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Star-Crossed by Minnie Darke (Review)

Title: Star-Crossed
Author: Minnie Darke
Type: Fiction
Genre: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
(Penguin Random House)

A physical copy of this book was kindly provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

A highly adorable and addictive love story about one woman who gives destiny a little push.

When childhood sweethearts Justine (Sagittarius and serious skeptic) and Nick (Aquarius and true believer) randomly bump into each other as adults, a life-changing love affair seems inevitable. To Justine anyway. True, she hasn’t seen Nick in thirteen years, one month and three weeks, but who’s counting? She’s pined after him all the same, and now that Nick lives in the same town, a struggling actor to her struggling magazine reporter, he’ll surely realize his own unchanged feelings, take the reins and jump at the chance to rekindle their relationship. Right? Well, no. Nick, she learns, is an astrological devotee, and his decision-making, romantic and professional, is guided solely by the infallible horoscopes in his favourite magazine. The magazine Justine happens to work at. Perhaps the stars’ guiding forces could use a little journalistic reimagining?

It’s only a few tweaks to the Aquarius column, just a little push to get him to realize they’re meant for one another. It’s nonsense in the first place, what could possibly happen? Aquarians everywhere are about to find out, when the doctored horoscopes, ostensibly published to steer Nick and Nick alone, end up reverberating in the lives of the column’s devoted readers, showing the ripple effects of what can happen when one woman takes the horoscopes, and Fate itself, into her own hands.

Spanning exactly one year, as the earth moves through all twelve stars signs, Star-Crossed is a delicious, intelligent and affecting love story about fate, chance and how we all navigate the kinds of choices that are hard to face alone.

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Due to growing up in a Romanian family (no matter whether we lived in Romania, Austria, or Canada) astrology has always played a role in my life. I have always believed in it to some degree, and have always been completely fascinated by it. I’ve also been completely obsessed with adult rom-coms! So, when I was approached by the publisher about Star-Crossed by Minnie Darke, I just knew that I had to request a copy! And I’m super glad that I did because I really really enjoyed it!

I loved the narrative tone in this book and just the mood of the story overall. I love how great a role not only astrology played in this book, but also the specific location in which the story takes place. After finishing Star-Crossed, I felt as if I’d taken a short vacation in Sydney. The love story in this book was very cute and I loved that it was a slow burn. It was almost perfect for me except that I maybe wanted a little more at the end. And that’s all I can say without spoiling anything! The way that I imagined the story in Star-Crossed playing out was like in a movie, and I really hope that it gets picked up for a movie deal so that I can see Justine and Nick come to life on screen!

 

Minnie Darke – Gemini with Virgo rising, Scrabble cutthroat and knitter, lover of books, freshly sharpened pencils and Russian Caravan tea – wrote Star-crossed to amuse herself and to entertain you. She lives with her family in Tasmania.

  
  

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