Tuesday, August 6, 2013
G175 E-Reading Book Review of #2 Love's Destiny by Tracey Smith
Author: Tracey Smith
Part of a Series: Love's Trilogy
Type of book: Adult, romance, childhood crushes, soul mates, older woman/younger male, sequel, wealth
Year it was published: 2011
Destiny had always loved the story of how her parents met. How Fate had drawn them together time and again, until they finally found each other and fell madly in love. That was the way love was supposed to be. Someday she knew it would happen for her, someday a handsome mysterious stranger would come into her life and sweep her off her feet. She knew that the first time she saw him she would know he was the one.
Tyler had known Destiny his entire life. She had been his very best friend, but it had been years since he’d seen her. He wasn’t nervous about seeing her again, until he did. She wasn’t the skinny girl he remembered from childhood, and suddenly he found himself anxiously wondering if she would ever be able to see him as anything other than the boy she’d grown up with.
Is it possible to look at someone you’ve known your whole life, and see them for the very first time? Sometimes love doesn’t happen the way you thought it would.
I have to admit that I loved Tyler's character and would have liked to know of his talent which wasn't really given in this book. (In previous and future books one does learn of the characters' talents, but for Tyler, this is the exception.) I think character-wise this book is really the strongest and for me the most enjoyable. Destiny is Michael and Katherine's daughter as well as a lifelong friend of Tyler before the two start developing for one another. Destiny struggles with her budding emotions as well as age difference between them and her goals and desires. She is talented in playing a violin. Tyler is more certain of his emotions and just wants to prove to Destiny that he is to be seen as a man rather than a boy.
There aren't correct type soul-mates
Just like Love's Fate, this is written in alternating first person narratives from Destiny's and Tyler's points of views, but unlike the previous book, there is tension, less rehashing and more sweet and enjoyable moments between Destiny and Tyler. I think I really liked the fact that the girl is two years older than the guy. The problems and whatnot seemed to be between Destiny and her feelings, rather there weren't a lot of outside conflicts or antagonists.
in The United States
Tracey Smith grew up in Southern California, but as a teenager moved with her family to a small town in Arkansas. It was in Arkansas that she met and fell in love with the man of her dreams, who had also recently moved to the state. Fate brought them both to that small town and into each other’s lives and that is where they continue to live today raising their two children and living out their happily ever after.
I am surprised that I found it a five star novel, but I guess its because the tension and conflict seemed more genuine, and I could really relate to Destiny in someways. I dated a few guys younger than I, and my first ex was a year and a month younger than I was. I recall a sort of trepidation in dating him because I would be eighteen and he would be seventeen, along with the legal worries and whatnot. Love seems more extreme when once is a teenager. I found the scenes between Tyler and Destiny to be enjoyable, and the characters themselves as well. I really liked Tyler and did hope that Destiny would wise up to what she has.
Quick Notes: This is a review for Making Connections.
5 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)