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Reviewed by Danita Dyess for Readers' Favorite
"A Sealed Fate” by Lisa Gordon is the kind of book that grabs your attention from the first page and never lets go. Valda, a 30-year-old, beautiful, educated brunette is healing from a dramatic break up from her seven-year relationship with Roger. She ditches her former life in Cape Town, South Africa, to pursue a gig as a singer at Flanagan’s nightclub in Dubai, the hottest destination for the rich, famous, and in her case, the infamous. The Sheikh, a wealthy real estate mogul and owner of Flanagan’s, offers Valda $40,000 U.S. dollars to deliver a package. Why? And what happened to the last singer the Sheikh befriended who turned up dead? Most importantly, how do you escape an entangled web that is your fate?
“A Sealed Fate” has all the elements of a good read: a strong main character, glamorous and exciting trappings and an intriguing plot. Dubai, a global city, is the quintessential backdrop for adventure. It is perfect for Valda, a no-nonsense lady with a candid demeanor, quirky sense of humor and socially acceptable cigarette addiction. The author, Lisa Gordon, and Valda have similar backgrounds: they were born in South Africa, have degrees in economics and question their destinies. Gordon -- like Larissa, another character -- is an astrologer. “A Sealed Fate” is her first book but I believe Gordon’s mix of astrology and nonfiction solidifies her position in a unique niche. This book is highly recommended.