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Written in the Stars

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  842 ratings  ·  126 reviews
Bea Bishop is horrible at making decisions. Forget big life ones, even everyday choices seem to paralyse her. She's learned to live with this because experience has taught her that it doesn't matter what you do, no one has the power to control destiny. Anyone who believes they can is a fool.
But as her wedding day approaches, her years of indecision are weighing heavily o
Kindle Edition, 400 pages
Published June 5th 2014 by Simon & Schuster UK
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May 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: threes-a-crowd
3.5 Stars

30th APRIL 2013 is Bea's wedding day to Adam- the man she is destined to be with and it seems to have been written in the stars. However on the day she experiences some serious doubts. Not made better by seeing her real first love Kieran Blake, who's not too likeable and I can't say i liked the sound of his twin brother Elliot either.

The story then splits into two different what ifs from Bea slipping down the isle;
1. She can't marry Adam staying as Bea Bishop
2. Marries Adam and becomes
M. ~ B&B
Two loves, to possible lives - but which one is mine? Which path am I meant to take? I can't decide. I drop my head back against the tiles and begin to see stars. Then there's just black.

I'm sure that anyone who knows me, knows Ali Harris has written the book that has meant the most to me. Everywhere I can, I mention that The First Last Kiss is my #1 book in the sense that it has spoken to me on such a personal level that it has changed my view on life and love. So when she published another
Sep 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So, "written in the stars" is about two different paths of Bea's life after an essential decision on her wedding day.

a) She marries her fiancé Adam.
b) She flees.

The two paths don't take turns by chapter and are portioned in a quite imbalanced way. (One path felt a bit just-included-to-have-this-special-type-of-story. I often almost forgot about it and was surprised when some chapters appeared :D)

One path "happens" pretty detailed and could totally have been a story on its own.
The other one, wh
Rea Cobb
Aug 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The First Last Kiss was such a beautiful read and I have been long awaiting a new release by Ali Harris and after reading the synopsis for Written in the Stars I knew this would be another wonderful read.

Bea Bishop takes a tumble on her wedding day as she walks down the aisle and a blow to the head knocks her unconscious, she sees her life split into two both taking completely different paths one where she gets married to Adam and one where she runs from the church unable to marry Adam. We see B
Aug 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
Oh dear, I found this very boring and repetitive, the ending was so predictable and I found I was really having to make myself carry on reading it. I have to admit I skim read from about the middle of the book as I had really lost interest and only wanted to finish it in case something worthwhile happened, it didn't. I could not connect with Bea who I found boring and indecisive to the point of wanting to throttle her (never a good sign) and I didn't really like her overbearing best friend Milly ...more
Rachel Gilbey
Sep 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Another fantastic book by Ali Harris.

Once you get into the rhythm of the book, the split of what could have happened stories becomes easier to follow, and I'll admit I preferred one of the two stories more than the other.

I'm very glad I read this book.
Suzanne Waters
Jan 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was a surprise, I enjoyed the story and the flipping between two outcomes. Bea was a good character and I grew to like her a lot. I thoroughly recommend it.
Jun 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wow where do I begin to put together my feelings for this wonderful book? First of all the plot is totally unique to anything I've read before with the concept of the giant WHAT IF? I think this plagues everyone and to actually see how it plans out for Bea is refreshing. I love that it really captures the concept of depression, no white washing of the illness, just the pure crapness of it. But there's also the concept of feeling like your life is moving slower than others around you (Milly becom ...more
Jessica (Jess Hearts Books)
So heartwarming! I loved the moral to this story. Really makes you think about life and love.
Mar 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Originally posted on

I'll be starting my review of Written in the Stars by Ali Harris in the same way that I do most, and that is by thanking the wonderful publishers Simon & Schuster UK for accepting me via Net Galley, and allowing me to get hold of an eBook copy of this absolutely breathtaking story. Seriously, thank you! This is one of those books that I like to refer to as a 'life changer.'

Adding onto that, how can I not thank the author Ali Harris for
Book Addict Shaun
May 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
You can see this review and loads more on my blog:

This was my first Ali Harris read but it definitely won't be my last. I've actually had Ali's books on my tbr for the longest time, especially Miracle on Regent Street I've just stupidly never got round to reading them. I loved the blurb for this book though so didn't hesitate to request it on NetGalley and I'm glad I did because it was fantastic. I just loved this book. For me she seems to write the sorts of
May 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Bea Bishop is about to get married to the dashing and successful Adam, but as she is walking down the aisle she spots her old boyfriend Kieran amongst her friends and family members in the pews. He disappeared eight years before after something terrible happened over the summer (what exactly this is we don't find out until further into the story) and so in shock over his sudden appearance Bea slips and falls.

When she regains consciousness, two different li
Jun 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

It goes without saying that Ali Harris’s Written in the Stars is one of the most anticipated books of 2014 for me. I adored her previous book, The First Last Kiss which made me cry buckets, so I was really looking forward to read Ali Harris’s latest.

When I read the blurb of Written in the Stars, this beautiful quote from Letters to Juliet popped into my mind. '"What" and "If" are two words as non-threatening as words can be. But put them together side-by-side and
Mar 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
*Book provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

Thank you Sarah for sending me a copy and thanks Ali for your lovely message inside the book.

Isn’t the cover of this book beautiful? And after reading this truly magical story, I think it fits perfectly.

I was taken into this beautiful and brilliantly written story immediately and I couldn’t put it down. It follows Bea Bishop who is about to marry the love of her life, but is she really going through with it?
After the beginning scen
Natalie TBGWP
May 30, 2014 rated it liked it
As soon as I saw the blurb to Written in the Stars I thought about a book I'd recently read that was similar called If You're not the One by Jemma Forte. So straight away I was comparing. I know I shouldn't, but I find myself doing it a lot when books have similar plots.

To be honest I have to admit I found myself just plodding along with it really. There was no suspense, no pull, nothing that had me wanted to see more. I didn't connect at all with heroine Bea, I found her flaky and boring. I als
Jun 15, 2014 rated it it was ok
Actual rating 2.5/5.

I'm very sad that this book can not be compared to The first last kiss... I was really looking forward to something similar. I don't like Bea, I don't understand her and I couldn't connect with her, I simply didn't care for her.
May 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
There are a very few books that delve deep into the reader’s psyche and emotions and strike a chord deep within the reader’s heart. Ali Harris’s Written in the Stars manages to do just that. Let me say at this point that I am not someone who is generally very emotional….I don’t cry when I watch a soppy film nor do I go weak-kneed with emotion when I see puppies, kittens and babies….you get the gist, however, even I shed a tear when I read this book.

‘Written in the stars’ is about Bea Bishop and
May 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
It turns out this was a re-read for me, but don't take that as it isn't good enough to remember, I'm just rubbish with names and titles!
this is a lovely story, that took me through a range of emotions and the characters are really likeable.
think sliding doors and your part way there...
I'm not sure how I feel about destiny, which is ultimately what the story is about, but these words really stuck with me: 'This is what every decision, every mistake, every path, every star has been leading me to.
Jun 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Bea Bishop is preparing to make the biggest of commitment of her life, however, as she walks down the aisle towards Adam, her boyfriend of the last seven years, she is filled with doubts and uncertainties. Then she spots a familiar face amongst the guests, a face she has not seen for eight years, yet one that she has never forgotten, her first love Kieran. In that moment it is as if she finds herself being pulled in two different directions, and when she slips and knocks herself unconscious, she ...more
Oct 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My favourite bookstore had a 10-day sale in August to commemorate their 15th year anniversary and I remembered dithering by the General Fiction (in other words, the chick lit shelf) wondering if I should buy this book Written in the Stars by Ali Harris. And I am SO dang glad I did. It took me quite a while to settle into reading this, as with the rest of the books that I had bought, because I am perpetually distracted by my pile of books borrowed from the library. Also, the first few chapters we ...more
A Page of  Fictional Love
Apr 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Moments ago, I was crying... full girly tears of sheer joy and happiness as I witnessed a truly remarkable ending to a book with a hefty 450 pages in. Written in the Stars, is by largely one of the best ever books I've ever read... in my LIFE! For a book to bring tears to my eyes and a sense of happiness for the characters... well it is a masterpiece!

Written in the Stars is very unique in the way it is written. I for one have never read a book that is put together by the author right down to th
Mar 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First posted on Dreaming With Open Eyes

I kindly received Written in the Stars in exchange of an honest review by the publisher.

I know I am very late reading and reviewing this one. Nonetheless I'd like to share my thoughts with you. First of all, I'd like to begin my review by saying a huge thank you to Sara from Simon & Schuter, for providing me with my very own paperback copy of the book. Written in the Stars was absolutely fabulous, and I loved it from back to front.

This is going to sound
Apr 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Firstly I would like to thank Simon and Schuster and also Netgalley for giving me the chance to devour an advanced reading copy of this book.

The Blurb
One decision + two different paths = how many happy endings?
Have you ever wondered 'What if…?' What if you'd taken that other job, gone on a date with that sweet guy, moved to a different city? Would an alternative life path have led to a happier ending?
Now imagine if you could have taken both paths…
When Bea Bishop slips while walking down the ais
Jun 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The blurb
One decision + two different paths = how many happy endings? Have you ever wondered 'What if...?' What if you'd taken that other job, gone on a date with that sweet guy, moved to a different city? Would an alternative life path have led to a happier ending? Now imagine if you could have taken both paths...When Bea Bishop slips while walking down the aisle on her wedding day, she is momentarily knocked unconscious. And in a flash, her world splits and
Fabulous Book Fiend
Apr 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Review: first of all let me just say that I LOVE the cover of this book, and it's just reflect the delicious content! I really enjoyed this book, Ali Harris's writing is just awesome and I always feel like the books it written for me when I read her words... This book has a really interesting storyline focusing on something we've always thought and that's what if. It answers the questions for the main character, what is she had or hadn't made one crucial decision in her life and the conseque new ...more
May 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, read-2015

"... happiness is the only choice in life you ever have to make."

This book....this book. I got so frustrated at times I had to put my phone down and entertain myself with something else to clear my head.

See, I was Bea's best friend in this story. The last thing I needed to do besides speaking out loud to a screen, would be to clap everytime Milly knocked some sense into Bea. It also didn't help at all when I just was 99% sure a certain someone would do a certain thing (view spoiler)
Jun 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Originally posted on:

After reading The First Last Kiss, I was really excited to read Written in the Stars, so when I received it, I did a little happy dance. Ali writes such beautiful and gripping stories and with this one, she didn't disappoint at all. I loved the cover, the concept, the characters and everything about it! The idea that Bea's life split in two on her wedding day and from that moment we could see how her life followed two completely diffe
Charlotte (Escapades of a Bookworm)
This is a beautiful well written story, which effortlessly moves between Bea’s two stories. One story appears to focus on the life Bea feels she deserves, while the other focuses on how Bea’s life should have turned out. The clever use of the Facebook statuses enables the reader to keep track of which story is being told.

Reviews can also be found on my blog Escapades of a Bookworm

Over the course of the book we the reasons for Bea’s inability to commit and to have the tendency to always blame her
Ali Harris handled the logistics of Written in The Stars so amazingly. It is a 'Sliding Doors' concept where we get to see two future timelines played out: one where she marries the guy, the other where she leaves him standing at the altar (and explores the possibility of love with an old flame). It was always clear to me which timeline I was following and I loved the creativity in the way the story lines crisscrossed, not just for our MC, but also for her family and friends (whose lives unfolde ...more
Karen Whittard
Apr 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
I love Ali Harris books, and this one was thankfully no exception to the rule. A heartwarming love story with a twist. Entering the mind of everybody who ever thought what if my life was different.

The story follows is about a women called Bea who has one decision to make whether to marry Adam her fiancé or not. As Bea walks down the aisle she is momentarily knocked unconscious, where in that split second her whole world splits into two. Where two separate parallel lives take her on two very dif
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Ali is a magazine journalist who has worked in the world of glossy magazines for ten years.

She grew up in deepest darkest Norfolk, where she spent her formative years dreaming of the bright lights of the big city. At 18 she swapped sheep for show tunes and moved to London to do a degree in performing arts. After three years of 'studying' (read: doing jazz hands) she became.... a waitress. In her s