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.