Summary: Amelia Cole–Lia for short–is one of the first women studying abroad at Oxford University in the 1920s. Finally free from her overbearing Brooklyn parents, she finds a welcome sense of independence in British college life–and quickly falls for Scarlett Daniels, an aspiring actress and hardheaded protester. Scarlett introduces her to an exciting gender-equality movement, but when their secret love clashes with political uprising, their relationship is one of the casualties. Years later, Lia’s only memories of Scarlett are obscured by the glossy billboards she sees advertising the actress’s new films. But when a mysterious letter surfaces, she is immediately thrown back into their unsettled romance, and she crosses oceans and continents in her search for her former lover. Lia will stop at nothing to win Scarlett back–but ultimately, spread across time and place, she begins to realize that uncovering lost love might not be attainable after all.
Swearing Off Stars by Danielle Wong is a journey through the beginning of a relationship and tracking it’s progress decades through time. The way Wong wrote but Amelia and Scarlett made me want more. It was beautifully written. I felt for all the characters from the ‘20s all the way to the 50s.
It’s be a while since I’ve read something that’s made me hurt as the character was hurting but Lia’s innocent, unsure and the heartbreak she experiences, it was like a knife to the heart in some parts. There were times I was so angry with Scarlett, with Beck and I just wanted happiness for Lia but it was truly something that could have happened during that time period.
Wong left me wishing for more, and there were a few areas I wished she would have explored and that’s the only reason I’m giving this a 4/5 star review, otherwise it would have been 5/5.
Would I recommend this to others? Oh yes, I definitely would. Will I be looking for more of Wong’s work? Count me in.
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