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Today I am delighted to bring you a review for Stars of Fortune – Book one in the Guardians Trilogy. I finished this book in the latter part of 2019. I quickly ordered books two and three. If you love a tale filled with adventure and secretive character’s this is one for your TBR.
💫 Stars of Fortune – Book one in the Guardians Trilogy by Nora Roberts
💫Back of the Book
Sasha Riggs is a reclusive artist, haunted by vivid dreams and nightmares that she turns into extraordinary paintings. Desperate to understand her visions, she finds herself drawn to the Greek island of Corfu.
She has only just arrived when she encounters Bran Killian, an Irish magician with a warm charisma and secrets dancing in his eyes. Sasha has never met Bran before, but she knows him only too well – because this is the man from her dreams. The man she has painted over and over again. The man she seems fated to be with…if she can find the courage to accept who she really is.
Sasha soon discovers that four other strangers have been lured to the island. Like Bran, they are all desperately searching for a mysterious jewel known as the fire star – before it falls into the wrong hands. Together, they might just succeed. But first they must learn to trust one another, and reveal their deepest secrets.
On the sun-drenched island of Corfu, love and magic are sparked into life. And for Sasha, nothing will ever be the same again.
💫About the Author
Nora Roberts was born in Silver Spring, Maryland, the youngest of five children. After a school career that included some time in Catholic school and the discipline of nuns, she married young and settled in Keedysville, Maryland.
She worked briefly as a legal secretary. “I could type fast but couldn’t spell, I was the worst legal secretary ever,” she says now. After her sons were born she stayed home and tried every craft that came along. A blizzard in February 1979 forced her hand to try another creative outlet. She was snowed in with a three and six-year-old with no kindergarten respite in sight and a dwindling supply of chocolate.
Born into a family of readers, Nora had never known a time that she wasn’t reading or making up stories. During the now-famous blizzard, she pulled out a pencil and notebook and began to write down one of those stories. It was there that a career was born. Several manuscripts and rejections later, her first book, Irish Thoroughbred, was published by Silhouette in 1981.
Nora met her second husband, Bruce Wilder, when she hired him to build bookshelves. They were married in July 1985. Since that time, they’ve expanded their home, travelled the world and opened a bookstore together.
Through the years, Nora has always been surrounded by men. Not only was she the youngest in her family, but she was also the only girl. She has raised two sons. Having spent her life surrounded by men, Ms Roberts has a fairly good view of the workings of the male mind, which is a constant delight to her readers. It was, she’s been quoted as saying, a choice between figuring men out or running away screaming.
Nora is a member of several writers groups and has won countless awards from her colleagues and the publishing industry. Recently The New Yorker called her “America’s favourite novelist.”
💫 Review by Kelly Lacey
Sometimes in life, there are books that we are just meant to read. I was in my local charity shop one day and spied this American cover version of Stars of Fortune. I was going to catch a bus and there were customers at the till. So I popped it back on the shelf and I left. I thought about the book for three weeks and wished I had purchased it. It had a gold leaf cover and deckled pages. On my return to that town a month later, I went back into the store and couldn’t believe my luck it was there waiting. So I knew then that it was meant for me and now after reading it, I can’t believe how bloody stupid I was for leaving it there the first time.
Stars of Fortune is pure divine escapism. Nora Roberts has blown me away with this marvellous unexpected delight. It is hard to even define the genre, it has a hint of everything. Love, crime, fantasy, thriller and so much more.
With a whole host of amazing characters that each have their own story to tell. Set in Corfu, you could taste the seawater on your lips as the wind was blowing around you. I was right there, a wee ghost beside these characters. I could feel the heat from the sun. Nora Roberts is a goddess at setting the scene and giving the reader a real sense of place. I loved the weaving of the story and how the reader is almost part of the book. Putting all the plots together like a jigsaw puzzle.
Sasha Riggs has been having such vivid and powerful dreams and nightmares that when she wakes up, she paints what she saw. Sasha has been having repeat dreams about the same people and she feels drawn (literally) to go to Corfu. What will be the outcome of her trip? Is she going crazy? You will have to buy the book and go with her on her trip.
The book gave me so much more than I was expecting. With a hint of magic and fantasy, it ticked all my reading pleasure boxes. It was a huge five star read for me and I cannot wait to read book two and three.
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💫 Final Thoughts
Sometimes our own minds clouds our thinking. So many times we go to pick up a book and we pre-judge it. I definitely thought I was going into a nice romantic read with Stars of Fortune. Boy was I wrong, it took me on an epic adventure and it made me really think about not have preconceived notions about the books I read in the future.
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