Review: Written in the Stars by Sherill Bodine and Patricia Rosemoor

Written in the Stars by Sherill Bodine and Patricia Rosemoor
Release Date: August 12, 2013
Publisher: Entangled: Ignite
Pages: 208
Source: book provided by the publisher for review

 

 

Chased by evil, two women discover their own magic to fight a villain’s curse on the Posey rings that draw them to the men they are destined to love…
In 1601, Lady Elizabeth York’s star-shaped birthmark proclaims her a child of magic.

When she arrives at Dunham Castle to marry Carlyle, heir to the Duke of Lennox, she finds enchantment in the eyes and touch of Will Grey, the Duke’s bastard son. Bewitched by Elizabeth, Will defies all for their love, and his jilted half-brother places a curse on them both.

Searching for a treasure ship sunk long ago, present-day marine archeologist Cordelia Ward is pursued romantically by both salvager Innis Foley and treasure hunter Morgan Murphy. She is haunted by a
murderous nightmare where one man is the killer and the other the victim.

But which man is her enemy – which one her soul mate?

Can a journal that belonged to her ancestress, Lady Elizabeth York show her the answers… in time to save her true love?

 

Review: This was a wonderful romance that mixed the past with the present. In the 1600’s Elizabeth falls in love with Will, but is betrothed to his half-brother. Her story ends tragically, but she soldiers on in order to make things right in the future. The thing that gives her strength in her darkest hours is knowing that someday she and Will are going to be together for eternity. Elizabeth’s words, power, and actions will have an incredible impact on future generations for centuries to come.

This leads us into the present-day where Cordelia is searching for a treasure ship. Her partner Innis is as passionate about finding the mother lode as Cordelia. Innis and Cordelia have a history and Innis swears he loves her, but Cordelia is still on the fence about their relationship.

Enter Morgan Murphy. Morgan is looking for the same sunken ship and believes due to certain dealings his father had, the treasure rightfully belongs to him. But, when he meets his competition something magical happens between Morgan and Cordelia. In denial about their feelings for one another, the two forge an uneasy alliance.

Meanwhile, Cordelia has discovered Elizabeth’s diary and the story she tells parallels the present-day scenario between herself and Morgan and Innis. One of them is her man, the other is out to do evil. But, which one can she trust?

Mixing magic, fantasy, history and adventure the authors of this book did a wonderful job of creating a unique atmosphere and giving romance readers a little bit of everything they like all rolled up into one book. Danger, greed, good versus evil, magic, suspense, adventure, and at times there were moments of whimsy and moments that had a fairy tale quality to them. It is never an easy task to combine all those elements into a story and have it come together flawlessly. So, the transition from the past into the present was a just little bit of a jolt. I guess I was just so wrapped up in that part of the story I wasn’t ready to leave it just yet.

I loved the way the story all comes together in the end for Elizabeth and Will especially, and of course Cordelia will know which guy is right for her. Knowing that things are finally the way they should be will leave you with an uplifting feeling of contentment and joy.

This one is recommended to all romance lovers.

 

Julie