Destiny – Louise Bagshawe

“Orphan Kate Fox is determined to make her mark in the world, and with her gorgeous looks, what better way to secure her future than to marry money? When she attracts the attention of media mogul Marcus Broder – sophisticated, powerful and wealthy beyond measure – it seems as though all of Kate’s dreams have come true. But marriage to Marcus isn’t everything she imagined. Before long, Kate wants out of her marriage, a career of her own, and a chance at love. But Kate’s reputation as a gold-digger is sealed. Ruthlessly pursued by Marcus, who will stop at nothing to destroy her, Kate knows she has to defeat her past if she is to win the trust of the man she loves.”

I’ve always been a big fan of Louise Bagshawe – I’ve read everything she’s ever written – so I was thrilled when I got the chance to review Destiny. Louise revisits a tried and tested romance format – Kate marries for money, determined not to ever relive the impoverished life she lived with her mother before an accident left her orphaned. However, she realises it isn’t enough and decides she wants a life – and true love.

Louise weaves her usual magic in this latest offering. As is her wont, she makes multiple references to a killer labels-laden wardrobe, gorgeous jewellry and picturesque New York scenes. She also harks back to characters from her previous novels (we see Topaz Goldstein from Career Girls and House Massot jewellery from Sparkles. In recent books, Louise has diverted slightly from her usual style to bring more thriller-type nobels, but she returns true to form here. It’s not as clever as her previous reads, and some of the editing lead to a slightly jarred read for me, but she delivers a true-to-form novel with style and panache. Modern-day references –  to celebrity couple Matt Bellamy and Kate Hudson and MacBook Airs – update Louise’s writing perfectly for the 21st century.

Many thanks to Headline Review for the review copy.

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