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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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  • File Size: 914 KB
  • Print Length: 353 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1461007763
  • Publication Date: August 18, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00408AN4G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #478,094 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Gail Cleare has written for newspapers, magazines, websites and Fortune 100 companies. Her ad agency worked for the co-creators of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. She was Leonardo's date for the premiere of the second movie, and got to wear a low-cut black evening gown and sparkly shoes. She also got to marry the man of her dreams and have three handsome sons, who are just as much trouble (and fun) as you might imagine.

Cleare lives on an 18th century farm with her family and dogs, cats, chickens, black bears, blue herons, rushing streams and wide, windy skies. She writes fiction full time, sitting by a panoramic view of woodlands and pastures. Flocks of birds swoop past her window like fish in a pool of blue air, as she floats away into her characters' worlds.

"DESTINED, a novel of the Tarot" is Cleare's debut novel. Released in 2012, it is available in e-book and paperback. It won Honorable Mentions at the Green Book Festival and the New England Book Festival.

Cleare is at work on her next two novels, "Secrets We Keep" (Women's Fiction), and "Love & Chocolate, a romance with recipes." You can read sample chapters free at Authonomy:
https://www.authonomy.com/user/6a03d8d6-cad7-4dce-9092-6d91404e5847/

Gail's first nonfiction book was released in 2014. She wrote, curated and designed the photography book, "REMEMBER BOSTON, the Boston Marathon Bombing Memorials." The beautiful images are by Smithsonian Institution photographer Douglas Potoksky. The e-book version of this title will be released in April, 2016.

Follow her photo blog "Circle of the Seasons" 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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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Karen Berry on 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 32 people found the following review helpful By Cameo on March 6, 2012
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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 By Michael M. on 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 19 people found the following review helpful By Violin Tutor on February 22, 2012
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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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88 of 116 people found the following review helpful By Bookworm on January 14, 2012
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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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Charlotte H. on October 21, 2012
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First, Gail Cleare is a good writer. She writes descriptively and knows how to turn a phrase. The characters were well rounded and written in a way that made them interesting.

Now, what I thought of this book. I read and read, enjoying the author's writing style but the book never really got started. The book was disappointing. It lacked dramma entirely and romance was written in a steril hinting of a real relationship between characters. The sad part is, I kept reading, thinking that maybe something would happen to make the story come to life. I thought just maybe, there might be a chance a couple times to redeem a grocery list of "happenings" and turn this into a real book but it never happened.

Being a good story teller is more than just knowing how to list events in a character's life. The reader needs to be engaged and be part of the emotional journey not just sit back and watch someone spoon or have a random migraine.
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