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Wings of destiny : a novel
Lanigan, Catherine.
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Deerfield Beach, Fla. : Health Communications, [1999]

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506 pages ; 24 cm
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"Wings of Destiny" is the story of Jefferson Duke, a man driven to fulfill the dstiny foretold by his grandmother: he will be instrumental in the creation of a golden city, the city of San Francisco. In pursuit ot this overpowering goal, Jefferson must make sacrifices, including the loss of life's most precious gift-his heart-to a woman he can never have.

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Booklist Review

Lanigan tells the stories of five generations in this epic romance about love, power, and destiny. Yuala, a young slave girl living in Jamaica in the late 1700s, is first struck with visions of the future when she is nine years old. She quickly becomes known as a voodoo witch. When her master, Lord Duke, falls in love with her, whispers of her casting a spell on him swirl around the plantation, but the lovers know that fate has brought them together. Their union produces Rachel, who has the same powers of foresight as her mother. When Lord Duke dies, the two women are sold and sent to live in South Carolina. They are not afraid or reluctant; they know that they have to leave Jamaica so that they can fulfill their destinies, and those of their descendants. Lanigan's novel is thoroughly engrossing, and its messages of hope, courage, and faith will stay with readers long after they've turned the last page. --Donna Seaman

Publisher's Weekly Review

"Emotions rushed through the room, battering the walls like a tropical hurricane. Metaphysical questions bombarded each other as Yuala read his thoughts, and Rachel read those of her mother." Readers unfamiliar with Lanigan's (Romancing the Stone) flamboyant prose may mistake this overly melodramaticÄat times truly mawkishÄmultigenerational historical romance for a bald-faced lampoon of the genre. But such is not the case, and Lanigan's young protagonist is nothing if not earnest in her quest for social justice and psychic well-being. As the story begins on April 15, 1906, three days before the catastrophic earthquake in San Francisco, heroine Barbara Kendrick is a fearless young journalist on the brink of exposing the corruption of city officials. Then her mentor, 91-year-old city founder Jefferson Duke, presents her with his diaries and his mother Rachel's writings, and the meandering epic slips back to 1774. RachelÄthe fair-skinned daughter of Yuala, a Jamaican-born African voodoo priestess, and Henry Duke, a wealthy white manÄis herself destined to love a white Charleston planter; their son, Jefferson, makes his fortune in a white man's world. Meanwhile, a Chinese clan led by malevolent Nan-Yung pursues the other descendants of Henry Duke, whose brother Andrew mired Nan-Yung's grandfather in the opium trade. The two families converge on San Francisco, and as the earthquake rocks the city, centuries-old accounts are settled, and Barbara discovers her true place in the Duke family history. Apparitions, telepathy, clairvoyance and portentous dreams notwithstanding, Lanigan's research is sound, and the climactic descriptions of the historic earthquake ring true. The fulsome prose becomes less distracting as the narrative unfolds, but this is nonetheless an unashamed foray into romantic terrain. 50,000 first printing; major ad/ promo; 5-city author tour. (Oct.) FYI: Released under the heading of Visionary Fiction/Inspiration from a leading publisher of paperback titles on human relations, psychology and self-help, this volume is HCI's first hardcover publication. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Lanigan, the author of many romances (e.g., The Legend Makers), makes her hardcover debut with a complex, multigenerational family saga that has strong metaphysical overtones. She traces the lives and fortunes of the Duke family from the passionate love of the slave, Yuala, and her master to her great-great-granddaughter in 1906 California. The Dukes seem fated to love and be loved deeply but always in secret relationships. Throughout, they are visited, guided, and sustained by spirits from both the past and future. Much of the book is devoted to Jefferson Duke, grandson of Yuala, who escapes slavery and becomes one of the founders and leaders of San Francisco. It is his unacknowledged granddaughter, Barbara, who is destined to break the cycle of hidden, often tragic love. Although the narrative occasionally is slowed by an overabundance of historical detail, fans of the genre will be drawn in by the sweep of the story and the appealing characters.ÄBarbara E. Kemp, SUNY at Albany Libs. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.