Book Reviews, Romance Novels

Review: Count Your Lucky Stars by Alexandria Bellefleur

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Count Your Lucky Stars by Alexandria Bellefleur

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
  • Buy the book here
  • Page Count: 384
  • Genre: Romance, fiction, contemporary, LGBTQ+ fiction

Alexandria Bellefleur’s take on the second-chance love story is a heartwarming look at how much joy can be found in rekindling youthful connections later in life.

There are actually two other books in this series, depicting relationships of other couples in this universe, but I ended up reading the third one first! Whoops. Even though I slightly spoiled some plot points of the series for myself, I was glad to read Margot’s story first. This book can very much be enjoyed without reading the first two installments.

It has been over a decade since Margot and Olivia have spoken. They were childhood best friends, and then over spring break senior year, they became more than friends. But shortly after, everything fell apart. Olivia got back with her boyfriend and the girls went off to separate colleges.

At 29, Margot has given up on love. But now she’s serving at the “Best Woman” at the upcoming wedding of her good friends, so she’s trying to be more cheerful on the subject. Olivia’s love life has been rocky. After a recent divorce from that once high school boyfriend, she moved to settle and became a wedding planner.

When surprising circumstances cause Olivia and Margot to become roommates, old feelings (and old heartbreaks) come back to the surface. Is it possible for your first love to be your best?

This story has so many things to love from the wedding planning backdrop to the funny award tension-filled roommate scenes. Oh, and Olivia’s Cat, aptly named “Cat”. I wasn’t sure what to expect in terms of heaviness here, but the book stays fairly lighthearted content-wise. Yes, Olivia is dealing with the fallout of a recent divorce, and Margot’s got her own issues to work through, but overall the story falls into the category of “cute”.

Margot and Olivia are cute together. I found myself rooting for them from page 1. I mean, who doesn’t want to see first love work out? Bellefleur’s descriptions of the young Margot and Olivia relationship shows lots of youthful miscommunications that led to heartbreak.

Overall, Count Your Lucky Stars is a nice read for those who enjoy those sweet friends-to-lovers stories. The story isn’t overly shocking, but it hits all the expected notes of a romantic comedy. For readers looking for a fairly lighthearted romcom, Count Your Lucky Stars is worth the read.

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