Surrender to Fate
(Fate's Path, Book 1)
Some 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?
It's been a LONG time since I've savored a story. Honestly, savored….as in, didn’t want it to end and just absorbed the words as they were read. I felt like I didn’t want to, but I could put it down, swirl the thoughts in my head, and go back and get immersed again. I didn’t want to put it down, for sure, but I had kids that wanted to eat. Mommy’s reading!! Hello?? Yeah, that didn’t work. I think a great word to use for how I felt would be engulfed. The story swept me up and engulfed me. I felt hugged and cradled. Gosh….to describe it will be difficult, if not impossible. It was unparalleled. I am still shaking my head.
This book was beyond amazing......it was more than words can describe. It flowed beautifully and was written masterfully. This is a story about young love and the emotions that run deeper than can be conveyed. If you have ever been in love, then you will understand the emotions and feelings in this book. The way this book was written allowed you to feel ALL the emotions that came from each character. This was written in third person POV, so the emotions that were expressed were so realistic. They were deep and real, and I am still just shaking my head. I am still just saying wow. Truly and honestly, this book made me feel everything from anticipation to heartache; from love to pain; from fear to excitement. It made me feel the gamut of emotions.
This book was set in the late 30’s and early 40’s, so we got a whole new approach to how things were back then and how simple life really was. Not clouded by technology and modern day gadgets, this book really made you slow down and enjoy the time. This book was about innocent love, but also a very deep and commanding love that truly moved you. I personally felt that this was a very powerful way to write this story….it erased the ability for a weak heroine to get out of not talking to her Hero. It erased the ability for ridiculous misconceptions. Don’t get me wrong, there were some….but the period in which this was written, that is understandable. It wasn’t a weak book by any means…..this book was unforgettable.
The storyline takes place in Colorado. This is a love story about Will and Sarah and how they come to find out about love, what it really feels like and what it truly means. Will and Sarah have grown up around each other and have been the best of friends since they were very young. Will is ever the gentleman, but he is still a man with desires. He is a hardworking man that is on a farm near Sarah’s. Sarah is a very naïve young woman that finds out about her feelings as she grows….learned with a certain innocence and honesty to them, which, when written correctly, is a beautiful read. Oh gosh….can you tell I loved this book?? It just flowed. I truly can’t stop thinking about it!! Like, I want to lie down in a soft field, under the sun, and just read more of it!!!
Me Ware Wo
Once something leaves a profound mark on the heart, the mark is always there.
Since the synopsis does not tell you about what actually happens as we go through the book, I will refrain from telling you too much since I hate spoilers. I copied so many quotes in my book and then realized that I can’t really put them here, because it will take away from the ‘other’ side of the storyline. AAACK!! I will tell you that this is officially on my BEST BOOKS of 2014 list. I still can’t stop thinking about it. It definitely left a mark….
Amazing. Brilliant. Phenomenal. Wow. You know how when you read a genre and immediately liken all books, in that genre, to that one author that set the bar for you? Jacelyn Rye has set that bar, for me, for historical romances. This book left me speechless and I wish my review could do it even a tiny amount of justice, and if it does….then I have merely scratched the surface. This book was extraordinary.
5 Amazerful Fantasmical stars…..just wow.
Fate's Path Series
Shattered by Fate
(Fate's Path #2)Synopsis:
One heart cannot remember. Another heart cannot forget. Both hearts reach toward something to grasp. For Sarah, it is her past. For Will, it is to bring that past back. The only thing standing squarely in their way — is their future. Each has promised their heart and life to another. But where happiness should be, instead are the dark billowing clouds of a storm of reckoning. The thunder of regret splits a horizon now raining down upon them in shards of shattered promises and unreachable memories. In Book One of this three-part saga, fate seemed it would not be denied, bringing Sarah and Will together in a turbulent world, uniting young hearts for the right reason: love. But — almost as if it has eyes — fate sees to it that no love that is meant to be is allowed to be, without it being tested to the passionate edges of chance. Accidents. Small ones are remembered and retold with a laugh. Useful ones are celebrated. But shattering ones — those are the ones that slip from the fingers of fate. The kinds that are followed by silence as it roars the sound of life changing. And it is this pounding drone that Sarah and Will — once inseparable — now hear when they listen to their hearts. After her accident, Sarah awakens in a hospital room and into a very different life. Will, accidentally buried by heavy timber when he heroically saves a fellow worker, is also delivered into his own unforeseen, disoriented new life. Destiny’s dust never settles. And nothing is clear when doubts appear. Sarah is betrothed to Adley, while Will is engaged to Margaret, yet both are still connected to each other by an indescribable draw seemingly groping out from the deepest reaches of fate. A fate that deliberately leaves the door of temptation cracked open, giving Will a yearning peek at the naked truth of Sarah, who reaches out with the same tortured passions. A fate that leaves both to fight the desperate desires of wanting what each knows they cannot have. A fate that dares them to ask, “What will happen if I finally feel you?”
Chosen by Fate, Fate's Path #3 -- COMING SOON!
About the author:
“I believe in signs, I believe everything happens for a reason,” she’ll tell you. If you know someone like that, you already know a primal piece of Jacelyn — a person who actually listens to the Universe because there, she knows she’ll find more than answers, she’ll find reasons. And those reasons give her insights about nature, and human nature, both of which she invites us to explore with her.
Growing up in the blue sky country of Colorado doesn’t leave an impression, it becomes a lifeblood. For Jacelyn, the clarity of that truth flows through her stories, her characters and her inherent spirituality that somehow knows faith, in the end, triumphs over despair.
Through her storytelling — firmly stimulated by that early country life that taught her to always be prepared when venturing forth — Jacelyn’s uncanny ability to “see” what could happen takes readers into a crystal ball where the future’s many possible outcomes await in a swirl of incandescence, right down to the details of smell, touch, fear, love.
Because life also presents its possibilities in dreams, Jacelyn holds dear that open door. “My dreams mean a lot to me. I listen to them, solve problems in them, learn from them,” she confides. It figures, then, that when you read her stories, you’d best get ready for a trip with an original dream weaver.
And then, there’s serendipity. To know Jacelyn is to accept a dance with chance. She accepted one such chance when she moved from her beloved Colorado to an unknown life awaiting her in Southern California, where she lives today. “I knew another beautiful world was out there. I was ready for adventure,” she says, with the confidence that proves her faith is more than just words. “I moved from Colorado as soon as I graduated from college, thanks to a great job offer. The night after I received my job offer, I saw a commercial that said, ‘California, find yourself here.’ In that moment, I stopped debating the move and took it as a sign that my adventure would be found in California.”
As Jacelyn does so well, she shares those adventures in her writing. In her first book series, you’ll find Jacelyn’s experiences of this major life change play out in Sarah, who also moves from Colorado to California. “What I’ve seen and felt enable me to write realistically about how a Colorado mountain girl feels about living in California.”
In the quiet mornings, you’ll find Jacelyn savoring her coffee, outside. To her, it’s all about listening, breathing in, appreciating being here for another day. And of course, there’s time spent in the mountains, fishing, wading in creeks with the people she loves. Curiously, this girl who comes from the mile-high mountains, still fears the miles-deep ocean she frequently visits, but only to sink her toes in the hot sand and watch, in awe and respect, the thundering surf.
On any given day, be it in the mountains, at the beach, or on her terrace, Jacelyn is dreaming and writing, her way of sharing something meaningful with those who come to know her.
One thing is for sure, wherever she goes, wherever she’s been, Jacelyn is aware and thankful for the gifts around her. Indeed, although she does not get back to Colorado that often, she’s there in spirit, and in absolute detail, in a moment’s call. “The smells, the sound aspen leaves make when the wind asks them to dance, how tall pines gently sway back and forth against a backdrop of the bluest blue I’ve ever known.” That’s someone who takes it all in, who takes it all with her, and who offers it to everyone who opens her books.
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