Title: Destiny Lingers
Author: Rolonda Watts
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format: Review copy from Author
My rating: 3.5/5
As an investigative news reporter in New York City, Destiny uncovers breaking stories every day, but she has yet to uncover the truth of her own life—until the morning she discovers a strand of red hair on her husband’s pillow. Unfortunately, the only person Destiny knows with red hair is her best friend, Eve.
Amid two personal tragedies and a shocking story of deceit, Destiny is sent plunging into a nightmarish depression that prompts her to flee back to her roots on Topsail Island, North Carolina—first with her husband and then by herself with the hope of healing her heart and piecing her life back together after their marriage unravels. But when fate keeps leading her back to the island’s handsome police chief, Chase McKenzie, Destiny soon realizes that her racially-charged past has risen up to meet a more progressive present and opened the door for a second chance at first love. Now only one question remains: is this the right time for both of them?
In this contemporary romance, a heartbroken journalist embarks on a journey of self-discovery where she must overcome her personal pain and find tranquility before she can realize true love.
As an interracial woman, I was excited to dive into this story of the challenge of interracial dating in the south, even in this day and age. The furthest south I have lived is the middle of Virginia, and I can only imagine what tradition and narrow-mindedness exists further south. As readers, I feel that we get a glimpse of such in Destiny Lingers.
I was quite angry with the main character, Destiny, as she continued to quash the feelings that her husband was having an affair. However, if I were in that same situation, I’d find it hard to believe what the evidence was telling me too. This definitely speaks to the strong personification of her character that Watts has laid out for us. More rough, raw, and emotionally charged than I expected, I can see a likeness to stories by Nicholas Sparks – forbidden childhood love, returning back to your roots, a second chance at love, a natural disaster bringing two people closer together. Nothing wrong with that whatsoever, as we take on a different approach of an interracial couple and the challenges that come with it.
The overall message of destiny and fate was evident and an appropriate theme – a constant reminder from Destiny’s beloved Aunt Joy. It’s such a beautiful thing to experience even with the life-altering moments that have led to it. Sometimes we must endure the hard stuff to get to what is meant for us – having faith in that process is not easy.
“Yes, time moves on, but destiny lingers”
Read Destiny Lingers if you like the themes of:
- Interracial couples
- First love/Romance
- Starting over