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About the author:
Dr. Linda Harley was born in Durban, South Africa and moved to the US in 1999. In 2011 she received her PhD in Applied Physiology from the Georgia Institute of Technology. While in graduate school, the idea for Destiny's Flower blossomed as she considered the importance and diversity of different cultures. How people from all over the world could accomplish things together despite these differences intrigued her and so she embarked on this novel to explore the importance of remaining true to who you are in a world that is ever changing.
When I agreed to review Linda's debut book, I thought that I'd like it. Boy was I wrong!
I Loved it! I was drawn in to the story a few pages in and I was hooked until the very last word. The first couple pages were a bit confusing at first but soon made sense.
It was interesting and full of twists and turns, action, adventure, talking animals, danger, spaceships, foreign lands, royal houses, and a wee bit of romance. This book was completely clean in that aspect but I have high hopes that the relationships will grow and become deeper as the books continue.
When a Prince or Princess is ready to marry a beauty gala is held. One person from each of the royal houses is invited to compete for the right to marry the noble one. The beauties are gathered and the competition continues for nine months. One beauty is dismissed at the end of each month. The beauties are not to meet the Prince until the fifth month.
There used to be 10 royal houses until a horrible thing happened. Long ago there was a royal family who were killed. The King's daughter and her husband were never found. There is a prophecy that says the long lost heir will some day be found and all will be made right again.
Lyn is the 10th beauty found for this gala. It is the first time there has been 10 since the Royal line was ended.
Lynn was teaching a class when two huge men rush in and basically kidnap her. She wakes up on a spaceship but misunderstands and thinks that it is a ship at sea.
Kyle doesn't do a very good job of explaining things to Lynn and she panics. lol! She escapes her room and sends them on a merry chase trying to find her.
While she is loose, she finds Prince Tristan. She is not supposed to meet him as the gala is for him. When she literally drops in on him and takes him captive, he tells her his name is George. Later he tells her that she may call him captain so she is still unaware of who he really is.
Poor Lynn is at a serious disadvantage because she is from Earth and does not know or understand their customs or what is expected of her. It was fun to watch her stir up trouble and make friends. I really liked her character. It was easy to cheer her on. I can't wait to see if she ends up with Kyle or Tristan. Either is a catch but she and Kyle spend a lot of time together and are growing close while she doesn't know that George is actually Prince Tristan.
I laughed, cried, got mad, cheered, and smiled a lot. Basically I was emotionally wrapped up in this book because it was sooo superb.
There was something said at the end of the book that has me anxious to read the next book in this series. It does not end in a cliff hanger. This part of the story has closure but it does a wonderful job of setting up the next book.
I recommend this to everyone. Yes, it was that terrific!
I received a copy from the author in exchange for my honest opinion. I honestly Loved it. It was Awesome!
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