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Star-crossed by Minnie Darke
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It’s only the stars – what’s the big deal?’

Have you ever picked up a novel, hesitantly, because you don’t really expect you’ll enjoy it, and then found it to be one of the most enjoyable reads you’ve experienced? I picked up this book based on a review by someone whose judgement I trust and loved it. It’s funny, it’s light-hearted and it’s clever, without taking itself too seriously. Sometimes the stars align perfectly, and sometimes they don’t…

Justine Carmichael is an aspiring journalist. She’s been working as a copy runner at the Alexandria Park Star for a few years, waiting for a break. She’s also a Sagittarian and a sceptic. One day, Justine runs into her old friend Nick Jordan, a struggling actor. Nick is an Aquarian and, as Justine discovers, believes in the stars. And it just so happens that Nick relies on the astrology column of the Alexandria Park Star for guidance.

The fates conspire, and Justine gets a promotion to contributions editor at the Alexandria Park Star. One of her duties is to transcribe the monthly astrology column which its reclusive author sends to the magazine each month by facsimile. Justine would like to get Nick’s attention. Perhaps a tweak or two to the Aquarius horoscope might help?

Alas, Justine should have known that all actions have consequences. After all, her attempts to correct incorrect spelling on signs and menus with her sharpie have not always been appreciated. Accuracy is not always valued. But meddling with the stars? Some consequences are unintended: Nick doesn’t always interpret his horoscope quite the way Justine intended. And there are other people caught up in Justine’s astrological web.

Just how many things will go wrong before the stars realign?

Thank you, Minnie Darke, I really enjoyed your novel and hope I don’t have to wait too long for the next one.

Jennifer Cameron-Smith

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Reading Progress

March 16, 2019 – Started Reading
March 16, 2019 – Shelved
March 16, 2019 – Shelved as: librarybooks
March 16, 2019 – Shelved as: australian-author
March 16, 2019 – Shelved as: australian-womens-writers-challenge
March 17, 2019 –
page 78
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March 17, 2019 –
page 157
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March 19, 2019 –
page 322
83.2%
March 20, 2019 – Finished Reading

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