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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Arcadia House (September 27, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982523424
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982523421
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,334,804 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Get ready to lose sleep. Field of Destiny is a pager turner, guaranteed to keep you up at night. Sheehy is a master storyteller, inviting us into the lives of characters as flawed and lovable as any of us, struggling against betrayal and past life experiences in search for love and acceptance. A compelling must-read. ----Prill Boyle, author of Defying Gravity

I read a wide variety of contemporary and literary fiction and I enjoy most, if not all, of my selections. selections. Still, it is rare that a book stirs something so deep within the fabric of my being that I am compelled to reprioritize my to-do list to sit down and write a book review as soon as I finish reading the book. Without a doubt, Field of Destiny by Patricia Sheehy, is worth every moment of time I am dedicating to writing this review. I am certain that you, Inner Tapestry readers, will feel the same way. When was the last time you rethought a choice you made years ago, perhaps days or even hours ago? We've all done that; no doubt, most of us have also thought equally about the rippling effects of those choices versus the alternate path of a life that might have been; had we chosen differently. Not everyone may use the terms free will,fate, or destiny but that's exactly what we are wondering about when we ponder, What if in regard to the choices we have made or are about to make. Patricia Sheehy tackles these big questions in her novel. Field of Destiny: What is the nature of free will? How does free will interact with one's destiny; or, as Caroline Myss might put it. what happens when a person's free will alters her sacred contracts? Destiny's heroine, Natalie Davenport, has a sacred contract to fulfill, lessons to be learned so that she may evolve spiritually. Natalie's destiny is derailed when her birth mother makes an impetuous choice and creates a life woven with deceit and betrayal. Natalie is a compelling character, remarkably bright, uncommonly beautiful and witty. The novel follows Natalie from her fateful birth to an unwed mother, Marilyn, who refuses to release Natalie to her adoptive parents. We follow Natalie as she comes-of-age during the Sixties and matures into womanhood in the late Seventies and early Eighties. Readers will cheer for her and weep with her as she struggles to learn karmic lessons of loyalty, truth, and love against the backdrop of social and racial shifts. Natalie must discover Truth for herself and determine to whom or what does she owe her loyalty. Does she follow her heart or her well-intended master plan for her life? Natalie's fate is challenged by the free will choices made by the people in her life (and her past lives, but that's a twist in the plot I'll leave the reader to enjoy-and to ponder). Marilyn is a gold-digging wench who puts social position above a mother's love for her child, though she doesn't see it that way. Marilyn's version of motherly advice is to encourage Natalie to polish her etiquette and snag a wealthy husband. In contrast, Aunt Willie tries to encourage Natalie to trust the wisdom that resides in her heart, not her head. Annie, Natalie's tree-hugging, hippie friend stands by her no matter what-a friend anyone would be lucky to have. The men in Natalie's life are Chad and Johnny. To both she owes karmic debts-to one forgiveness and the other unconditional love. Every character is emotionally and physically Vivid, ripe with their own flaws and redeeming qualities. Readers will quickly love (or hate) each character accordingly. The physical locations, from Hartford, CT to Boston and Cape Cod, MA to Saint Martin, are beautifully portrayed against the social customs of both place and time. Sheehy is a masterful storyteller whose style is poignant, evocative and powerful. When Destiny came to its end, I wanted more... much more... of the characters, the story, the lessons, the penetrating questions that reading this book birthed in my own mind. I have no doubt that everyone who reads this book will feel the same way. --Karen M. Rider, Inner Tapestry Journal

Patricia Sheehy does an outstanding job of weaving together an intricate plot that crosses the barriers of time. She has created a wonderful book that will make the reader long to follow the adventures and spiritual growth of these characters though other lifetimes. --Mary Montague Sikes, author of the Passenger to Paradise Series --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

About the author:
Patricia Herchuk Sheehy is an award-winning writer with a passion for exploring the connection between mind, body, and spirit. In addition to her best-selling books, she has published close to 100 essays and articles in local and national publications and has three times been awarded Honorable Mention by Writer's Digest for her personal essays. She facilitates workshops and critique groups and coaches emerging writers. She also writes marketing and advertising copy for a wide range of businesses and organizations. A Connecticut native, Patricia holds a master's degree from Wesleyan University.

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This book draws you in with its fascinating characters, plot and ideas.
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Anyone who reads this book will be uplifted.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. M. Brogan on January 3, 2009
Format: Paperback
I took a chance on Patricia Sheehy's book Field of Destiny when she visited my office autographing copies. What a great surprise. I spent a good deal of my holiday time immersed in this well-written, captivating novel. I love the way she interweaves the characters and am waiting not so patiently for her next novel, which I hope will continue on this fascinating theme. A great find - a great book and a great author to add to my list of those to follow.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Diana F. Von Behren TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 25, 2008
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Imagine my surprise and delight when I discovered that the lead character of Patricia Sheehy's novel, "Field of Destiny" shares my fascination with one of the world's most multi-faceted fragrances, Aime Guerlain's olfactory wonder-of-the-world, `Jicky'--created in 1889 and touted as one of the first modern perfumes, one of the first to blend the natural animal note of civet with synthetic elements. A less oriental `Shalimar', `Jicky' imbues the wearer with a classic freshness that hints of the past yet can fully compete and reign victorious with more contemporary fragrance. As someone who uses both `Jicky' and `Shalimar' as her signature scents, immediately, I felt a connection with the author of this book and the inimitable soul, Nunki, both of which obviously share my sensual obsession.

On another, more spiritual level, the subject of reincarnation of which Ms Sheehy very definitely explores within the pages of this 274 page quest for character assessment and development, also enthralls this reviewer as a potential explanation for many happenstances in life that seem otherwise difficult to explain. After all, how do we elucidate on instances where we come across someone we have never before met and immediately sense a kinship and an unmistakable familiarity that is uncanny in its thorough knowing?

In "Field of Destiny," Patricia Sheehy illustrates her definition of the concept of reincarnation and all its cyclical implications by centering her plotline around the life of Natalie Davenport and heralding this journey of a troubled woman born in 1947 with the short unhappy life of Noelle Robidoux, a woman who, in the opening chapter, dies violently at the hands of her husband Charles in France circa 1898.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Heather D on July 17, 2007
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I thoroughly enjoyed how Sheehy interwove the lives and lessons of her characters from one lifetime to another. The hopefulness that the characters are able to correct past mistakes while improving themselves really made this novel a delight to read. Sheehy also made me think about all those times when I have recognized something familiar in a stranger or have been able to have an easy conversation with someone I had never met...was it a coincidence? I'm looking forward to reading the sequel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Janice Antolini on June 22, 2007
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Have you ever been somewhere and know you have been there before, but logically you couldn't have? Have you ever had an immediate connection with someone and wondered why? Then you MUST read this book. The author writes in an easy style that makes you want to turn the pages as the story unfolds. I cannot wait to read the sequel to Field of Destiny as you want to learn more about the characters. As I am making decisions in my own life, I will put much more thought into which road I choose to take. This is a "must read" book. I can't wait to purchase the author's new book "Giving With Meaning" as there is no better gift than one given with thought and meaning to a loved one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ann Tupper on June 13, 2007
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Sheehy's story is a thought provoking tale of loyalty, betrayal and personal growth with a touch of suspense. It delves into how other's actions can affect our own destinies. I could not put this book down and, once finished, the questions it raised have stayed with me. A true page turner from start to finish.
Ann Tupper
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Judy Robbins on June 6, 2007
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As a psychologist I was fascinated to follow the development of the protagonist, Natalie, as her integrity develops across the time line of the novel. By the second half of the book, Natalie is really coming into her own and in the heart-pounding ending she emerges with a powerful wholeness. Sheehy's many references to real-life products has my curiosity up, notably about this 100-year-old French perfume called Jicky. Jicky by Guerlain for Women 1.7 oz Eau de Parfum Spray Refill
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jill Martindale on June 1, 2007
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I just got the book in the mail two days ago, and finished it today!

This book was a page turner indeed. I could not put it down, as I was too anxious to see what twists and turns the storyline would take.

This book really has a way of making you feel like this is truly how the world goes round. I give it more than 5 stars, and can't wait until the sequel comes out. Happy Reading!
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Field of Destiny stays with you long after you've read it and makes the reader think about the choices they've made in life. Patricia Sheehy's writing is masterful as she gets the reader to consider the possibility that we've all had past lives and no thought or deed goes unnoticed.

My book club loved Field of Destiny and can't wait for the sequel!
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