REVIEW: A Little Luck, A Lot of Fate by Linn B. Halton
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.
Dear Ms. Halton,
I have to be honest and say it was very hard to get started in this book. The main character Kristi is a life coach with a very public persona and a strange way of living: with unpacked boxes of belongings and almost no furniture in her huge house. Her long term friends from childhood and now with benefits relationship with Tom is off putting too. She’s a perfectionist for others’ lives while he’s a truly moody artist.
Then Kristi contacts a tarot card reader/spiritualist and the third point of view was added in Patrick the psychic. The story then takes a little while before it’s shown that Patrick is the real deal. It’s also unsettling at times when he talks about spirits in the ether around us and Kristi’s housekeeper tells her about her sister’s professional experience with Patrick. But I do have a friend who believes and “knows what she knows” so I eventually buckled down and accepted the premise – that Patrick really can pass on messages from dead people and sense the “ghost” around Kristi.
One final thing is my own non-preference for love triangles and there is more than a whiff of one here. Personally I prefer to know from the start who to relationshiply root for. It takes a while before my suspicion is more or less confirmed and I get to know these people and “get on their sides.”
Patrick and Kristi are actually similar in their jobs: helping people. She as a life coach and he with spiritual help. Both feel the satisfaction of this but also the emotional cost to them. And both ruefully acknowledge it’s easier to help others than apply those skills to themselves.
I do like that they are more complex characters – a little “life messy” and worn at the edges. The relationship, which starts as strictly professional, changes by inches. Kristi discovers someone who’ll listen to her and wants to help her unlike all the other acquaintances she knows who always want things from her. Patrick finds to his dismay that the first woman he’s been interested in since his divorce is a client – a no, no he soon rectifies when he refers Kristi to other psychics. But there’s more that strikes close to home such as unresolved parental relationships, enabling others and reaching life crossroads.
Both Kristi and Patrick are used to dealing with clients in flux and in some state of emotional turmoil so they know how easy it is to transfer emotions and project what you want. They’re well aware of the dangers and conscious of the risks they running as they’re getting closer to each other. They do initially back off (and Patrick refers Kristi to others). I did wonder for quite a while, just who was going to end up with whom. But nothing comes out of the blue, there’s no “I never saw this coming and feel cheated” feeling. One thing I really like here as I said earlier is that it’s a bit messy. But life’s messy and we don’t always make the perfect choices when we are faced with them. Both Kristi and Patrick – and even Tom – truly do reflect and then change. I can feel the struggle and effort this takes rather than it seeming like lip service to move the plot along.
Yeah this one was a bit hard to get into initially but once I felt involved with the characters, then I wanted to find out “what next.” The journey to the end felt organic and “real life” with highs and lows. I could see the resolution coming but the relationship conclusion felt a bit of a let down then suddenly zipped forward into an epilogue. I ended feeling it a mix of B/B-