Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Destiny's Dream - Delia Latham

We're going to visit for a few days with one of my favorite authors, Delia Latham, and spend some time with her characters from the Solomon's Gate series, so I hope you can stop in a few times this week. She'll be here until Friday, with different guests every day.

Hello Delia! I have been looking forward to this visit so much, you can't imagine! Thank you for inviting me to come visit Solomon's Gate. I can't wait to look around. Destiny is here, right?

Delia laughs. Of course she is! And if you're lucky, maybe you'll meet her angel, too.

Wow! Look at those doors! This place is amazing. I can't help but gawk at the huge portals. Wait...her angel? You mean, I might actually meet Solomon?

Delia just smiles as she slides one of the large doors open smoothly and shrugs. Destiny's not the only one who's seen him.

I can feel my eyes go wide as I try to imagine the sight of Solomon with his glorious wings unfurled. I can almost feel their feathery softness around me, calming me.

Delia looks up as a woman comes toward us. Delia pats me on the shoulder. Here's Destiny now. I'll just leave you two alone for a little bit.

Striking is the only way I can describe her. Green eyes and auburn hair is a beautiful combination. I held out my hand and smiled. Destiny, so nice to finally meet you.

Well, thank you! I understand you have a few questions for me. She motions me down the hall. UnfortunatelyI don't have a lot of time since I have an appointment coming in shortly.

That's fine, I said as I hurried to keep up with her. This woman doesn't seem to know the meaning of slow, or casual. We stepped into her office and I couldn't help but notice the plaques on the wall - most quotes from Song of Solomon - except for one. "For He shall give His angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. Psalm 91:11." What a lovely verse!

Isn't it? she says with a smile. It holds a special place in my heart since I strongly believe in angels watching over us.

I lean forward. I've heard! I understand Solomon speaks with you fairly often.

Leaning back with a smile, she nods. He does. But I'm sure you're not here to ask me about angels.

Well, actually I'd love to talk about angels, but your agency has stirred up a bit of interest in the area. And not only that, I understand you had quite a rocky start to your own romance.

Destiny looks away for a minute and a small smile hovers on her lips when she meets my gaze. In some ways that's true. After all, it's not every day that a heavenly match is made at a funeral. She laughs. But who am I to question a match made in heaven.

 So do you consider all your matches to be made in heaven?

Destiny seems to be surrounded by white light as she nods. Solomon makes sure of it.

Oh my! I think that was him standing behind her!

A bell rings out in the reception area and Destiny glances at her watch then stands and offers me her hand. Sorry to cut you short, but that must be my next appointment.

No problem. I'll see myself out. Are you going to be here tomorrow when I meet Kylie?

I should be around. I'll look forward to seeing you again.

Here's a peek in case you haven't read this one yet. After all, you don't want to miss out on any of this wonderful series!


Is a little respect too much to ask at a parent's funeral? Apparently it is for Destiny May. Her mother's "going away party" is crashed by a totally irreverent stranger. Clay Gallagher is built like a small mountain and far more vocal than is fitting. When it turns out he's not even at the right funeral, Destiny demands retribution in the form of an escape from the day's dreary proceedings. Their relationship has some kinks - starting with Destiny's determination to found a Christian dating service in their conservative town of Castle Creek. Clay has little respect or patience for such a frivolous profession. But when Destiny is threatened by an anonymous caller who deeply resents her and what she does for a living, Clay makes it his business to keep the saucy redhead out of harm's way. Trouble is, spending time in her company weakens his defenses...and Cupid's arrows are known to fly straight to the heart.


I’m not usually fond of prologues, but Ms. Latham grabbed me right there, in the opening pages and didn’t let go until I reached The End. There is such heartfelt wonder in the tragic opening event (and no, I won’t even spoil that much for you) that I could have been in the room with them. And the message spoken to Destiny in those first pages speaks direct to the reader’s heart. From that point on I couldn’t wait to find out what would happen.

Ms. Latham’s characters are so dear I would love to have them for my own friends. Someone you could count on to have your back through thick and thin. The love and understanding that travels between them reaches across the pages like being in a room with two people you know are meant to be together, even though it seems doubtful at times that they will ever get to that point.

There are twists and turns to this story that kept me guessing all the way till the end – truly a mark of a great writer.

So if you’re looking for a story that will wrap you in a warm, loving cocoon, but at the same time, leave you wondering if things will ever work out right, then you need to pick this one up.

My hat’s off to you, Delia, well done! I can’t wait to read the next one.

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  1. Morning, Delia! Thanks for letting me stop by and visit!

  2. Good morning ladies! I have to say I'm possibly Delia's #1 fan! I read everything of hers I can get my hands on. Delia, I just started reading Gypsy Games. I cannot wait to read it. So far, I'm loving it. Each book is better than the last. I have extremely high hopes for this one too! God bless. I'll try to check back in this week. Brenda

  3. What a lovely review, Donna, and a great interview with Destiny from DESTINY'S DREAM. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Congrats on the great review and great book, Delia. I was so touched to see your mention of Psalm 91...it's seeing me through a pretty tough time right now. Thanks for making my day! Love to you and Donna, too!

    1. Tanya, you are in my prayers also. May God give you the grace and peace you need to go thru whatever He is leading you through. Love you too, and cannot wait to hear about your victory over this situation. Brenda

  5. Donna, I hope you enjoyed your time with Destiny...I can't imagine that you wouldn't! :) She's such a great gal. And I do believe you DID catch a glimpse of Solomon! He only lets that happen when He really wants to, or there's a need. I hope you were blessed by your contact with him, and with Destiny, as much as I was!

    Brenda, you are so precious! I cannot tell you how much your support has meant to me since we first "met" through my novel, Goldeneyes. Every author needs her own version of you!

    Dora and Tanya, thank you for stopping by. Didn't you love the way Donna shared her visit to Solomon's Gate? :) Tanya, I'm so sorry you're going through yet another trial! God is faithful, though, if we cling to Him and trust His promises. I'll be praying for you.

  6. Blessings, ladies, that's the only way I can describe Delia's stories. I'm glad you enjoyed the visit!

  7. I have enjoyed Delia's books. I have known Delia since she was a teen, saw her become a wife, mother and now grandmother.Her desire has always been to write and sing. She has a pssion for her life and what she does. Blessings to you Delia. Love Brenda

  8. Sis. Brenda...thank you for stopping by! You're always so encouraging and positive. I appreciate you!

  9. I totally agree with the reviewer. And the cover is just plain heavenly. I've enjoyed this whole series, but have to admit Goldeneyes is my favorite.

    1. Ah, LoRee--that was my first introduction to Delia. She has helped/prayed me through many bad times. In particular, the death of my precious Daddy--who is also Delia's "special dad" He loved her thru me and became her #2 fan--I believe I'll always be her BIGGEST FAN--both literally and figuratively. GOLDENEYES is my very favorite book of ALL times. I cannot say enough about it. It determined that GOLDENEYES is my all-time favorite book and Delia is my all-time favorite author!

    2. LoRee, I'm so glad you enjoyed Goldeneyes! It's close to my heart, with the Weedpatch setting and all. :)

      And Brenda, you're making me all weepy! I love you, lady!

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  11. Thanks, Lisa, it was great fun! Stop back tomorrow for Kylie's Kiss - and Friday for Gypsy's Game - her new release

    1. I moved on to visit with Kylie and Gypsy and missed these comments. Lisa...thank you! Donna did a great job with this, didn't she? :)