cover image A Certain Kind of Starlight

A Certain Kind of Starlight

Heather Webber. Forge, $28.99 (320p) ISBN 978-1-250-86729-2

Magic and family share the spotlight in this intimate low fantasy from Webber (Midnight at the Blackbird Cafe). When Addie Fullbright returns to her hometown of Starlight, Ala., she thinks she knows what she’s getting into. Her aunt Verbena’s health is failing and Addie is there to help, despite harboring a secret so devastating that she—who is terrible at keeping secrets—was forced to leave town in order to keep it. Addie’s half sister, Tessa Jane, is also in Starlight for a month to help her aunt, but she’s not prepared to face Addie—or her grandfather, who has his own plans for Tessa Jane and her inheritance, a portion of the mysteriously glowing meteor crater that gives the town its name. As secrets come to light and Aunt Verbena continues to struggle with her health, Tessa Jane and Addie must face their past conflict in order to come together to protect the crater and the magic it holds. Throughout, Webber skillfully weaves real magic into the everyday magic of the connections between family and friends. Women’s fiction readers searching for a subtly fantastical story will want to snatch this up. (July)