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Written in their Stars

(The Lydiard Chronicles #3)

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London, 1649. Horrified eyewitnesses to King Charles’s bloody execution, Royalists Nan Wilmot and Frances Apsley plot to return the king’s exiled son to England’s throne, while their radical cousin Luce, the wife of king-killer John Hutchinson, rejoices in the new republic’s triumph. Nan exploits her high-ranking position as Countess of Rochester to manipulate England’s ...more
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Published November 19th 2019 by Falcon Historical
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Jypsy
Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you HFVBT and the author for a complimentary copy. I voluntarily reviewed this book. All opinions expressed are my own.

Written In Their Stars
The Lydiard Chronicles
By: Elizabeth St. John

*REVIEW*
Written In Their Stars is a fascinating story, made even more so, as the author is writing from her own family history. Beginning with the execution of King Charles I, this story tracks the fallout of that fateful event. This time of strife is told through three perspectives, that of Luce, Nan
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Amy Bruno
"The King must die."

Written in their Stars is the 3rd in Elizabeth St. John's Lydiard Chronicles series, which is based on her family's history during the English Civil War. I haven't read the first two books in the series but that didn't dampen my enjoyment of it at all. In fact, I will be picking them up soon so that I can start it all at the beginning.

The book is told from the perspectives of three women - Nan, Luce, and Frances. It starts off with John signing the death warrant for the
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M.K.
Nov 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Set during the English Civil War when families were divided by conflicting loyalties to Crown or Commonwealth, Written in Their Stars is superb historical fiction. The novel sizzles with emotion and tension as Liz St. John’s memorable characters struggle to overcome defeat, tragic losses, and the terrors of a country at war with itself. Highly recommended.

I read Elizabeth St. John's first novel in the trilogy - The Lady of the Tower - and was equally impressed. Wonderful use of language to
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Mary Yarde
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing




"—and tonight we have attained the destiny foretold by the stars." John held her at arm's length, and a knife-blade of cold air sliced between them. "I signed the warrant to execute Charles Stuart, once King of England."

This is what they had fought for. This is what they had died for. The King was dead. Parliament had won. With Charles' blood comes rebirth. A nation born again.

But, to sign the death warrant of a king is no small thing. But the dream... The dream is too intoxicating, too great to
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Stephanie
Dec 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
King Charles I has been condemned to die in the winter of 1649. John Hutchinson is one of the 59 men to sign his death warrant, encouraged by his wife Luce. With the death of King Charles, the St. John family is now thoroughly separated by political beliefs while Oliver Cromwell wreaks havoc over the land. While Luce and John try to create a new government in England, their siblings, Allen and Frances seek refuge with what remains of King Charles court in Paris with the Villiers side of the ...more
Liberty Ireland Historical Graffiti
"Balance the light and the dark. In the shadows lie survival." Written about the time of the British Civil War during the 1600s and a family who has had to choose sides. Not all selecting to follow the same side, they discovered the thing they had in common was the need to balance the light and dark, good and bad if they wanted to survive. This book was extremely well-written. Third, in the series, it took me a while to really get into it even though I really wanted to love it. But I persevered ...more
Ellie Midwood
Nov 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“Written in their Stars” is a fascinating historical fiction that will transport you into the turbulent world of 17th century England and will make you hold your breath as the characters (based on real people) find themselves on different sides of the metaphorical barricade. John had just signed an order for King Charles’s execution, which, in turn, installed Cromwell as the country’s current ruler. However, the dream of a democratic republic remained just that, a dream, and now, the ...more
Emma Craft
Nov 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Written in their Stars is a beautifully crafted story that poetically takes the reader through much heartbreak, difficulty, and loss, but also plenty of intrigue, drama, and joy - told from the perspectives of three strong and influential women. Each of the main characters has their own unique voice and viewpoint on their world which leads to plenty of strains and strengthenings of family bonds. Elizabeth St. John's signature in-depth and beautifully described world-building shines as bright in ...more
Susan The Book Dragon Campton
Good evening my fellow Book Dragons. This evening’s Gem is akin to a pearl. Beautiful, luminescent, yet brought forth at a great cost. It is Gem Maker Elizabeth St. John’s Written in Their Stars. This great epic is the third in The Lydiard Chronicles and covers the years 1649-1664. I have not read the first two, but this did not stop me from thoroughly enjoying this one and is the only reason I did not bestow 5 Flames up on it.
This may seem an odd choice for Saturday’s Child, but I think you
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Lucinda Clarke
Dec 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
RF REVIEW OF WRITTEN IN THEIR STARS by ELIZABETH ST.JOHN

Written in their Stars by Elizabeth St.John is the third book is a trilogy that recounts the earlier history of her own family. It begins when John Hutchinson signs the execution order for the death if Charles I. Luce and John are closely related to Nan Wilmot and Frances Apsley both ardent Royalists. While Frances and her husband Allen cross the channel to the court in the Louvre to support Charles’ son in exile, Nan heads up a network of
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♣Bel♣
Dec 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Written in their Stars

4 stars

From the very first page, I knew this was one I was going to love. First of all, this era, this setting, this concept in history is one of my favorites ever to read about, to learn about, and to see the different perspectives of each individual at this time fascinates me beyond belief. So this was everything I could’ve possibly wanted in a historical fiction.

The author’s writing style is so unique with magically eerie quality that it instantly captivated me. The
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Annette
Dec 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My Thoughts:
The main reason I love this story is it shows the love of family. And just in this one theme there are several things noted: strength, loyalty, perseverance, steadfastness, affection, protection, and dedication.
I love this story because it is the history of the author, Elizabeth St. John’s family. This made the story enticing and rich.
The time period for this novel begins at the execution of Charles I. Afterwards, the Commonwealth and Protectorate ruled (1649-1660.) Charles II, was
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Lori
Dec 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was an excellent book! I learned a lot from it. There were things in this book that happened that I never knew about and some of it I was fascinated with especially with family history.
Say for instance I never knew that England had a Civil War. Oh, I know it probably wasn't like ours in the 1800's. But still, there was a lot of tragedy, loss,and plus some very high emotions came out across to me through time.
So there's plenty of drama in this book and some joy as well. Life would certainly
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Paul Bennett
Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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London, 1649. Horrified eyewitnesses to King Charles’s bloody execution, Royalists Nan Wilmot and Frances Apsley plot to return the king’s exiled son to England’s throne, while their radical cousin Luce, the wife of king-killer John Hutchinson, rejoices in the new republic’s triumph. Nan exploits her high-ranking position as Countess of Rochester to manipulate England’s
...more
RJay
Nov 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the third novel in this trilogy - and I read it before the other two. Although one might think women during the reigns of Kings James, Charles I and II, were more ornamental than active participants, the lives of the three main characters, Nan, Luce, and Frances, based on these women's real lives, proves that wholely wrong. In Elizabeth St. John's trilogy, she shares her own family history, drawn from family diaries and at least one history written by an ancestor. The family estate, ...more
Printed Leaves
Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Having studied the lives of some of the real life characters, and in particular that of Nan Wilmot, I began to read the book with eager curiosity and anticipation, and can assure that I was thoroughly engrossed. ‘Written In Their Stars’, the third book of ‘The Lydiard Chronicles’ is a superbly written story of a close-knit family of three courageous women and their stalwart husbands. All three couples heroically risked their lives for their beliefs, and protection of their children, during and ...more
Jody Joy
In Ms. St. John's trilogy, she shares her relative’s history, drawn from family diaries and at least one history written by an ancestor. This follows the lives of three main female characters and their clandestine activities on both sides of the battle of England throughout the English Civil War as families separated by opposing allegiances. Ms. St. John brings history to life and, what astonishing metaphors. To history lovers, I highly recommend this series.

I received a copy of this book from
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Zoe L.
Dec 13, 2019 added it
So, I just want to start off by saying that the writing in this book is beautiful. The stylistic elements of it took me back to the time period and allowed me to further immerse myself in the story. On this note you can also tell that the author spent a multitude of time researching the era and the history to bring forth this story.

Full review (and giveaway) on my blog: https://yaitslitblog.wordpress.com/20...
Helen Hollick
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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"Historical fiction as it’s finest. Elizabeth St. John’s writing is flawless, and she captures the essence of 17th century England in all its highs and lows."
Terry
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Another wonderful entry in The Lydiard Chronicles. I loved the continuing saga of the Apsley family. Hopefully there will be more. There are still family members that I want to find out what happened to. Very Highly recommended but be sure to read the first 2 books before you read this one.
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“And now death, the ultimate Lord of Misrule, commanded her to change partners in the masque. Nan would take his bony hand and dance his volta. She cared not who she cavorted with, simply that she survive the dance’s end.”

Written in their Stars is an elegantly written, impeccably researched and richly detailed novel set during the years following the execution of King Charles I. The story is told through three influential women, all bound by kinship. The author has taken diaries and letters
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Elizabeth St.John was brought up in England and lives in California. She has tracked down family papers and sites from Nottingham Castle, Lydiard Park, and the British Library to Castle Fonmon and The Tower of London. Although the family sold a few castles and country homes along the way (it's hard to keep a good castle going these days), Elizabeth's family still occupy them - in the form of ...more

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