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Destiny, Rewritten

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Destiny, Rewritten

Before Emily was even born, her mother had gotten a “sign” that her daughter would be named after the poet Emily Dickenson. She purchased a first edition of THE COMPLETE POEMS OF EMILY DICKENSON and endorsed it with these words: "Emily Dickinson is one of the great poets. The same will be said of you on day."
"Fitzmaurice gives readers entertainment along with questions about family, destiny and free will. This is a happy little book with a good story, terrific characters and some big issues."
The truth in all of this is that Emily --- despite her mother buying her many white clothes (Dickenson wore only white) and reading the poems to her --- cannot see herself as a poet. In fact, one of her best friends, Cecily Ann Rogers, really is a poet. Poems seem to flow from Cecily with the greatest ease. The same cannot be said of Emily Elizabeth Davis.
 
What she really wants to do is become a writer (but not poetry). Someday she will write great romances like Danielle Steel. That’s why she chooses to write letters to the famous author. Emily, you see, loves Danielle’s books and all those romantic happy endings. She shares her many concerns with the author and one of the most important ones is that her mother has never told her the name of her father. It is even unlikely that her father knows about Emily because her mother’s efforts to reach him many years ago went without success. Now her mother says that Emily will know him someday if it is meant to be. While Emily has great respect for her mother’s “free-spirit” and her philosophy on fate and destiny, how long must she wait. Or, should she take matters into her own hands and see if she can push things along. Unexpectedly, her mother tells her that her fathers’ name is written somewhere in that precious volume of Dickenson’s poems.
 
Before Emily can get that information from the book, it is innocently and mistakenly donated to Goodwill. Is it possible she will never get to meet her father because of this? Not to be discouraged --- and with the help of her little cousin Mortie, her best friends Wavey St. Clair and Cecily --- they set out to visit the local Goodwill and any bookstores in the vicinity. In this long and sometimes daunting process, Emily discovers many things about herself, her family, her friends and eventually --- her real father.
 
Kathryn Fitzmaurice has peppered this fun book with the most delightful “nerdy” conversations between Emily and her friends. Some conversations are in Haiku, and then others begin with wonderful digressions as she and Wavey create wild scenarios about characters from Star Wars or the Little House on the Prairie series. Her little cousin, Mortie is like an annoying brother who is both helpful and a big pain. When she has to barter with him over her Cheerios ring collection, they discover they are each very stubborn. All of these beautifully-created characters weave together for a great on-going adventure as Emily looks for her book. The best part comes with a real Danielle Steel ending as she pulls off the ultimate and happiest of surprises for her mother.

Fitzmaurice gives readers entertainment along with questions about family, destiny and free will. This is a happy little book with a good story, terrific characters and some big issues. DESTINY, REWRITTEN is a winner for sure!

Reviewed by Sally Tibbetts on March 19, 2013

Destiny, Rewritten
by Kathryn Fitzmaurice

  • Publication Date: February 19, 2013
  • Genres: Careers, Education
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
  • ISBN-10: 0061625019
  • ISBN-13: 9780061625015