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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Designed by Destiny by Roseanne Dowell

Designed by Destiny by Roseanne Dowell
Publisher: Red Rose Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (216 pgs)
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 2.5 books
Reviewed by Fennel

Fate—kismet—whatever it is, it turned Interior Designer, Wendy Seidel’s world upside down. From a chance meeting at the airport to Florida and back to Ohio, Wendy can’t believe the strange circumstances that put her and Bill Johnson together.

If you want to know more about the strange circumstances that Wendy and Bill find themselves in, Designed for Destiny is just for you.

What is stranger than falling for a stranger?

I enjoy reading about feisty heroines who know what they want and go for it. And that’s just what Wendy Seidel is doing, and yet - somehow the author’s heroine reminds me more of a spoiled child who’ll do anything to get her own way, than a woman with a plan who knows what she has to do to achieve it. Wendy Seidel may have the fiery temper of a red-head, but I didn’t take to her at all in the first few chapters, nor had I changed my mind by the time I’d reached that half-way point in the story.

Wendy has dreams. Big dreams and she doesn’t intend for them to be derailed just because she’s got the hots for Bill Johnson. Unfortunately her constant vacillation doesn’t jibe with her image as a potentially successful business woman.

Architect, Bill Johnson, is commissioned to oversee the contractual alterations at Gladys’s house in Florida. His unconventional meeting with Wendy Seidel at the airport was the first in a series of strange coincidences. The author created a truly likeable hero in Bill. He’s determined to go after what he wants, and won’t be deflected, and yet, he’s sensitive, caring and diplomatic. He may not have known Wendy for long, but he’s prepared to give her time to know her own mind.

It was a great shame the author’s constant use of repetition diluted the impact of those coincidences and slowed the pace of the story. Given the opening incident, which had both pace and confrontation, the change of pace to slow and repetitive surprised me.

Ms Dowell has a lovely turn of phrase and writing style that brings her settings and characters alive. If you are in the mood for a ‘gentle’ read, then this is the book for you.