Review: Written in the Stars by Ali Harris

Posted June 11, 2014 by Charlotte in Reviews / 0 Comments

Written in the Stars by Ali Harris

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Written in the Stars by Ali HarrisWritten in the Stars by Ali Harris
Published by Simon & Schuster Ltd on June 5, 2014
Genres: Chick-lit, Fiction
Pages: 450
Format: E-Arc
Source: Netgalley
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Have you ever wondered 'what if?'. What if you'd taken that other job, gone on a date with that other guy, moved to a different city. Would an alternative life path have led to a happier ending? Now imagine if you could have taken both paths. When Bea Bishop slips while walking down the aisle on her wedding day, she is momentarily knocked unconscious. Her world splits and her parallel lives take her on two very different journeys. In one existence, Bea flees back down the aisle and out of the church. In the other she glides blissfully towards Adam, her intended. But which story will lead to her happy ever after? And will she end up in the same place? One decision + two different paths = how many happy endings?

Written in the Stars is a beautiful well written story, which effortlessly moves between Bea’s two stories. One story appears to focus on the life Bea feels she deserves, while the other focuses on how Bea’s life should have turned out. The clever use of the Facebook statuses enables the reader to keep track of which story is being told.

Over the course of the book we the reasons for Bea’s inability to commit and to have the tendency to always blame herself for the mishaps that occur, both in the past and the present. Yet through the support of her friends and family – Cal, Loni and Milly- Bea comes to terms with these mistakes and the path she now wants to take. Loni is Bea’s strong, supportive mother; Cal, her loving and reliable brother; Milly, the best friend, supporting Bea through ever decision she makes, but at the same time has a ‘no-nonsense’ attitude.

Written in the Stars will leave you questioning how different your own world would have been if you had taken a different path. After all have you never asked the question – what if? Would the same mistakes occur? Would you have meant the same people? Had the same opportunities?

Overall Written in the Stars is a heart-warming story as we watch Bea grow and develop as she journey’s through decisions from both the past and the present, to see where her future leads. While there is romance laced throughout, the ultimate theme is about being true to oneself and doing what you love and makes you feel happy.

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