Can a beating heart bleed from the shattered pieces?
Her heart cracked when her best friend walked away; it completely shattered when she lost her family in a tragic accident.
Now orphaned at seventeen, Charlotte Peterson is forced to live with her former best friend, Jacob Parker. Charlie, a talented pianist, desperately wants their loving friendship back, but something is holding Jake back. The more she spirals into the darkness of depression, the more she needs him.
Jacob vowed to stay away from her—no matter how much he still loved her. Armed with secrets that would have destroyed both of their families, he chose to end their friendship and walk away, which nearly killed him. As he watches the girl he once knew begin to fade away, however, he realizes that their relationship is more important than the truth he's hiding.
Now it's up to Jacob to put the pieces of Charlie's broken heart back together—even if it means revealing the secrets he so desperately wants to protect her from.
Will Jacob find a way to bring back the carefree, talented girl he once knew, or is it too late for both of them?
Praise for the Book
"Heartbreaking. Soul shattering. Tearful. Betrayal. Hopeful. Love. Best friends. Those words pretty much describe this book from the start to the finish. It was absolutely incredible. I started it before bed and read nearly half of it before my body passed out from exhaustion and partly because I was up half the night reading because I just couldn’t put the book down." ~ Amers
"Rarely you find so well described struggles in such a young book character. And I loved every minute of reading it." ~ Jeri T. Ryan
"I don’t read a lot of teen or YA books anymore, but when I do they need to be exactly like Under a Million Stars. This story sucked me in from the very first page and wouldn’t let me go until I was finished. [...] This story was extremely sad; I cried a lot. But it was necessary to make you feel and relate to both Charlie and Jacob. And, it was also full of hope and love, secrets and lies, and so much more. This is my second story from Ms. Branches and I will definitely be going back for more! She certainly has a way with words! ~ Tiffany
"Under a Million Stars is an edgy read and touches on the topics of close family secrets [...]. If you love secrets, family saga and drama, then check out Under a Million Stars by Rita Branches." ~ Paula Phillips
"I’d recommend this to any YA romance lovers who love complicated relationships. There’s nothing easy about the romance in this book and I think that’s why I loved it so much. It felt so real to me! Also if you’re a fan of gorgeous writing then pick this book up!" ~ Chelsea (Books for Thought)