Book Review: Star-Crossed by Minnie Darke

I won the ARC for Star-Crossed by Minnie Darke by entering a giveaway. I was so excited when I received a copy of the book in the mail as I wanted to read it because of the references to star signs. My daughter loves reading about the star signs and having read the book, I passed it onto her as I know she will enjoy all the references to horoscopes and the personality traits of the various star signs in the novel.

Genre: Romance, Women’s Fiction


Sometimes even destiny needs a little bit of help.

When childhood sweethearts Justine (Sagittarius and serious skeptic) and Nick (Aquarius and true believer) bump into each other as adults, a life-changing love affair seems inevitable. To Justine, anyway. Especially when she learns Nick is an astrological devotee, whose decisions are guided by the stars, and more specifically, by the horoscopes in his favorite magazine. The same magazine Justine happens to write for. As Nick continues to not fall headlong in love with her, Justine decides to take Nick’s horoscope, and Fate itself, into her own hands. But, of course, Nick is not the only Aquarius making important life choices according to what is written in the stars. 

Charting the ripple effects of Justine’s astrological meddling, STAR-CROSSED is a delicious, intelligent, and affecting love story about friendship, chance, and how we all navigate the kinds of choices that are hard to face alone.

My thoughts:

I loved this book – it was such a fun read. And knowing a little bit about horoscopes and the character traits of certain star signs just added another dimension to my enjoyment. Star-Crossed is definitely a light-hearted read that will bring a smile to your face more than once. I enjoyed Justine’s escapades, and Nick’s seriousness and I loved reading about the trouble she gets herself into – all in the name of love.

Minnie Darke has written a true romantic comedy – this is one that should be rewritten as a screenplay. The character Justine learns from the choices she makes, and comes to certain realisations in the novel. She is a complete character like you and me – one that makes mistakes and fuddles her way in life. It is this true-to-life description of her behaviour that makes her endearing to us, the readers, and makes her story believable.

Star-Crossed is one of those novels I will reread in a few years time, and enjoy Again the second time around. This novel is Minnie Darke’s first and I look forward to her publishing her second.

I give this novel ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4 stars.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

(This novel was the 33rd in my book pledge for 2019)

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