Monday, September 9, 2013

Review: Written in the Stars

In 1601, Lady Elizabeth York's star-shaped birthmark proclaims her a 
child of magic. When she arrives at Dunham Castle to marry Carlyle, 

heir to the Duke of Lennox, she finds enchantment in the eyes and 
touch of Will Grey, the Duke's bastard son. Bewitched by Elizabeth, 
Will defies all for their love, and his jilted half-brother places a 
curse on them both.

Searching for a treasure ship sunk long ago, present-day marine 
archeologist Cordelia Ward is pursued romantically by both salvager 
Innis Foley and treasure hunter Morgan Murphy. She is haunted by a 
murderous nightmare where one man is the killer and the other the 
victim. But which man is her enemy--which one her soul mate? Can a 
journal that belonged to her ancestress, Lady Elizabeth York show her 
the time to save her true love?

Chased by evil, two women discover their own magic to fight a 

villain's curse on the Posey rings that draw them to the men they are 
destined to love.

My review:
4.5 Stars

I have to say, I hesitated when offered this book for review. I don’t read many historicals anymore. There is nothing wrong with them, I just got burnt out on them for a while and now they just aren’t my first choice in the romance genre. However, this story and the premise sounded so intriguing that I couldn’t pass up the chance. I am so glad I didn’t. This book is right up there with the top books I have read this summer.

In the first story, we have the story of Elizabeth and Will. A true fated romance, this story had it all. The supporting characters were all so well drawn that I was engrossed in the story from the first page. Poor Elizabeth and Will both tried so hard to do the right thing. They fought their attraction to each other and a dark evil that threatened the entire castle. Oh that Carlyle made me so mad. He made me feel stabby! As in I wanted to stab him. More than once. Like a lot. So, kudos to the authors for drawing me so deeply into the story, if I had been a character I would have committed murder.

The second book was a little more convoluted by the fact that unlike in the first story, there was no clear cut villain. We, the reader, of course know who the villain is. Well, ok, I knew who the villain was. I mean it is a little up in the air, but I knew as soon as there was talk of…let’s just say black magic in order to avoid spoilers…immediately who was shaping up to be the villain. In the second book the romance seemed to take a back seat to the intrigue. There was definitely excitement and danger that kept me flipping the pages and staying up way too late to finish reading the book. I also developed a serious desire to learn how to scuba dive.

Anyway, the book as a whole was just a treat to read. With history, mystery, romance and evil curses this book has something for everyone. It will suck you in and you’ll have a hard time putting it down until you figure it all out. I am totally ranking this as one of my top summer reads. You should definitely go out and get this book.

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