Book Review ~ Lasso the Stars by L.L. Nielsen

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Lasso the Stars by L.L. Nielsen

It might sound incredulous to say that a novel about a woman dying of terminal cancer is a feel-good book, but that is exactly what Lasso the Stars is.  Dina has come to terms with her terminal illness and has decided to live that last few months of her life, enjoying her time with her sisters.  While walking along a path one day, she spots a man leaning against an old gate at a farmhouse that she believed was abandoned.  He “had an easy going smile.  A pair of aviator sunglasses rested on his nose.  His dusty Levi’s covered long legs that ended in well-worn cowboy boots.”   

As it turns out this handsome cowboy is Dina’s angel.  Yes, her real life angel.  Gil encourages Dina to live life to the fullest.  They ride and picnic and fall in love,  

Yes, I know this sounds silly.  And it is a bit.  It’s also a bit sappy and sentimental.  But I firmly believe that there is a place for silly, sappy, and sentimental.  It was just what I was in the mood for at the time. 

As I was reading it I kept thinking that wouldn’t this be nice if it were true.  If we could spend our last few days or months on earth with an angel guiding us, especially if our angel was a good looking cowboy.


From the book tour page: 

• Paperback: 260 pages
• Publisher: Tate Publishing (February 7, 2012)

“As life seems to be fading, the hope you need to survive may be all in your head. Lasso the Stars is a novel following weakening cancer patient Dina, who has little hope for survival. When Gil enters her life, a literal angel turned cowboy, Dina finds love and hope once more, a relationship that no one around her believes is real. A spiritual romance with a thoughtful message, Lasso the Stars is a choice read for anyone seeking romance with a divine twist, much recommended.” – Midwest Book Review, Book Watch, March 2012, Reviewer: Michael Dunford

About the Author:

Lasso the Stars was born in the Pastures of Heaven, a small peaceful valley between Monterey and Salinas, California, made famous by John Steinbeck. But the book actually began much earlier, when two dear friends passed away from cancer. They often said they could either give in or fight. Both chose to wage a courageous battle; they became more spiritual; saw what others couldn’t see.  The thoughts they shared stayed with me.

I took up walking along the curving, dusty road that ran the length of the valley in the Pastures of Heaven. I discovered a run-down corral, a horse named Destiny and an old gate that led nowhere. Words and feelings continued to surface in my mind and an idea formed. Armed with memories of my friends and charged with a new responsibility to honor my friends’ lives and perceptions, I began the journey of writing my first novel.

Eventually, I filed the manuscript and pursued other endeavors, until I moved to the Sierra Foothills. There, daily walking the old mountain roads, memories of my friends once again joined me and Lasso the Stars came out of seclusion, took flight and comes to you, now, on angel’s wings.

I don’t usually include author photos with my review, but when they have a kitty cat in them, I make exceptions!

L.L. Nielsen

***Disclaimer.  This book was provided to me by TLC Booktours, for my review. 

I am hosting this for the TLC Book Tours, please check here to see all the other bloggers who are hosting and check out their reviews! 

For more information on the author, you can visit their website, here.

Usual disclaimer:  I received no compensation for this review, other than a copy of the book.  All opinions are my own. 

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  1. says

    My kind of book, Pam… I like real-life stories like that… IF I ever get terminal cancer, I want to live the rest of my life to its fullest for sure (not that I’m not doing that right now… ha)…

    Thanks for the review.

  2. L. L. Nielsen says

    Thanks for including “Tank” in the picture! He is an X-feral boy kitty who now enjoys his new life as my writing companion. He’s a great asset in character development and editing. When enough has been said he gets up and walks away from the computer . . . my clue to take a break.

    I appreciated your comments about my book, Lasso the Stars and I’m very happy that you found the feel-good mood a part of the story line.

    Thanks for reading and blogging!

    L. L. Nielsen

  3. says

    i loved this book, just finished it, sobbing i might add, must be tis the season, found it very emotional and good, thanks for sharing this, bot on your recomendation. wishing you a very merry christmas and happy reading~

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