Written in Their Stars Tour – Review & Giveaway

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About the Book

Written in their Stars by Elizabeth St. John

Publication 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.

Review

So, I just want to start off by saying that the writing in this book is beautiful. The stylistic elements of it took me back to the time period and allowed me to further immerse myself in the story. On this note you can also tell that the author spent a multitude of time researching the era and the history to bring forth this story.

This story takes you on a tantalizing ride through the aftermath of the execution of King Charles I. I want to point out that this book is in three point of views – Nan, Luce, and Frances. At first I was a little disoriented because I need to learn to read the titles of chapters, but once I realized my mistake in thinking it was one POV it became very easy to read and tell the women apart (talk about thinking there was some sort of multiple personality disorder going on!). Now, it clearly states that this is the story of three women in the synopsis, but sometimes I read the synopsis long before I read the book and become too eager to start reading to refresh my memory. (This is also a lesson on NOT starting a book at 1AM, no matter how excited you are)

I read this book as a standalone, even though it is the third book in the series (you can do that! I love series where each book is in essence a standalone!). But, I am definitely going to be reading the other books in this series! You can officially call me a fan! I’m just enamored with how the book took me into the story and plopped me in the time period. I love lush writing, so if you do too please read it!

About the Author

About the Author

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…

Author Links

Tour Schedule

Monday, December 9
Review at Passages to the Past

Tuesday, December 10
Review at Jackie & Angela’s Book Reviews

Wednesday, December 11
Review at Books and Zebras

Friday, December 13
Review at @ya.its.lit

Saturday, December 14
Review at Liberty’s Literary Loves

Monday, December 16
Review at Red Headed Book Lady

Tuesday, December 17
Review at Impressions In Ink

Wednesday, December 18
Review at @bookishbellee

Saturday, December 21
Review at Tales from the Book Dragon

Monday, December 23
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books

Friday, December 27
Review at Historical Romance Lover

Sunday, December 29
Review at 100 Pages a Day

Friday, January 3
Review at Hoover Book Reviews

Monday, January 6
Review at Reading the Past

Tuesday, January 7
Interview at Let Them Read Books

Wednesday, January 8
Review at Donna’s Book Blog
Review at I’m All About Books

Thursday, January 9
Review at Historical Fiction with Spirit

Friday, January 10
Review at Broken Teepee
Review at A Darn Good Read

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. Giveaway Rules – Giveaway ends at 11:59 pm EST on January 10th. You must be 18 or older to enter. – Paperback giveaway is open to US residents only. – Only one entry per household. – All giveaway entrants agree to be honest and not cheat the systems; any suspicion of fraud will be decided upon by blog/site owner and the sponsor, and entrants may be disqualified at our discretion. – The winner has 48 hours to claim prize or a new winner is chosen. Written in Their Stars https://widget.gleamjs.io/e.js

*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*

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