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Posted October 24, 2011
What Niffeneger did for time travel in Time Traveler's Wife, Christine Amsden does for fortune-telling in her novel, Touch of Fate. Imagining a world where people really can see glimpses of the future, Touch of Fate explores what might happen if they were just ordinary people, from all sorts of walks of life. But prediction brings questions not just of predictability, but also immutability. What if the future they see really can't be changed?
Marianne would love to change her prediction of the death of a daughter's friend. Marianne's daughter would kind of like that too. But death is death, and as both their lives fall apart, Marianne finds herself drawn to start a new life in St. Louis-drawn by fate? Drawn by the touch of fate perhaps? Soon she finds she's not alone in her strange life, but when one of her new friends witnesses a murder, and her daughter get in trouble for announcing predictions in unlikely places, Marianne might wish she were alone. Luckily there are open-minded people who just might try to believe her, and Marianne's journey to acceptance includes accepting herself and others.
A novel that combines mystery, detective work, lives gone wrong and lives beginning to go right, with well-drawn touches of both fate and faith, this really is an intriguing and enjoyable read.
Disclosure: I received a free ecopy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.
Posted July 5, 2011
RATING:4.5) TOUCH OF FATE by Christine Amsden is an engaging,and exciting paranormal thriller/mystery/romance. First edition Oct. 2006.It is written with depth and details.The characters will capture your heart as you ride along with them on a roller coaster ride of adventure,mystery,murder,psychic powers,friendships,romance, intrigue,drama,and the blossom of love. Marianne has psychic power into future events but is powerless to change anything in the future.Her daughter also has this same power.Marianne is a divorcee.When her daughter's best friend is killed in a car accident,and Marianne learns her ex-husband is to marry his lover,who happens to be pregnant she moves herself and her daughter half way across the country to start a new life.She finds new friends,a group of women who share her abilities.Marianne with the help of her new friends learns to control and understand her ability. When murder occurs,Marianne finds herself attracted to the handsome detective,Derek. Together they must find a killer before Marianne becomes a victim herself. Love blossoms between Marianne and Derek as they work to find a murderer becomes time runs out. This is a fast paced,action packed, adventure filled,roller coaster ride with an engaging plot and a list of characters that will keep you turning pages.It is a story that not only paranormal readers will enjoy but also mystery,suspense,thriller and romance readers will enjoy also. With romance,love,new friendships,and a little magic you can't go wrong with "Touch of Faith". A must read.This book was received for the purpose of review from the author and details can be found at Twilight Times Books and My Book Addiction and More.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.