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  • Beautifully written and heart-pounding story

    When I learned Elizabeth St. John found centuries-old family diaries that inspired her to write Written in Their Stars, I got goose bumps. This is the stuff great historical fiction is made of, especially in the hands of a master storyteller like St. John. Telling the tale of three unforgettable heroines and the divided political loyalties of their intertwined families, Written in Their Stars is totally immersive. It shines a light on a dramatic moment of English history, revealing royal and political intrigue during the era of the 17th-century English civil war. History is brought beautifully to life through lyrical prose, expert scene-setting, and heart-pounding action. I found myself rooting for the brilliant and courageous women who drive the story forward, mourning their losses, and exulting in their moments of joy and triumph. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the Lydiard Chronicles. Highly recommended.

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  • Well written

    I loved this book and wood recommend it for anyone who likes romance with historical facts.I also like the authors style of the way she made the book exciting and told the story in a way to hold my interest.

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  • Outstanding historical fiction

    “And now death, the ultimate Lord of Misrule, commanded her to change partners in the masque. Nan would take his bony hand and dance his volta. She cared not who she cavorted with, simply that she survive the dance’s end.” Written in their Stars is an elegantly written, impeccably researched and richly detailed novel set during the dark years following the execution of King Charles I. The story is told through three influential women, all bound by kinship. The author has taken diaries and letters written by her 17th century relatives and reconstructed this fraught time when lives hung in the balance. Through each of these strong woman, Elizabeth St. John explores different aspects of this period. My personal favourite, Nan Wilmot, acts as a spymistress, funnelling crucial information to the exiled king. The brief scenes with her and renegade husband, the king’s favourite Henry Wilmot, are tender and memorable. Frances Apsley, the courtier, is the conduit between the exiled court in France and Nan back in England. Resources are scarce and while the men are plotting uprisings and revolts, she is one of the many court ladies who have to scrounge for resources in an impoverished court to keep their family together. And finally Luce Hutchinson, wife of regicide John Hutchinson, whose pure ideals for the new Commonwealth have put her and her family at odds with Cromwell and his towering ambition. The author delivers an outstanding story threaded with tension while giving a 360 view of a lesser known era. This is biographical historical fiction at its finest and a triumphant finish to an excellent series. Highly recommended.

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  • Enjoyed

    I loved books 1, 2, and 3 of the Lydiard Chronicles and would love to see them as a TV mini-series. The writing style, location, and character details helped immerse you into the time period.

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