Justine is working as a copyrunner at a magazine as she waits for her long-awaited promotion to cadet reporter. In the meantime, while hoping one of her colleagues will finally resign – or die - she wields her red pen on annoying typos throughout the community.
When she bumps into her old childhood friend, Nick, now an aspiring actor who has a shot at playing Romeo, she realises she still has a sweet spot for him. So what harm could it do to start altering Nick’s horoscope, to encourage him to follow his dreams as well as propel him in her direction? However, the changed horoscope for Aquarius ends up affecting a number of people’s lives too.
This is a delightful, witty debut, which tracks Justine and her quest to win over Nick over a year. I really loved the way the other Aquarian characters were introduced and how their lives converged. I could easily see this being adapted for the screen. I predict success has been written in Ms Darke’s own stars.