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Destiny (The Destiny Trilogy) [Kindle Edition]

Cindy Ray Hale
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Book Description

Destiny Clark, a young Mormon girl living in Tennessee, is wildly infatuated with Isaac Robinson, the headmaster's son at her Baptist high school. When they're cast together in the school's production of Les Misérables, Destiny is horrified to find that she has to be publicly humiliated by acting out her true feelings of rejection onstage.

As their rehearsals begin, Destiny realizes the unimaginable: Isaac has developed deep feelings for her despite their religious differences and the fact that he has a girlfriend.

But will they be able to find their place amongst the backbiters of their ultra-conservative world?

Weaving around Destiny and Isaac's alternating viewpoints, Destiny is the first book in a series inspired by the characters of Les Misérables and explores heartbreak, self-discovery, intolerance, and love.

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About the Author

Cindy Ray Hale lives in Tennessee with her husband and four children. In addition to being a writer, she's an avid reader and a social media junkie. At the age of 17, she wrote a short story, Instant Harmony which later appeared in the April 2000 issue of New Era, the official magazine for the youth of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Destiny is her first book.

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  • File Size: 1366 KB
  • Print Length: 318 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0991037405
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GEM312C
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Destiny November 3, 2013
By Lola
I got a copy in exchange for an honest review

I really enjoyed Destiny, it was a great book and as soon as I started it I just wanted to keep reading. I really like Cindy her writing style and I think it's great she managed to write about that deals with religious issues without it being too much, but more about that later.

While from the blurb I imagined the book would start with the musical casting scene soon, it didn't. Actually quite some things happened before that. Some parts of the story are a bit predictable, but Destiny is still a very enjoyable read. Also because I haven't read or seen Les Miserables I felt like I was missing something at some points, I didn't see the connectiongs between this book and Les Mis and I also had some trouble following some of the conversations about Les Mis in the story. Luckily most important parts are explained. Destiny had that keep-reading-feel and although I would've liked some more explanation about Les Mis, the Mormons and the Baptists I really enjoyed the story.

Destiny is about two people from a different religious background that fall in love with each other, at some parts I felt like the whole world was against them and I was really rooting for their relationship. Really I was surprised at how some of the Baptists in this book acted towards the Mormons. Especially Isaac's dad, he was the worst of them all. I really wanted they opened their eyes and actually learned a bit more the Mormons and base their expectations on facts.

Religion plays a part of the story in Destiny, let me start by saying I am not a religious person and I haven't read a book so far where religion actually played a part, sure in some books it got mentioned, but in this book religion is part of the storyline.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Such a great book and very informative to boot! January 16, 2014
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I really enjoyed the story line of Destiny. I also enjoyed learning more about the Mormon church. As a Christian I can relate with Isaac and strictly going with what I've been told about the Mormon church
without investigating myself. I look forward to the next book in the series. I can't wait to see what the future holds for Destiny and Isaac!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Young Adult Romance November 13, 2013
By Cindy
Format:Kindle Edition
Destiny is a Young Adult romance novel written in the point of view of the main characters, Destiny and Isaac. One thing that I liked about this novel was the setting of a private Baptist high school in a small town in Tennessee. The setting alone is a point of conflict. Then, there are the main characters-- Destiny and her family are Latter-Day Saints (Mormon) and Isaac and his family are Baptist; furthermore, Isaac's father is the school director. Even though their relationship takes a while to start, it's doomed from the beginning. There is more to the story than the old theme of crossed lovers, though. Religious intolerance, and all that comes with it, is done well, and it shows the division and consequences that it brings to individuals, families, and small communities.
Another thing that I loved was the theme of Les Misérables and all the references to it throughout the book-- the music, the lyrics, the characters, and the film mentions. I had the soundtrack playing in my mind while I read the book.
Even though the novel has a satisfying ending, you can't help but wonder what the future will bring to them. I'm very interested in reading the next book in the series, and see where the author takes Destiny and Isaac's story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 4 Forbidden Love Stars November 12, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
1. intolerance towards those who hold different opinions from oneself.

Destiny Clark is a Mormon who attends a Baptist high school. She doesn't preach her beliefs to anyone. She doesn't try to convert people to her way. She just goes about her life quietly and gracefully. Destiny has had a crush on the school heartthrob Isaac Robinson for quite a while now, but she knows nothing will ever come of it. He is dating someone else. And then there are their religious differences. But then they are cast together in the school production of Les Misérables, and as they spend time together rehearsing, they both come to realise that Isaac has developed very strong feelings for Destiny. But Destiny and Isaac will have to face so many hurdles and roadblocks if they are to have any sort of relationship.

I have a whole host of people in my life who have very different religious beliefs. Some are Catholic. Some are Mormons. Some are Anglican, and some have no faith at all. It makes not one iota of difference to me. What matters is how you treat me. What matters is the love in your heart. What matters is the goodness in your soul. So reading Destiny had me dealing with a whole range of thoughts based around peoples beliefs when it came to religion.

One emotion I felt a lot of while I was reading this book was anger. Anger towards the adults for sticking so solidly to their positions on Baptists versus Mormons. There were times when their opinions were quite hateful and incredibly judgemental. And what was sad was that they had passed those beliefs onto their children, who could be even more hurtful in the things they said and did.

Religion plays a big part in this book. It's not just an occasional mention.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Superlative First Novel by Cindy Ray Hales! Clean, Captivating, Coming...
A Superlative First Novel- 'Destiny' - by Accomplished Author, Cindy Ray Hale! The whole story covers a mere two to three month time period in the lives of Isaac Robinson and... Read more
Published 9 days ago by LAWonder
4.0 out of 5 stars thoughts on destiny
Received a arc in exchange for a honest opinion.

this is a complex look at forbidden first love and how religion plays a part in peoples views and prejudices. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Hello-booklover
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Read
A light read that teens and adults will enjoy. Although it has a religious/christian setting it is not overtly religious and will appeal to non-Christians as well. Read more
Published 24 days ago by S. SOMMER
3.0 out of 5 stars On the Fence..
Destiny is the first book in the Destiny series by Cindy Ray Hale. This is a forbidden romance brought about by religion. Read more
Published 27 days ago by What's Beyond Forks?
4.0 out of 5 stars Love triangle
I am going to review Destiny (Book 1) and Synchrony (Book 2) together. Because I read them back to back I am not sure where the story ended and the second one picked up. Read more
Published 1 month ago by K. Herbrand
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book for all ages
I loved this story! It’s so nice seeing a YA story where the characters have crushes on each other and don’t want to jump the each other’s bones.
I love Destiny. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Bookish Things
4.0 out of 5 stars A Romance with Depth
Every once in a while I love a clean, gooey romance that reminds me of what it was like to be a teenager. Destiny is a book that does just that. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Eowynneth@juno
4.0 out of 5 stars A Clean Teen Read with a LDS/ Baptist Forbidden Romance
Destiny is living in a world where she feels she does not belong as though her family used to be Baptists , Destiny and her brother Michael still attend Bethel Baptist School... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Paula L. Phillips
4.0 out of 5 stars Such a heartfelt story!
It has been a long time where I found a YA that left me speechless. As I finished Destiny, I was in complete awe. The story and the characters are not like anything I’ve ever read. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Bianca
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice look at differing religions
This is a wonderful story about a Mormon girl and Baptist boy falling in love. Destiny isn't allowed to date and when she does its supposed to be a Mormon like her family. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Joycedale
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Cindy Ray Hale lives in Tennessee with her husband and four children. In addition to being a writer, she's an avid reader and a social media junkie. At the age of 17, she wrote a short story Instant Harmony which later appeared in the April 2000 issue of New Era, the official magazine for the youth of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Destiny is her first book.

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