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When destiny calls, you need to pick up … On the surface, Kristi Danielson has it all. She’s lifestyle coach to the rich and famous, has a bestselling book to her name and is described by her fans as “the veritable Queen of how to lead a fulfilling life”. But the harsh truth is that Kristi has never practiced what she preaches. Her home life is a mess, her relationship with When destiny calls, you need to pick up … On the surface, Kristi Danielson has it all. She’s lifestyle coach to the rich and famous, has a bestselling book to her name and is described by her fans as “the veritable Queen of how to lead a fulfilling life”. But the harsh truth is that Kristi has never practiced what she preaches. Her home life is a mess, her relationship with artist boyfriend, Tom, not much better – and now she has to redeem herself before all is lost. At her wit’s end, Kristi is driven to seek out the help of Patrick Blakeslee, a tarot card reader and psychic medium, in an attempt to make sense of the mounting panic she’s feeling. But Patrick’s visits have an unexpected effect on Kristi, leaving her with more questions than answers – and a life-changing decision to make.


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When destiny calls, you need to pick up … On the surface, Kristi Danielson has it all. She’s lifestyle coach to the rich and famous, has a bestselling book to her name and is described by her fans as “the veritable Queen of how to lead a fulfilling life”. But the harsh truth is that Kristi has never practiced what she preaches. Her home life is a mess, her relationship with When destiny calls, you need to pick up … On the surface, Kristi Danielson has it all. She’s lifestyle coach to the rich and famous, has a bestselling book to her name and is described by her fans as “the veritable Queen of how to lead a fulfilling life”. But the harsh truth is that Kristi has never practiced what she preaches. Her home life is a mess, her relationship with artist boyfriend, Tom, not much better – and now she has to redeem herself before all is lost. At her wit’s end, Kristi is driven to seek out the help of Patrick Blakeslee, a tarot card reader and psychic medium, in an attempt to make sense of the mounting panic she’s feeling. But Patrick’s visits have an unexpected effect on Kristi, leaving her with more questions than answers – and a life-changing decision to make.

30 review for A Little Luck, A Lot of Fate

  1. 4 out of 5

    Karen Mace

    I received a copy of this via NetGalley and Choc Lit in return for a fair and honest review. It is always enjoyable to read a romance that is a little different from all the others and that is exactly what this story is! It seems to go a little deeper than many books do with characters who appear to the outside world to have it all, and be in control, but in reality are anything but! The main character is Kristi who is very well known as a self help guru but she has reached a point in her life whe I received a copy of this via NetGalley and Choc Lit in return for a fair and honest review. It is always enjoyable to read a romance that is a little different from all the others and that is exactly what this story is! It seems to go a little deeper than many books do with characters who appear to the outside world to have it all, and be in control, but in reality are anything but! The main character is Kristi who is very well known as a self help guru but she has reached a point in her life where she doesn't know what is best for her in every walk of her life - be that work or personal! She seems to be having a crisis of confidence and her only way of dealing with this is to take a 'break' to try and find herself and find happiness and meaning once more. We also hear the story from her partner Toms' Point of View - he is an artist so is also prone to a lack of belief and often retreats to a cabin in the forest to live and do most of his painting and creating. He is conflicted by staying true to his artist principles, and that of making money through corporate pieces without feeling like he is selling out. So he tries to help Kristi with her concerns but fails miserably as he's going through exactly the same thing. They've been friends since school so their relationship always felt so comfortable to them but that feeling has changed over the years. And we also hear things from a third Point of View - Kristi turns to a tarot card reader Patrick on her journey to find the real her, and he opens her eyes to different ways of thinking and approaching issues she has within her life. He also senses spirits, something else which she is also drawn to her as she often hears 'the voice' within her head advising her at tough times and she can't work out who would be watching over her. Patrick even has his own issues with his past and whether that will interfere with his work life again is always high on his mind. This really grabbed my attention as i think most of us go through those times when we are full of doubt and are wondering if we are doing the right thing and this story really brings those thought processes to the fore and makes you realise that sometimes the people who seem so settled are often those in most need of help and guidance. And people can get that guidance from many different forms - be that a self help book, tarot cards, or just a brutally honest friend making them see things more clearly! Was so fascinating to follow the journey of the three main characters as they followed different paths in their search for peace and happiness and was a very positive book to read and full of hope!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Rose

    Recently, I have found myself enjoying a good lighthearted romance novel. So, when the chance to review, "A Little Luck, A Lot of Fate" arose, I pounced at the opportunity. Here are my thoughts. Firstly, for the storyline, I found this novel to be unique; it was certainly not your typical romance. I felt that the use of metaphysical plotlines was intriguing, despite the fact that I don't believe in physic mediums. Also, I found the underlying plot highly relatable; how many times have I given advic Recently, I have found myself enjoying a good lighthearted romance novel. So, when the chance to review, "A Little Luck, A Lot of Fate" arose, I pounced at the opportunity. Here are my thoughts. Firstly, for the storyline, I found this novel to be unique; it was certainly not your typical romance. I felt that the use of metaphysical plotlines was intriguing, despite the fact that I don't believe in physic mediums. Also, I found the underlying plot highly relatable; how many times have I given advice to someone that I have a hard time following myself? Where I felt that the novel lost stars was with the characters; I had a difficult time liking any of them except Patrick. Kristi could be a bit selfish. Tom was a parasitic leech, who held on to Kristi because she was "safe." Finally, we have Jamie, who was extremely aggravating with her need to keep Kristi in the spotlight. Overall, despite the fact that I wasn't completely in love with this novel, I did enjoy the read; it was light and didn't require too much effort to finish. I would rate " A Little Luck, A lot of Fate" a 3 - 3.5. So, I would likely recommend this story to other fans of the chick lit genre. Thank you to Linn B. Halton and to Brook Cottage Books for the opportunity to read this novel.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Suze Lavender

    Kristi has a successful career. She's a famous lifestyle coach and she writes self-help books. She is always busy guiding and helping others. She has to travel a lot for her job and that demands sacrifices. When she's completely exhausted Kristi decides it's time for a sabbatical. She has a house she never sleeps in and a boyfriend, Tom, she never sees. Tom lives in a cabin in the woods and Kristi is more of a city girl. Kristi finally has the chance to think about settling down and she tries to Kristi has a successful career. She's a famous lifestyle coach and she writes self-help books. She is always busy guiding and helping others. She has to travel a lot for her job and that demands sacrifices. When she's completely exhausted Kristi decides it's time for a sabbatical. She has a house she never sleeps in and a boyfriend, Tom, she never sees. Tom lives in a cabin in the woods and Kristi is more of a city girl. Kristi finally has the chance to think about settling down and she tries to figure out the right path for the future. She could use a little help, which is why she calls Patrick. Patrick is a psychic medium and tarot reader. Kristi could use a bit of guidance. She has many questions and it's time for her to find answers. Her journey isn't straightforward though and there will be bumps in the road. Will Kristi get everything she wished for or will she end up with an even bigger mess? Is Patrick really the one who can make her discover what kind of future she needs? A Little Luck, A Lot of Fate is an amazing story about love, life, work and friendship. I immediately loved Kristi. She has a heart of gold and she wants to help as many people as she can. I loved her positivity, confidence, ability to be practical and honesty. She has a lovely warm personality. Tom is moody, withdrawn and temperamental. He's incredibly talented when it comes to creating art, but he's vulnerable as well. He's adorable and has a boyish quality, but that also means he can't manage his own life very well. He needs someone to take care of him. I couldn't wait to find out if that woman would be Kristi. Is it possible for Kristi to have an intimate friendship with a man? A Little Luck, A Lot of Fate is a feel-good book filled with practical wisdom. I love the way Linn B. Halton sees the world and I admire her perceptiveness. She writes about being at a crossroads and I liked how she describes the step-by-step discoveries and realizations of her main characters. Personal growth is an important part of life and I found it refreshing to read about. Patrick's gift is not just that he can communicate with spirits and give tarot readings, he also has a calm and comforting presence that puts people at ease. Patrick is kind and caring. He's a generous and honorable person. I loved his ability and the way he deals with it. He's an interesting character with a lot of fascinating character traits. Linn B. Halton writes about her characters in a detailed way and she makes it easy to see into their souls, which is really special. I love it when women are capable and competent and Kristi is so good at taking care of things that large numbers of people depend on her and her books. She has to take a break before she can go on with her life. Taking a break to objectively look at your life is a great thing to do and a fabulous topic for a novel. I love Linn B. Halton's fast-paced and matter-of-fact writing style, this gives the story a dignified tone, which was exactly right for this type of story. The heartwarming romantic ending makes the reading experience wonderfully complete. I highly recommend Linn B. Halton's novels, I think her books are all fantastic.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kaisha (The Writing Garnet)

    All reviews can be found on my blog at https://thewritinggarnet.wordpress.com Having LOVED Linn's previous novel; A Little Sugar, A Lot of Love, I had really high hopes for 'A Little Luck, A Lot of Faith', and I couldn't wait to get stuck into it. When we offer advice to others, the chances of us actually listening to our own advice is probably slim to none. We can help other people with their demons but as soon as our own demon comes knocking, we ignore our own advice and pretend the demon is rea All reviews can be found on my blog at https://thewritinggarnet.wordpress.com Having LOVED Linn's previous novel; A Little Sugar, A Lot of Love, I had really high hopes for 'A Little Luck, A Lot of Faith', and I couldn't wait to get stuck into it. When we offer advice to others, the chances of us actually listening to our own advice is probably slim to none. We can help other people with their demons but as soon as our own demon comes knocking, we ignore our own advice and pretend the demon is really...chocolate (well I do, ahem). Luckily, it's not just us readers that are like that! Take Kristi for example, a life coach who is at the top of her game when it comes to her career and offering life advice, yet when it comes to her OWN life and personal relationships, coaching herself isn't top of her agenda. I really, really wanted to fall in love with this book straight away; but for the first chapter or two, I couldn't warm to it in a way I had hoped I would. I decided to put the book down to go and do something else for ten minutes, ensuring that I came back to the book fresh eyed. Well, that was the theory anyway. However after a mere few minutes, curiosity got the better of me and I found myself wondering what Kristi was up to, whether she was okay or whether Tom grown a pair yet. It turns out that I had warmed to the book and the storyline, it was just in a completely different way than before! From the moment the book was back in my hands, it stayed there until the words 'The End' appeared. The issues that Kristi faced were exceptionally heart-warming and very relatable. In a matter of paragraphs she seemed to go from an icy character, to a character with a little naivety, and a lot of heart (see what I did there?). We were able to see a completely different side of her as a person, once she opened her eyes to her surroundings (and Tom). When the storyline introduced the psychic medium I really didn't know what to think as I hadn't really been in a position to think about, never had the need to. However, having never been involved with psychics in my own life, I couldn't really form an opinion on the subject having never been in contact with it. That said, I loved absorbing the quirky topic and seeing how it fit in to Kristi's life. Definitely opened my eyes to multiple possibilities, never say never! As Linn has shown in the two novels that I have read of hers; her writing skill is one which oozes consistency and warmth. Despite the fact that Linn has written books about completely different situations, she still managed to hold my attention during the book and let her words do the talking without me feeling as though something was missing. A Little Luck, A Lot of Faith is definitely a book to curl up on the sofa with and just let Linn's enchanting words pull you into the magic that is the story. Linn.B.Halton is the type of author whose novels shout cosy and warm. I wish I could put my finger on exactly what it is that moves me about Linn and her novels, but I cannot put it into words. All I know is that if I need a hug or if I need to feel calm, I am confident to put my trust into Linn.B.Halton's books to get just that. If you haven't read any of Linn.B.Halton's books yet, you're severely missing out. Thank you Brook Cottage Books

  5. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Gilbey

    3.5 Stars A lovely romance that challenged my thoughts on tarot cards, mediums, spirits and self-help guides. By challenged I mean, i had to put a lot of my own scepticism aside in order to try and enjoy this book fully, as they are just subjects I'm not convinced about. In between the subject matter that I don't always believe in, there is a good story, written from three points of view, and it was always clear which character you were with, as their name appears on a separate page turn, before 3.5 Stars A lovely romance that challenged my thoughts on tarot cards, mediums, spirits and self-help guides. By challenged I mean, i had to put a lot of my own scepticism aside in order to try and enjoy this book fully, as they are just subjects I'm not convinced about. In between the subject matter that I don't always believe in, there is a good story, written from three points of view, and it was always clear which character you were with, as their name appears on a separate page turn, before the next chapter heading, so there should be no excuse for confusion. There is Kristi who is a famous lifestyle coach, who is on the verge of a breakdown and is scared that the public will discover the truth about her own not so perfect life, so is taking a sabbatical to try and solve that problem, while writing a new book. Tom is Kristi's best friend and back up plan, he lives in a cabin in Forest Dean, and is a tortured artist. He and Kristi have known each other since childhood, and they are in a sort of relationship. Then there is Patrick, who is a tarot card reader, and psychic medium and seems to be drawn into Kristi's life by a higher power. Due to my own beliefs I was not convinced by a lot of what Patrick had to say about the spirit world, but understand that many people love this sort of thing, and will enjoy everything about Patrick. A lot of his talk about the spirit world seemed accurate based on my vaguest understanding of it, I'm just not a believer! This is a story of self discovery, not just for Kristi but also for the two gentlemen in her life, they are all going through big changes, and its interesting to see how the characters develop over the course of the book. I also loved Kristi's fledgling friendship with her cleaner Eve. Eve has a lot of her own troubles, but seemed to have a heart of gold, and I really enjoyed reading her interactions with Kristi. I found A Little Luck, A Lot of Fate to be an enjoyable story, one that in places really held my interest, and the main times my enjoyment dropped were nothing to do with the book, but to do with me. The romance elements were done really well, and I also loved the journey that Kristi went on. Thank you to Choc Lit and Netgalley for this copy of the book which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kate’s Book Spot

    I always enjoy books from this author. I love the way Linn weaves together romance and spirituality in various forms, fate is always at play. At the start of the storyline Kristi was, for some reason, experiencing a bit of an identity crisis. She was questioning her life, career and public image so she decided to do something about it. This is where Patrick came in, his services as a tarot card reader and psychic medium gave Kristi some clarity in her time of uncertainty. He was also pretty handy I always enjoy books from this author. I love the way Linn weaves together romance and spirituality in various forms, fate is always at play. At the start of the storyline Kristi was, for some reason, experiencing a bit of an identity crisis. She was questioning her life, career and public image so she decided to do something about it. This is where Patrick came in, his services as a tarot card reader and psychic medium gave Kristi some clarity in her time of uncertainty. He was also pretty handy with a screwdriver! Tom was a peculiar character, I couldn’t quite work out how I felt about him. He had this whole moody artist thing going on and I couldn’t help but feel that Kristi would match better with a different personality. Patrick was a favourite of mine, on more than one occasion I got chills when he spoke. He had a calming presence in the storyline yet still managed to provoke the biggest reaction within me. Favourite Moments * The Voice * Bed building * Safety in a potting shed * A trip to France This was a thought-provoking and meaningful read that had me flipping the pages in anticipation.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Anniek

    Kristi seems to have it all. She has a successful career as a lifestyle coach, she's a bestselling author and she has a large fan base. Kristi is used to live out of a suitcase, she almost never has the chance to be at her house. She bought it a few years ago, but never made it her home. She didn't even bother to unpack all of her stuff, so the place is still filled with boxes. Kristi has a complicated relationship with Tom. Tom has been her best friend for a very long time and they're both expe Kristi seems to have it all. She has a successful career as a lifestyle coach, she's a bestselling author and she has a large fan base. Kristi is used to live out of a suitcase, she almost never has the chance to be at her house. She bought it a few years ago, but never made it her home. She didn't even bother to unpack all of her stuff, so the place is still filled with boxes. Kristi has a complicated relationship with Tom. Tom has been her best friend for a very long time and they're both expecting to end up together. Tom is a brilliant artist with extreme mood swings. Kristi finds herself at a crossroads. She is no longer happy and satisfied with the life she is living. She makes the decision to take a sabbatical for four months, so she can write a new book. A book that will be totally different and completely honest. Kristi is the one who normally helps people out, but this time she needs guidance herself. She reaches out to Patrick, a well known tarot card reader and psychic medium. It turns out that Kristi has more help than she realized. Patrick becomes a very important part of her life and he tries to steer her in the right direction. Kristi is a very loyal friend and a hard worker. She has put her own life on hold to be the successful lifestyle coach she wanted to become. Now the time has come to be who she needs to be. This takes a lot of courage and I think that Kristi is very brave. I liked to read about how sweet and kind she is towards others. She helps people out with advice or in other ways whenever she can. Even though she is very wealthy she doesn't look down on people. Kristi is all about creating chances for people and helping them to get further in life. I was hoping for her to achieve the same. I loved the chemistry between Kristi and Patrick. He's such a patient and kind man. I felt he was perfect to help Kristi through her struggles. On Linn's website you'll read: written from the heart, for the heart. That's exactly how her stories feel. Linn B. Halton knows what she is writing about and connects with her characters. A Little Luck, A Lot of Fate is a beautiful story about how you sometimes need to re-evaluate your life. All of the characters felt like real people to me. It was like reading a diary instead of a story. Linn B. Halton's stories flow naturally and you'll find yourself lost in her heartwarming world. I have been a big fan of Linn B. Halton's books ever since the first time I read one of her novels. I highly recommend any of her books. - "When something major goes wrong in your life and other people can see that failure for what it is, that hurts. But doing nothing is the biggest failure of all. So face up to it and be prepared to say, loud and proud, 'I've failed, but do you know what, I'm still standing and the lessons I've learnt have made me even stronger'."-

  8. 5 out of 5

    Nikki

    Reviewed on behalf of BestChickLit.com You always know when you’re reading one of Linn B Halton’s novels: assured, intriguing and full of poignancy. Her characters are always so clear and fascinating that I struggle to leave them behind when I finish her books. The lynchpin of this novel for me was Kirsti and Tom’s relationship – a really complex bond forged through childhood need and a teenage desire. Its dysfunctional nature was so real and powerful that is was hard for both Kirsti and the reade Reviewed on behalf of BestChickLit.com You always know when you’re reading one of Linn B Halton’s novels: assured, intriguing and full of poignancy. Her characters are always so clear and fascinating that I struggle to leave them behind when I finish her books. The lynchpin of this novel for me was Kirsti and Tom’s relationship – a really complex bond forged through childhood need and a teenage desire. Its dysfunctional nature was so real and powerful that is was hard for both Kirsti and the reader to know if he was the right man for her. And yet when Patrick shows up on the scene, we can’t help but compare the two men. Halton is not afraid to explore the spiritual world in her books, in a way that reminds me of many Jodi Picoult novels. It’s a brave choice but she pulls it off magnificently – neither ramming it down the readers’ throats nor leaving it unexplored. You feel safe in Patrick’s hands as he explains the life of a psychic medium to a vulnerable Kirsti. A really interesting but very romantic story for anyone who struggles to embrace their own needs.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Brenda

    Life style coach, Kristi Danielson, has it all, money, fame, celebrity status and a relationship that just doesn’t feel right. Oh yes, and she also happens to be on the verge of a breakdown. A sabbatical, perhaps even a career change, and reassessment of her relationship with her boyfriend, Tom, is in order. It sounds a sensible plan, so why is she drawn to Patrick, a tarot card reader who speaks to the dead? I really enjoyed this book. The characters were well drawn, realistic and although they Life style coach, Kristi Danielson, has it all, money, fame, celebrity status and a relationship that just doesn’t feel right. Oh yes, and she also happens to be on the verge of a breakdown. A sabbatical, perhaps even a career change, and reassessment of her relationship with her boyfriend, Tom, is in order. It sounds a sensible plan, so why is she drawn to Patrick, a tarot card reader who speaks to the dead? I really enjoyed this book. The characters were well drawn, realistic and although they inhabited a world I can only dream of, the plotline remained believable. Halton avoids drawing a caricature of a relationship that needed to be kicked to the kerb. The relationships are more complicated than good verses bad. It makes for a refreshing read as we all know that relationships which hit a rough patch can also happen to a nice couple. The romance is gentle and enjoyable. Well worth a read, and if you are a “believer”, this book will tick all the boxes. I received a free copy from NetGalley for an honest review

  10. 4 out of 5

    Joanne

    Kristi Danielson is a life coach to the rich and famous and quite a celebrity herself, but is struggling with her personal life. Now don't stop reading straightaway, I didn't think I'd have much sympathy for her either. Her home life is a bit of a mess and she's not sure that her love life is going the way she wants either. Really unsure what she can do - after all, who would someone as successful as her turn to for advice? - she decides to get in touch with a psychic. She's not really sure she Kristi Danielson is a life coach to the rich and famous and quite a celebrity herself, but is struggling with her personal life. Now don't stop reading straightaway, I didn't think I'd have much sympathy for her either. Her home life is a bit of a mess and she's not sure that her love life is going the way she wants either. Really unsure what she can do - after all, who would someone as successful as her turn to for advice? - she decides to get in touch with a psychic. She's not really sure she believes in that kind of thing but is willing to try anything. Patrick is the psychic she contacts but what he tells her leaves them both with big decisions to make. I loved this novel! It was charming but also thought provoking. It wasn’t one of these novels with lots of action or lots of laughs but it was beautifully written and I was really engaged with the story. I wouldn’t have expected to like a story about a successful celebrity life coach but found Kristi a really likeable character. I could empathise with her soul-searching and wondering if she was doing the right thing with her life. I did think her relationship with Tom was a bit odd at first, but it seemed to work for them. They seemed to get along well but it seemed to me like they had slipped into a comfortable routine which perhaps wasn’t the best thing for either of them. Tom was generally a likeable guy except when he was having a bit of an artist’s strop! Patrick is a character I instantly liked. He seemed a caring, sweet and principled man, keen to help people. Again I was surprised to find myself liking a novel that had a lot about spirit guides, tarot cards and psychic readings. It was an important and significant part of the storyline but even if you don’t believe in it, it was presented in a way that was plausible and worked well in the story. I thought the author captured the characters’ emotional turmoil really well. I really cared about the characters’ happiness and found it a very compelling read. This is a book that shows that love can turn up in the most unexpected ways and not always when or where you are looking for it. This is the second of Linn B Halton's books I have read recently and I have to say I really enjoy her style of writing. She creates great characters who I can really relate to and she certainly knows how to write a satisfying romance!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Susan Duthie

    I loved this story. It's a wonderful, modern, romance. Kristi is famous, she sorts out people's lives and sets them on the right path. She travels a lot for her work. Kristi has a long term boyfriend Tom, they have known each other since childhood. Tom is a painter, he lives in a cabin that he built himself. As Kristi approaches her 30th birthday she feels that her life has become empty, she has no joy in her work and decides to take 4 months off to evaluate her life. She starts by unpacking her I loved this story. It's a wonderful, modern, romance. Kristi is famous, she sorts out people's lives and sets them on the right path. She travels a lot for her work. Kristi has a long term boyfriend Tom, they have known each other since childhood. Tom is a painter, he lives in a cabin that he built himself. As Kristi approaches her 30th birthday she feels that her life has become empty, she has no joy in her work and decides to take 4 months off to evaluate her life. She starts by unpacking her home which she has lived in for over two years. A voice whispers to her one day and Kristi decides to contact David, a psychic medium, to find the answers. Will Kristi get the happy life she wishes? Read on!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Immortal Book

    A Little Luck, A Lot of Fate. Linn B.Halton EPUB ISBN 978-1-78189-329-6 MOBI ISBN 978-1-78189-328-9 I am as those of you who have read my reviews already will know a huge fan of Ms Halton's writing, and The Restaurant @ the Mill will I think always be my favourite because it was the first of her works I read, but this new offering comes second only by the very tiniest of squeaks. I really enjoy the flow of this book, it has a really nice cosy feel to it right from the beginning, the writer draws yo A Little Luck, A Lot of Fate. Linn B.Halton EPUB ISBN 978-1-78189-329-6 MOBI ISBN 978-1-78189-328-9 I am as those of you who have read my reviews already will know a huge fan of Ms Halton's writing, and The Restaurant @ the Mill will I think always be my favourite because it was the first of her works I read, but this new offering comes second only by the very tiniest of squeaks. I really enjoy the flow of this book, it has a really nice cosy feel to it right from the beginning, the writer draws you in by infusing her book with exquisite readability and subtlety, this flows through her characters giving a real depth and interest to each, making them easy to bring to life in your head whilst reading and this really helps to make them interesting, believable and three dimensional. I love that I became lost in the book as, being so fully immersed that I lose myself seems to happen less and less frequently making this book an absolute must for my bookcase. The chapters are a good length and each is full of interest making the book a smooth and lovely read, my one and only problem with it being that it was over far to quickly and I found myself at three am reading the last page and being extremely disappointed that I had finished such an enjoyable read so quickly, but...once I had started to read I couldn't wait to find out how it finished and couldn't stop reading despite trying to put it down about five times!!! There is a refreshing honesty in the characters, it does feel like they could be real people as their personalities are so beautifully distilled onto the pages, I think this is due, as with all Ms Haltons writing to the fact the characters have both positive and negative traits as well as dealing with both good and bad times all throughout the storyline which gives a great balance and therefore a more believable read than an awful lot of other books in similar styles. I found this book in particular of hers to be lightly and hauntingly written, with some extremely thoughtful descriptions of individuals sadness that really affected me and she also deals with the issue of the anguished and tortured personalities and the reasons behind it in a particularly thoughtful and enlightened way. The writer explores very creatively the interesting thought that one wrong decision or missed opportunity in your life can create such a difference in the way your life path changes for the good or bad, and how very easily the future reading could/should be interpreted as this left the two main characters second guessing a certain amount of the readings and also the decision they were making. It is also a wonderful exploration in itself of the differences in believing in psychics and their powers or not and how this could perhaps be a wonderful experience. I personally have had no experience with such things but can see how it could be so intriguing and I really enjoyed the way this was all woven into the book. The love triangle was very well set out and left me on the edge of my seat to the end and what a beautifully written ending it was. The three main characters were of such depth and interest it was impossible not to enjoy the ensuing story through each perspective as it unfolded, I have to admit that there was a warmth and joy threading through this that left a golden glow long after the book was finished. I feel the first page of this book is a joy to read and wills you to turn the pages and submerge yourself in this absolutely stunning read, however I was moved by the dedication at the beginning before even reaching page one of the story, I feel this book is yet another award winner for Ms Halton.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Karen Whittard

    Thank you NetGalley for this book in exchange for an honest review. Who doesn't love a good old love story? And who doesn't love a good old love story that is different then the rest? One that seems to delve deeper into the characters then others I have read. I know I do. The main character in this book is a lady called Kristi who is a self help guru. Kristi seems on the outside to have the perfect life and to have everything together. But it's just a very good facade. As on the inside Kristi is Thank you NetGalley for this book in exchange for an honest review. Who doesn't love a good old love story? And who doesn't love a good old love story that is different then the rest? One that seems to delve deeper into the characters then others I have read. I know I do. The main character in this book is a lady called Kristi who is a self help guru. Kristi seems on the outside to have the perfect life and to have everything together. But it's just a very good facade. As on the inside Kristi is falling apart. Not knowing what to do Kristi decides to take a break. To try and help her find happiness and the meaning to everything once more. Kristi's partner Tom is a artist and a recluse and loves nothing more than to shut himself away in a cabin in the woods. He is struggling to stay true to what he believes in and doing what will make him famous in the art world. Can he really create pieces without feeling it just so they can sell for big money? Trying to help his partner Kristi while she is going through her mid life crises doesn't bode well when you are also going through exactly the same thing. On her journey to self discovery Kristi meets a tarot card reader Patrick who helps open Kristis eyes to different ways of thinking and new ways of dealing with life's problems. Who out there hasn't gone through a time where you are wondering if you are doing the right thing? Times where life gets too much to handle and you just don't know where to go, where to turn. This story is thought provoking and relatable. It makes you question how you see people. The people who you think have everything going for them and seem so well composed do they really have their shit together in private? I think this is a great book and I loved following the characters on their journey of finding themselves and finding happiness. I would defiantly recommend this book to all. Happy reading.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Susan Harper

    Kristi is a famous life coach and has found herself in a bit of a rut. she has started to question herself and has decided to take herself out of the limelight for a while and concentrate on writing a book(which end up being a series of self help booklets). And has decided that the time is right to turn the house she has lived in for two years into a home, she is aided by her housekeeper Eve. Strange things start to happen, she starts to 'hear' a voice and Kirsti does something that she would ne Kristi is a famous life coach and has found herself in a bit of a rut. she has started to question herself and has decided to take herself out of the limelight for a while and concentrate on writing a book(which end up being a series of self help booklets). And has decided that the time is right to turn the house she has lived in for two years into a home, she is aided by her housekeeper Eve. Strange things start to happen, she starts to 'hear' a voice and Kirsti does something that she would never have dreamed she would do, she contacts a tarot card reader (the number for home she is drawn to in the telephone book). On her first telephone contact with Patrick, she obviously lies about her name because the sync in her (quite rightly) does not want him to know who is really at the other end of the telephone. When things happen in her whom (she is starting to question her sanity) she contacts Patrick to request a home visit, upon his arrival Patrick recognizes her straight away. (It was lovely when I discovered who's voice Kristi had been hearing and in many ways I almost felt jealous..would we not all love it if we could have a loved one guiding us from the other side). Tom is Kristi's boyfriend who is much more comfortable living in is self-built secluded cabin in the woods, decides to stay with her for a bit, although Kristi does not feel very comfortable with the idea. (I get the feeling that Tom has become a bit more of a habit or as Krisi puts it a crutch). Kristi starts to develop feelings for Patrick and really does need to decide what she wants. This is a fantastic book and will be purchasing the rest of Linn B Halton's books. Thanks NetGalley and publishers

  15. 5 out of 5

    Rachel (Rae)

    The characters in this book were well written and I found myself becoming more attached as the story progressed. It did take me a few chapters to get a feel for Kristi's character but the more I read the more interesting she became. I enjoyed the fact that there was the added element of the unknown to this story with a psychic medium helping Kristi. It was interesting learning more on this subject than I had previously understood. I liked the idea that both Patrick and Kristi were helping people The characters in this book were well written and I found myself becoming more attached as the story progressed. It did take me a few chapters to get a feel for Kristi's character but the more I read the more interesting she became. I enjoyed the fact that there was the added element of the unknown to this story with a psychic medium helping Kristi. It was interesting learning more on this subject than I had previously understood. I liked the idea that both Patrick and Kristi were helping people just in a different way and through different processes. The story moves at a good pace and I liked the fact that the story was told from three different points of view. Now sometimes this can add confusion to a story but I never felt that with each person having a clear voice and distinct personality. The minor character of Eve has to get a special mention I loved seeing the friendship between Eve and Kristi develop throughout the story. I was left feeling content and I am so glad I picked up this book the whole story definitely has a feel good vibe to it. The premise is lovely and I guess I would have to admit and say I am still on the fence as to whether I truly believe in the spiritual world. However I will say that wouldn't we all like to hope that we aren't alone and that someone is there to help or offer guidance if we ever need it. Even if you aren't a believer I am pretty sure this delightful story along with the engaging characters will draw you in. Uplifting with a positive message! Four stars from me! Thank you to Linn B. Halton & Brook Cottage Books for my copy. This is my honest and unbiased opinion.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Tracey

    This book was such a surprise. Having read most of Linn's work, A Little Luck, A Lot of Fate was something deeper and unexpected. Kristi, a lifestyle coach has reached a point when she starts to question her life and doesn't seem to like the answers. She isn't perfect and worries everyone else is about to realise that too. Not only that but the voice in her head seems to be emphasising the point as well. The story is told from the point of view of each of the main characters, Kristi, Tom and Patri This book was such a surprise. Having read most of Linn's work, A Little Luck, A Lot of Fate was something deeper and unexpected. Kristi, a lifestyle coach has reached a point when she starts to question her life and doesn't seem to like the answers. She isn't perfect and worries everyone else is about to realise that too. Not only that but the voice in her head seems to be emphasising the point as well. The story is told from the point of view of each of the main characters, Kristi, Tom and Patrick. Tom is Kristi's casual boyfriend. With his artistic temperament he prefers his life in the woods, yet they are there for each other as friends and lovers. It was working - up until now. Kristi's rethink seems to have changed the direction of their relationship. Patrick, a tarot card reader and a psychic, is the person Kristi turns to for some answers. At first I wondered what Kristi had done that was so terrible, how she'd come to feel like such a fraud. No, her life wasn't as perfect as perceived to be but throughout the story Kristi proved time and time again that she was actually perfect in her role as lifestyle coach. Inadvertently she was still helping those around her, even though her life seemed to be falling apart. One initial crisis of confidence happens to change everything for Kristi and also for Tom and Patrick. At times it seems obvious what Kristi needs to do, which makes the story more engaging as you wait to find out how each situation will unfold. Then you have to decide if it was luck, fate or maybe even destiny. This is a lovely and thought provoking story! Another fab read from Linn B. Halton!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sophie Bailey

    Kristi is a life coach, a very famous one. The problem is she’s having a crisis. She feels unhappy, doesn’t know what she wants to do, is she in the right job? So she takes a four month break from the limelight to write a new book about discovering hereself. To enable her to do this, she does the one thing she thought she would never do, contact a Tarot Reader to ask for guidance on her life’s journey. That Tarot Reader comes in the form of Patrick. Oh and then we have Tom, Kristi’s boyfriend who Kristi is a life coach, a very famous one. The problem is she’s having a crisis. She feels unhappy, doesn’t know what she wants to do, is she in the right job? So she takes a four month break from the limelight to write a new book about discovering hereself. To enable her to do this, she does the one thing she thought she would never do, contact a Tarot Reader to ask for guidance on her life’s journey. That Tarot Reader comes in the form of Patrick. Oh and then we have Tom, Kristi’s boyfriend who is a tortured artist and therein lies our love triangle!! The story is told from dual points of view, mostly Kristi and Tom’s with Patrick’s thrown in here and there. Kristi is very easy to relate too, I too have had that moment of feeling lost and questioned my whole life, infact I think everyone does at some point, and I too have sought out help from a Tarot Reader! Kristi and Tom’s relationship…you get a sense as you go through that its just not quite ‘right’ , that they’re indebted to each other, bonded but not necessarily meant to be together and you hope beyond all hopes that Kristi comes to this conclusion herself. I enjoyed reading this very much, it was a love story with a different spin, a realistic take on life and sensitively and accurately written! ***ARC was provided by Netgalley in return for an honest review***

  18. 4 out of 5

    Shona Booky Ramblings of a Neurotic Mom

    I love Haltons writing, she has a way of showing you the heart of people, they aren't just characters on a page, they are real people, as real as you and me. And real people mean real issues and real emotions that you just cant help getting caught up in. At the heart of this book is Kristi, trying to make sense of her life and figure out where it's heading. She has some tough decisions to make and its understandable why she is having problems. I loved Kristi and Eve. Even though both ladies had s I love Haltons writing, she has a way of showing you the heart of people, they aren't just characters on a page, they are real people, as real as you and me. And real people mean real issues and real emotions that you just cant help getting caught up in. At the heart of this book is Kristi, trying to make sense of her life and figure out where it's heading. She has some tough decisions to make and its understandable why she is having problems. I loved Kristi and Eve. Even though both ladies had some pretty serious stuff to be dealing with, they each took the time to help each other, and in doing so became great friends. Patrick was fantastic, so kind and caring. And ultimately completely unselfish. Tom was not my most favourite person. For a lot of the book I felt he put additional pressure on Kristi, at a time when she needed those around her to be a shoulder for her to lean on he was there almost insisting she be his support. But in many ways Tom was so much like Kristi, not sure where life was heading, and relying on the only person he felt truly understood him. This is a fantastic read, it's heartwarming and emotional, and ultimately will leave you with a warm glow when you have finished reading.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ann Cooper

    What an unusual book! Kristi embarks on a life changing journey. As a public figure giving out advice for life improvement to everyone, she realises that her life needs to change - she is empty and has no time for herself. This has a knock on effect on everyone in her life. Tom, her longterm boyfriend is forced to assess his life away from Kristi's nurturing. Her cleaner gets help for her husband's perceived mental problems and Kirsti's family benefit from her new way of thinking. And then there i What an unusual book! Kristi embarks on a life changing journey. As a public figure giving out advice for life improvement to everyone, she realises that her life needs to change - she is empty and has no time for herself. This has a knock on effect on everyone in her life. Tom, her longterm boyfriend is forced to assess his life away from Kristi's nurturing. Her cleaner gets help for her husband's perceived mental problems and Kirsti's family benefit from her new way of thinking. And then there is Patrick - the psychic that Kristi turns to for help. His feelings start to get in the way and prevent him for helping her as much as he could. But maybe the feelings will help more? The chapters are written from the points of view of Kristi, Tom & Patrick so you get to know the characters in a lot of depth. Lovely romance, twists and turns and makes you think about your own life and if you're where you want to be. Fabulous book! I received an ARC from NetGalley and the wonderful Choc Lit in exchange for an honest review.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Paula

    Chocolate Lit Publishing continues to live up to its name by giving us another book to savor with A Little Luck, A Lot of Fate by Linn B. Halton. This quirky book reminds us that it is easier to give advice then it is to apply it to one’s own life. I couldn’t help but like all three of the main characters even while I was shaking my head in disbelief at them. No, it not that the story is implausible but because their actions were so believable. This very complicated story works on so many levels Chocolate Lit Publishing continues to live up to its name by giving us another book to savor with A Little Luck, A Lot of Fate by Linn B. Halton. This quirky book reminds us that it is easier to give advice then it is to apply it to one’s own life. I couldn’t help but like all three of the main characters even while I was shaking my head in disbelief at them. No, it not that the story is implausible but because their actions were so believable. This very complicated story works on so many levels but especially where we are given three POVs. Then there are the multifaceted characters who I would never see being put together; a life coach, an artist and a tarot reader. I knew how I wanted Kristi, Tom and Patrick’s story to play out but it was by means a sure thing that Kristi would do as I wanted her to do. Then there is the fact that Tom and Patrick are both good guys, just completely different. It makes for one incredible read. 4.5 Stars An ARC was provided by the publisher through Net Galley.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sylvia

    On the surface, Kristi Danielson has it all. She’s lifestyle coach to the rich and famous, She has more money than she needs and is recognised everywhere she goes. But Kristi doesn't practice what she preaches. Her home life is a mess, her relationship with boyfriend, Tom, is not much better – They don't see each other very often. Are they more about security for each other or is it love? Kristi decides to seek out the help of Patrick Blakeslee, a tarot card reader and psychic medium, in an attem On the surface, Kristi Danielson has it all. She’s lifestyle coach to the rich and famous, She has more money than she needs and is recognised everywhere she goes. But Kristi doesn't practice what she preaches. Her home life is a mess, her relationship with boyfriend, Tom, is not much better – They don't see each other very often. Are they more about security for each other or is it love? Kristi decides to seek out the help of Patrick Blakeslee, a tarot card reader and psychic medium, in an attempt to make sense of her life and what she should do next. But Patrick’s visits make Kristi doubt everything she believes in, leaving her with more questions than answers – Should she listen to the cards? How does she cope with the changes that come about in her life. An unusual premise which I enjoyed.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Tracey

    Thanks so much to the publishers and netgalley xx What an absolutely lovely romantic read this was with such likeable characters too. I love Linn’s writing, it has a different edge to any other books I have read and I always look forward to reading her work. This book is thought provoking and quite emotional but there are giggles too. All in all a number one and a must read for everyone

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen Gray

    Try this one if you like romantic triangle that work out just the way they should, even if it doesn't seem perfect at the start. Kristi, Patrick, and Tom are all very real- quirks and all. There's some thoughtful advice in here that transcends the novel. Nice writing, easy read- perfect for a relaxed afternoon or evening. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC- I have not read Halton before but I will look for her again. Try this one if you like romantic triangle that work out just the way they should, even if it doesn't seem perfect at the start. Kristi, Patrick, and Tom are all very real- quirks and all. There's some thoughtful advice in here that transcends the novel. Nice writing, easy read- perfect for a relaxed afternoon or evening. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC- I have not read Halton before but I will look for her again.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Borsey

    I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. I really enjoyed this heartwarming story about Kristi Danielson's journey of self-discovery. She is writing what she hopes will be her final self-help book and record her life changes as she does. When she seeks out the help of a psychic, her journey gets really interesting! A wonderful, romantic read. I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. I really enjoyed this heartwarming story about Kristi Danielson's journey of self-discovery. She is writing what she hopes will be her final self-help book and record her life changes as she does. When she seeks out the help of a psychic, her journey gets really interesting! A wonderful, romantic read.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Marsha Keeper Bookshelf

    Reviewed at Keeper Bookshelf It’s often easy to believe that the rich or famous professionals have it made. Easy Street. But then there’s that whole “judging a book by it’s cover” thing. You can’t always believe what you see. Kristi is a perfect example. On the surface she has it made in the shade. A popular and influential life coach to those rich and famous folks She has what we all think we want, the fabulous career, money to spare and then some, a beautiful home, a consistent boyfriend. She Reviewed at Keeper Bookshelf It’s often easy to believe that the rich or famous professionals have it made. Easy Street. But then there’s that whole “judging a book by it’s cover” thing. You can’t always believe what you see. Kristi is a perfect example. On the surface she has it made in the shade. A popular and influential life coach to those rich and famous folks She has what we all think we want, the fabulous career, money to spare and then some, a beautiful home, a consistent boyfriend. She has it all. Or does she, really? Underneath the surface Kristi’s life is changing. Call it burn out, call it hearing voices in her head, call it bored… but still change is coming and she senses it. When that voice in her head insists on some time off, a break to write one final self-help book all about her own journey to sanity and acceptance that only she is responsible for her own happiness, Kristi accepted her own challenge. At the end of this self imposed journey she never could have have imagined that her life would be turned upside down and righted again, that she would believe in things that most people brushed off as nonsense or that love, the real deal kind of love would be found in the most unusual place. A Little Luck, A Lot of Fate is an emotional journey for the characters, and the reader as well. We are taken deeper into the characters and discover that all that glitter on the surface simply doesn’t go down through to the core of some people. Kristi will find disappointments, challenges and what makes her happy. And that alone is worth the journey. I’m certain there are reviews out there that will give you far more details than I have – yet, I believe, to get the most from this story you need to read it for yourself. Most of us know that feeling of needing a change in our lives, not all of us are brave enough to take that risk. After finishing Kristi’s story you just might be doing some self evaluating of your own. And, really, that is a good thing. I would recommend A Little Luck, A Lot of Fate for any Romance reader, but especially those that enjoy digging a bit further beneath the surface to find treasures in their reading. *I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this novel. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this story.*

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jane Hunt

    Follow my reviews. : Jane Hunt Writer First Steps Jane Hunt Writer Book Reviews Facebook Jane Hunt Writer Book Reviews Google+ Connect on...: Twitter Kristi, has it all, or so her fans believe. A celebrity lifestyle coach, she is famous for identifying what’s wrong in people’s life and telling them how to make it better. So, her life should be perfect, right? Unfortunately, not. Kirsti’s determined to fix it, she just doesn’t know how. She runs from her relentless lifestyle but is she taking the Follow my reviews. : Jane Hunt Writer First Steps Jane Hunt Writer Book Reviews Facebook Jane Hunt Writer Book Reviews Google+ Connect on...: Twitter Kristi, has it all, or so her fans believe. A celebrity lifestyle coach, she is famous for identifying what’s wrong in people’s life and telling them how to make it better. So, her life should be perfect, right? Unfortunately, not. Kirsti’s determined to fix it, she just doesn’t know how. She runs from her relentless lifestyle but is she taking the right path, or just inviting more problems? A voice in her head seems to be directing her actions but she doesn’t understand it. Seeking Patrick’s help is out of character. He’s a psychic medium but she is out of her depth. Their interactions lead to more questions than answers and force them both to look at their lives more deeply. Told in a light-hearted way, this story deals with strong emotions and tragic events. Kristi tries to follow her own life mantra’s but putting her theories into practice is not as easy as she thought and the psychic interference only makes it more difficult for her to choose the path to take. Kristi is a likeable character full of human flaws but with a heart full of goodness. Tom, a permanent fixture in her life, is her friend/lover but is he the man of her dreams or an emotional crutch? Patrick soon becomes her mentor but he wants more. There is a love triangle of sorts in this story which adds a little spice, in what is a journey of discovery for the main characters; Kristi, Patrick and Tom.The psychic element is intrinsic to the plot and adds an interesting dimension to this engaging romantic tale. I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review. Linn B. Halton

  27. 4 out of 5

    Cathy Geha

    Kristi and Tom have been in a relationship, of sorts, for a long time and it seems to have met their needs. Kristi begins to question where she is going with her life, takes 4 months off to write, contacts someone for a psychic reading and then her life begins to change impacting those around her – including Tom and Patrick, the psychic. The decisions she has to make will change the lives of those around her in a positive way and will also change the way she moves forward in life. I had trouble Kristi and Tom have been in a relationship, of sorts, for a long time and it seems to have met their needs. Kristi begins to question where she is going with her life, takes 4 months off to write, contacts someone for a psychic reading and then her life begins to change impacting those around her – including Tom and Patrick, the psychic. The decisions she has to make will change the lives of those around her in a positive way and will also change the way she moves forward in life. I had trouble getting into this book. I wrote: “don’t like Tom, don’t much like Kristi, and what does Patrick see in Kristi?” and even as I read and started to figure things out I still came away thinking that this was not a book that really grabbed me. It was well written, different, had paranormal elements with ghosts and tarot readings, had soul searching and relationship questioning BUT I think my main problem was that I just had trouble relating to the characters for some reason. That said – I am sure this will appeal to a great number of readers. Thank you to NetGalley and ChocLit for the copy of this ARC. This is my honest review.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I need to start with the fact that I initially struggled getting into this book. I can’t really pinpoint the exact reason but something made me repeatedly put this one down or have to go back and start over. However, once I got into “A Little Luck, A Lot of Fate,” I really did get into Kristi, Patrick, and the bulk of the plot. The main character, Kristi, is a self-help novelist/guru who suddenly hears an “inner voice” one day, prompting her to take a 4 month sabbatical from her high-profile car I need to start with the fact that I initially struggled getting into this book. I can’t really pinpoint the exact reason but something made me repeatedly put this one down or have to go back and start over. However, once I got into “A Little Luck, A Lot of Fate,” I really did get into Kristi, Patrick, and the bulk of the plot. The main character, Kristi, is a self-help novelist/guru who suddenly hears an “inner voice” one day, prompting her to take a 4 month sabbatical from her high-profile career and stay home. She’s lived in her home for several years but has never unpacked, so with the help of her wonderful housekeeper, Eve, she begins settling into her home and begins a new book project about figuring out her own life. Prompted by her “inner voice,” Kristi contacts a tarot card reader, Patrick, who helps her with figuring out what’s going on in her life and shares the visions that he sees. All of this is blended in with family illnesses, dealing with career demands, and reflection on her long-term but unsatisfying relationship with Tom, the starving artist, mountain man, childhood boyfriend, etc. One thing I really loved about this novel was Kristi’s sudden realization that she needed to make changes in her life, as well as, her quick decisions to do just that. In that way, she is a strong, feminine character acknowledging the shortcomings in her life and promptly making the decision to explore ways to find happiness and contentment in her life. I also really loved the almost instant connection between her and Patrick. Although she felt unsure and awkward during their initial conversations, it was quickly evident that they felt comfortable with each other in a way that they were not accustomed to. The main thing that I did not like about this novel was Tom. I get that he had a troubled childhood and that he and Kristi have been friends, lovers, whatever – for many years. I personally am not attracted to the moody, pissy, selfish artist-type, which I realize is irrelevant because I wasn’t a character in the novel, but honestly, Tom was ridiculous. Besides being all of the before-mentioned things, he was also a leech, using Kristi for exposure and publicity, all the while caring nothing about another single living creature on earth. Why Kristi spends the entire novel trying to conform to what he wants is beyond me… With that being said, I would have loved and highly recommended this book if it weren’t for Tom and her sick attachment to him. “A Little Luck, A Lot of Fate” definitely has a unique and engaging story line that was entertaining and romantic in a mystical sort of way. Unfortunately for me, Tom overshadowed the great things about this novel, making me just sort of “blah” after finishing it. It did get to a point where I was overjoyed with the outcome, but the ending was so quickly wrapped up, I feel as if the author missed out on the opportunity to make up for all of the wasted chapters on Tom. * I received a copy of this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jessi

    This book is told in alternating first-person viewpoints from Kristi and Tom who used to live next door and have grown up to be... well. It's interesting. Kristi seems to think of Tom as a friend (at least in the first few chapters) while Tom describes Kristi as his girlfriend (they are, indeed, dating). There are also some chapters from Patrick, a tarot card reader who Kristi reaches out to for help. You see, Kristi is an incredibly successful modern living guru and she's been working non-stop f This book is told in alternating first-person viewpoints from Kristi and Tom who used to live next door and have grown up to be... well. It's interesting. Kristi seems to think of Tom as a friend (at least in the first few chapters) while Tom describes Kristi as his girlfriend (they are, indeed, dating). There are also some chapters from Patrick, a tarot card reader who Kristi reaches out to for help. You see, Kristi is an incredibly successful modern living guru and she's been working non-stop for the last ten years. Suddenly (literally) there's a Voice that tells her to stop and take time. So she decides on a four month sabbatical. Time to create a book that will tell the world that her life is not as picture perfect as it seems. And time to figure out how her life should work since perfection isn't working for her. Tom is an artist. A very surly artist who has built a self-sustaining cabin to help stay away from the world. He is seemingly a very good artist but can't get the voice of his overbearing father out of his head. He loves Kristi for all that she's done for him but he's worried that their relationship is changing. This was a nice book with a somewhat strange ending (view spoiler)[all of a sudden Kristi can see ghosts? What's up with that? (hide spoiler)] . And I have to admit that I was trying to stretch my reading horizons a bit so a blonde heroine who is just trying to figure out her life was a bit disappointing but I did end up finding a new-to-me publisher that I think I will enjoy.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Claire Wilson

    The thing I enjoyed most about reading A Little Luck, A Lot Of Fate by Linn B. Halton was the supernatural element to the story. This novel would be most enjoyable for people that have an interest, or a belief, in the ability of psychics / mediums. The story centres around Kristi and how she is ready to change her life to be with Tom, the man she thinks she loves. However, after a sudden and unexpected death occurs, Kristi is left coming to terms with her grief and evaluating what she wants most The thing I enjoyed most about reading A Little Luck, A Lot Of Fate by Linn B. Halton was the supernatural element to the story. This novel would be most enjoyable for people that have an interest, or a belief, in the ability of psychics / mediums. The story centres around Kristi and how she is ready to change her life to be with Tom, the man she thinks she loves. However, after a sudden and unexpected death occurs, Kristi is left coming to terms with her grief and evaluating what she wants most from her life. A good read that sweeps you along. 4 stars

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