Star-crossed Paperback – 5 March 2019
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Praise for Star-crossed
Star-crossed sits alongside some of the best popular fiction, but goes that little bit further with its sparkling blend of wit, mischief and deep intelligence. - Katherine Scholes
Sharp, witty and thrillingly clever writing, Star-crossed had me laughing out loud. - Rachael Treasure
Simply unputdownable. A joy to read, addictive as all heck, this has got to be my favourite book of 2019 thus far. - Samantha Bond, Glamadelaide.com.au
This delightful debut will leave you with a warm glow . . . In every way a delight, Star-crossed was so much fun this reviewer fell head over heels for it. If you loved David Nicholls' One Day, go out and buy this now. - Herald Sun
- Publisher : Michael Joseph (5 March 2019)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 400 pages
- ISBN-10 : 014379227X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0143792277
- Dimensions : 15.5 x 2.8 x 23.3 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 195,735 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Justine and her brain often have dialogues. She’s also a grammar Nazi who walks around with a Sharpie changing bad spelling and punctuation. She knows her Shakespeare and has an exceptionally retentive memory. The dogs in the pound are written as having people-type personalities (so often a bit rude), especially the one-eyed tramp dog Brown Houdini-Malarkey who plays a central role in the final satisfying denouement. It’s rare to find a book that you can truthfully describe as being genuinely heartwarming but not at all schmaltzy. I’ll bet Darke sets a trend with her quirky, up to the minute style but if so, let’s hope those other authors also possess Darke’s depth of insight into people and all the vagaries of life as it’s actually lived - by the old, the young, the rich, the poor, the successful and the struggling. Really enjoyable. By Snapdragon - Aries sun, Virgo moon, Sagittarius rising.
Read it people. You won’t be sorry.
Minnie is a master with her ability to weave in side characters and use them to move the lives forward of her main characters in the most interesting way. I can't wait for more books from her.
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.
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The first few chapters had me hooked -- again, there's delightful writing here! -- but after I got halfway through the book, I realized that not much was happening and I starting losing interest. This novel would have been tighter had the editor cut it down and trimmed some of the fat. There are too many incidental characters thrown in, giving it the feel, at times, of a collection of short vignettes. Not a lot "happens" -- and while the descriptive quality of the writing is strong, I felt like the story was going nowhere very slowly.
It's such a clever idea, basically, and there are enough sweet aspects of this novel to recommend it with reservations ... when it comes out in paperback.