A Review for Destiny’s Consent from Paula

I woke to one of my neighbors shearing away my bougainvillea blossoms that had had the audacity to stray into her yard.  I felt sorry that somehow the floral exuberance did not enthrall her heart and soul…and blessed the dying blossoms and her….so I arose, not exactly thrilled with life and its circumstances on this morning.

I wandered into the studio, almost swooning with the scents of orange blossoms. I checked FB and discovered these three posts on my page by Paula Jean, an intelligent adventuress I met at a Butterfly Sanctuary and Garden in the hills above Montezuma, Costa Rica.

                 “I am thoroughly, completely enjoying your book, It is my perfect escape from all my worries. I have been dealing with fleas these days in FL and for you to write about the Flea Circus has me giggling. It is so perfectly written from the standpoint of this child. How imaginative, how delightful, and filled with drama and conflict, filled with descriptive images. I can hardly put it down, thank you for writing it and will no doubt read your second one. Such a treat to have met you and to now read your magical story. It took over a year for me to buy the book, but I suppose I needed to find myself battling fleas to time it right, LOL.”

                “I weep as I come to the end of The Gypsy’s Song. I should have ordered the second book at the same time. Now I must wait for its arrival. The story is captivating and filled with so much, so many parts that have influenced our lives. Small tangents that speak to me on another level. Perhaps I was a gypsy in a past life. The draw to Bohemia touches us both profoundly and I love all the small references to a larger philosophical belief, references to Jung, The Tao, reincarnation, oh so many.”

                 “I am reading a delightful book by Laura Shepard Townsend, titled Destiny’s Consent. I was fortunate to meet this beautiful woman in Costa Rica last year. Not sure exactly why it took me a year to pick up this book but so glad I did. It’s a beautifully written story. If you are looking for a great read, beautifully written descriptive story about Gypsies in S Ca in early 20th century pick it up from Amazon. She has a great web site too”

Needless to say, my puny mind has shifted from my neighbor’s actions to Paula’s generosity of spirit embraced within her words. For a writer and an artist, there is little better happenstance in this world….thank you, Paula….

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A New Review for Destiny’s Consent

Here’s a new review on FB by Jana in Las Rocas, Costa Rica. I didn’t even know that she was reading it…..

great book.. “Gypsy’s Song” by Laura Shepard Townsendbook reviews Jana




How I got a Book Reading in Costa Rica at Amor de Mar, Montezuma

                The gorgeous setting of Amor de Mar

And its expats from Germany, Connecticut, Canada, the Hamptons, Bulgaria
Healers, Masseuses, Yoga teachers, a Masseuse, Chef and Music Makers.


There is a wonderful and generous spirit in a small beach area close to the small town of Montezuma.  Her name is Cordula Meyers.


I told her I had written a book…and she said, “oh, we must have a book reading!”  I started to sputter my protests and she said, “the author is in town.  How rare is that? ”

And so my book reading was born…

I read from both books of Destiny’s Consent:  Book I, The Gypsy’s Song and Book II, Lions and Gondolas.

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The preparation was a joy in which my soul and my heart sang delighted songs of rediscovery.  How I love both of these books, though I must have read them a thousand times, and probably will read them again a thousand times, to which I look forward.

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While rehearsing a passage, the Howler Monkeys decided to get into the act, with their loud territorial roars to one another.  I raised my voice, for I was in the thick of it and not to be deterred by a little roaring.  MT came out and said he couldn’t believe I was trying to out volume them…LOL!