Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Tracing the Stars by Amanda Richardson


Tracing the Stars by Amanda Richardson – 4 stars

Two children were pen pals. Their parents were friends, but they lived practically across the country. The children, Emilia and Leo, were both into science and it kindled the friendship. But over the years, Emilia felt like his success overshadowed hers. So they stopped talking on the phone. Stopped writing letters.

Until one incredible opportunity arose. Emilia applied for the assistant position under the great Dr. Leo Kennedy. She was about to meet her childhood pen pal. She was about to meet the man who inspired her to continuously try harder.

This is such a unique story. I’m a closet lover of astrology, so this instantly had me intrigued. I loved the first half of the book because it was nothing like anything I’ve ever read. It was very unique in the aspect of astrology and a type of place that you aren’t used to. The characters were well developed. And that twist… Wow. I was really excited to see where the author was going to take this.

The book was on track for a full 5 star rating… Until the second half.

***** SMALL SPOILER *****

It’s probably just me, but birth and labor and maternal things like that kind of make me sick to my stomach. I know, I know… Please don’t judge me for that. That was definitely my least favorite part of the book. Then there were around ten typos I found while reading, which I automatically doc after a certain number of errors.

Overall, it was a great love story. The first half of the book was my favorite. The twist was something new and exciting. The second half, I was hoping for a little more, but it was still a great read! Definitely recommend for those who love NAR!


For Emilia Harper and Leonardo Kennedy, life has always been defined by science, data, and facts. As astronomers, things are pretty cut and dry. Their lives are disciplined.
A collection of accomplishments.
As childhood pen pals, they thrived on competition, and as adults, it seems nothing has changed.

Except everything has changed.

When Emilia lands a position in Antarctica alongside Leo, she’s excited about the opportunity and only a little bit anxious to meet Leo—who was her sounding board for all things science until they grew apart and stopped communicating. During their surreptitious first meeting the night before they depart, Emilia discovers that Leo, the brainy teenager, somehow morphed into an egotistical, workaholic prick.

When the incessant bickering begins to give way to solicitous flirting, they discover that maybe mixed in with the discipline is… Chaos.
A mess of feelings.
Feelings that can’t be computed or explained.

The only problem is, interdepartmental relationships are forbidden at the South Pole station. As the winter gets colder and the sun disappears, they make a conscious effort to stay away from each other. Which is a hard thing to do when you’re stuck inside of a glorified igloo with only forty-three other people. Following the rules—something they’re both inherently prone to doing—is so much easier said than done.

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