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- Print Length: 384 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0996416900
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- Publisher: Essence Publishing (September 15, 2015)
- Publication Date: September 15, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B010361G4O
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Destiny's Plan is a romance novel by Victoria Saccenti and the first book in the Destiny's Series. Set during the Vietnam war, the plot recounts the first meeting of Raquelita Muro and Matthew Buchanan just as he is about be recruited and sent off to Vietnam. These innocent and idealistic young lovers encounter a world that seems to no longer believe in love, and their relationship is tested by war, distance, hardship, and family interference. Through it all, however, they try to remain strong, and it's up to them to see whether they can handle what fate throws at them, or whether it will tear them apart for good.
An innocent tale of love at first sight takes a serious twist as war looms. Victoria Saccenti has created a charming and naïve heroine in Lita, who learns the harsh lessons of the real world and grows up through the readers' eyes. The Hispanic culture is vividly presented with lively characters that make up Lita's family, and though Destiny's Plan is quite a long book, it is easy to read and keep turning pages. Matthew's hardship and shocking consequences of his time in Vietnam presented a really interesting and unexpected twist to the story, and I can safely say that the plot line is not what you would usually expect from a historical romance. The political backdrop of 1960s America takes a back seat to the secrets in the Muro family, the two atmospheres combining in a very satisfying and engrossing way.
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Isabel, her mother, also has her own story in Destiny's Plan. She is relocating to Florida after her divorce and will soon realize that this event has been orchestrated by one who has loved her from afar. She and Raquelita will face many obstacles to their romances, each growing in awareness and maturity as the events progress.
The timeframe of this novel encompasses the Vietnam War, and Matthew will experience hardships that threaten his happiness with Raquelita. The subject is handled with respect and lends another level of emotion to this engaging book.
Ms. Saccenti writes beautifully. "They sat in silence, each immersed in the other. Words would only be superfluous. And as Raquelita and Matthew reposed, the wizened old oak, with its ancient, shading limbs, enclosed the lovers within its benevolent protection for a long, long, while."
Passages such as this are throughout the book and brought a smile to this lover of words. 5 stars.
For those who want more information, read further. "Destiny's Plan" by Victoria Saccenti is a saga in the true meaning of the word. It traces multiple interlaced families, both their functional and dysfunctional members. It is set against the backdrop of horse farms in Houston Texas and Ocala, Florida as well as in cosmopolitan Old Spain and New York City and also the horrors of the Vietnam War. It encompasses a two year span of time chock full of problems, of hard vicious words, misinterpretations and missed opportunities. And yet, it has some of the softest words of love and sensuality that I have read in a long time.
Five families intersect throughout the book and while the main protagonists are Raquelita and Matthew and their search for destiny's plan,the other finely delineated characters interact like a symphony, brash horns when needed, soft violins as necessary, and of course loud as kettle drums with the occasional discordant note thrown in.
The cover's subtitle says "Destiny the final word..." so I will stop before I give away any story line.
As I urged in the beginning, Buy it!!! Read it!!! ENJOY!!!!
Our story opens as we are witness to the flight of Isabel Muro and her two young daughters, the seventeen year old Raquelita (Raquel) and her young sister Marite from their father Emilio's horse ranch in Texas. Emilio and Isabel's marriage has collapsed and Isabel is escaping with her daughters to Florida, via a long bus ride. As the author states, "It is on these rare, unintended occasions when paths cross, lives intersect, and the Fates intervene" So it happens that a young soldier, Matthew Buchanan, is also on the bus - on his way from Texas to Fort Benning, Georgia to join the Army and serve in the Vietnam War. The bus is crowded and Raquelita ends up seated next to the handsome Matthew. They experience an immediate connection which blossoms over the course of the journey to full-blown love. On this circumstance the entirety of the story hinges and though their bond is put through torturous trials and strained almost to the brink of destruction it is their love, pure and strong, that carries them and indeed the reader through to the interesting and tension filled conclusion.
I gave this story a rating of four stars, though it was very close to 4.5 out of five. The story lost some points for its somewhat overwrought and overly complicated plotting as well as an unexplained and frankly unnecessary supernatural overtone. That said this is a warm, exciting and rewarding tale and any romance fan will enjoy it immensely. This story would be rated somewhat high on the heat scale as there are several explicit sexual scenes and adult situations involving drug abuse and violence toward women. Certainly written for a more mature audience.
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But all is not going to be easy for the young lovers, as fate has a nasty habit of intervening, and Raquelita’s abusive mother is disinclined to let Raquelita pursue a relationship with a young man of whom she knows nothing, and, of course, Matthew’s deployment brings with it a whole heap of worrying complications. The complexities of life for Raquelita and Matthew is explained well, you feel their angst and suffer emotionally as they face countless setbacks and difficulties. Isobel, on the other hand is manipulative and cruel, with her own complex relationship issues, which dominate throughout the narrative.
Overall, I think that it this is a commendable debut novel and when viewed as a whole, the story works very well, although there were times when I thought that the writing was perhaps a little over complicated, but, I put that down to the exuberance of the debut novel and a new author’s enthusiasm for description. What does come across, however, is the fine attention to detail and the obvious love the writer has for both her story and her characters. Destiny’s Plan is unashamedly romantic, but to counteract the sweetness, there is also the anguish of survival, the darkness of people scarred by hurt, and the deeper passion which comes from overcoming adversity. I liked how the story developed, there was so much to consider, not just about the pain and anguish of young love, but also the irresistible notion that, eventually, love can conquer all.
I am confident that as the Destiny’s Plan series progresses, the author will continue to go from strength to strength, and I will watch, with great interest, to see how this exciting series plays out.