Written in the Stars by Alexandria Bellefleur

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

by Alexandria Bellefleur
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: November 10th 2020
Source: ARC received for review
Star Quotient: ★★★★1/2
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷✷1/2

We've had incredible romance debuts this year and I've been fortunate enough to have read several that made it to my favorites list. Written in the Stars is at the top of that list. This witty and radiant F/F romance which takes inspiration from Pride & Prejudice and The Bridget Jones Diary is not to be missed!

While Written in the Stars is not a pure retelling of Pride & Prejudice, you will notice the similarities between the characters of Darcy and Elizabeth in Austen's book to Darcy and Elle. I liked how the author weaved the foundational traits of Austen's characters with her own spin to characterize Darcy and Elle. Elle, a social media astrologer with big dreams, is set on a blind date with her business partner, Brendon's sister, Darcy, an actuary. Though their first date starts off on the wrong foot, these two somehow stumble into a fake relationship to get Brendon off Darcy's back. 

I enjoyed both Darcy and Elle's characters. Elle was the more romantic and dreamy one of the two. She had big career dreams and had turned her social media astrology into a successful business. Sadly though, she hasn't necessarily received any familial support that she should have had been provided with - they often downplayed her achievements and compared her to her more traditionally successful siblings. Poor Elle! She was a good egg, however, and even though it obviously broke her heart, she didn't let her family completely deflate her ambitions and she remained ever optimistic. On the other hand, we have Darcy, who at first glance is glaringly incompatible with Elle. She had a more subdued personality compared to Elle, but she was equally wicked smart and carried her own share of vulnerabilities. Having come off a relationship that ended sourly, she was more guarded with her heart and didn't sport the rose-tinted glasses that Elle did when it came to the romance department. We did get to see her slowly break that shield she sported around her in Written in the Stars, and she somehow became even more endearing.

Together these two were even better! Written in the Stars has one of the loveliest pairings I've read this year. Even on their bad date the tension and chemistry between Darcy and Elle were electric. As you all probably know, the fake relationship trope is one of my favorite tropes of all time. The execution of that trope did not disappoint one bit in this book. There were so many precious and shippy moments in their romance that left me feeling and looking like the emoji with hearts it in its eyes: 😍! I couldn't get enough of their dynamics and then when they started to open about each other's dreams and fears, I was left in a happy puddle. This book was so romantic my heart ached!

Written in the Stars also did a good job of portraying the different relationships. As I alluded to earlier, Elle's family was an important part of this book. They could be infuriating with their behavior towards Elle, but there was also love underneath there, which was why Elle kept coming back to them. Darcy's own relationship with her brother, her number hype man, was very much in contrast to Elle's. I really adored Brendon and I'm happy we're getting his book next. Astrology was also played a big role in Written in the Stars and I loved every bit of it. I've recently been getting into social media astrology (umm, the accuracy of those things!!!) so it was fun and unique to see how that played out in the book.

This review has gotten quite long-winded and I could probably go on and on, but I'll stop for now and leave something for you guys to discover on your own. Written in the Stars was a feel-good and romantic book that you most definitely need in your reading life!

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Hello, friends!

I'm excited to welcome Alexandria Bellefleur to the blog. 😁Alexandria was kind enough to answer a few questions for this interview. I hope you enjoy reading my questions and her responses!

Could you convince readers to pick up WRITTEN IN THE STARS using a single sentence?

WRITTEN IN THE STARS has the warm, fuzzy feeling of a Hallmark holiday movie, but it’s sexier, sapphic, and sprinkled with references to Pride & Prejudice and astrology memes like “What brunch food are you based on your zodiac sign?”. If any of that appeals to you, you should definitely pick up WRITTEN IN THE STARS.

Elle in WRITTEN IN THE STARS has built a successful career running an astrology social media account. If you could describe both Darcy and Elle using astrology memes, what would be the perfect memes?

This question is so hard, only because I have a folder of hundreds of astrology memes saved on my phone and picking just one for each of them is impossible. So I picked two! 

Elle:


Darcy:



Darcy and Elle's personalities are inspired by Darcy and Lizzie from PRIDE & PREJUDICE. Why did you specifically choose those two Austen characters to base your protagonists on and what would you say were the biggest differences between your characters and Austen's characters? What would a double date between Darcy-Elle and Darcy-Lizzie in present-day Seattle look like?

My original inspiration was actually Bridget Jones’s Diary, which is its own super loose P&P reworking. I wound up taking inspiration from both sources, but mostly only in the characterization of Elle and Darcy. Elle is certainly more like Bridget than she is Elizabeth Bennet, although Lizzie does wish to marry for love, not convenience despite the meddling of her mother who doesn’t really understand what makes her tick. WRITTEN IN THE STARS is set in a very modern world and Pride & Prejudice is a regency romance so it’s hard to name the biggest differences between my characters and Austen’s without considering the effects of the period on the characters. It’s difficult to know what a truly modern Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy would look like, at least in my opinion!

I will say I can’t picture Lizzie caring much—or anything at all—about astrology. And my Darcy is much more playful than Austen’s Darcy, at least once Elle and readers get to know her.

A double date in present-day Seattle…I have a feeling they’d wind up in a bookstore, maybe Elliott Bay Book Company in Capitol Hill. I feel like books would be common ground for them all and perusing a big bookstore would allow everyone to find something to their liking.

 I see that you are a big Vodoo Doughnut fan. Which donut flavor would you pair with Darcy and Elle? 

I love this question! Let’s see…Elle would definitely be an Oh Captain, My Captain. Vibrant, colorful, and a little unexpected. The cereal topping might be a turn-off for someone seeking a traditional donut, but the combination is actually a sensory delight. Darcy would be a Maple Cream. Relatively traditional looking on the outside, but with an ooey, gooey center that spills out if you apply the right pressure. And the eyes and mustache would appeal to Darcy’s playful side, though she’d never admit it.


It's a COVID-free world and Darcy and Elle are off on their first-holiday destination as a couple. Where are they off to and what are their plans for their vacation?

Darcy and Elle actually go on their first vacation together in HANG THE MOON, but I don’t think it’s too spoiler-ish, so I can talk about it. Over the long Memorial Day weekend, they drive up to Vancouver where Darcy enjoys perusing the fine arts galleries on Granville Island and Elle gets a kick out of some of the quirkier offerings the Public Market has to offer. As a surprise, Darcy takes Elle to the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, which is pretty much the pinnacle of romantic gestures for Elle. There’s a planetarium, observatory, and a ton of cosmic exhibits that Elle completely nerds out over. Darcy’s happy because Elle’s happy.

As for winter holiday vacations, I could absolutely see the two of them turning down a future Thanksgiving with family, and heading out of the city and booking a getaway to a cabin in the mountains where there’s no wi-fi and an abundance of hot chocolate. They’d cozy up under a mountain of blankets and watch TV Land classics like their mutual favorite, Bewitched. The lack of family drama would be the biggest selling point for them both.

 I'm so excited that Brendon, Darcy's brother, is getting his own story in HANG THE MOON. If you're free to discuss it, what was the most exciting part of writing his book and what can readers expect from it?

Rom-coms of the late ’90’s and early ’00s lightly influenced WRITTEN IN THE STARS, but the rom-com references are much more significant in HANG THE MOON. Brendon’s a hopeless romantic, but most of his experience with love comes from his favorite movies like Say Anything, Notting Hill, When Harry Met Sally, 10 Things I Hate About You, and Never Been Kissed.

He’s in love with the idea of love, so I had fun playing with how his expectations differ from reality as he begins to realize life isn’t like the movies…it’s better. But there are plenty of bumps and hiccups along the way and those were ridiculously fun for me to write because Brendon’s not a quitter, so each time he gets knocked down, he absolutely gets back up again, ready to learn from his mistakes and fumbles.

I don’t want to say too much, but he absolutely finds his perfect match…well, honestly, he’s already met her. ;) 

Many thanks to Alexandria for stopping by!

Let's chat!

Have you read any F/F romances this year? Which have been your favorites? What are some of your favorite P&P retellings?
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