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Destiny's Plan (Destiny's Series Book 1) by [Saccenti, Victoria]
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Five Stars - Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

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.

About the Author

A native of Cuba, Victoria grew up in the nucleus of the prestigious Alonso family, founders of the National Cuban Ballet. She acquired a love for books from her mother, and an insatiable curiosity to see and explore the world from her father. As a result, she has lived in several countries and has circled the globe at least twice. From her journeys she has gathered an eclectic collection of stories and anecdotes, to feed and inspire her muse. She writes generational sagas and romances with complex emotional content. The human condition is her favorite theme, the whims of a capricious Fate her preferred conflict, and a happy ending despite life’s struggles is the ultimate goal of her stories. She is the author of Destiny’s Plan and Destiny’s Choice, books one and two of the Destiny’s Series, and a contributor to The Ultimate Guide to Dorothy Dunnett’s THE GAME OF KINGS, by Laura Caine Ramsey. She is a full-time moderator at Outlander Book Club freeforums.org, a member of the Romance Writers of America, Women’s Fiction Writers Association and the Florida Writers Association. She’s an avid fan of Dorothy Dunnett’s works, in her rare off times, you will find her rereading any of The Lymond Chronicles or House of Niccolò books. Central Florida is home, but if she could convince her husband, she would pack her computer and move to Scotland, a land she adores.

Product Details

  • File Size: 4148 KB
  • Print Length: 397 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0996416900
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Magick Publishing (September 15, 2015)
  • Publication Date: September 15, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B010361G4O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #838,195 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Destiny's Plan is a story of love at first sight that faces many challenges. Raquelita is leaving the only home she has ever known. Traveling with her mother and sister, she takes an empty seat next to a handsome young soldier, and her life changes forever.

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.
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Destiny's Plan by Victoria Saccenti will whisper to your heart and soul. The historical theme was written to perfection. The imagery portrayed is like little snapshots that instantly creates choreograph scenes in your mind. The emotional aspects as well as the heartbreaking moments makes the storyline real and raw. You can't help but cheer on for the characters to get their happily ever after and to truly be accepted and loved without judgement. This is a story about finding home, love and self discovery. Author Saccenti your writing is brilliant and combines elements that make your story intoxicating. I look forward to your next book Simply Astounding.. Do not hesitate to one click five stars guaranteed
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I had the immense pleasure of reading an early draft of this story ~ in a word: Captivating!

You will be absorbed into this story on so many levels. The innocent and instance connection between Raquelita and Matthew is as real as anyone that has be blessed with love at first sight and will make believers out of others.

The first novel from the talented Victoria Saccenti Author, transports you to another time, when the country was discovering the awareness of love, life and the world.

This story is a definite must read and must have for anyone that appreciates a well-written story, will fully developed characters, riveting story plots, and a romance that your heart and mind will not forget.
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I enjoyed this book. It is beautifully written. THe story unfolds into so many layers and I love how I am taken into my own visual perception with the descriptions that are so well written.
The story line is both captivating and interesting and takes us back to a very difficult time in the history of our country, and yet still focusing on all the characters and their inner demons.
I highly recommend this page turner. I really loved it. Well done.
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'Destiny's Plan' by Victoria Saccenti is a classic Romance novel, beautifully written and realized by this obviously talented author. Set in the depths of the Vietnam War years (1967-69), the story within is as old as time; star-crossed lovers who fall in love at first sight, soul connections and love triangles; separation, perilous trials and a satisfying and unexpected resolution. All can be found in this tale and lovers of this genre will be enthralled. There is also more than a small nod to the classics, with echos of both Shakespeare (Romeo & Juliet) and classic Castellan romantic tales throughout the plot.
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.
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Raquelita Muro and Matthew Buchanan were destine to be soul mates however they didn't know it as yet. The only reason I didn't give this book a five star is because the author lost me at times with all the big words she used to explain certain things and feelings in their lives. This is a very long book so it will take you a few days to read. Raquelita and her sister Martine were traveling with their mother to a relatives in Florida. They left their Texas home with their father when they got divorced. Lita had to sit with a stranger on the bus for two days. She had lead a very sheltered life for her seventeen years. Her and Matthew hit it off instantly but she hid this from her stict mother, Isabel. By the end of the trip they both felt they were in love and would keep in touch. Lita gave Matt her medal to protect him. There are a lot of players in this book to Lita's father and step mother and her mother and Xavi her mother's sutor and father's best friend. Jonas and Coralina Lita's aunt and uncle and Lorrie her cousin plus many more along the way. This book isn't boring if you can get past some of the words. The spanish was fine it was just some of the ways the author explained things. Otherwise, this is a great love story in many ways for three couples but mostly the connection with Lita and Matt as he goes into the service during the vietnam conflict. A very good read This book does contain profanity and sex scenes so it isn't for all. The story is great
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