A LITTLE LUCK, A LOT OF FATE,
BY LINN B. HALTON
PUBLICATION: CHOC LIT; OCTOBER 25, 2016
When destiny calls, you need to pick up …
On the surface, Kristi Danielson has it all. She’s lifestyle coach to the rich and famous, has a bestselling book to her name and is described by her fans as “the veritable Queen of how to lead a fulfilling life”.
But the harsh truth is that Kristi has never practiced what she preaches. Her home life is a mess, her relationship with artist boyfriend, Tom, not much better – and now she has to redeem herself before all is lost.
At her wit’s end, Kristi is driven to seek out the help of Patrick Blakeslee, a tarot card reader and psychic medium, in an attempt to make sense of the mounting panic she’s feeling.
But Patrick’s visits have an unexpected effect on Kristi, leaving her with more questions than answers – and a life-changing decision to make.
I need to start with the fact that I initially struggled getting into this book. I can’t really pinpoint the exact reason but something made me repeatedly put this one down or have to go back and start over. However, once I got into “A Little Luck, A Lot of Fate,” I really did get into Kristi, Patrick, and the bulk of the plot. The main character, Kristi, is a self-help novelist/guru who suddenly hears an “inner voice” one day, prompting her to take a 4 month sabbatical from her high-profile career and stay home. She’s lived in her home for several years but has never unpacked, so with the help of her wonderful housekeeper, Eve, she begins settling into her home and begins a new book project about figuring out her own life. Prompted by her “inner voice,” Kristi contacts a tarot card reader, Patrick, who helps her with figuring out what’s going on in her life and shares the visions that he sees. All of this is blended in with family illnesses, dealing with career demands, and reflection on her long-term but unsatisfying relationship with Tom, the starving artist, mountain man, childhood boyfriend, etc.
One thing I really loved about this novel was Kristi’s sudden realization that she needed to make changes in her life, as well as, her quick decisions to do just that. In that way, she is a strong, feminine character acknowledging the shortcomings in her life and promptly making the decision to explore ways to find happiness and contentment in her life. I also really loved the almost instant connection between her and Patrick. Although she felt unsure and awkward during their initial conversations, it was quickly evident that they felt comfortable with each other in a way that they were not accustomed to.
The main thing that I did not like about this novel was Tom. I get that he had a troubled childhood and that he and Kristi have been friends, lovers, whatever – for many years. I personally am not attracted to the moody, pissy, selfish artist-type, which I realize is irrelevant because I wasn’t a character in the novel, but honestly, Tom was ridiculous. Besides being all of the before-mentioned things, he was also a leech, using Kristi for exposure and publicity, all the while caring nothing about another single living creature on earth. Why Kristi spends the entire novel trying to conform to what he wants is beyond me… With that being said, I would have loved and highly recommended this book if it weren’t for Tom and her sick attachment to him.
“A Little Luck, A Lot of Fate” definitely has a unique and engaging story line that was entertaining and romantic in a mystical sort of way. Unfortunately for me, Tom overshadowed the great things about this novel, making me just sort of “blah” after finishing it. It did get to a point where I was overjoyed with the outcome, but the ending was so quickly wrapped up, I feel as if the author missed out on the opportunity to make up for all of the wasted chapters on Tom.
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* I received a copy of this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.