Crossing Paths

The Road to Destiny

Fiction - Inspirational
360 Pages
Reviewed on 10/17/2023
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Author Biography

Nina is a worldwide traveler, philosopher, successful entrepreneur, and author of romantic adventure novels. Beyond the Sea: Annie’s Journey into the Extraordinary was the first in her series as Annie begins her remarkable journey. Crossing Paths: Road to Destiny picks up the story of Annie and Ramone and takes it to new heights with intrigue along the way, exploring subjects like tradition, courage, endurance, and fear. Her newest novel, Finding Sarah: A Phoenix to Behold, follows the life of Sarah Wilkinson, one of the interesting characters from the prior two books, into the heart of conservation on the plains of Eastern Africa. Nina lives in Florida, where she calls home when she is not traveling the globe seeking new experiences to write about.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Edith Wairimu for Readers' Favorite

Set during the British handover of Hong Kong to the People's Republic of China, Nina Purtee’s fascinating romance novel, Crossing Paths: The Road to Destiny, chronicles a couple’s beautiful union amid friendships and family sagas. One day, after getting engaged to Ramone, a legendary Spanish matador, Annie reflects on their journey. Just a day before, she had considered turning him down because of his dangerous profession. Now, Annie looks forward to becoming his wife. The story also follows their friends’ lives and the relationships they form. The upcoming turnover derails Annie and Ramone’s path to a happy marriage. As tension rises, the island of Mallorca becomes a safe haven for them. On the Spanish island, sailors prepare for The Copa del Rey, and pilgrims arrive for the annual Night of the Pilgrims.

Purtee has penned an immersive novel full of depth, heart, and captivating detail. There were many suspense-filled moments and unexpected outcomes that took me by surprise. The characters are well-crafted. They are original with distinct personalities and flaws as they face relatable struggles. The settings are described in striking detail which transported me to the places that frame the story. Annie and Ramone’s love story feels real. Other characters are compelling as well and their relationships seem authentic. The story’s ending is beautiful and rewarding. Crossing Paths is a soul-stirring portrait of a couple’s journey and lovely union. It includes eccentric, fresh characters whose lives are examined in detail and stunning settings that readers will love. While it continues the previous novel, it can be read as a standalone.

Alma Boucher

Nina Purtee's engaging book Crossing Paths chronicles the interwoven lives of Ramone and Annie, their families, and their difficulties. Annie and Ramone find themselves in the middle of what appears to be a sinister plan of retaliation while preparing for a wedding and setting their sights on a stunning villa in lovely Mijas, Spain. Their happy life is marred, though, by the appearance of a well-known threat from the past, which results in the kidnapping of Annie. Surprising information about Salvador, Ramone's father, and a former threat to Annie's family's prison break is revealed to the family. Ramone's capture by the Chinese is just one of the difficulties the family must overcome as they seek safety on the island of Mallorca. Will these conditions make it difficult for Ramone and Annie to get married?

Crossing Paths is the captivating journey of Ramone and Annie. The vivid descriptions by Nina Purtee brought every detail of the landscape to life. I was taken on a vivid journey through mesmerizing scenery, political drama, and romance. The book was easy to read, and the chapters flowed into each other. It was a page-turner, and the suspense kept me on the edge of my seat. The characters were authentic and added depth to the plot with their background stories. Annie and Ramone’s relationship was still new, and it was interesting to see how they worked through their challenges. They adapted and grew throughout the events. The story is beautifully written by a gifted writer, and I was captivated from the start. Crossing Paths exceeded my expectations by far.

K.C. Finn

Crossing Paths: The Road to Destiny is a work of fiction in the romance, inspirational writing, and interpersonal drama subgenres. It is suitable for the general adult reading audience and continues the story where Beyond The Sea left off. Penned by author Nina Purtee, this compelling tale explores the journey of Annie and Ramone, whose love story unfolds against a backdrop of political upheaval and personal discovery. The story begins with Annie's life-changing decision to accept Ramone's proposal, defying his own father to keep her and her father safe. As their love story progresses, it intertwines with the politically charged British handover of Hong Kong to Beijing, adding layers of tension and suspense to the narrative. The island of Mallorca serves as a refuge from the conflict, and amid the backdrop of the King's Cup Regatta and the Night of the Pilgrims Pilgrimage, a wedding is planned.

Author Nina Purtee has crafted a truly immersive experience that drew me into Annie and Ramone's world. The story beautifully weaves together the lives of both new and familiar characters, revealing hidden facts and forming alliances that culminate in a series of crossroads and choices to be made. I was particularly impressed by the author’s dedication to character development, which employs wonderful descriptive and dialogue features to deliver realistic people with clearly informed choices and deeply impactful emotional reactions to the situations they’re faced with. Overall, Crossing Paths is a captivating continuation of Annie’s story that explores themes of love, destiny, and the impact of personal choices in the face of political turmoil. If you enjoy stories that combine romance with political intrigue and personal growth, this book is an absolute must-read.