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Destiny (Destiny Trilogy #1) by Cindy Ray Hale
YA Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: 5th November 2013
Destiny Clark, a young Mormon girl living in Tennessee, is wildly infatuated with Isaac Robinson, the headmaster’s son at her Baptist high school. When they’re cast together in the school’s production of Les Misérables, Destiny is horrified to find that she has to be publicly humiliated by acting out her true feelings of rejection onstage.
As their rehearsals begin, Destiny realizes the unimaginable: Isaac has developed deep feelings for her despite their religious differences and the fact that he has a girlfriend.
But will they be able to find their place amongst the backbiters of their ultra-conservative world?
Weaving around Destiny and Isaac’s alternating viewpoints, Destiny is the first book in a series inspired by the characters of Les Misérables and explores heartbreak, self-discovery, intolerance, and love.
What Isaac was asking me to do was impossible. How could I show emotions I’d been trying with every fiber of my being to kick out of my heart, feelings that had been there for so many years? Another person could just dust off their acting skills. If he was a different guy, I’d be able to give a pretty decent performance, but this was getting too personal.
“Destiny, are you feeling okay? You seem a little pale.” Isaac cocked an eyebrow as he studied me with concern. Wow, what a sexy eyebrow… I took a deep breath. I needed to pull myself together and pretend I was singing with Michael again. “I’m fine,” I lied.
“You don’t look fine. Here sit down.” He stood up and put his arm around me and led me to the bench. Holy shiz! Isaac’s arm was around me! And he smelled so amazing. I could get lost in his smell for days. Although my heart was racing at warp speed, I showed no sign of it as I sat on the bench. He slid beside me and continued playing with his strong, capable hands.
We sang the song together again, and this time I kept my eyes closed. His voice was so delectable, even more-so than his preppy cologne. He sat so close, but we weren’t touching. The centimeters between us were charged with so much energy it was hard for me to concentrate on the music. Halfway through the song, I stopped.
“Can we take a break for a minute?” I asked. “I need a drink.”
“Of course,” I started to stand, but Isaac put a hand on my shoulder. “No, don’t get up. I’ll get your water for you.” He reached behind me where I’d left my water on the floor and handed it to me. I took a drink and closed my eyes in concentration. How could I do this? It truly seemed impossible. The harder I tried to ignore the fact that Isaac was right there, practically touching me, the worse my voice sounded.
Top Ten Favourite Songs from Musicals with Cindy Ray Hale
1. On My Own from Les Miserables
2. I Dreamed a Dream from Les Miserables
3. All I Ask of You from Phantom of the Opera
4. Empty Chairs at Empty Tables from Les Miserables
5. Defying Gravity from Wicked
6. Til I Hear You Sing from Love Never Dies (The Phantom of the Opera sequel)
7. A Little Fall of Rain from Les Miserables
8. Think of Me from Phantom of the Opera
9. Bring Him Home from Les Miserables
10. Popular from Wicked
I definitely agree with all of the Les Mis choices - they are all such gorgeous songs! Thank you for sharing with us Cindy! :)
Author Bio - Cindy Ray Hale
Wife. Mother. Writer. Cindy Ray Hale lives in Murfreesboro, Tennessee with her husband and four children. In addition to being a writer, she’s an avid reader and a social media junkie. She starts her morning by writing with a freshly-blended berry spinach smoothie next to her. She’s obsessed with Les Misérables, playing the piano, and stalking up-and-coming musicians on YouTube. Destiny is her first book and will be available for purchase November 2013.