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




Entertaining Storytelling Deftly shaped by A Beauty of Language and Heart

5.0 out of 5 stars Destiny’s Consent (books one and two), September 14, 2014
 This review is from: The Gypsy’s Song & Lions and Gondolas(Destiny’s Consent) (Paperback)
In the historical fiction settings of the Rom Gypsies wandering Europe and of a Rom gypsy family finding a new home in 1920’s Venice, California — we meet a range of characters at once familiar and mythic. The tales of Destiny’s Consent are ultimately spiritual journeys, even as we learn about Rom gypsies and Venice history in a colorful spectrum of culture and society. This is entertaining storytelling deftly shaped by a beauty of language and of heart.
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If you love Venice Beach, these free spirited characters…

final-cover-web “If you love Venice Beach, these free spirited characters will warm your heart and enrich your consciousness.

This wonderfully written novel combines two topics which fascinate me—-bohemians and Venice Beach. As the first book in the “Destiny’s Consent” trilogy, it’s an entertaining and enjoyable read. I was immediately transported to the magical world of Los Angeles at the early part of the 20th century. The women in this novel are strong and empowered, and their gypsy culture is colorfully described, making you feel like a participant in every vivid scene.

 Patricia Nolan Stein


Book Review of “Destiny’s Consent:The Gypsy’s Song”

What a fantastic book!  It is an adventure saga that is so beautifully conceived and written that I found myself frequently rereading paragraphs and whole sections to better savor the rich imagery and wisdom.

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There is always something going on and the story moves in a grand arc through one fascinating and momentous setting after another. This book begins the life story of a Gypsy wise woman as told by the woman, Angelica Grastende, herself.  It begins with 12 year old Angelica and her family living with their gypsy clan and traveling through the European country side in their beautifully painted horse drawn wagons. It’s an idyllic time that is soon to end but the characters and events of this early period in Angelica’s life are vividly lovingly drawn so well I never wanted it to end.  When it does I said “oh no!” but each adventure that follows is equally engaging and beautifully drawn.

I don’t want to spoil the story but I will say that, due to a catastrophic event combined with the effects of  WWI in Europe,  Angelica, her mother and father, and her grandmother Lena who was the clan matriarch and sorceress are forced to leave their beloved countryside and all their belongings and cross the Atlantic to America.  The story of their crossing could be a book in itself as could be the story of their life as members of a small traveling circus through the hinterlands of the America of the early 20th century.  As I say, I LOVED THIS BOOK.  I am looking forward very much to book two in this series from Shepard Townsend.