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Reviewed by Kim Anisi for Readers' Favorite
Emily had had enough. Destined: A Novel of the Tarot by Gail Cleare begins with her leaving her old job because her boss once more asked her to do something totally unrelated to her actual job. Leaving her job sets Emily on a new path in her life. One, she hopes, that would bring her very own happy ending. Luckily, she quickly finds a new job in a shop owned by a quirky old man. He wants to reopen his shop; a curious mix of antiques and books that needs more than a bit of dusting to become presentable again. During her time at the shop, she meets new friends and even falls in love with one of the shop's mysterious associates. Of course, challenges present themselves along the path, but Emily learns that she has all she needs to succeed inside herself. She even meets a Chinese ghost!
Destined is a fun, easy read. It's definitely not a book that will make your head spin. It's pleasant, and while nothing too exciting happens (compared to fantasy, action and adventure novels, that is), the book has its own special kind of charm that makes it hard to put it aside. It is a novel that celebrates the diversity of different cultures and the strength of women. It is also a reminder that we have the power in our own hands to change our lives. We simply have to accept it and then choose the necessary actions. Emily is a good example of how to do this. I enjoyed the relaxed pace of the story and, while it lasted, it was nice to lie down somewhere at the end of a busy day and spend some time with the cast of this book. It's a story I would recommend if you need something to lift you up, to inspire you, and to entertain you at the same time.