Title: Cross the Stars
Series: Crossing Stars Duet #1
Author: Venessa Kimball writing as V. Angelika
Genre: New Adult/Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 8, 2016
A year shy of graduating from Georgetown University, Ella Wallace feels like she is losing direction. Having carved her own path through life, rejecting her family’s elitist influences, the last thing she wants is to waste time and prove her parents right. A happenstance summer-long program abroad offers the perfect opportunity to immerse herself in volunteer work, finding richness in family and purpose she has never experienced before.
Prince Rajaa bin Ammaar is returning home to Jordan from Georgetown University. His intent is to spearhead a refugee program meant to bring peace to his country. Amidst threats of civil war and revolt, Raj stands for his convictions, even when they challenge his family and the very culture he is preordained to uphold.
A chance encounter at a crowded party in D.C. brought Ella and Raj together for one fleeting moment – two people never thought to meet again. But it’s not until their diverse worlds collide in Jordan that they realize the power of their connection. With the refugee program as their reuniting bond, they must cross the stars and defy their clashing cultures to protect their forbidden love.
With the culturally rich Jordanian backdrop, Cross the Stars will take you on a journey into the geographical and cultural Middle East, the resilience of people amidst turbulent civil unrest, the parallel unrest of two lovers’ clashing fates, and the diversity they must challenge with every breath to keep their love alive.
V. Angelika did a stupendous job with Cross the Stars! Reading this book made me feel like I took a trip to the Middle East. Her descriptions stirred up my interest in the culture and definitely the food.
Out of all the well-written characters, Prince Rajaa was my favorite. I loved his heart. The man was often conflicted between his strong sense of honor and his responsibility to his family and country. He wanted to make his own choices in life, but didn’t know how to do so and not hurt those depending on him.
I loved Ella’s spunk and desire for independence. I admired her need to escape the trappings of her upbringing. In any other setting, she’d come off as the spoiled little rich girl who needed to get over herself. Angelika was successful in revealing that even entitled kids have issues that mirror the less privileged.
Cross the Stars was intriguing and embraced current affairs, which I appreciated. I loved Angelika’s honesty. She wonderfully surmised circumstances and conditions in the Middle East. It was well-written and definitely well-researched. I look forward to reading the conclusion of this story.
Goodreads Reviewer – “This is a Fantastic story that I couldn’t put down.”
Goodreads Reviewer – “This book draws you in and makes you want to know what happens next.”
Goodreads Reviewer – “I was taken on a trip of romance, excitement, adventure and love.”