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Monday, June 7, 2021

Call It Kismet by Heather Hummel Gallagher (Book Review)


Call It Kismet by Heather Hummel Gallagher
Publisher: Independent Self Publisher
Publication Date: May 17, 2021
Format: Paperback - 240 pages
               Kindle - 2793 KB
ISBN: 979-8708435903
Genre: Women's Fiction

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Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for my honest review.

Book Description:

A quarter-million dollars. Two possible futures. One woman looking for direction…

Ithaca, New York. Lucy Brown feels most alive behind the lens of a camera. Orphaned just before college graduation, she yearns to ease her lonely soul through making art. So when she wins a substantial sum in a copyright-infringement suit, she finds herself on the horns of a difficult dilemma – go to law school to defend other photographers, or travel the highways photographing America.

Pulled in two directions, her only clear choice is leaving Ithaca. But when she’s attracted to a handsome contractor and falls in love with a puppy, she’s not sure if she’s met her destiny… or just a bump in the road.

Will Lucy choose the journey that reveals her true self?

Call it Kismet is a powerhouse of speculative women’s literature. If you like complex characters, a touch of magical realism, and considering what could have been, then you’ll adore Heather Hummel Gallagher’s swerving story.

Book Excerpt:

My Book Review:

What would you do if you were awarded a quarter-million dollars? Well then come along for the ride as a young woman considers two choices of directions in life to follow after being awarded a life-changing civil court lawsuit settlement.

In Call It Kismet, author Heather Hummel Gallagher weaves a wonderful women's fiction story that follows Lucy Brown's inspirational journey of self-discovery, as she considers two choices of directions in life to follow, and the landscapes and people she would meet along the way that would help change her life forever. 

In a span of one year (Spring 1994 - Spring 1995), Lucy Brown's two choices of life directions will lead her on a journey of self-discovery that will guide her to finding her career passion, love, and happiness. 

Set in Ithaca, New York with stops around the US (New York City; Erie, Pennsylvania; Harbor View, Ohio; Charlotteville, Virginia; Racine, Wisconsin; the Badlands, South Dakota; and the Outer Banks, North Carolina), and told in the third person alternating narrative, the author weaves a fascinating tale that easily engages the reader to follow Lucy's journey as she considers two different directions to take in her life: travel the US highways for a year following her passion for photographing America's landscapes; or attend the University of Virginia School of Law in Charlottesville, with a focus on the area of Intellectual Property Law (Copywrite Law). 

As Lucy's journey takes her around the country, her life is touched by the different locales and landscapes and people that she meets along the way. Lucy's journey to choose which direction in life to follow is told in alternating chapters within the one year span of 1994-1995, and is broken down into snippets of the locales she visits, and a reflection of which direction would ultimately fulfill her passion and provide the happiness she seeks in life. 

The author does a wonderful job of describing Lucy's journey of self-discovery, while also providing the reader with an amazing description of the various locales and landscapes in the US that would rival any popular travel guide. I would be remiss if I didn't mention how much I loved reading about Lucy's past, and how finding nickles everywhere was a heavenly loving sign from her parents, it gave me goosebumps as I also find coins left by my parents in heaven when I least expect it. 

Call It Kismet is a heartwarming and thoroughly enjoyable story. You can't help but root for Lucy as she considers both choices in directions, knowing that either one would be an amazing life to live. And if that isn't enough, the discovery of new friendships, family, sense of belonging, finding love, following one's passion, and one cute black Labrador Retriever named Ringo will simply melt your heart. 

Call It Kismet is an inspirational and feel good women's fiction story that will pull at your heartstrings, touch your soul, and leave a smile on your face.


About The Author

Heather Hummel Gallagher is a New York Book Festival award-winning novelist of the Journals from the Heart Series.

A former high school English teacher turned novelist and ghostwriter, Heather followed her grandmother’s footsteps with the written word.

Born in Greenwich, CT, Heather soon left New England and spent her twenties and thirties traveling and living in every corner of the US. Eventually, she settled down and married for the first time in her early-fifties. She and her husband, Stephen, have two black labs, Sox and Lucy. They travel the country in their RV, where Heather satisfies her innate need for exploration.

As a ghostwriter, Heather has penned over a dozen books and counting. Her clients include corporations, politicians, philanthropists, dating coaches, real estate agents, public figures, and business leaders. With experience in both traditional and independent publishing, Heather's diverse background and knowledge of the industry appeals to many authors seeking a qualified ghostwriter.

By personal request from Arianna Huffington, Heather is a featured blogger in the Arts & Culture section of the Huffington Post. Her article titled "Why Agents Reject 96% of Author Submissions" gained remarkable attention in the industry, including ReTweets from Publishers Weekly and many quality literary agents.

Television, print, and radio coverage for her clients’ books include: The Today Show and other regional shows; Publishers Weekly, USA Today and the Washington Post; and in magazines that include: Health, Body & Soul, First, and Spry Living, a combined circulation of nearly 20 million in print alone. A contributing author in Successful eBook Publishing: The Complete How-to Guide for Creating and Launching Your Amazon Kindle eBook by David Wogahn, Heather shares her wisdom in a chapter on ghostwriting.

Heather's second career is as a land and seascape photographer. Her work is represented by Agora Gallery in the Chelsea District of New York City. A graduate with High Distinction from the University of Virginia, Heather holds a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies degree with concentrations in English and Secondary Education.

2009 Mature Media Awards, Merit Award: Gracefully
2009 New York Book Festival, Women's Literature: Whispers from the Heart
Noted as a top "Books for Grownups" by Publishers Weekly: Gracefully
Essays: Messages of Hope and Healing (Sunpiper Media, 2006) Blue Ridge Anthology (Cedar Creek, 2007)

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