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on 8 April 2005
After thoroughly enjoying Rebecca's Tale and Landscape of Love, and having found Dark Angel a fairly satisfying read, I was looking forward to reading Destiny, but was left very disappointed and frustrated. It wasn't until after I'd finished that I realised where I had previously read this story before: Virginia (VC) Andrews' Heaven series covers essentially the same tale, although I suppose Destiny is better value for money, being just one instead of five books.
I found the plot paper-thin with predictable outcomes and my hopes for the story to redeem itself in the end shattered by a seemingly endless succession of dénouements. At one point a character from the past, all but twirling his moustache and cackling evilly, returns, ostensibly to ruin the de Chavigny business, only for a showdown described in one paragraph of prose -- not even dialogue -- where Hélène describes all the reasons his plot will not succeed and he acknowledges his failure and goes away: what was the point of that? The author didn't even spell out what prevented success in his nefarious scheming or how Hélène learned of it.
By all means read Beauman's other books and see how talented an author she can be, but leave Destiny on the shelf.