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The Gypsy's Song (Destiny's Consent) Paperback – April 25, 2012
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Pre-order today
About the Author
Laura Shepard Townsend moved to the west coast to work in the entertainment business, and has been writing primarily for film and television. The story for "Destiny's Consent" has been eight years in the actualizing. "The Gypsy's Song" is the first book; "Lions and Gondolas" the second; "Angel's Flight" is soon to follow. Ms. Townsend resides in a cottage adorned with flowers in Venice, California, a location that has provided a strong muse for her writing.
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It started as a fast read but as I met the fabulous characters in this book, I found myself reading slower as I didn’t want to leave. Read the book and you will understand.
And with “Destiny’s Consent” we can continue the trip with the Rom women to Venice California in “Lions and Gondolas.”
I read the books out of order..."Lions and Gondolas' first and then, literally gasping for more from this author, at 2am after a straight read, I ordered The Gypsy's Song" on Amazon...
That was 2012. Since then, I have read each book at least 9 or 10 times. Every time, without fail, I discover more precious wisdom and perspective woven into the elegant tapestry of these works. Ms. Townsend has enchanted me with powerfully written, historically insightful, culturally rich stories with intimately developed characters...
Never before have I thirsted for more from an author...
If you love Venice Beach, these free spirited characters will warm your heart and enrich your consciousness.
It was wonderful to read about Gypsies, their culture and way of life, a life very different in the early part of the twentieth century in Europe, when Gypsies traveled about in ornate wagons drawn by their marvelous horses. The time the family spends with a traveling circus in America, learning the various jobs is no less fascinating. I am looking forward to reading Book II.
Starting on a night of lion stealing, this tale accelerates into the sunny world of color and spice, wisdom, play and inspiration. I wanted to put on layers and layers of patterned skirts, scarves and jewelry; let my hair go wild and join these Gypsy women in their lives lived with an acute sense of truth. Townsend's women are wild and free and stunningly authentic; born in her soul; grown up in her playful imagination; nurtured by her loving wisdom. She has released them for our delight. This book is a gift and a fine adventure.
The sense of time and place, in this case 1900's Europe and America, is so good and with the cast of characters the great story line is a pure bonus! While I was reading this book I would be completely caught up in the story when, almost out of the blue, an incredible packet of profound wisdom would emerge, coming as a sublime distillation of the preceding events and adding depth to the events to follow.
In this sense it reminded me of the writing of Robertson Davies only more fun.