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Is there some truth to the way the sun signs, houses, the sun and the moon, all work together to affect your every day relationships? 

Whether you believe in astrology or not, Minnie Darke's new novel Star-Crossed will surely challenge you to be open-minded, and destined to give you a chuckle or two along the way. 

Justine (Sagittarius) bumps into Nick (Aquarius) one random day. Coincidence? It's been a while since these childhood sweethearts saw each other, and the meeting creates some sparks. But, is this a chance meeting, or is has this moment been predetermined by the stars? 

Justine is a sceptic of astrology. And, she's quite surprised to learn that Nick makes all his life's important decisions based on what the horoscope says. Not just any horoscope, but the one written by Leo Thornbury, an astrologer who writes for the magazine that Justine just happens to work for. Now is that a bit coincidence or what? 

But suddenly, the stars start aligning in her favour, and Justine just can't ignore the fact that, the course of action was "predicted" by Leo. But is Nick stretching the words to make them work in his favour? Can the stars really predict your future.  

The drama unfolds as Justine begins to meddle with astrology by tampering with the magazine's horoscopes, creating a ripple effect (Isaac Newton's 3rd law of motion). What's inevitable, is an unexpected and at times entertaining turn of events. 

Contemporary fiction that's romantic and level-headed, Star-Crossed by Minnie Darke hits just the right buttons, and makes for a heartwarming and entertaining summer read. Perhaps it's also one that will be made into a Hallmark movie. Here's wishing.