Destined, a novel of the Tarot

Destined, a novel of the Tarot

by Gail Cleare

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Destined, a novel of the Tarot by Gail Cleare

From a USA Today Bestselling Author:
"A little bit of self-help and a little bit of chick lit, packaged together with a positive, make-your-own-destiny message: a pleasant, comforting read." - Publishers Weekly
"A thoughtful and much recommended novel of Tarot." - Midwest Book Review

Emily Ross attracts spirits, has visions and can sense people's thoughts. With help from elderly occult scholar Henry Paradis, she sets out on the path to happiness, guided by the famous Fool's Journey in the Tarot's Higher Arcane cards. Emily meets Tony Novak, who seems to adore her. He believes she can steer the future with her thoughts. Will Emily succeed at making her dreams come true?

The mystical imagery of the Tarot's archetypal trump cards chart the way, 22 sequential steps along the path to enlightenment known as "The Fool's Journey." Each chapter is named after a card and shows how its lessons might play out in real life, for Emily.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940011824845
Publisher: G & G Publications
Publication date: 10/09/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 452,304
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

USA Today Bestselling author Gail Cleare has written for newspapers, magazines, Fortune 50 companies and AOL. Her award-winning ad agency represented the creators of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. She was the turtle Leonardo's date for the world premiere of the second TMNT movie, and got to wear a black evening gown and sparkly shoes.

Gail lives on an 18th century farm in Massachusetts with her family and dogs, cats, chickens, black bears, blue herons, rushing streams and wide, windy skies. She's into organic gardening and nature photography, and can often be found stalking wild creatures with a 300 mm lens.

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Destined: A Novel of the Tarot 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
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.
jbarr5 More than 1 year ago
Destined by Gail Cleaire Wasn't sure I was going to like this book but loved the writing style of another of the author's books. A bit out of my comfort zone as I know nothing about Tarot cards and the fortune tellers but enjoy reading and learning. What I loved about this book was Emily who is trying to be strong and powerful walks away from a job where they want her to do things she really wasn't hired for. Bravo for just walking out the door. Which leads her to more job interviews where she comes across a curio shop and is hired on sight. Henry and her seem to have a bond through visions and other events although they've never met. She's now the manager and in charge of getting the rooms in shape so they can open the shop or rare and antique things to be sold. She goes above and beyond while meeting his other clients and associates. Love that she is able to help others in need and works with others she doesn't get along with to benefit the shop. Love the festival of sorts as the whole community work together in that feat and many other things to help one another make a success of their businesses. Like clash of some as they do come together. Especially love the discussions of different kinds of power and are able to implement them and that the discussions are so today concerns of climate changes. There are so many the book follows, male love interests, shop owners and their families and the spirit world. Didn't care for sex scenes, seemed to be a bit rushed and not that deep of a relationship. Love how each chapter starts out with a step or symbol and it's described in words that you can use in today's world although they may not have been in the original 1700's tarot card decks (the way I understand it). Received this book from the author and this is my honest review.
Valca85 More than 1 year ago
What caught my attention with this book was the idea of using the Tarot's Major Arcana to tell a story. As a Tarot reader myself, this really called to me as an inventive way of incorporating a bit of mystical atmosphere into a book. The beginning was really well done. From the first page, the story and the narrator immediately grab on to the reader, making us want to read on. There is a good balance of internal and external action which lets us connect well to the narrator. This lasts until about half way through the book. Then, the narrative seems to lose steam. The incorporation of the Tarot cards becomes a bit forced, with some preachy paragraphs which are not really necessary to keep the story going, and there's not any true tension in the plot. Everything seems to work out for the main character, so we lose interest. For example, she t hinks at one point that her boyfriend might be cheating on her, which would have made for a good number of tense chapters, but instead it's resolved too quickly and too easily. The writing itself is comfortable, allowing the story to flow. It is a simple, yet pleasing story. I would recommend this to all of you who like some mysticism with your fiction.