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Destined, a novel of the Tarot [Kindle Edition]

Gail Cleare
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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Book Description

DESTINED
by Gail Cleare

Follow Emily's journey to self discovery, community, spirit and love. A contemporary magic-realism romance suitable for older YA or adult readers, with engaging multi-cultural characters and lyrical descriptions.

This is the year Emily Ross takes control of her destiny and learns to deliberately shape the future. Emily has always known she is different. She attracts spirits, has prophetic dreams and can sense people's thoughts. Lonely and longing to fit in, she hides her true self. But all this changes when she finally gets the courage to walk away from her safe routine and takes a job at "Paradise," a fabulous curio shop owned by Henry Paradis, the occult scholar who becomes her spiritual mentor. Recognizing her talents as the valuable gifts they are, Henry teaches Emily to accept her magical nature and "look forward." Emily chooses the path to light and happiness, opening her heart and braving the obstacles she must conquer along the way. She finds lifelong friends, falls in love with an incredibly sexy man, learns the power of desire and intention, faces her worst fears and is swept toward awakening.

The mystical images of the Tarot's archetypal trump cards chart the way, 22 sequential steps along the path to success known as “The Fool’s Journey.” Illustrated by images from the Payen Tarot of Marseilles (1713), which is the oldest surviving Tarot deck.

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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Publishers Weekly says:
"Each chapter of this unassuming novel is illustrated with a card from the tarot, and the contents of each section are loosely related to the meaning of the corresponding card. Cleare's narrative follows Emily, a young woman on a path of self-realization and awakening.... The novel is well plotted. Readers already interested in the tarot and its uses for divination will enjoy Cleare's serious meditations on the meanings of the cards, and the way the tarot plays out in Emily's life. What's more, Cleare offers a little bit of self-help and a little bit of chick lit, packaged together with a positive, make-your-own-destiny message: a pleasant, comforting read."

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Winner of Honorable Mentions at the 2012 Green Book Festival and the 2012 New England Book Festival.

Publishers Weekly says:
"Each chapter of this unassuming novel is illustrated with a card from the tarot, and the contents of each section are loosely related to the meaning of the corresponding card. Cleare's narrative follows Emily, a young woman on a path of self-realization and awakening.... The novel is well plotted. Readers already interested in the tarot and its uses for divination will enjoy Cleare's serious meditations on the meanings of the cards, and the way the tarot plays out in Emily's life. What's more, Cleare offers a little bit of self-help and a little bit of chick lit, packaged together with a positive, make-your-own-destiny message: a pleasant, comforting read."
 
Midwest Book Review says:
"A thoughtful and much recommended novel of tarot. Through the unknown, we can find something magnificent. A novel of romance and the life of the occult and the tarot, it's a fascinating break into this culture and the belief in mysticism." 
 
Dolores Stewart Riccio, author of Circle of Five and the Cass Shipton mysteries says:
"The beguiling tale of the transformative power of love and friendship. An enjoyable and enlightening novel."
 
Patricia Grasso, bestselling romance novelist and author of Marrying the Marquis says:
"Gail Cleare delivers a solid debut novel, DESTINED.  Ms. Cleare's characters are well-drawn and likeable, her plot and ideas spectacularly original."

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  • Language: English
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a magical fairy tale October 10, 2011
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I really, really liked this book! The author might not like it to be called a fairy tale, but the magical realism just appealed to me a lot. The characters were so well defined and real, I wanted to meet them all and go to work in that book/antique shop myself! I really like the links to the Tarot as I have several of these fascinating decks myself, and it was really fun to think about the events in the story in the context of the arcana cards. I think she covered all the eco/green issues of the day, maybe overly much, but then they are all pretty important and relevant. And I happen to like the point of view about creating one's own destiny. A very fun read!
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An EXCELLENT read! March 6, 2012
By Cameo
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A MUST READ!!!!!

To be honest, I downloaded this book because it was being offered for free. I wasn't sure what to expect but it had good reviews so I figured that I'd give it a try. I never expected this book to touch me so deeply, in so many ways. It was SO much more than just a novel...than just a love story. It was very profound on a spiritual level. I am a person with deep metaphysical beliefs, and this book seemed to speak to every part of me. From romance and the fostering of personal relationships to metaphysics, spirituality, politics and ecological responsibility, this book covers just about everything...and in just the right doses. A well rounded and perfectly blended storyline. Thanks to Amazon for the free download and a huge thanks to this amazing author. I most definitely look forward to reading whatever other works she has manifested into reality!
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A unique story, a delightful read! October 26, 2010
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It was before the first chapter ended that I was committed to following the story of Emily a young woman fed up with the one who strives to demean her. I followed intently on this young woman's journey to self discovery and empowerment and the supernatural. Along the way we are introduced to an eclectic mix of characters all of whom Cleare creates with such depth you feel as though you yourself would want to meet them. Cleare's gift for the descriptive and sensitivity to detail make this story a pleasure all the way through. Take a spin into the world of the supernatural, savor some romance and be delighted as you escape for a moment out of your world and into this one.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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This book was actually the first book I bought on my kindle when I was preparing a reading list for a holiday. Usually, I never read novels and this was a delightful, lighthearted break from my usual heavy reading lists. I identified deeply with the protagonist and she battled her way through life struggles on the job and in her personal life:I forgot how uplifting novels can be. I think one other reviewer compared it to a harlequin book. What an insult. I believe there was one tasteful love scene in it - and what great story doesn't have a love scene? I remember reading a biographical memoir of the Haitian dictator Papa Doc, and the journalist even threw in a gratuitous love scene of what he presumed happened between a prostitute and photographer on one of their trips to Haiti. Gimme a break. Ladies - buy this book. I look forward to other novels from this author, because as much as I enjoyed Anna Karenina... I enjoy shorter, lighter reads too.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite Pleasantly Surprised September 14, 2010
By Q
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I never expected to select a book about tarot, the occult, or even psychic phenomena (although I have read some Stephen King, so perhaps that's a bit unfair), I tend to lean toward testosterone infused thrillers, historical novels, and humor. And, let me admit too that I tend to favor male authors by a ratio of about 4:1. But, a friend suggested I try this one and I have to confess I was drawn-in from the start, became instantly invested in the protagonist, and found myself enjoying a quirky and delightful journey in a world unlike any I've ever experienced. Cleare's crisp language and fresh storytelling entertains, informs, and enthralls on many levels at once. A MUST read!
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84 of 112 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the ratings suggest January 14, 2012
Format:Paperback
Given the locations of some of the reviewers (live near the author), as well as the fact that this is the only book most of them have reviewed, I suspect that supportive friends of the author wrote many of the reviews. While the concept for the book is interesting ... each chapter representing a spiritual principle embodied in a tarot card (I have read tarot cards for many years)... and although some valuable spiritual principles are occasionally included as the motivation for the actions of various characters, the quality of the book overall is far less than the overly enthusiastic ratings would suggest.

The plot is simple and formulaic ... wronged good woman is given a second chance to follow her career path by a mysterious elderly mentor and becomes (of course) immediately successful. Through her mentor, she meets a tall, dark, handsome, wealthy, and mysterious stranger who (of course) immediately falls deeply in love with her and moves from England to be near her. Because she is a good person, everyone in the neighborhood (of course) immediately befriends her and appreciates her, and she becomes the social center for a group of supportive friends. Her enemies also become her friends through the power of positive (AKA magical) thinking. And, it ends ... ta da ... with a wedding. This story is so neat, so tidy, so expected, that I was bored on every page. However, I have a sometimes annoying habit of not being able to put down a book without finishing it, so I persevered.

The characters in the book were so sterotypical annd so thinly developed as to become indistinguishable from one another, except for their ethnicity, which was varied. The dialogue was ordinary, uninspired, and sometimes painful to read. The book was, quite simply, poorly written.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Charming story!
Published 1 month ago by nancy
4.0 out of 5 stars A Spin on the Fool's Journey
I bought this book because of the tarot aspect to it. And I really liked the way Gaile Cleare gave a modern take on the Fool's Journey. It's a fun read. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Adana Washington
3.0 out of 5 stars Do tell.
I liked the book enough to finish it, the way she used the tarot for each of the chapters was very good. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Adara Rose
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read!
Was afraid when I bought it that it was a mistake because a review called it science fiction. Was much relieved when I found that there was no sci fi in it other than maybe the... Read more
Published 16 months ago by L. Deister
4.0 out of 5 stars a good summer time read
This is one of those light hearted romances where good champions one hundred percent of the time. The story centers around a shop in an area full of many different ethnic... Read more
Published 17 months ago by eve salkind
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible, Horrible, Horrible - what extreme leftist agenda junk!
Why don't they have stinkweeds for reviews? Written so badly that I didn't care about any of the characters, there was no romance, tension or anything that was remotely real to... Read more
Published 20 months ago by CDAR
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It!
I was lucky to get this book for free. I was looking for a novel with reference to the tarot, and this book got my attention. I am glad I read it!
Published 20 months ago by EEliz
3.0 out of 5 stars Well ...hmmm
I'm familiar with tarot, so I bought this book to see how the author wove a story using the soul's path through the major arcana.
The characters are likeable. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT!!!!
This book gave me a new fresh look at how things in life can be altered with just a little faith and love!!
Published 21 months ago by Chelsea
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story!!
A very enjoyable story to read! Love how the author incorporated the tarot throughout the chapters. I reccomend this book!
Published 22 months ago by laura dean
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More About the Author

Gail Cleare has written for newspapers, magazines, websites and Fortune 100 companies. She is also an editor, photographer and graphic designer.

On April 7, 2014, Green Circle Press will release the photography book, "REMEMBER BOSTON, the Boston Marathon Bombing Memorials." Photographs by Douglas Potoksky, Edited by Gail Cleare. http://www.rememberboston.net

"DESTINED, a novel of the Tarot" is Cleare's debut novel. It was published as an e-book in 2010, and a trade paperback in 2011. It won an Honorable Mentions at the 2012 Green Book Festival and the 2012 New England Book Festival.

She lives on an historic farm in New England with her family and dogs, cats, chickens, black bears, blue herons, bobcats, rushing streams and wide, windy skies.

Follow her photo blog "Circle of the Seasons" here at Amazon.com, or on Goodreads (http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4351413.Gail_Cleare), Blipfoto (www.blipfoto.com/gcleare) or Twitter (@gcleare).

Visit her website at: http://www.gailcleare.com

Watch the Book Trailer for DESTINED at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZngbjSgOKoI

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