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Written in the Stars: A Sweet Romance Novella (Starlight Terrace Proposals Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Will Donovan, a well renowned author, has written the most important speech in his life, his marriage proposal. Set in the very romantic restaurant "the Starlight Terrace", everything has been carefully planned. What could go wrong?
Well, as it turns out, just about everything...
Liz Bennetti, book blogger and voice-over artist, has no idea Will is planning to propose.
Thinking he has an entirely different reason to celebrate, she does not make it easy for him and neither does the other guests (friend or foe) at the restaurant.
Ends with a lovely recounting some months past.
This is not really a P&P variation as the characters does not pretend to be Darcy and Elizabeth.
However, there is a strong resemblance to ODC in more than their names.
Heartily recommend this warm and cosy story.
“When virtue and modesty enlighten her charms, the lustre of a beautiful woman is brighter than the stars of heaven and the influence of her power it is in vain to resist.” Akhenaton
Poor Mr. Darcy… oops, Will Donovan... he was so deeply in love with Elizabeth Bennet… em… Liz Benetti, that he was paralyzed trying to find the PERFECT words he felt she deserved. What made that so unusual? Will Donovan was a famous author and one of his much-acclaimed books was being made into a movie. Due to his new fame, he was paralyzed by the attention, the awards and the demise of his privacy. All he wanted was time alone with his love and that was not happening. Everything that could go wrong… did.
“O, thou art fairer than the evening air clad in the beauty of a thousand stars.” Christopher Marlowe
This touching story made me laugh and cringe as poor Will waited at the restaurant for Liz to arrive. Now, I need to warn readers… pay special attention to dialogue. I missed many clues and later, wished I had paid more attention. This will prevent you from having to go back and re-read sections. This author really laid out clues and foreshadowing that was magnificent. I was totally caught off guard. Man… I love it when an author can surprise me. Well done.
Villain… OMG! This guy was horrid and his wife was worse than any Caroline Bingley. His threats were scary as our author laid out for us just how tenuous and fragile a writing career can be. Any scandal can destroy an author. Rumors of plagiarism, whether founded or not, can in effect destroy a career. I felt for Will as he watched this low-life threaten him, for no other reason than, he hated him. Wow!
Liz was magnificent as she defended her love and her faith in Will. Watch those clues… yep, this was good. Since it was a small window of time, actions moved quickly. I loved the atmosphere in the restaurant. It seemed rather distracting, but then, that was what it was supposed to do. Poor Will, was not having a good evening. Did he ever get to propose… you will have to read it to find out? Oh, and there was a delightful epilogue regarding an awards show where the film, based on Will’s story, was up for an award. OMG!! That was so swoon worthy that it was worth the read just for that.
We are inside Will Donovan's head as he goes through a nerve-wracking evening at the Starlight Terrace restaurant in Seattle trying to work up the courage to propose marriage to his girlfriend, Liz Benetti. Will is a successful author whose novel has been made into a movie, and it was just nominated for an award at the Sundance Festival. Liz does voice-over work and has her own studio where she records audio books, including those written by Will. She also writes a popular blog reviewing books, and she just wrote one that has gotten a lot of attention.
Don't think for a minute that this is a simple one-shot. First, Liz has no idea Will intends to propose and instead arrives thinking they're celebrating his award nomination. Since Will gets extremely uncomfortable as the center of attention, when her enthusiasm encourages a response from the other diners, he becomes that much more nervous. The two reflect a little on their less than auspicious beginning together (which is very Pride and Prejudice-like). Then a severe critic of Will's writing, Mr. Burgess, happens to be at a table nearby and does his best to ruin their evening. His bombshell leads to another deviation from Will's agenda, as Liz immediately wants to brainstorm how to manage a potential publicity disaster for the two of them.
There's a lot of very clever writing here, and very real, too. You can feel Will's panic rising as things stray far from the romantic atmosphere he'd planned. He's unhappy with the proposal he wrote out in advance, too, but he's terrible at coming up the right words when he has to speak off the cuff. (I can relate all too well to that!) It's easy to see why he's so crazy about Liz, who takes command of the whole room the moment she arrives. Both characters are very well written, as is the situation.
What impresses me the most is the way Ms. Joy crafts a thorough backstory for them woven into the details of this one eventful evening, puts together a series of delays that are believable under the circumstances, then brings an antagonist into the story presenting a serious obstacle with a building sense of alarm as the problem becomes more apparent. The alarm increases as we learn that Will has a secret that he is afraid to tell Liz but is forced to do so by the situation. The turning point when he makes his revelation is completely unexpected. I love the bonus scene, too, where Will is again the center of attention, and again realizes he must change what he planned to say.
Wonderful short but sweet story!
What absolute 'Joy' this novella was! Short it may be, but long on sheer fulfillment!
Completely captivating from start to finish. This is one story I will read again and again for packing a one-two punch...you knocked it out of the park Ms. Joy!
I especially enjoyed the 'SilverFox67' who reminded me of another Joy!