About the Book
Author: Carole Brown
Genre: Historical Romantic Suspense
Release Date: June 2020
Mr. Michael, Destiny Rose McCulloch, and Hunter have a mysterious history. Why were three fathers, all business partners, murdered under suspicious circumstances while on their quest to find gold?
Hunter is determined to protect his boss and the precocious young lady who he suspects holds a key answer to his questions.
Mr. Michael wants only to be left alone to attend to his property, but what can he do when Destiny refuses to leave and captures the heart of every one of his employees?
Destiny almost forgets her quest when she falls in love with Mr. Michael’s ranch and all the people there. And then Mr. Michael is much too alluring to ignore. The preacher man back east where she took her schooling tried to claim her heart, but the longer she stays the less she can remember him. She only came west to find a little boy she knew years ago. A little boy all grown up by now…unless, of course, he’s dead.
Three children, connected through tragedy and separated by time, are fated to reunite and re-right some powerful wrongs.
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Caleb’s Destiny is a cute little love story filled with fun and intriguing characters. Going on this adventure with them was exciting and I was a little sad to see it end.
I will admit, I did not like the book at first. Destiny’s character initially put me off, and even at the end, I wasn’t the biggest fan of her. She was a bit too headstrong for me, and in the beginning she seemed to be somewhat flighty, although that assumption of her was quickly dashed the more I read. I did, however, like Mr. Michael. He was kind and I liked that the author did not just focus on his and Destiny’s love story, but also focused on each of the characters’ pasts and main goals.
While the book was somewhat predictable, it was still worth reading. The ending was a little emotional and I ended up falling in love with most of the characters.
My one complaint about the book was that we didn’t get to see a lot of Hunter’s story. He was there, and when I initially read the summary above, I thought he would be more of a main character. But he seemed to be more of a background character, which I was actually really disappointed about. I really think his story could have been developed more, and it would’ve made the book even more interesting.
Overall, though, this book was such a fun read, especially if you are looking for something quick and light.
I had received a copy of this book as part of the Celebrate Lit Blogging Team and was required to give an honest review.
About the Author
Besides being a member and active participant of many writing groups, Carole Brown enjoys mentoring beginning writers. An author of ten books, she loves to weave suspense and tough topics into her books, along with a touch of romance and whimsy, and is always on the lookout for outstanding titles and catchy ideas. She and her husband reside in SE Ohio but have ministered and counseled nationally and internationally. Together, they enjoy their grandsons, traveling, gardening, good food, the simple life, and did she mention their grandsons?
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Sharing God’s Love Through my Novels by Carole Brown
Once upon a time, there was a child—an expressive child who used her hands to convey her emotions and her imagination to talk with others, older people, and neighbors who found her amusing and relatives who loved her and encouraged her to develop her creativeness.
That child’s elementary fellow-students clapped when she gave childish presentations. She received good grades on her first written works of imagination in school. In high school, she and her best friend spent hours creating pensive and lovesick poems that they thought expressed their feelings.
Years later, that child/teen grew up. She married, birthed two sons, traveled and ministered alongside her husband and family then finally realized it was time to use her imagination and creative talents seriously. Although she was good at English, she soon learned she still had much to re-learn about writing novels. She joined critique groups, went to conferences and soaked in every bit of advice that came her way.
Today, she’s celebrating the release of her 10th full length novel, a new adventure because she ventured into writing an Historical Western Romantic Suspense.
Caleb’s Destiny. She began this novel several years ago, thinking she might enter it into a contest, but didn’t finish it then. Last year was a tough year of little writing, but once 2020 hit, inspiration sprang into renewal, and she determined this would be the year to finish it. Finish it she did in two and half months.
Since I’m that little girl, all grown up, I’ll confess that I love using my God-given talent for Him. Developing stories that encourage, gently show God’s love and power and wisdom for his children is the best thing in the world. I love being an author. I love sharing with others the stories God places on my heart showing that faith and goodness will always prevail. I love knowing I’m using the talent God gave me.
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Hi, Rebecca! Thank you for readng my book! I'm so sorry you were sad about Hunter not being more prominent in the story, but your reaction is along the lines of what I wanted to create. Interest in one of my fav characters in the story: Hunter. Hopefully, you will see more of him in the future in: Hunter's Rose! Again, thank you for the lovely review. 🙂
Thank you for sharing your honest thoughts.
I, too, enjoyed this book, thanks for sharing!
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