“It’s better than the first one,” Singler said.
Singler may be partial — she is Doller’s mother.
If you’d like another opinion, Kirkus Reviews describes “Stars” as “a moving story told with compassion and insight.”
Doller, 46, a former Sandusky Register reporter who graduated from St. Mary’s in 1985 and who now lives in Fort Myers, Fla., attracted attention with her well-received first novel, “Something Like Normal,” released last year. A third novel is expected next year.
The new book is about a teenager, Callie, abducted by her mother when she was a young girl. The mother finally gets arrested, and Callie is reunited with a father she barely knows. She’s also forced to live with a stepmother and siblings she doesn’t know at all.
“Coming home is not really coming home,” Doller said.
The book also contains an element of romance, as Callie meets a boy who helps her overcome her dark past.
To promote the book, Doller has been giving away bookmarks, signed bookplates and stickers from her official website,trishdoller. com . One fan, college student “Jaz,” of Australia, has already posted a photo on her Twitter account, @pixelski , featuring her signed copies of Doller’s two books, bookplates and a bookmark.
Doller, formerly Trish Remmers, worked summers at Cedar Point from 1983-88. It’s an experience she mentions in her official biography.
“I gained valuable life skills, including counting money really fast, directing traffic, jumping off a moving train, and making cheeseon-a-stick,” she writes. “Also, I can still welcome you to Frontier Town.”
Doller was a voracious reader from a young age. She slipped into her new book a mention of one of her favorite children’s books, “Mandy,” by Julie Andrews Edwards. Doller received the book as a girl and, in turn, gave a copy to her own daughter.
The author of “Mandy” is better known as Julie Andrews, the famous actress. Perhaps she will return the plug by making a movie based on one of Doller’s books.
“Wouldn’t that be awesome?” Doller said. “She could play the grandmother in ‘Where the Stars Still Shine.’”