Star-Crossed: A Novel (Hardcover)
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A sparkling romantic comedy about one woman’s decision to tinker with the horoscopes of the man of her dreams—with far-reaching consequences
“A bright, brilliant, joyful love story.”—Josie Silver, #1 New York Times bestselling author of One Day in December
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.
Advance praise for Star-Crossed
“Swoon-worthy . . . a smart, sweet love story about friendship, destiny, and the power of choice.”―Bustle
“[A] juicy romance novel.”―Good Housekeeping
“This cleverly structured first outing from the pseudonymous Darke will appeal to fans of romantic comedy, astrology, and chaos. Utterly charming and ripe for development as a film.”―Booklist
“Winning . . . Unpretentious, well-drawn characters and the fresh twist on the childhood sweethearts reunited setup make this perfect for fans of romantic comedies.”―Publishers Weekly
“Darke creates a world of stargazers whose destinies eventually collide. . . . Funny and enticing.”―Library Journal
About the Author
Minnie Darke—Gemini with Virgo Rising, knitter, Scrabble cutthroat, lover of books, freshly sharpened pencils and Russian Caravan tea—wrote this book to amuse herself and to entertain you. She lives with her family in Tasmania.
“I loved this completely. Star-Crossed is all about the human impulse to look to others when we are lost, and so it’s wonderfully relatable not only in its lively characters who read as faraway-yet-familiar as neighbors but also in its navigation of the kinds of decisions we can’t face alone: the phone calls we make to our mothers, the friends we use as mirrors, the horoscope page at the back of the magazine. This is a bright, brilliant, joyful love story that spreads into the size of a small town with its chorus of voices and old homes and childhoods and gossips. A total triumph.”―Josie Silver, #1 New York Times bestselling author of One Day in December
“You don’t need to care a thing about astrology to find Star-Crossed a five-star delight. Minnie Darke has written a sharp, funny, and irresistible rom-com that melted my cold, skeptical (Gemini/moon in Sag) heart. I predict you’ll fall, too.”—Lisa Gabriele, bestselling author of The Winters
A beautiful, uplifting book full of humor and humanity, and sprinkled with enough magic that I finished it hoping that we are all, even if only a little bit, at the mercy of the stars.”—Cressida McLaughlin, author of The House of Birds and Butterflies
“Star-Crossed is the funny, clever, big-hearted romance of the year. Brilliant!”—Heather Rose, author of The Museum of Modern Love