Bea Bishop is horrible at making decisions. Forget big life ones, even everyday choices seem to paralyse her. She’s learned to live with this because experience has taught her that it doesn’t matter what you do, no one has the power to control destiny. Anyone who believes they can is a fool.
But as her wedding day approaches, her years of indecision are weighing heavily on her, and she can’t help but wonder, ‘What if, what if, what if….’
What if she hadn’t upped sticks and moved to London? What if she hadn’t grabbed the first job that came along and settled down with the first guy who showed an interest? But all of her questions are silenced when she slips while walking down the aisle and is knocked unconscious. In this split second her life splits into two: in one existence, Bea flees back down the aisle and out of the church. In the other she glides blissfully towards her intended.
But which story will lead to her happily ever after?
Written in the Stars by Ali Harris is a sweet, sliding-doors style story that touches on romance and love, happiness, family and the way your past can shape your future.
I really enjoy this kind of narrative that explores two alternative possibilities, it always interests me to read and Written in the Stars is written really well, moving along at a good pace and injecting elements of humour into some of the slightly more downbeat scenes. I enjoyed the simultaneous storylines and only got a little confused about which narrative I was reading once or twice towards the end- but this is probably more to do with the fact that the chapters don’t say which ‘life’ Bea is talking about (the one where she marries Adam or the one where she doesn’t).
Bea’s obsession with posting everything she does or thinks on Facebook wears a little thin after a while but I guess that’s just typical of today and the way our society is all about the social media! Bea is a sweet character and you’re rooting for her to figure out what she wants to do with her life and who she wants to spend it with!
Overall this was a really enjoyable, Chick-lit/ contemporary romance novel with a twist. It wasn’t too soppy or cheesy, which I liked, but it did make me feel a little emotional at times! I am looking forward to reading some more of Ali Harris’ books in the future.