Submitted by: Audrey Insoft

Category: Books

When Paul Pinkerton, a scared and reluctant Army infantryman enters Vietnam in 1968, he vows he'll never return. Yet more than two decades later he goes back to look for the POWs and MIAs he's convinced were left behind. His single-minded obsession with the movement takes him on a series of life-altering trips as he attempts to make peace with his past. In the process he's successful in his search, putting to rest the long, unsolved mystery of Freight Train 053.

Meanwhile Sandra Campbell, a woman unknown to Paul, battles her own personal demons as she sorts out her childhood abandonment, dysfunctional family dynamics, and mysterious birthfather. By chance their worlds collide on Valentine's Day, setting in motion a remarkable journey together. Beautifully written, "Divine Fate" merges their individual stories into a single, compelling narrative.

From a sleepy Pennsylvania town to the bustling streets of Saigon, this complex tale takes an intimate look at adversity, perseverance, and self-sacrifice. The underlying theme of the book is a social commentary on the devastating effects of PTSD. Eventually Paul's focus on the "abandoned and forgotten" moves from POWs and MIAs to Vietnamese orphans as he and Sandy navigate the uncharted water of Vietnamese adoption together. Over the years the Pinkertons help over 400 families adopt Vietnamese children, including the author and one famous celebrity.

For many, Sandy and Paul are heroes and saints as they dedicate themselves to causes that are sometimes discouraging, often heartbreaking, and always unpredictable. Their poignant story of self-discovery will leave readers questioning their own purpose in life and whether life is divinely planned or simply the culmination of random events.

About the author:

Audrey M. Insoft earned an associate's degree in journalism, a bachelor's degree in business administration, and a master's degree in adult education and instructional design. She worked in the insurance industry for twenty-five years in marketing, training, and communications. She lives with her husband and son in Westchester County, New York.

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