Katherine Dale’s life is in a state of chaos. She has just been made redundant from her job as an accountant and she finds herself with no career, no direction in life and no relationship to fall back on.
To make matters worse, the one thing that she could always depend on – genius astrological readings from her idol, Mark Ainsley-Thomas – is even beginning to fail her.
At a crossroads in her life and starting a career as a full-time writer, Katherine cannot believe that the readings from the world-renowned astrologist are failing to guide her through this tumultuous time.
She sends an email to Mark’s webpage, venting her frustration at the recent unhelpful readings.
Little does Katherine know that Mark’s busy publicity schedule and his overbearing agent are taking over his life and that he has hired an assistant astrologist, James, to take over the readings.
James, returning to astrology after a failed business career and disastrous marriage, is also at a vulnerable stage in his life and reacts angrily when he receives Katherine’s emails criticising his work.
Their heated email exchange reveals the frustrations in both their lives but the reappearance of Mark Ainsley-Thomas helps to smooth this friction over, and Katherine and James begin a tentative friendship which soon blossoms into something much more.
Katherine, James and Mark realise just how small the world is when their complicated lives become forever entangled.
Amidst the chaos of their lives, including a cat named No. 4, a local writing group, a difficult ex, an old war veteran named Jake, a potential book deal and a last-minute trip to LA, will there ever be a happy ever after for Katherine and James…?
‘Under the Stars’ is a gentle, often humorous story about newly redundant Katherine. Struggling to see her career disaster as an opportunity, she needs the support of her personal horoscopes, which are uncharacteristically confusing. Feeling alone and cheated she is forced to widen her support circle. Katherine is not in a good place but her self-depreciating humour, lack of self- esteem and willingness to help others, soon endears her to the reader.
James’ life appears blighted by failure. Standing in for resident astrological genius Mark is something to pay the bills, whilst he evaluates his life. The scene is set for a fateful meeting and a roller-coaster of an emotional ride, for our unlikely couple.
The pacing is steady and lets you appreciate the beautifully crafted characters, which enhance the love story and make it special. No 4, Katherine’s feline companion is a delight and so true to life, the nuances of cat behaviour captured perfectly. The animated, realistic supporting cast, make this a really interesting, worthwhile read with a happy, romantic ending. I can’t wait to read ‘Quintessentially Yours’ to find out what happens next.
I won a copy of this book from the author in a giveaway.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars