Readers who love great historical sagas, will be delighted to discover Catherine Lanigans newest offering. WINGS OF DESTINY spans a number of generations and traces the complex and intertwining lives
of several families.

Its 1904, and Barbara Mansfield Kendrick is crusading against political corruption in San Francisco, with the help of her friend, the aged multi-millionaire activist Jefferson Duke.

Barbara is alarmed when Jefferson informs her that he knows he will die soon. Jefferson gives Barbara documents he calls The Rachel Papers, claiming that it is time she knows the truth, although he fears he will lose her friendship once she unravels the mysteries of the Duke family.

As Barbara reads, she uncovers a twisted family history that dates back more than 100 years to Jamaica. Besides starting a legacy with a young slave named Yuala who was gifted with powerful magic, the Duke family gained mortal enemies in the form of the Chinese House of Su. This hatred is so powerful that it has transcended generations. Barbara's own father may have been murdered as a result.

Now, the ancient blood feud and Mother Natures wrath are on a collision course with destiny, leaving the city of San Francisco in the middle.

(Oct., 658 pp., $24.00)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith