Written Stars — Book Review
Title: Written Stars
Genre: Lesbian Romance Novella
Magnolia Robbins was born on the east coast to two entrepreneurial creative minds who encouraged her at a young age to pursue her artistic passions. Ever since she was little she has enjoyed writing and creating new stories. As an up-and-coming lesbian romance author, she loves writing about strong women in love.
“The stars don’t hold our destiny, our destiny is what holds the stars.”
Megan Riley has always been all work and no play, a mindset that helped her become a successful defense attorney in Portland. With a recognizable name, more money than she knew what to do with and an adoring sister, her life looked like the picture of perfection. Yet all the money in the world couldn’t rid Megan of the idea that she was destined for something more. And it wouldn’t solve the nagging feelings she grappled with about her sexuality.
Eccentric Olivia Ellis was an insecure and struggling author trying to make ends meet. A big believer in destiny, she knew something waited just around the corner for her.
When Megan and Olivia meet by chance at a historic book store, they find themselves eyeing the same unique book – and each other. Neither could deny the instant attraction they felt. After a magical night together, Megan finds herself a lot less confused about her sexuality. Olivia, who struggled with her fears of commitment, decided if their meeting was “written in the stars”, they’d run into each other once more.
Will fate bring Olivia and Megan together again?
A steamy contemporary lesbian romance novella with a HEA ending you’re sure to love!
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Written Stars is Magnolia Robbins’ debut novella. With only 86 pages, Robbins takes you on a romantic journey through a snowstorm, hot chocolate, and a cozy fancy hotel. It’s a romantic night we all would love to experience.
When I first started reading, I thought this novella would be all about the night that Megan and Olivia meet, but it takes course over a year as a relationship between the two of them develops.
We have Megan, a lawyer, and Olivia, a writer, who meet one night in a bookstore with a brewing snowstorm that leaves them stranded in their town. They are only able to walk to the nearest hotel. With the passion of snow bringing them a magical evening, both of them are left wondering if it is just a one night romance–until they are both in search of each other over the next few days.
What I love about the two of them meeting is that they don’t exchange phone numbers or social medias as would people today. Megan and Olivia are left retracing their steps and wondering if fate and passion will bring the two of them together again. I mean, it worked the first time, so why wouldn’t it work again?
While this was an easy read, I wish there were more details in regards to the lives of Megan and Olivia. I felt like it wasn’t necessary to have this as a novella, it could have easily been a full length novel, with the proper descriptions and details added to it.
However, as a debut novel, this is a great starting point! Robbins creates this cute, fun-loving romance between two strong, independent woman. She does add in some heartbreak as well, only proving the point of how independent both women are. When Megan and Olivia both get the opportunity of a lifetime, they have to make the decision over whether or not they could do long distance to follow their dreams.
This wasn’t an unrealistic romance either, which can often happen in this genre. It’s plausible to have met someone in a bookstore and want to spend an evening with them. It’s the sort of authentic dating we all wish would still happen, instead of swiping left or right.
If you’re looking for a quick, fun read, I would definitely suggest Written Stars. Can’t wait to see what else Magnolia Robbins has up her sleeve!