#Review It’s Destiny @betteleecrosby @TanyaAnneCrosby @JulianneMacLean
Memory House by Bette Lee Crosby
I do not think there is a book Bette has wrote that has not left me emotional. Stories that have me crying my eyes out while at work. So emotional that I can tear up when thinking about them or reading the description. Memory House is no different. A story that will pull readers into a different world. A world that have happiness and heartache. Where the master of fate balances the scale of life.
My favorite character from all of Bette’s books is Ophelia. Someone that reminds me of an older aunt. An aunt that is full of love, hope, and happiness with a heart fully of sorry. A person who has experienced more heartache than any one person should ever know. I have traveled with Ophelia in all the stories. To know she has stayed strong throughout all the troubling times.
Annie such a sweet, young, caring, naive person. Someone who believes that she was the person who did the wrong in a relationship when she was giving lies. A person who tried to forge a life out of lies and wondered why paper walls melted with rain. A person who found strength even when all she had hoped was lost with the wind.
A story that shows how the heart can heal. A story that gives hope to those of use who wonder if we will ever learn to trust again. A full 5 star story.
Lady’s Man by Tanya Anne Crosby
I have read several stories by Tanya. I admit to preferring her medievals over anything. She writes very compelling stories and have entertained me on several cold winter nights.
This story can be read in about an hour. A story that seems to be totally different than the description but then so accurate. I have read this story more than once. I did not forget I read it but it was such a lovely story and it has been several years since my first reading I read it again.
Annie is a person who thought everything was better with a plan. Or several plans in place instead of living life by the seat of her pants. When things go wrong after booking a summer house she learns that life is about taking chances. That it is better to take a chance than to have a life full of regrets for not taking that one chance.
Jamie is a loving care-free guy. Someone who grabs life by the horns and enjoys the cresting wave riding in on his surf board. Someone who leaves the impression of a beach bum only interested in where the next great wave will be. Readers will never know this characters full potential until a few pages from the end of this great story.
This was a story about taking a chance, letting go and knowing that regrets should never come to play in life. A full 5 star story.
The Color of Destiny by Julianne MacLean
I honestly think this is the first story I have read by Julianne. I can honestly state this will not be my last. I can also state the reason why I have not read any book by her. I honestly thought they were contemporary, sexual romances. I was so wrong about this great series. I will change this and go back to reading the first book tonight.
This story has me really questioning things. No I am not questioning the book, just things in my past. It is alright to question the past as long as I do not have regrets, right? A story about lies, heartbreak and coming back to getting everything you thought you had lost.
For several years I have looked for an author that writes close/similar to Bette Lee Crosby. Up until now I have not found that author. I can state with all honesty that Julianne’s The Color of Heaven series is what I have been searching for.
Kate and I are very similar in our experiences with men. A man who is not strong enough to accept the past and keep moving forward. A man who cannot let go of his addiction. A man that had rather spend the last 20 dollars on getting drunk or high than putting food on the table or gas in the tank. I really connected with Kate.
Now I am going to finish this review using the Discussion questions in the back of The Color of Destiny.
1. In the Prologue, Kate says ‘I’ve often wondered if a person’s life follows a path that is laid out long before he or she ever takes a first step. Or are we in control of what happens to us?’ What do you believe is the answer to this question, and how much control did Kate have over her fate in the end?
I think a little of both. We follow a path that we are either pushed towards or what we think is right. But we are able to control lots of stuff that can happen in our lives. Kate had full control over her life at the end of the book.
2. In Chapter Seven, Kate’s mother says, ‘You’re only fifteen, Kate. There will be plenty of other boys.’ Do you believe it’s possible for a fifteen-year-old girl to know that she’s found her mate for life? Do you think Kate was foolish to believe this? Why or why not?
Yes I believe it is possible for someone so young to know they have found there life’s mate. My great-grandmother married by the time she was 15 and had a baby by the time she was 16. She was married almost 50 years before great-granddad passed. Some people just know. It is no different than saying a person has an ‘old soul’.
3. If there had been no ambulance accident, and Kate had her baby according to plan, do you think her father would have kept his promise and allowed her to marry Glenn? Would the marriage have been a success?
No Kate’s father would never have kept his promise. He would have lied about making that promise or found a different way to weasel out of keeping it. Kate’s father is one of those men or parents who believes that a child should only do what they tell them. A parent who believes they know the best and to hell with what the child wants. A parent who would lie to God just to get his own way. Been there, experienced that and still have the heartache. The pain and knowledge never leaves a person.
Honestly no I do not think the marriage would have been successful. Glenn like most addicts start out with a few beers, it then turns in to a case and moves on to whiskey. After the beer and/or whiskey does not provide the numbing or a way to forget life an addict turns to something more. Maybe it is marijuana to start with but then quickly moves on to something else. No matter what I will always believe an addict is not always someone who just started drinking and could not stop. I believe there are some people who are born addicts.
4. When ‘Elizabeth’ makes her first appearance at Ryan’s house, had you forgotten about Kate’s story? At what point in the novel did you begin to suspect that Elizabeth and Kate might be the same woman?
I had not forgotten Kate’s story but I was wondering how Elizabeth fit into the story. I honestly thought the temporary tattoo was a way to hide scars on her wrist. I never dreamed Elizabeth was Kate until ‘The Talk’. But it I have been up late all weekend reading so my brain power is on the low side.
5. Do you think Gladys met Becky years earlier? What might have happened? How, or why, did Bubba end up with Marissa?
I do not think Gladys met Becky years earlier. I honestly think she just found the bear and put it away hoping that the original owner might look for it. Bubba ended up with Marissa because his original owner lost him.
6. Kate chooses to remember her father’s kind act of making sure that her teddy bear went with Becky to the adoption clinic. Is this a form of forgiveness on her part, and do you believe he deserves it? How did you feel about what happened with her father in the end? Would you have preferred to see things end differently between them? How? And why?
Not a form of forgiveness but a form of letting go of the past. A way to just forget and move on.
7. Do you believe in miracles or real life magic? Or is it all luck and coincidence?
Oh I believe in miracles. Not 100% sure about magic or luck but miracles happen every day. Nothing is left to chance and coincidence is just another name for fate.
This was a wonderful story. I truly enjoyed reading this and finding a new author/series to get lost in. A full 5 star story.
I received an ARC of this book because I have nothing to read.