Aug 082014

Danger, Intrigue and Everlasting Love

An Uncertain Destiny

Once again, author Jannine Gallant delivers an emotional and entertaining story. She has a knack for putting her heroines in peril and Megan Pendrake is no different. Accused of being a witch in Salem, Massachusetts in the 1600s, Megan’s only crime is to fall in love with the man who can’t live without her, Nicholas Thayer. In An Uncertain Destiny, two diverse characters come together to form an unyielding alliance as Megan and Nicholas conquer unbelievable odds to be together. For historical fans, for fans of suspense, for lovers of romance, I heartily recommend this book.

That’s my take on a book I had the pleasure to critique then help edit, a couple of times, in fact. Written by my talented critique partner, Jannine Gallant,  An Uncertain Destiny is a sweeping historical in the spirit of Kathleen Woodiwiss.

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Haunting visions have plagued Megan Pendrake for years, a dire promise of a turbulent future. When Megan and her brother are forced to flee England aboard a ship bound for the colonies, trouble looms. In 1692, Salem, Massachusetts is a hotbed of suspicion and persecution where the mere hint of witchcraft is a death sentence. Remaining in Salem is courting disaster, but Megan’s heart won’t allow her to leave the man she has grown to love.

Nicholas Thayer is mesmerized by the beautiful, unconventional young woman who boards his ship posing as a cabin boy. But his future is predetermined, including a fiancée waiting for him at home. When Megan faces inconceivable peril, Nicholas must make the ultimate choice between family and faith or a love he can’t deny. But will he be able to save them both from An Uncertain Destiny?


“It feels right. Too right.” A telling quaver shook her voice as she leaned into him.

That was all it took. He kissed her, his lips slanting over hers. Turning her more fully in his arms, he buried his fingers in her hair and drank her sweetness. The first kiss was followed by a second and a third. When the mare shifted beneath him, he forced himself to release her.

Megan pushed against him and slid to the ground. “You shouldn’t have done that.”

Moonlight gleamed on the white skin at the base of her neck as she stared at her feet. He wanted to kiss the vulnerable patch, run his tongue along the angled jaw. Cursing softly, he squeezed his eyes closed. “I’m sorry. I wish…”

“So do I.”

Before he could answer, she ran across the porch, wrenched open the door and slammed it closed. The solid thud echoed in the night. With a second curse, he wheeled his horse and galloped out of the clearing.

About Jannine Gallant

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWrite about what you know.  I’ve taken this advice to heart, creating characters who live in small towns and plots that unfold in the great outdoors.

I grew up in Gasquet, a tiny town in Northern California, where as kids we swam in the river, ran wild in the woods, and rode our bikes every-where we wanted to go.  Now I live in Tahoe City with my husband, two daughters, and dog, Ginger.  When I’m not busy writing or being a full time mom, I enjoy taking Ginger for hikes in the woods around our home.

Whether I’m writing romantic suspense, contemporary, or historical romance, I try to bring the beauty of nature to my stories.

I graduated from U.C. Davis with a double major in history and creative writing.  Though I’ve worked in both the restaurant and ski industries, I never wanted to be anything but a writer.  After many years of pursuing my passion, I’ve finally achieved success, proof positive that dreams do come true!

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