(Review)Written in their Stars by Elizabeth St. John

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02_Written in Their Stars

Publisher and Publication Date: Falcon Historical. November 19, 2019.
Genre: Historical fiction.
Pages: 474.
Source: I received a complimentary copy, but was not required to leave a positive review.
Audience: Historical fiction readers. Readers who love the time period of mid to late 1600s England.
Rating: Excellent.

Book tour landing page: Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours.

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Two additional books were previous to the book I’m reviewing.

The Lady in the Tower

Book One 

by love divided

Book Two 

About the author:
03_Elizabeth St. John

Elizabeth St.John spends her time between California, England, and the past. An award-winning author, historian and genealogist, she has tracked down family papers and residences from Nottingham Castle, Lydiard Park, to the Tower of London. Although the family sold a few castles and country homes along the way (it’s hard to keep a good castle going these days), Elizabeth’s family still occupy them – in the form of portraits, memoirs, and gardens that carry their imprint. And the occasional ghost. But that’s a different story…
For more information, please visit Elizabeth St. John’s website. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

Summary:
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.

My Thoughts:
The main reason I love this story is it shows the love of family. And just in this one theme there are several things noted: strength, loyalty, perseverance, steadfastness, affection, protection, and dedication.
I love this story, because it is the history of the author, Elizabeth St. John’s family. This made the story enticing and rich.
The time period for this novel begins at the execution of Charles I. Afterwards, the Commonwealth and Protectorate ruled (1649-1660.) Charles II, was crowned April 23, 1661, as King of England. It was during these years the book shares the life stories of the following characters: John and Luce Hutchinson, Allen and Frances Apsley, and Nan and Henry Wilmot. Each of them had strong rolls in the history of England.
Dialogue is strong in Written in their Stars. The conversations are between the characters. They discuss fears, gossip, plots, insecurities, sadness, joy, prayers, and an anguished heart. It is because of the intimate dialogue that I became apart of the story and apart of the character’s lives.
Nan is my favorite character. She is a valiant person. There were times I imagined her with a crown on her head-as ruler of a nation and not just in her home.

Giveaway:
During the blog tour, we are giving away two signed copies of Written in their Stars! To enter, please use the Gleam form below.
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