Author: Ali Harris
Pages: 450 pages
Release date: 5th June 2014
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
Bea Bishop is horrible at making decisions. Forget big life ones, even everyday choices seem to paralyse her. She’s learned to live with this because experience has taught her that it doesn’t matter what you do, no one has the power to control destiny. Anyone who believes they can is a fool. But as her wedding day approaches, her years of indecision are weighing heavily on her, and she can’t help but wonder, ‘What if, what if, what if….’
What if she hadn’t upped sticks and moved to London? What if she hadn’t grabbed the first job that came along and settled down with the first guy who showed an interest? But all of her questions are silenced when she slips while walking down the aisle and is knocked unconscious. In this split second her life splits into two: in one existence, Bea flees back down the aisle and out of the church. In the other she glides blissfully towards her intended. But which story will lead to her happily ever after?
I kindly received Written in the Stars in exchange of an honest review by the publisher.
I know I am very late reading and reviewing this one. Nonetheless I’d like to share my thoughts with you. First of all, I’d like to begin my review by saying a huge thank you to Sara from Simon & Schuter, for providing me with my very own paperback copy of the book. Written in the Stars was absolutely fabulous, and I loved it from back to front.
This is going to sound crazy, but this is the very first book that I have had the pleasure of reading by Ali Harris. The truth is that I actually have a few books written by her on my bookshelf. Sadly, my ever-growing to-read list hasn’t given me a break, but as soon as I possibly can, I’m going to dig those beauties out and lose myself to some more of Ali’s wonderful writing.
We meet Bea Bishop on her wedding day. Usually this should be the most happiest day of her life but Bea is filled with doubts and uncertainties. While she walks down the aisle towards Adam, her boyfriend of the last seven years, she spots a familiar face amongst the guests, a face she has not seen for eight years, yet one that she has never forgotten, her first love Kieran. Then she slips and knocks herself unconscious. Bea’s world is split into two separate lives and she gets the chance to live out both decisions of what she should do that day. With Written in the Stars, it will leave you wondering “what if?”. What if… There are so many different possibilities in life and every single one of us has to figure out what’s good for them and what they need In this novel, the reader gets the chance to see two different versions of the story’s main character, Bea: Bea Bishop, the bride who ran away and finds herself increasingly drawn to the ghosts of her past and Bea Hudson, the bride who walked down the aisle marries Adam. Which decision was the right one?
The one element that I did truly admire within this novel was the Ali ensures that the two stories are easy to differentiate such that the book is never confusing, using Facebook statuses to head the alternating sections between Bea Bishop and Bea Hudson. Ali’s writing style is so fluent, relatable and easy to follow it makes it hard to stop. She really managed to convey two different Bea’s and it was really fascinating to see the changes between the two, to see what certain events can do to people and how it can have an effect on them for the rest of their lives. I was initially taken aback by the depth and beauty of this narrative. There is so much more to this book than a girl being stuck between choosing two guys; it’s massively about friendship, decisions, self discoveryloss and what happens when your entire world changes in an instant. Ali Harris is a natural born story-teller who’s books I have completely fallen in love with. Her stories, although enjoyable in their own right, always come with important messages which you will
take away with you and remember long after you’ve put the book down. Overall an all-round amazing book. I can’t wait for more.