FICTION

Star-Crossed

Crown. May 2019. 368p. ISBN 9781984822826. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781984822840. F
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Justine Carmichael is a copy-runner, a sort of glorified gofer, for Australia's monthly Alexandria Park Star, though she hopes to become a full-time reporter. She and Nick Jordan were best friends growing up in Edenvale until his family moved away. When she runs into Nick on the street, it's been quite a while since they last saw each other on a dual family holiday. Nick is now an aspiring actor, taking advertising gigs (he's dressed as a fish) and waitering to make ends meet, and Justine is still in love with him after all these years. Nick is a huge fan of the Star, especially the astrology column and its contributor, Leo Thornbury. Is it fate that leads Justine to a promotion and the opportunity to "realign" Nick's horoscope to be in her favor? In her U.S. adult fiction debut, pseudonymous author Darke creates a world of stargazers whose destinies eventually collide. And, yes, love doesn't need astrology to find its way home.
VERDICT Funny and enticing, this novel will appeal to readers who enjoy a hint of slapstick with their fiction. [See Prepub Alert, 11/26/18; library marketing.]

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