Hall and the love story of Krissa and uinnMy little summary Croma Venture: The Spiral Wars, Book 5 does absolutely no justice to the scope andepth of this book This is my favorite of the KGS books I ve read It is a great story of the relationship of these three people Krissa and Danny s as brother and sister Danny and uinn s as best friends and partners in a wildly successful rock band and uinn s and Krissa s as passionate wildly in love loversThe story starts after the band has broken up and all three Danny Krissa and uinn are leading Rancher Daddy (Saddlers Prairie, different and completely separate lives Krissa isivorced with three kids Danny is on a hunger strike for the homeless and uinn has embarked on a completely The Tycoons Very Personal Assistant different career The book is told for the most part in flashbacks almost like a VH1 Behind the Music special Each chapter also boasts snippets of interviews excerpts from biographies and memories from people outside the main three session musicians groupies etc The effect of this story structure is uite cool On the one hand you get the nostalgic look at the rise glory and fall of a great band But there is also the suspense of learning how these people broke up and what led them to where they are when the story opens How is it that Krissa was married to someone who isn t uinn and had three kids Why are uinn and Danny not speaking to each other In one enigmatic interview with Rolling Stone uinn simply says they broke up because Danny smiled at the wrong time I was wild to find out what happened As you re reading the book the love between uinn and Krissa is so strong the friendship between uinn and Danny is soeep you can t begin to imagine what goes wrong Until you o And when we get to the present time KGS brings the three back into each other s orbit in just the right way The ending was perfectionThis was great storytelling My only uibble with this book is the treatment of Krissa s ex husband I wish there had been a better resolution with himOtherwise excellent book I highly recommend and would also recommend Public Secrets by Nora Roberts as a great companion piec. Ss once again three fallen stars Danny is gravely ill uinn and Krissa are still in love But to hear the music again the three must face their joined pasts and use the lessons to create a better future HOMETOWN MEMORIES in order After All These Years Don't Forget to Smile Till the Stars Fall Agai.

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A wonderful heart tugging story of families both good and bad friendship love and second chances The characters are intriguing and richly etailed and the settings are wonderfully The Amazing SAS described The story unfolds slowly in welletailed layers and the ending is romantic and weaves all the plot threads together beautifully in an uplifting and emotionally satisfying conclusion Bravado Ms Seidel I had to force myself to finish this Not because it was horrible I ve read much worse but because I really The Conquerors Lady / The Mercenarys Bride / His Enemys Daughter didn t like any of the main characters Krissa uinn or Danny and so it made wanting to read through the end hard Iidn t like them in their early twenties and I Broken Prophecy didn t like them sixteen years later They were all self absorbed Krissa especially and I justidn t like it Also why I understand why Krissa The Dangerous Debutante (Romney Marsh, did the thing sheid back in college regarding her relationship with uinn but I felt it wasn t really resolved sixteen years later when they met up again I couldn t believe their relationship and that was the bigg My grade C I ordered a couple of backlist books by Seidel I ve read a few liked them and wanted to try This one had garnered high praise but I was Surrender My Heart (Harts in Love, disappointed It was released in 1994 and was just too long I read about 34 of the book then skipped through to the end Iidn t love or always understand the characters and especially took issue with the complicated uinn the hero and Danny too It wasn t bad but I think the main problem was not going The Wedding Challenge (The Matchmaker deep enough into the POV characters to really understand them I thought I might have liked it better in 1994 but in 2011 it seemed too slow and too long Very solid second chances romance Excellent five starThis is my third book by Kathleen Gilles Seidel and each one is enjoyable than the last This book is well written and very good reading and I recommend it to your enjoyment A very enjoyable read about a 1970s rockuo and the sister of one band membergirlfriend of the other seesawing in time between 1977 and 1992 exploring the choices that the characters make that lead them to where they are Great attention to etail for each setting the Mesabi Iron Range in Minnesota tony Balti backstage at concerts I was going to give this book three stars It was all right nothing spectacular until literally the very last page All of it is worth reading for the very last page Everything comes together with such perfection it took my breath away I m not sure I have ever read a perfect and profound ending to a novel And that is all I m going to say My fifth romance I could get into these Always a happy ending What s not to loveThe only aspect of this novel I idn t like was Danny s altruistic side To me it seemed like it came out of no where and frankly his arguments were too liberal for my taste Why should I have better healthcare then them Oh please Because you have the money moneyOther than that I really enjoyed this read I thought the characters were likable and the conflicts believable A month or so ago Dear Author published their Top 100 romances list as chosen by their review staff I ve always waited with baited breath for All About Romance s Top 100 which is chosen by their readers so I read Dear Author s list with interest The thing that struck me was how many romances I Luke d never heard of So I resolved to read a few of them I promptly ordered two of the books that were on the list To Have and To Hold by Patricia Gaffney which I ve been hearing about for years and Till the Stars Fall Down by Kathleen Gilles SeidelIecided to read Till the Stars Fall Down first The book was published in 1994 and while it has a slightly The Hero Next Door (Lighthouse Lane dated feel the writing is still fresh and compelling The book tells the story of Krissa and Danny French brother and sister who live in Mesabi Iron Range in Minnesota They come from a mining community and they live in a very tense household Their father has been injured in a mining. In a small Minnesota mining town young Krissa is sheltered from her violent father by Danny the brother she idolizes Danny a budding musician isetermined to escape with his sister in tow When the pair finally succeed they meet uinn a privileged and wealthy college student Drawn together by a

Accident and has been relegated to a light work position within the mine This has made their father always a A Bride For A Blue-Ribbon Cowboy difficult man even surlier Danny and Krissa are veryifferent kids Danny is a loner a musician and someone who is very independent Krissa is a people pleaser A straight A student and a girl who just wants to get through school and fulfill her future which is probably getting married to a miner and having a bunch of kids But Danny The Witnesses (Lancaster Burning dreams of getting off the Range and making a future for himself that is bigger and better than anything he can achieve at home He resolves to improve his studies and go to an Ivy League college Krissa helps him improve his study habits ando what he needs to so he can fulfill his ream Soon Danny is accepted at Princeton and it is there that his story really beginsDanny meets uinn Hunter the golden child of a wealthy family uinn is pretty much just coasting through life loved but neglected by his parents until he meets Danny at an audition for Princeton s elite singing group He and Danny have perfectly matched voices and they begin to realize that their gifts complement each other Soon the only thing they want to o is sing uinn writes the lyrics Danny writes the music And together they form a band Dodd Hall In no time Dodd Hall is touring up and own the east coast and increasing in popularityIn the Spring Krissa comes to visit Danny at Princeton and meets uinn for the first time uinn is spellbound He wants nothing than to be alone with Krissa Of course she s his best friend and partner s little sister so she s completely out of bounds But the time he spends with her the he wants her Krissa is not immune to uinn but she s etermined to have her own life But she s accepted into Bryn Mawr and is soon put to work for Dodd Hall keeping their books and helping keep things organized for the guys Soon Dodd Hall is signed to a record contract and the band begins to take off Krissa stays in school and but flies each weekend to meet the guys wherever they are At this point she and uinn have begun a relationship and she s becoming and integral to the operation of Dodd Hall uinn wants her to The Best Revenge (Redstone, Incorporated drop out of school and marry him But she refuses knowing that she needs to keep some part of herself separate from the band The Dodd Hall s popularity grows theifficult it becomes for the guys to live a regular life They re recognized everywhere and they become limited in what they can o even as their wealth rises and they rely and on Krissa to keep it real for them Krissa begins to feel her life is being consumed by Dodd Hall And she informs the guys that she will be taking the last semester of college off from the band She will not be traveling with them and she will not be meeting them They must operate without herIt uickly becomes evident that Krissa is imperative to Dodd Hall s operation She keeps peace between Danny and uinn and she mediates isagreements Both Danny and uinn are calling her Silent Confessions daily airing grievances and expecting her to fix their issues Krissa begs their manager to tell them that sheoesn t want to hear from either of them She A Texas Holiday Miracle decides to escape both of them by going home for Spring Break While there she rekindles a friendship with Jerry Aarensson a guy she knew in high school Jerry is everything uinn is not He s calm and confident and kind He puts Krissa first and is a much simpler guy Their relationship becomes serious after they sleep together on the last night of Spring BreakDanny receives a phone call from Krissa telling him that she s married Jerry Of course this is a shock to uinn who thought that he and Krissa were still together It sets off a series of events that leads the band to itsownfallSeidel is a remarkably strong story teller Till the Stars Fall alternates between scenes throughout the 70s and the 90s when uinn and Krissa reacuaint themselves The story unfolds slowly building fr. Assion for music Danny and uinn set up a successful pop group As their stars begin to rise Danny falls in love with fame and uinn and Krissa fall in love with each other But the higher Danny uinn and Krissa climb the faster their worlds crumble until they part Sixteen years later their paths cro.