June 2010 Members’ Selection
Discussion: August 14, 2010
Author: Patricia Haley
Review: August 14, 2010
In the beginning God created a purpose and a plan for your life, but what happens when the journey takes you on a path that seems to be so far removed from your ordained destination that your vision becomes cloudy? Do you lose hope in the promise or do you continue to walk in faith and trust in God’s plan?
If you are looking for a novel that keeps you entertained and entranced until the last word then Destined the 2nd installment in the Mitchell family saga will not disappoint. Patricia Haley once again proves that there no drama like family drama and that there is no plan but God’s plan.
Don Mitchell wanted nothing more than to escape his father’s legacy after his dreams of running the successful ministry are shattered when Dave Mitchell chooses his youngest son Joel Mitchell as the next CEO of DMI. Don relocates to South Africa to distance himself from his family and deal with the pain of rejection. After much soul searching Don is able to regain his peace and is well on his way to establishing a successful empire of his own when he gets a phone call concerning DMI.
Under Joel’s reign the Dave Mitchell Industries has experienced phenomenal growth and shows no sign of slowing despite the many challenges the young executive faced early in his career. Joel is more determined than ever to prove that he can take the company to even higher levels and begins a one man crusade to achieve global domination regardless of the cost. Basking in the euphoria of his successes has caused Joel to become short sighted as he abandons the teachings of his late father and blocks the voice of God. Will Joel’s blind ambition ruin DMI or will Don be able to rescue their father’s legacy and restore the company to greatness.
Brother battles brother for ultimate control of their father’s multimillion-dollar ministry in the captivating second novel from #1 Essence bestselling author Patricia Haley’s provocative new series inspired by the biblical kings David and Solomon.
Don Mitchell thought he’d left DMI headquarters behind forever when he fled to South Africa after his dying father chose his younger, inexperienced half brother, Joel, to run the thriving family business. But after three years of self-imposed exile, he has returned to take over DMI at the gentle urging of beautiful Abigail, who was once his father’s assistant. His brother, Joel, plagued by a slew of illicit affairs and poor judgment, is plunging the business into ruin, and Don’s plans to secretly assume control of the ministry come into question when his estranged sister refuses to help him. Don must decide whether to face down his power-hungry brother to save the ministry his father worked so hard to build—and take a chance on an unrequited love he never dreamed Abigail would reciprocate—or return to South Africa to find refuge in his own thriving company and the budding romance he left behind. After much soul searching, Don comes to realize that his destiny is inescapable.
Patricia Haley Bio
Patricia Haley is the award-winning, Essence national bestselling author of Nobody’s Perfect (ranked #1 on bestseller list), Blind Faith, Still Waters, Let Sleeping Dogs Lie (nominated 2006 Best Inspirational Fiction), and No Regrets. The trailblazing faith-based author is a project manager with an engineering degree from Stanford University and a M.B.A. from the University of Chicago. She is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and lives with her husband and daughter on the East Coast.
Her title, Chosen, released in January 2009 and was nominated for best Christian fiction of the year by the African American Literary Award Show. The novel kicks off a series depicting the modern day story of King David and family drama associated with choosing his younger son instead of the eldest to take control of the family business. Destined (June 2010) continues the saga with the oldest son returning from S. Africa ready to battle his younger, overly confident half-brother for the family ministry. Neither of their mothers nor personal love interests can stop the two trains destined to crash from birth. Installment #3 is scheduled for 2011.