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Surrender To Fate - Fates Path Part One

Jacelyn Rye

Synopsis

Surrender To FateSome say fate holds the cards. But what if love deals the hand? No love goes untested. Ever. Indeed, true love is left to prove itself. And that is exactly where fate steps in to play the game.

For William and Sarah, that game begins with growing up, in the unspoiled mountains of Colorado. In a time and space as clear as the Rocky Mountain skies above, these young souls together learn about life, what matters most, what endures, what doesn’t, and about love. Innocent young love moves ever so surely toward lives they both can picture, lives spent loving each other in a place they know so well and cherish.

Will and Sarah are ecstatically swept away in the swells of new love. And it is in their rarefied bliss that they make the fragile promise of first love, a promise that fate will soon rock and pound into doubt, guilt, and epiphany.

Unexpected and unprepared, these young lovers are suddenly torn apart, first by distance, and then by the far greater pressures of temptation that test the very fidelity of their heart-held promise. No longer able to console each other, hold each other, touch each other, they face the inevitable decision: move on to other loves, or cling to the faith that they will someday be together, again.

Will and Sarah stare down an unknown path, sensing destiny will not wait long before it comes to take them. Wracked with doubt, they wonder if their love was real. Caged by guilt, they both feel tempted by others intent on stealing their hearts.
Fate plays hardest when love is tested. And Will and Sarah are no exception, letting go of their happy past to embrace hope for an uncharted future. Love plays hardest when fate tests. And so it is, even through their trials of the heart, Will and Sarah never really stop loving each other. Theirs is a love so real and pure that each just wants the other to find happiness, even if it's with another.

But fate does not surrender so easily. Dealing blow upon blow, both Will and Sarah are each struck by jolting events that take them to the very edge of life, itself.
Sarah and Will hold tightly to their past, but steadfast promises begin to wane. Life continues, filled with romance, drama, and two souls yearning to understand the challenges brought with coming of age, and learning that fate is ultimately in control. What happens to love when life is on the line? Can they both relinquish control when love is on the line? Will fate even allow them to find out?

The Review

I have to begin by saying this is not the time period I would usually read but was pleasantly surprised, even though it was based in 1942 it did not feel as though you were reading from this era and if it wasn’t for certain references to events which happened in this period I believe you would be none the wiser. This book is the first in a trilogy, so when reading it please bare this in mind as I initially thought it was a stand-alone which made me think that it didn’t progress quickly enough. However once I understood that this was the first book of a series I had more patience as it was about building your knowledge and understanding of the characters and their circumstances.

I went through a lot of mixed feelings about this book, and at times I felt as if there was something missing from the story but this is a book where persistence certainly pays off. I’m so pleased that I continued through my own turmoil of trying to decide what was missing and just go with flow of the story. Sarah and William are the story of having to deal with what cards have been dealt to you and try and move in to your future. These two characters still hold so much respect and love for each other throughout the story. There were times where I felt so moved by the story that I felt tears roll down my cheeks, once you get in to the story Jacelyn does a wonderful job of making you experience the full emotion of been in that particular situation. I suppose if I think back to the beginning of the story and reading through it, the turmoil I felt would be similar to the turmoil that the two characters would have been experiencing with deciding what paths there future would hold.

I would certainly recommend that when reading this book you take it for exactly what it is and do not give up on this story as you would be truly disappointed with missing some wonderful moments. A fellow blogger Julia Peters of Divas Book Blog said "look at it as frustrating foreplay". I would say the steamy scenes are written extremely well taking her time to describe every sensation and every feeling as if it were you there in that intimate moment. Jacelyn even goes as far those first kisses making you feel as though you were there receiving that first kiss that ignites something deep inside of you. There is a double cliff hanger which has made me want to know so much more and I also feel the prologue makes you want to know exactly who is the “he” which adds to the cliff hanger even more as you still don’t know which “he” it is.

I was confused to what star rating to give this book as in the end I did enjoy it but I have to say I just didn’t quite get that book hanger over I enjoy getting from a 5* rating. I will however even after the slow start to the story and a lot of my uncertainty be giving it a 4* rating as the second half of the book did make up for my uncertainty and my feelings that the book was missing something. I am certain that the continuing story has so much to offer and I do expect a great deal out of the second book in the series.

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Posted on: 11/12/2013 - Posted by: Francessca Webster

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