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Field of Destiny Paperback – September 27, 2010
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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
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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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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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This was a great read; very easy and a little different with it's underlying theme of reincarnation and karma and how all the choices we make have consequences and not always the... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Lisa
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. Read morePublished on April 14, 2013 by Christy Nelson
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. In fact, I could not put it down. The characters are so well-defined that one comes to really care about what happens to them. Read morePublished on April 10, 2013 by Donna Morgan
I couldn't put this book down once I started.
In our lives, things happen in patterns; there must be something
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Patricia Sheehy is an author that needs to get noticed!! Field of Destiny as well as Veil of Illusion is as good or better than any of the famous writers and bestsellers out there. Read morePublished on July 23, 2012 by Karen B.
From the gorgeous painting on the cover of the book until the very last word in chapter 41 I was hooked! Read morePublished on July 22, 2012 by Dee H.
What would you change if given a "Do Over" on life?
Field of Destiny will capture your interest from the very first chapter pulling you into the characters' personal... Read more
This book was one of the most wonderful books I have ever read. Not since Jane Erye have I been so captivated with characters that seem to jump out of the pages. Read morePublished on May 28, 2012 by Vickie c
This was one of those books that was difficult to put down after the first couple of chapters. Pleasantly whiled away an entire weekend with it! Read morePublished on May 8, 2012 by JB