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
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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.