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Star-Crossed
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2019
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  Library Journal Review

Justine Carmichael is a copy-runner, a sort of glorified gofer, for Australia's monthly Alexandria Park Star, though she hopes to become a full-time reporter. She and Nick Jordan were best friends growing up in Edenvale until his family moved away. When she runs into Nick on the street, it's been quite a while since they last saw each other on a dual family holiday. Nick is now an aspiring actor, taking advertising gigs (he's dressed as a fish) and waitering to make ends meet, and Justine is still in love with him after all these years. Nick is a huge fan of the Star, especially the astrology column and its contributor, Leo Thornbury. Is it fate that leads Justine to a promotion and the opportunity to "realign" Nick's horoscope to be in her favor? In her U.S. adult fiction debut, pseudonymous author Darke creates a world of stargazers whose destinies eventually collide. And, yes, love doesn't need astrology to find its way home. VERDICT Funny and enticing, this novel will appeal to readers who enjoy a hint of slapstick with their fiction. [See Prepub Alert, 11/26/18; library -marketing.]-Bette-Lee Fox, Library Journal © Copyright 2019. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Publishers Weekly Review

Darke's winning debut follows a horoscope writer's devious yet delightful plan to snag a boyfriend. Justine Carmichael has worked her way up at the Alexandria Park Star, an Australian magazine, and has recently been promoted to contributions manager. When she crosses paths with childhood sweetheart Nick Jordan, now a handsome actor and ardent astrology believer, she learns he reads the Star's weekly horoscope and hatches a scheme: she begins surreptitiously rewriting the horoscopes, into which she sprinkles subtle hints that Nick should ask her out. Unfortunately, Nick's interpretation of the messages leads him to start dating a model. Justine, meanwhile, learns that a lot of the magazine's readers make important life decisions based on her faux horoscopes, and she begins to wonder: Is everything "lucky, random chaos" or is there something more? Unpretentious, well-drawn characters and the fresh twist on the childhood sweethearts reunited setup make this perfect for fans of romantic comedies. (May) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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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 <br> <br> "A bright, brilliant, joyful love story."--Josie Silver, #1 New York Times bestselling author of One Day in December <br> <br> 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.<br> <br> 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.<br> <br> Praise for Star-Crossed <br> <br> "Swoon-worthy . . . a smart, sweet love story about friendship, destiny, and the power of choice." ― Bustle <br> <br> "[A] juicy romance novel." ― Good Housekeeping<br> <br> "Enchanting . . . this book will capture your attention and keep you entertained from the first page to the last." -- BuzzFeed <br> <br> "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<br> <br> "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<br> <br> "Darke creates a world of stargazers whose destinies eventually collide. . . . Funny and enticing." ―Library Journal
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