by Hale Meserow
Carpenter’s Son Publishing
Pub Date 01 Dec 2013
I am voluntarily reviewing a copy of Castles of the Heart through the publisher and Netgalley.
Starlight’s Mamma is her works, her son, and moon, and stars.
Her full name is Starlight Evelyn Obannion and she was born in the backwoods of Western Northern Carolina. She has a brothers Gabe two years hersenior, a brother she is not close to.
Starlight’s Mamma is well read and passes that on to her daughter, Starlight can read and write before she is four years old.
When her brother was in the second grade, her Mother has the teacher test her, and although she is only Kindergarten aged, she tests at a second grade level or higher in reading. Her brother is not happy that his little sister is in the same grade he is.
When Starlight is seven her Mother plans a trip for her and her siblings to meet their grandparents in Boston.
It’s 1926 when they board the new bus fleet from Ashveille-Raleigh to Boston. Where for three weeks she and her Mother would grow closer, while her Grandfather gets to know her brother, and her Grandmother her Little Sister.
A few months before she is twelve Starlight graduates the small one room School house and goes to Highschool in Cherokee by then Gabe has caught up enough to join her.
Despite having grades that would allow her to attend any college she wants, she applies to only one college University of North Carolina in Ashveille.
Starlight graduates college and heads on to law school.
At 21 Starlight marries David, and soon becomes pregnant on December 8th 1941, David announces he will be going off to War.
On Decembr 26th 1943 Starlight learns her husband died in service.
Castles of the Heart is a story of a woman who was willing to stand up for what is right, even if it meant risking her career.
I give Castles of the Heart five out of five stars.