Love Lessons in Starcross Valley by Lucy Knott


The novel starts with Marnie who is 35 and visiting Canada for a few months and how she meets Nova, who she is attracted to straight away. But they only meet for a day, then they are thousands of miles away. Will they meet again?

Coming back home to Orion, near Manchester, Marnie is back in her flat, seeing her best friend Antoni and her twin sister Jovi. She has had a difficult time as her parents have separated and her boyfriend Josh dumped her after a ten year relationship.

Marnie lives in the village or Orion and the neighbouring village is called Gemini, so they are known as Starcross Valley – hence the book’s title.

There is a lot of food mentioned in the book, especially Antoni’s amazing cakes. I’m sure I put on a stone just reading about them all!

It felt slightly unrealistic that nearly all the characters had unusual names – Marnie, Antoni, Jovi, Paislee, Esme, Jackson, Cameron, Sienna, etc. Surely in a village near Manchester, there would be more people with common names? There’s a Lesley, a Harry and a Tim, but that’s about all.

I enjoyed the scenes with Marnie teaching Paislee. They were really well written and I loved the little girl and Marnie’s way of responding to her needs.

It was good to read a romance between two women, after reading so many between a man and a woman. I wasn’t particularly pulled in by the first chapter, but when Nova reappears, I really connected with the story and wanted to read on to find out what happened.

Love Lessons in Starcross Valley

With the recent breakdown of both her ten-year relationship and her parents’ marriage, thirty-five-year-old Marnie Barnes no longer believes in love. To give her life the shake-up it so clearly needs, she books a ticket to Canada.

Thousands of miles away from her home and her twin sister, she struggles to have the life-changing experience she dreamt of – until she meets Nova, a dinosaur-loving space nerd with a penchant for living in the moment. After a wonderful day together in Vancouver, they part ways. Though gutted, Marnie thinks it’s proof that she’s not meant to find love and tries to move on with her life.

But a few months later, back in England, she bumps into someone achingly familiar. As Marnie navigates her new feelings, takes chances and makes the first move for the first time in her life, can she regain her faith in love – and find it for herself?

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Author Bio –  Lucy Knott lives in Manchester England, just around the corner from her childhood home and less than five minutes from her twin sister Kelly and brother in law Chris. She loves spending time with her family in addition to writing, reading and cooking Italian food. When not buried in a book, scribbling in a notebook or having dance parties for one to Harry Styles, she works as a teaching assistant where the majority of her days are spent talking about dinosaurs and making Godzilla out of just about everything, from Blu Tac to cardboard boxes, and she loves every minute.

If she could up and move to the stunning Amalfi Coast, San Francisco or live in a cabin surrounded by fairy lights, she would, but for now she’s quite content writing about those magical places. Lucy loves to write uplifting stories that she hopes will put a smile on your face, fill your heart with joy, encourage you to embrace the awesomeness that you are and believe that any dream is possible.

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Published by karenlouisehollis

53, lives in Lincoln, England. Published writer, book blogger and reviewer, mum, grandma, cat owner, vegetarian. Loves reading and sewing. My novel is out - WELCOME TO WHITLOCK CLOSE.

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