Wishes Under a Starlit Sky by Lucy Knott is the story of Harper Hayes, a happily married and successful romance writer for the popular Pegasus Chanel (think Hallmark) whose is thrown into a year long depression upon finding out her husband of eight years wants a break. Harpers stumbles upon the fact that he wants a “break” because he is actually having an affair. Her best friend and practically sister, Madi, finally has enough and books them a trip from London to Breckenridge, CO for a Christmas holiday with Harper’s parents, at their new home. With the help of her parents, the mountains, and the amazing new friends she makes, Harper begins to see that she can “write the script” for her life going forward and choose to do things that will bring her purpose and happiness; which might just include a handsome young doctor.
Lucy weaves a Hallmarkesque love story around a journey of soul-searching, rediscovery, and self-empowerment. Harper’s progression from devastated, depressed, and jilted wife to centered, healthy, and confident person in both her personal and professional life is fulfilling to follow and inspiring to think about. My only issue, which is why I gave this a 4 star review, is the constant self-examination and repeated profession of positive life enhancements. This became quite tedious for me to push through. As I have admitted in other reviews, not every writing style clicks with every reader. My view that Wishes Under a Starlit Sky has too much repetitive, self-evaluative and self-therapy commentary could very well be due to my personal preference when it comes to internal monologues.
Overall, Lucy has written an entertaining and heartwarming story in Wishes Under a Starlit Sky. Her characters come to life and provide a diverse and authentic cast. Her clear and descriptive writing style transports you from the streets of London to the quaint town of Breckenridge, attired with holiday decor and nestled in the snow-capped Rocky Mountains, while her her story encompasses all the elements of a great Hallmark romance.