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5 stars for Destiny of Daring: Never Forget by Cathy Burnham Martin #historicalfiction #bookreview

Title: Destiny of Daring: Never Forget (The Destiny series Book 3)

Author: Cathy Burnham Martin

Genre: Historical Fiction

Book Blurb:

In Destiny of Daring: Never Forget, the captivating conclusion to the Destiny historical fiction trilogy, award-winning journalist and author Cathy Burnham Martin delivers an unforgettable tale that intertwines the past and present. Set during the waning years of the Ottoman Empire, Destiny of Daring: Never Forget delves deeper into the lives of the Gulumian family, as a daughter formerly thought to have been killed in the genocide navigates through a tumultuous period in history. Prepare to be enthralled as this gripping narrative takes you on a journey through time, connecting the harrowing events of World War I-era Armenia with a modern-day quest for ancestral roots and cultural harmony. Readers witness the hardships, violence, and political turmoil that plagued the Armenian community and demanded the unwavering bonds of family and friendship, daring risks, and unimaginable courage to survive. These true Armenian stories reflect an eerie parallel with present-day events demonstrating man’s continuing inhumanity to man and the heroism of those who dare to defy divisiveness and terrorism. While helpful for background, having read Books 1 and 2 is not essential to read Book 3.

My Review:

This is the book that was needed to complete the story of this Armenian family's past, present and future. Another important book that puts light on one of the most forgotten genocides of the 20th century. The world needs to stand up and demand Turkey once and for all admits their crimes against Armenia in World War One.

This story fills in the last part that was missing. The story of Cassie's other relatives who survived and managed to get through their own horrific stories. If this was a fictional book, it might seem unbelievable. That this is a true story simply makes Emine and Toros story amazing.

While this book isn't as long as the first two, it carries a large weight with it. Many in this decade of this century will not believe that just over 100 years ago there were actual alleged humans who had harems. The despicable nature of the behavior of Turks in 1915 is offensive to the core.

The book is a well written piece that brings the story together. It is important that a person reads all three books. This book is important enough to read on its own first. Powerful, heart wrenching and raw...this book brings a dark page of history to light. A very well-done book as part of a very well done series.

My Rating: 5 stars

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Author Biography:

Coming November 1, 2023, is the finale in The Destiny Trilogy. "Destiny of Daring: Never Forget," which brings more unexpected twists in telling the story of the author's Armenian family roots from the days of the waning Ottoman Empire during World War I. While reading Books 1 & 2 provides a hauntingly powerful and family-focused foundation, it is not essential. The historical fiction will be released in paperback and eBook formats, with the audiobook to follow. For more information, check her website at GoodLiving123 (dot) com or the publisher's website at QTPublishing (dot) com.

Cathy Burnham Martin's first published attempt at writing happened in Grade 5, when her poem was featured in the local newspaper. That was back when her parents refused to let her have the then-popular Chatty Cathy doll, stating that one chatty Cathy in the house was more than enough. Though poetry took a back seat, she has since driven her writing and blabbing proficiencies along a highly eclectic career path through recruiting, acting, marketing, broadcasting, and even bank organizing.

This professional voiceover artist, journalist, corporate communications geek, and dedicated foodie earned numerous awards as a television news anchor. She acknowledges that her broadcasting skills enjoyed extremely humble beginnings, as she often appeared in the rows of children watching cartoons and playing games like "Name the States" and "Simon Says" on WMUR-TV's "Uncle Gus Show." As an adult, she has written, produced, and hosted dozens of groundbreaking documentaries, TV specials, and news reports, ranging from the Moscow Super Power Summit and the opening of the Berlin Wall to extensive coverage of New Hampshire's First-in-the-Nation Presidential Primaries.

A born storyteller of Eurasian descent, Cathy showed questionable promise as she made up ghost and crime stories for weekly elementary school Show & Tell sessions, including one that sounded so real that local police were summoned to interview the imaginative first grader. Such antics led to her first acting role, when she proudly played Peter Rabbit in a neighborhood production. It turns out she got the role because the older children wanted to avoid being the kid who'd get spanked for tearing their shorts while escaping under the farmer's wire fence in every performance. She landed future roles more admirably, and remains a member of the Actors Equity Association, media coach, and business speaker, including status as a Professional Member of the National Speakers Association since 1995. Cathy Burnham Martin has been dubbed the "The Morale Booster."

In her early educational path, she frequently arose as a class clown and a challenge for her teachers. At their retirement celebration, her team of kindergarten teachers announced that Cathy had been both the most creative and the most challenging student in their 30-year-career. A perfect twist of fate has found Cathy enjoying adjunct college faculty work, teaching persuasive public speaking and communications. She proved to be a much better-behaved student when she earned a Master of Science in Corporate and Organizational Communications at Northeastern University in 2009, where she also received the highest academic honors.

Her parents' insistence in extensive involvement in the community invited the volunteerism bug to bite her, and Cathy continues to actively serve on boards for corporations and non-profits, including the Manchester Community Music School. Cathy Burnham Martin was also the 2009 recipient of Easter Seals' David P. Goodwin Lifetime Commitment Award.

Though her father once trained under the executive chef at Boston's famed Copley Plaza Hotel, and her mother quickly gained Best-Cook-In-Town status, Cathy admits that her own earliest recipe creations evolved out of laziness and a desire to use fewer ingredients and take less time. Her passion for great tasting, simple cooking led to the celebrated KISS™ Keep It Super Simple original recipe cookbook series.

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Cathy Burnham Martin narrates her own books as well as those of other authors. Audiobooks can be found on such sites as as well as from Amazon. In addition to fiction and nonfiction books, Cathy writes articles for the blog. Other writing credits include 300+ episodes of New Hampshire Minutes, plus being a contributing author in various books, including:

* The Communication Coach: Business Communication Tips from the Pros (1998) Jeffrey Tobe, Monroeville, PA

* A Healthier You (2005) Insight Publishing, Sevierville, TN

2007 saw the release of Cathy Burnham Martin's timeless book, Dog Days in the Life of The Miles-Mannered Man, a whimsically philosophical collection of tall tales, wagging tails, and tantalizing treats, from Quiet Thunder Publishing, a division of SpeakEasy Corporate Communications in Manchester, NH.

This was followed by a number of other books, also from Quiet Thunder Publishing, including:

* Of the Same Blood: Your Eurasian Heritage

* Lobacious Lobster: Decadently Super Simple Recipes

* Dockside Dining: Round One

* Dockside Dining: A Second Helping

* Dockside Dining: Back for Thirds

* Cranberry Cooking

* Champagne: Facts, Fizz, Food & Fun

* Fifty Years of Fabulous Family Favorites, Volumes 1, 2 & 3

* The Ronald: Daydreams, Wonderments, & Other Ponderings

* Sage, Thyme & Other Life Seasonings: Perspectives

* Healthy Thinking Habits: Seven Attitude Skills Simplified

* The Bimbo Has Brains... and Other Freaky Facts

* The Bimbo Has MORE Brains... Surviving Political Correctness

* Encouragement: How to Be and Find the Best

* Good Living Skills: Learned from my Mother

* Destiny of Dreams: Time Is Dear

* Destiny of Determination: Faith and Family

* Destiny of Daring: Never Forget

The following is a partial list of Audiobooks narrated by Cathy Burnham Martin:


* Encouragement: How to Be and Find the Best (by Cathy Burnham Martin)

* The Bimbo Has More Brains... Surviving Political Correctness (by Cathy Burnham Martin)

* The Bimbo Has Brains... and Other Freaky Facts (by Cathy Burnham Martin)

* Exploring Past Lives: A Guide to the Souls Travels (by Sheerah Indigo)

* 31 Days to a Stronger Marriage (by Dr. Simon Creek)

* The Hormone Fix: Naturally Rebalance Your System in 10 Weeks (by Dr. Julius Herrera)

* Healthy Thinking Habits: 7 Attitude Skills Simplified (by Cathy Burnham Martin)

* Universal Force - The Power Behind the Law of Attraction (by Ishan Rami)

* Fat Loss Tips (by V. Noot)

* Why We Fail at Love (by Delilah Sweeney)


* A Dangerous Book for Dogs: Train Your Humans (by Bandit and Cathy Burnham Martin)

(WARNING: Keep Out of Human Paws)


* Destiny of Dreams: Time Is Dear (Historical Fiction by Cathy Burnham Martin) (Book 1 in Destiny Trilogy)

* Dungeons of Destiny - Book 3 in The Kremlins series (Historical Romance Novel)

(by K.L. Conger)

* Bastions of Blood - Book 2 in The Kremlins series (Historical Romance Novel)

(by K.L. Conger)

* Citadels of Fire - Book 1 in The Kremlins series (Historical Romance Novel)

(by K.L. Conger)

* Daniel's Fork - A Mystery Set in the Daniel's Fork Universe) (by Zeece Lugo)

(WARNING: Contains strong sexual content)

* The Relentless Brit - A Tale of Relentless Love, Espionage, and Spies During World War II

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Reviewed by: Mr. N


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