Review by Tanya
Kristi is exhausted and suddenly finds herself revaluating her job/vocation. She realises that she is telling others to do things that she is not doing herself. She is a famous lifestyle coach and author of two self-help books, but has no balance in her own life to the point that she always stays in different hotel rooms, is hardly home and hasn’t even unpacked anything in her house while living there for quite a while.
Kristi has a temperamental artistic friend, Tom. They have been friends since school, where she supported him with the difficult home life he had. This has carried on into adult hood where she understands and helps to control his anxiety about his work. Kristi cares a lot for Tom and considers him her partner, even though he lives in the forest in a dwelling that he made himself. The plan is that one day she will move to the forest as well and set up home with him. Patrick is the tarot card reader Kristi turns to when she hears voices telling her to write a different type of book. He is a very believable man and wants to help Kristi in her time of need. He always seems to be there when she needs him the most and understands how she is thinking. Will Kristi be able to sort herself out?
A Little Luck, A Lot of Fate focuses around the life of three main characters and the book is told in chapters through their eyes. I loved how the story covers various complicated and hard to discuss topics. For example guardian angels, there is always something I have found interesting about them and I do think that they can show their presence if need be. Linn B. Halton writes about them in a way that is not scary or melodramatic but understandable and clear. Sometimes they are there exactly when people need them, especially in complex situations. Throughout the story many types of relationship issues and all the feelings that are associated with them are being broached. These include family relations, loss, friendship, working, employees and the various types of love. I liked reading about such a large variety of subjects.
It took me a little while to warm to Kristi and I don’t think I did until a scene where she is unpacking clothes with her housekeeper. I thought she was aloof and possibly had a lower opinion of others as she didn’t develop close relationships with people. However, as the story continued I realised how wrong I was and that actually she was always looking out for others and in fact hardly ever puts herself first. Yes she has faults and maybe she could have been more open and talk to her family, but she works hard to correct these problems. Her flaws make her more believable as a character. I really enjoyed how her story developed and how the characters changed throughout the book. The ending of this thought-provoking read was fitting and great. A Little Luck, A Lot of Fate is a complete and original story that I certainly recommend.
A Little Luck, A Lot of Fate is perfect for readers who like to read a good story that will make them think about their actions and relationships with others.
About Linn B. Halton
Bristol-born Linn B Halton lives on the edge of the small market town of Cinderford, in the Forest of Dean, in the UK.
"I'm a hopeless romantic, self-confessed chocaholic, and lover of strong coffee. For me, life is about family, friends, writing ... and house renovation! Oh, and the occasional glass of White Grenache..."
An Amazon UK Top 100 best-selling author with A Cottage in the Country in November 2015, Under The Stars also became a best-seller in November 2016. Linn's novels have been short-listed in the UK's Festival of Romance and the eFestival of Words Book Awards. Linn won the 2013 UK Festival of Romance: Innovation in Romantic Fiction award.
Linn writes chick lit, women's contemporary fiction and psychic romance for Choc Lit, Harper Impulse and Endeavour Press.
Goodreads Author Page: http://ow.ly/pv6N306918g
I’m the middle child, sandwiched between my eldest brother, Luke, and the baby of the family, Drew. My mother had three brothers and so, as the only two daughters in two generations, we were always in the minority. That rather tends to shape the way you look at things and there are only two ways it can go. Either you are the one whose voice is seldom heard above the sea of testosterone around you, or you make yours the loudest voice of them all. You become the organiser; the one who leads – in short, my brothers accepted that I was in charge. Maybe it was because I had inherited the bossy gene, if such a thing exists. But, from a tender age, what I lacked in practical knowledge, I made up for with sheer common sense and the dubious ability to be believable.
I say dubious, because I learnt that I had the power to organise and control what went on around me. I was a natural. What surprised me was the fact that people around me loved being told what to do. They sought my advice, opening up to me and looking for guidance at every step of the way. As a teenager I felt I had a heady power and it gave me a sense of confidence. At the time I didn’t understand that it was something to be treated with respect and a healthy dose of reality. People simply lapped-up what I told them and that, I suppose, was the blessing that has become a curse. When people are unsure about what to do next they look around for someone strong to advise them. In their desperation they are grateful and comforted and the person delivering the advice? Well, it’s addictive and each little success elevates you in their eyes, as well as in your own.
The truth is that I am supremely confident when it comes to organising other people’s lives. I’m extremely proud of the fact that I can inspire others and encourage them to develop their full potential. When it comes to my own life, it’s held together with the emotional equivalent of string and Blu-tack. Simply put, I’m a fraud.
Money and fame go hand-in-hand and there isn’t a chat show worth mentioning that hasn’t featured me at some point in the last few years. My name constantly crops up around the world and even in countries like the US, Japan, and Sweden, it’s instantly recognisable. Grab Life and Run With It is in its fourth season in the UK and I’ve just signed a contract for a further six episodes. My fan club is full of hopeful people, eager to share each of their milestones on Twitter, as they follow my celebrated Twelve Steps to Finding YOU plan.
To the world it appears I have all of the trappings of success. The harsh reality is that I spend my time trying to cover the tracks of a life that has no balance. All I have is my work – there is nothing else.
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