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Destiny Paperback – 7 Jul 2011

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Review (7 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755336186
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755336180
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 3 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 104,374 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Top Ten bestseller Louise Bagshawe attended local Catholic schools near her family home in London, before going to Oxford University in 1989. After graduating with a degree in Anglo Saxon and Norse, Louise worked as press officer with EMI records and then as a marketing official with Sony Music. On her 22nd birthday, Louise's passion for writing was realised with a major publishing deal.
She is the author of fourteen novels, published in more than eight languages, most recently the massive Sunday Times bestsellers Passion and Glitz.
She lives in Northamptonshire with her family and has been the Parliamentary Candidate for Corby and East Northants since November 2006.

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'sexy read for sultry summer nights' ( News of the World )

'another fast-paced rollercoaster ride' ( Daily Mail )

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Glamour, ambition, love and sex. It's all here in the page-turning bestsellers by Louise Bagshawe

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This was also my first Louise Bagshawe book, I'm more into Russian literature than chick lit, but you know, Tolstoy didn't get where he did without a few designer breeches - and Dostoievsky wouldn't have got anywhere, without a pair of trendy braces and a dab of carbolic behind the ears.

Having witnessed Louise as a forthright Tory MP investigating phone hacking, asking a bigger fish than any in this book, Rupert Murdoch, if he'd resign, I looked in vain for depth, substance and meaning; Destiny merely provides a proliferation of designer labels, so wonderful, they can only safely be worn by the fictionally airbrushed Kate Fox, whose breasts and buttocks are so firm Michelin should research them, with a view to improving the formula for pneumatic tyres.

Our heroine-of-sorts, rails against body fascism in the latter part of the book, placing a nude size 14 or 16 on the cover of a fashion mag to show what "real" women look like; but it's at the heart of this novel, together with the notion that rich men only want designer wives, inhabitting designer labels, providing designer sex.

The journey Kate takes from doting daughter of a hard working mother, through friendship with the only sympathetic character in the book, Emily, founder of Lucky magazine, to the pinnacle of her gold-digging success when she marries one-dimensional Marcus Broder, is only enlightening when she, herself, sees the light. Sadly it's only with a 20 watt bulb.

Fair enough, it is a good holiday read, apart from banal assumptions about human nature and too many rhetorical questions, Right? I enjoyed the ending, felt I did get to know a little about Ms Bagshawe as well as her characters. She writes fluently, has a flair for plot and an eye for glamour.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Best Crime Books TOP 500 REVIEWER on 21 April 2011
Format: Paperback
I only recently started reading Louise Bagshawe. I know that she has written for many years but have not read any of her earlier books. The most recent book I read was named Desire and had a suspiciously similar cover to this one. I enjoyed the last one and felt that it was chick lit with an element of `thriller' thrown in for good measure. I felt that this book was firmly rooted back to the solely chick lit genre which is not necessarily a bad thing.

The first thing that struck me in the first half of the book was how much I disliked the main character Kate Fox. As a main character I almost expect to instantly like them and this was not the case with this book. Although I didn't warm to her the story was easy to absorb yourself in. Kate is a typical money-grabbing woman. The only difference with her to other stereo-typical gold-diggers was that she seemed to be a very independent and intelligent woman. It kind of made me wonder why she was choosing this path for her life.

Sure enough it becomes apparent that this life is not for her but to extract herself from it means a long and dirty fight with her husband Marcus Broder. Broder was a despicable character that had wealth and power and absolutely zero respect for women. The second half of the book we see Kate struggle with her decisions and then a major event impacts her life in a way that she is unsure how to deal with.

This particular event is one that I didn't see coming so adds to the element of surprise which is a good thing. I can't say that this book throws up anything particularly new in this genre (which is very hard to do anyway) but Bagshawe has created characters that you find easy to get to know which is always a plus for me.
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By sarah on 13 May 2015
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I liked the bad girl gone good theme but I've read better by louise bagshawe. This had a rushed feel to it, for example, Kate was instantly unhappy in the marriage she worked all her life for and got over her life-long friends death in a nano-second.
One irritation with most of LBs novels is the sex scenes. All these supposed strong, feisty women end up "sobbing with desire" or "pleading to be taken" I find those scenes quite cringe worthy and tend to just skim over them.
I do think this book had the right mix to be great but would have preferred she spent actual time on it rather than the rush job she appears to have given it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By qwerty on 29 Aug. 2012
Format: Paperback
Slapdash effort that reads like it's written by a lightweight who's in a hurry to be doing something else.
Can't believe this got published.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Olivia on 27 Nov. 2011
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I LOVE Louise Bagshawe books and have read them for many years, however, I was disappointed with this one.
It has all the standard Bagshawe hallmarks-America, adversity, rich men, women taking control- but it seemed to miss a trick.

The last few books have been excellent but this smacked of her earlier works where her style had not been polished. To me it felt very much like a rehashed early book with a few modern refernces thrown in.
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I have been a Louise Bagshaw fan ever since I read my first book. Sorry to say I was rather disappointed with Destiny. For me the plot was too similar to A KEPT WOMAN. I felt I had already read the book.
I was unimpressed with the fashion descriptions on almost every outfit that was worn by the characters.
I read the sample on my Kindle and was hooked, so I bought the paperback book as my daughter is a fan too, sad to say it didnt hold my interest after the next couple of chapters.
Maybe I am getting too old to read Ms Bagshaw now. Shame
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