Written in their Stars by Elizabeth St. JohnPublication Date: November 19, 2019 Falcon Historical eBook & Paperback; 384 Pages Series: The Lydiard Chronicles, Book 3 Genre: Historical Fiction London, 1649. Horrified eyewitnesses to King Charles’s bloody execution, Royalists Nan Wilmot and Frances Apsley plot to return the king’s exiled son to England’s throne, while their radical cousin Luce, the wife of king-killer John Hutchinson, rejoices in the new republic’s triumph. Nan exploits her high-ranking position as Countess of Rochester to manipulate England’s great divide, flouting Cromwell and establishing a Royalist spy network; while Frances and her husband Allen join the destitute prince in Paris’s Louvre Palace to support his restoration. As the women work from the shadows to topple Cromwell’s regime, their husbands fight openly for the throne on England’s bloody battlefields. But will the return of the king be a victory, or destroy them all? Separated by loyalty and bound by love, Luce, Nan and Frances hold the fate of England—and their family—in their hands. A true story based on surviving memoirs of Elizabeth St.John’s family, Written in their Stars is the third novel in the Lydiard Chronicles series. website. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.
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From the very first page, I knew this was one I was going to love. First of all, this era, this setting, this concept in history is one of my favorites ever to read about, to learn about, and to see the different perspectives of each individual at this time fascinates me beyond belief. So this was everything I could’ve possibly wanted in a historical fiction.
The author’s writing style is so unique with a magically eerie quality that it instantly captivated me. The different point of views, the different sides that we were perceiving were all very enthralling and very well told.
If I read correctly, I think it was stated that the author pulled from her personal family’s history and it completely blew my mind. The accuracy of the mindsets and the events that played out was complete perfection. It was exactly what I would expect of factual history but with the author’s own approach and it made for a very compelling novel that I could not set down!
An amazing depiction of the unflinching truth of history while highlighting perfectly the role that women took on behind the scenes as kingkillers, as spies, as rebels, the roles that aren’t emphasized in history and I genuinely enjoyed every minute of it.