Review – Destiny Calling by Maureen L. Bonatch

Synopsis

Hope only wants to find out if her ability to infuse euphoria or despair with her touch makes her the devil’s spawn, or his exterminator. But when the woman who raised her is murdered by something not human, she loses the only family she knew and discovers one she might wish she hadn’t.

Drawn back to the hometown she vowed never to return to, her ability is seen as an asset to everyone but Hope, and she doesn’t know who to trust. Her family wants her to help them overcome an enemy oppressing the human population, while the man of her dreams is courting her for the Underworld.

Time is running out, and Hope’s choice may be made for her, as she discovers she’s a pawn in a bigger game played by a merciless ruler who doesn’t lose.

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Review

This paranormal story is one that I will definitely keep thinking about. Hope is a very interesting character, forged through a life with almost no breaks. A child who’s view of themselves was of unwanted, unloved, a burden to her parents, Hope has always been different in a way that is hard to miss. In an attempt to keep her safe, she’s given to a nuns’ orphanage, the downside being these women have always told her she was evil.

Hope has lost the one person she’s ever loved, Tessa, her adoptive mother. Although they’d always been on the run, Tessa has been her only ray of sunshine. Her murder forces her to go back to her hometown where she seeks answers and revenge. What she discovers is different layers to what she believes reality to be. Family, dangers, and a choice she has to make, just to play along in a game designed by a being who likes to use others as her pawns.

The mystery around Hope and what’s really going on is beautifully written. You discover it bit by bit as the heroine does, feeling her restlessness, frustration, anger, fear, and hope. Only when you’re half way through the story, do you get a clearer picture of what’s going on. Glimpses you’ve sneaked turn into facts and morph into an explanation that the reader, as well as Hope, is clearly dying to have by now.

Griffith and his interactions with Hope are also interesting to watch. They move from having dreamed of each other to meeting in real life, their actions, together and alone, having more impact on the future that those of a normal pairing. All in all, a very enjoyable read and quite a page turner.

Buy links

Barnes & Noble | Wild Rose Press

About the author

Growing up with four siblings had Maureen familiar with escaping into a good book, or the recesses of her mind. She realized later in life everyone didn’t have characters telling stories in their heads, or weren’t envisioning magic and mayhem within the everyday. This, and long walks in the beautiful state of Pennsylvania spawned a love of writing.

Since her desire to become a Solid Gold Dancer was thwarted when the show was discontinued, Maureen opted to pursue other paths. Attempting to conquer new endeavors proved fruitful with her first novella, while other attempts, such as challenging a fear of heights with parasailing, were unsuccessful.

Therefore she’s chased other interests, though none-the-less-daring, but closer to the ground, such as belly-dancing, becoming a self-proclaimed tequila connoisseur, fulfilling her role as biker babe to her alpha hubby and surviving motherhood to twins (so far).

Penning stories boasting laughter, light suspense and something magical in the hope of sharing her love of finding the extraordinary in the ordinary world.

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Writer, traveler, coffee and book addict, and also founder of EyesOnBooks. I've loved books all my life and now they are a huge part of my work. I have been blogging for about twelve years and have worked as a PR and marketing consultant in the IT&C field before shifting all my focus to books and authors.


2 Responses to “Review – Destiny Calling by Maureen L. Bonatch”

  1. Thank you for the review! I’m glad you enjoyed it.

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