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The Secret Path of Destiny Paperback – January 19, 2012

4.7 out of 5 stars 11 ratings

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Just about anyone can write a book, but only a good writer can write a good book. M.B. Tosi is a very good writer, and her books are truly worth reading. She has done it again in The Secret Path of Destiny with a blend of history and fiction that will keep you turning the pages of this inspiring story. ~ Jim Langford, Ph.D., Director Emeritus of University of Notre Dame Press, author of The Spirit of Notre Dame

This beautiful story weaves fascinating Native American history with a romantic twist where the main character's journey is one of extreme courage, loyalty, love, and forgiveness of those who betrayed and left her physically crippled for life. M.B. Tosi's geographic and personal descriptions allowed me to insert myself into the story where I experienced everything from laughter to tears. ~ Sheryl Rae Cox, author of Beings and Doings

The Secret Path of Destiny begins in the mid-1800s and follows a young American woman's life, including a beautiful relationship with a Native American of the Comanche tribe during the Indian Wars of the late 1800s. The book provides a wonderful story and is a good read for those of us who wish to know more about the lives of our ancestry. ~ John G. Agno, Executive and Business Coach, Signature Inc.

M.B. Tosi weaves a fascinating story about how the power of love, faith, courage and trusting intuition guides and sustains during extremely challenging situations. ~ Margaret Paul, Ph.D., co-author of Do I Have To Give Up Me To Be Loved By You and Healing Your Aloneness and co-creator of Inner Bonding®

From the Author

Introduction

    My mother loves fine literature and opera. Although we're poor, her goal has
always been to make sure I have been exposed to both. I can't tell you the number
of times we sneaked into the back of the Astor Opera House in New York City to
hear the latest opera from Europe.
    Although I always tagged along on her adventures, I agree with what Rossini,
the Italian composer, once said about opera, "One can't judge Wagner's opera
Lohengrin after a first hearing, and I certainly don't intend to hear it a second time."
I think I'm an even harsher critic. There are some operas I don't even want to hear
for the first time.
    I keep asking myself, am I being unfair, even immature about opera, and why is
opera such a thorn in my life? I'll try to explain, although I admit it's complex. First
things first, my name is Isolde Margarethe Bachmann, and yes, it's true. I'm named
for the infamous Isolde, the scandalous adulteress of medieval and renaissance
literature.
    Although she was betrothed to another, the infamous Isolde took a love potion
and entranced her lover, Tristan. Her age was never mentioned, but I've always
assumed she was sixteen like me. She was obviously more precocious than me,
however, to be involved in a love triangle at such a tender age.
    I've often wondered what my mother was thinking when she named me Isolde.
Did she think no one would ever discover the origins of my name or associate me
with the shameful adulteress? Worse yet, many cultures believe that people's names
foreshadow who they will become and what attributes they will possess. If that's
true, I could be in deep trouble.
    When I was younger, I admit I thought the name Isolde (which is pronounced
ǐh-SOAL-duh) was pretty, and it flowed like a ribbon of water in a sunlit waterfall.
I also agree it's been fun to have a unique name that's different from my other
classmates. I've also been lucky. Most of my friends aren't particularly interested
in reading books from the Middle Ages. So, I never worried about my notoriety in
the world of literature.
    Then the impossible fluke happened. My mother's favorite composer, Richard
Wagner in Germany, suddenly decided to put the whole ghastly love triangle to
music in an opera called Tristan and Isolde, which recently made its debut in Munich
in 1865. Suddenly, the anonymity of my name is gone.
    To all my new schoolmates, I'm mockingly referred to as a star-crossed,
adulterous lover who sings my death aria out of a body bag. Actually, it's my lover
Tristan who dies first and who sings out of his body bag. Whoever is in the bag, it's
not the cat any longer because, in a cruel twist of fate, the illicit escapades of my
namesake a thousand years ago have jumped front and center onto the streets of my
new hometown in Texas.
    I know it sounds farfetched that a famous German composer and his new
opera can wreak havoc on my life clear across the Atlantic Ocean in the middle
of Comanche Indian country. But the fact is that Wagner, the beloved German
composer and conductor, is a cult hero to many residents of my town and reminds
them of their German heritage.
    My new home is an unusual place called Fredericksburg, or Friedrichsburg
as it's known in German. It's a wholly German settlement in the heart of Texas, a
community which unabashedly loves Wagner.

Product details

  • Grade Level : 7 - 9
  • Item Weight : 12 ounces
  • ISBN-10 : 1449733506
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1449733506
  • Paperback : 228 pages
  • Publisher : Westbow Press (January 19, 2012)
  • Product Dimensions : 6 x 0.52 x 9 inches
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.7 out of 5 stars 11 ratings