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A Sealed Fate

3.96  ·  Rating Details  ·  48 Ratings  ·  30 Reviews
Upbeat and contemporary in style, this riveting narrative features an eclectic mix of characters awash with local color. To escape the pain of failed relationships and careers, both Valda and Larissa take themselves to the exotic locale of Dubai, seeking not only success but a general purpose in life. Valda does indeed find fulfillment--and, to her astonishment, love--but ...more
Paperback, 216 pages
Published January 30th 2009 by Janus Book Publishers
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Stephanie (Bookfever.♥)
Jul 28, 2013 Stephanie (Bookfever.♥) rated it did not like it
Copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

First of all I want to thank the author , Lisa Gordon, again for being so nice to send me a copy of her book for review.
A Sealed Fate, being a thriller, isn't my usual genre at all. I almost never read thrillers but I wanted to try it anyway because I liked the synopsis a lot and usually really like gritty books. Also every now and then I like to mix things up in reading books.

A Sealed Fate brings us to the exotic city of Dubai where
C.T. Westing
Feb 05, 2013 C.T. Westing rated it it was amazing
Thrillers can be so cookie cutter today, so it was nice to encounter one that clearly was not. A Sealed Fate draws readers in by setting a fantastic scene: an outsider's view of Dubai.

And setting, for thrillers, is so important. To really feel the tension, one must be able to really see the setting, to imagine oneself in it. It's no easy task, but Lisa Gordon does it well, painting for us a detailed picture of life in Dubai, providing us with a variety of creative, independent characters that ma
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This was another free Prime book FAIL. This was a hot mess, just bad: badly written, badly developed, poorly plotted, no character development to speak of. Gordon uses a lot of exclamation points!!!!! The idea of having female friendship (rather than a romantic interest) be central to the story was a good one, but these two women seemed to have nothing in common, and the main character returns to Dubai to mend a broken heart. I am so tired of Amazon offering either this kind of poorly written cr ...more
Belinda Lancaster
Mar 28, 2009 Belinda Lancaster rated it it was amazing
Really loved this. Unusual in terms of its conception and style; it really hooked me. Although it is an action packed thriller there was something very personal and emotional about the story: I almost felt as if by reading it I had been let into a secret.
The chacacters are well drawn, especially Valda and the author weaves the theme of fate and freewill expertly through the book.
Lots of quirky characters add colour and there is the odd laugh as well.
Jessica Buike
Overall, this book was ok - some of the plot points were a little weak, and a few times the switch of the point of view was confusingly laid out. It was moderately paced, and the main character was fairly interesting, but there was nothing in particular that stood out or made the book memorable. I didn't regret reading it, but I wasn't in love with it, either.
Clive Hindle
Dec 26, 2012 Clive Hindle rated it it was amazing
The book is a unique blend of chick-lit and thriller in an unusual setting and with an unusual theme at the centre - the concept of sacrificial and compensatory karma. The author revs up the tension with her main character, the singer and wannabe rock star, Valda, who speeds through life in a sequence of emotional car crashes until she washes up on Dubai's shores at the feet of the mysterious Sheikh, who, whilst pretending to be her patron, has his own needs to satisfy. And boy does Valda satisf ...more
Paul Landes
Jan 03, 2013 Paul Landes rated it it was amazing
I don’t know why I chose to buy A Sealed Fate, but I do know I ended up with a book that I now place high on my top all time best books - EVER.

Lisa Gordon is not just a talented writer with an amazing ability to create mind tingling prose. No, in A Sealed Fate she put on a full scale stage production with me sitting front row center. She took me on a whirlwind behind the scenes tour of the glitzy nightlife of Dubai, I tasted the culinary delights of its cafes and experienced the aromas and sound
“A Sealed Fate” by Lisa Gordon is a perfect blend of contemporary women’s fiction and a mystery thriller. Fate brings Valda, a woman running from a failed relationship and Larissa, an astrologer, together, forming a strong bond and friendship. Valda was an entertainer who becomes trapped in downward spiral of vice after unwisely accepting the proposal of a Sheikh she meets while working in Dubai. She finds Lara at a time when she is searching for the ‘whys’ of her life. Lara’s deep belief in fat ...more
Jeff Dawson
Jun 24, 2013 Jeff Dawson rated it liked it
For who?

I was issued a free copy for an honest review.

I’m still trying to figure out the excitement. It was lackluster at best. Starts our very well with our heroine, Valda leaving South Africa to Dubai for a new life. She’s leaving behind her long time boyfriend Richard and hopes to rebuild her flailing signing career. She accepts a job at Flannagans, which is owned by one Shiekh Abdullah bin RASHID Al Khaimah. He’s in the business of importing cocaine and heroin from contacts in SA. Valda beco
Dec 02, 2012 Lubna rated it really liked it
For everyone who believes in friendship at first sight, this book is a must read. The characters are well conceptualized and the author's knowledge of the settings, be it South Africa or even Dubai are excellent. I do believe settings also have a very important role to play in any novel.

Fate brings Valda, a singer - who has taken up a job in Dubai - to escape from a failed relationship and Larissa (Lara) - an astrologer who is perhaps searching for her own self, together. The client-astrologer
Mar 07, 2012 Dee marked it as to-read
Shelves: first-read
I won this book as a Goodreads First Read.
Julie Ramsey
Jun 06, 2013 Julie Ramsey rated it really liked it
Shelves: done
A Sealed Fate
Lisa Gordon

Upbeat and contemporary in style, this riveting narrative features an eclectic mix of characters awash with local color. To escape the pain of failed relationships and careers, both Valda and Larissa take themselves to the exotic locale of Dubai, seeking not only success but a general purpose in life. Valda does indeed find fulfillment--and, to her astonishment, love--but all is threatened when she is introduced to a billionaire Sheikh. Her clandestine relationship with
Victoria Brinius
Jun 08, 2013 Victoria Brinius rated it it was amazing
This book was fun to read because it dealt with fate versus chance. I like characters that have inner battles and Valda is that type of character. Valda leaves her life and problems behind and she moves to Dubai. She was trying to start over, but as the book progressed I realized that the fates had other plans for her. I was a little upset that Larissa didn't tell Valda her prediction. I felt like she abusing her gift, and she didn't believe in her vision. I also wanted to read more of the futur ...more
Jun 01, 2013 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Upbeat and contemporary in style, this riveting narrative features an eclectic mix of characters awash with local color. To escape the pain of failed relationships and careers, both Valda and Larissa take themselves to the exotic locale of Dubai, seeking not only success but a general purpose in life. Valda does indeed find fulfillment--and, to her astonishment, love--but all is threatened when she is introduced to a billionaire Sheikh. Her clandestine relationship with the Sheikh propels her in ...more
Valda just arrived in Dubai and is ready for a fresh start after a horrific breakup. She is ready to begin her new life as a singer in the nightclub, Flanagan’s. Things were going okay for her, until the night she met the club’s owner… Sheikh Abdullah bin Rashid Al Khaimah. The Sheikh asks Valda for a favor, which she reluctantly agrees to and she is rewarded with a new car. Along the way, Valda realizes she may be too deep in the Sheikh’s business, so she consults a local astrologer. Larissa an ...more
Alan Annand
May 14, 2013 Alan Annand rated it really liked it
Tasty cocktail of romance, intrigue and mystery!

One of the most endearing characters of this novel is its spunky heroine Valda, a young woman on the rebound from a failed relationship and consequent suicide attempt. Desperate to start a new chapter in her life, she leaves South Africa and lands a job as a singer for a band in one of Dubai's big hotels. There she finds favor and patronage from a somewhat dodgy sheikh who eventually manipulates her into transporting a few mysterious packages from
Alan Phillips
Jan 16, 2013 Alan Phillips rated it it was amazing
Valda is fleeing a broken life. On Table Mountain they took no notice of her scream of anguish but in the part of the Empty Quarter they call Dubai she finds it’s just the same old game of promises, promises, the good-hearted and generous of spirit invited not so much into the parlour as the Bedouin tent, and finding herself in the clutches of a devious predator. Scheherazade had to spin endless tales to stay alive; Lisa Gordon’s Valda has to feed a different habit and when the evil sheikh has h ...more
Sasha Sinclair
Mar 05, 2013 Sasha Sinclair rated it it was amazing

Just finished reading A Sealed Fate which is a really tense character driven psychological thriller. Very original in terms of style and conception and so I never knew where it was going, which was a pleasure. What I enjoyed about it was the fact that the novel did not centre around cops, detectives, PI's, forensic doctors etc. It's about a singer who stumbles onto a mystery and becomes trapped in downward spiral of vice after unwisely accepting the proposal of a Sheikh she meets while working i
R.A. Quinn
Apr 15, 2014 R.A. Quinn rated it it was amazing
This is an intriguing novel that's well written. It's nicely conceived and executed and keeps the reader involved. The characters are developed pleasingly and are very believable. The diversity of the characters, locales and flavor of this mystery certainly draws the reader in and makes you feel like you're there. Your mind will be thinking of conclusions to the story but there's no way you will ever predict the ending. Nice job! Well worth reading.
Anita Melillo
Apr 29, 2013 Anita Melillo rated it it was amazing
This is an interesting fast paced read with a complex premise that begins in Capetown Africa and is then set against the backdrop of Dubai, Arabia where the main character Valda hooks up with a Sheikh in a clandestine mix of mystery and suspense. Gordon uses karma as one of the stories main aspects, and I found this to be intriguing since I wanted to know what twists were in store. The appeal of the nightlife and an elaborate lifestyle are depicted in a stylistic way, and I wanted the main chara ...more
Michael Flanagan
May 08, 2013 Michael Flanagan rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
I went into this book with some reservations as it is not my normal style. But I am glad I picked it up and read it. This book is not a fast paced one but I found myself drawn into the story as it meanders its way through the pages. The characters were well developed and very easy to believe. This book for me delivered on numerous levels. There was the thriller aspect of the mysterious packages and the news clippings of seemingly accidental death being shoved under our main characters door. Then ...more
Don Melillo
May 03, 2013 Don Melillo rated it it was amazing
This is a story of intrigue, diversity of cultures, and various plots at play. From the beginning the main character is in Africa, and ends up in a car crash and on the beach of Dubai. Valda, not only meets a Sheik who is up to his own devices, but she seeks out an astrologer in her time of need. She seems desperate to find answers and meaning in her life gone astray. The story line is different than some other novels I have read that were mysteries of suspense in that it uses karma to alter the ...more
Olivia Turner
Mar 27, 2009 Olivia Turner rated it it was amazing
A really original and different read - it twisted and turned and I never quite knew where it was going. I found the protagonist Valda quite a character - she is so different to me and yet I could relate to her on a deeper level. Although it was a pacey thriller, there are tender moments, touching moments and moments of humour. It really felt like a true story and I was totally drawn in. This book does break the mould - it's contemporary and upbeat, yet moving and meaningful. I finished reading i ...more
Apr 29, 2013 T C rated it really liked it
The novel is a suspenseful thriller in tone that takes the reader on a journey of deep mysteries, which involve astrology and karma. Valda, the main character and temptress of the story, is trying to gain success through music and the pop culture, but as events play out and as fate might have it, ends up on a different path altogether. I liked the way that the story transitioned and was amused in the play of the whole karma aspect. It didn't let me down and I wasn't disappointed. I would recomme ...more
Feb 23, 2013 Lili rated it really liked it
A modern novel, written entertainingly, a revealing tale of how fate tempts and fate deals. The author portrays an excellent description of Dubai life with an interesting plot that has some unexpected twists.

I received this book as a gift from the author and I enjoyed reading it very much but had difficulty empathising with Valda, the main character. Overall an encouraging debut from Lisa Gordon
Donna Huber
An interesting book. I liked the international feel. I think there could have been a bit more suspense. I think I was more driven by current news that I've read about Dubai than the story itself. Read my full review at Girl Who Reads
May 02, 2013 Stargazer rated it really liked it
Shelves: astrology, fiction
If you like astro-detection, try these on smashwords - 'Ghosts' by R R Rusch and 'It's All In The Stars' by K C Powers. Alan Annand's 'Scorpio Rising' is also on there.
Oct 15, 2014 Dee rated it liked it
too many twists, not my cup of tea at this time
Lucian Groza
Oct 21, 2009 Lucian Groza marked it as to-read
Great book.
Ipshita Ranjana
Apr 27, 2013 Ipshita Ranjana marked it as to-read
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Lisa won first place in the 9th American Gem Literary Awards

An only child to a single Mum, Lisa was born and brought up in Johannesburg, South Africa. Despite a lifelong ambition to act, she enrolled at the University of the Witwatersrand to do a BCom Law. She later moved to UK, where she achieved a BSc Industrial Economics Hons Degree from Warwick. Still wa
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