The Promise of Stardust

Matt Beaulieu was two years old the first time he held Elle McClure in his arms, seventeen when he first kissed her under a sky filled with shooting stars, and thirty-three when he convinced her to marry him. Now in their late 30s, the deeply devoted couple has everything—except the baby they’ve always wanted.

When an accident leaves Elle brain dead, Matt is devastated. Though he cannot bear the thought of life without her, he knows Elle was afraid of only one thing—a slow death. And so, Matt resolves to take her off life support.

But Matt changes his mind when they discover Elle’s pregnant. While there are no certainties, the baby might survive if Elle remains on life support. Matt’s mother, Linney, disagrees with his decision. She loves Elle, too, and insists that Elle would never want to be kept alive on machines. Linney is prepared to fight her son in court—armed with Elle’s living will.

Divided by the love they share, Matt and Linney will be pitted against each other, fighting for what they believe is right, and what they think Elle would have wanted resulting in a controversial legal battle that will ultimately go beyond one family . . . and one single life.

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“I read this first novel two times. The first time, I was intrigued. The second time, I felt privileged to share in such an amazing story.”
~Jacquelyn Mitchard, author, The Deep End of the Ocean

“Brave…. Priscille Sibley explores with compassion and insight how political and personal needs align and shift as a husband, a mother, and a father navigate the needs of a family member in crisis.”
~Randy Susan Meyers, author, The Murderer’s Daughter’s

“There’s nothing like devastating moral quandary to spark reading, and this trade paperback original would be a great book club choice…”
~Library Journal

“In The Promise of Stardust Sibley explores an ethical dilemma in a way that might lead you to question your own beliefs. Woven with elegance through a twenty-year love story, the novel takes numerous twists and turns that will keep you turning the pages.”
~Catherine McKenzie, Internationally bestselling author of Spin, Arranged and Forgotten

“Sibley does a wonderful job of exploring a complex and controversial moral issue, skillfully giving both sides of the story…. This is a gripping, thoughtful, heart-wrenching, and well-written debut that would be a great discussion vehicle for certain book groups.”
~Booklist

“Sibley wrestles with the most complex medical ethics in our time and gives us characters who will stay with us long after the last page. She is a skilled story teller.”
~Jacqueline Sheehan, New York Times bestselling author of Lost & Found

“I loved this book. Priscille Sibley manages a delicate and brave balance with this gripping novel.”
~Katrina Kittle, author of The Kindness of Strangers and The Blessings of the Animals

The Promise of Stardust is a story about love and sacrifice, conflict and hope. I couldn’t put it down and when I open it next time, I’ll read it more slowly. Highly recommended. A winner!”
~Patricia Harman CNM, author of The Midwife of Hope River

“A literate and incandescent Nicholas Sparks-like love story complicated by intense moral and ethical questions.”
~Kirkus Reviews

The Promise of Stardust is a riveting story of a family ripped apart by an impossible choice. You will live these characters’ lives like they are your own, and race through the pages of this engrossing, deeply moving novel.”
~Kristina Riggle, author of Keepsake

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THE PROMISE OF STARDUST

"This is a gripping, thoughtful, heart-wrenching, and well-written debut that would be a great discussion vehicle for certain book groups."

        ~Booklist