Thursday, January 1, 2015

Series Review: Fate's Path Trilogy by Jacelyn Rye

Surrender To Fate
Author: Jacelyn Rye
Series:  Fate's Path Trilogy #1
Genre: Historical Romance
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. 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?

 Shattered By Fate
Author: Jacelyn Rye
Series:  Fate's Path Trilogy #2
Genre: Historical Romance
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 romance series, fate seemed it would not be denied, bringing Sarah and Will together in a turbulent world, uniting two hearts for the right reason: young 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
Author: Jacelyn Rye
Series:  Fate's Path Trilogy #3
Genre: Historical Romance
Chosen. By its very essence, the word chosen is one of finality. What you've chosen becomes your destiny. Unless, by chance, fate has chosen otherwise. But choice is a double edged sword, as Will and Sarah find out when it cuts their lives into ever more hard to assemble pieces. 

What was the point of hoping, planning, dreaming? What was the point of loving? It could all be taken, and for Will, it had been. Helplessly bound by his obligations, he watches the love of his life drifting slowly, irretrievably away. How can keeping his promise to Sarah, and keeping his vow to do anything to protect his family come to this? How can such love summon such pain? 

As fate would have it, Sarah is asking herself that very same question. As she struggles to escape the ether ties of amnesia, she gropes the dark corners of her heart, trying to grasp something solid, something to hold. But life is forcing Sarah to seek the very answers she fears most. Can there be something even more powerful than love? Putting a thousand-piece puzzle together through her dark days of forgetfulness, Sarah slowly snaps one faintly matched memory into place after another, as a familiar picture slowly begins to emerge from the foggy past. And the more her memories creep back in, bringing with them a desire smoldering just beneath the surface of her shattered life, she begins to realize the question that has taunted her for so long, is upon her again. Will, or Adley? 

Both Will and Sarah share their hopeless closeness as their choices lead them ever further apart. What they've chosen for themselves involves others, and promises made have overgrown the road behind them. If there is no going back, the only way forward is straight through the gates of fate. 
As they enter, deep family secrets explode from the shadows of their pasts, secrets that cut so deeply, no one will ever be the same, no one will ever forget, and ever-lurking death will snatch its due. Neither Will nor Sarah ever had a chance to choose. Fate had chosen their path long ago. And now, fate has brought them to their final destination. Will they choose to accept it? Do they even have a choice?
What would you do if you were given a second chance at the purity of love, as your heart only knows it?

~ 4 STARS ~

Series review: 4 stars for this very beautiful and intense love story.

If you remember, I raved and squeed after reading Surrender To Fate. Here is my REVIEW. I couldn't believe how much it had affected me. It was my first historical and I really felt engulfed, wrapped up, in this amazing and undying love these young people felt. 

This first book had me yearning for MORE. I wanted to know what was going on. I loved Will....he was the epitome of a first love. Sweet, loving, caring. But once we met Adley, I loved his demeanor and his strength. He was the grownup version of our first love. He was hot. He moved her and brought out something in Sarah that she didn't know she had in her. Sarah never heard from Will, so she felt it was best in heart to let go and move on. Adley was that man for her. After reading this book, I was #TeamAdley all the way!!!

How do you choose between a man that knows you and treats you like a queen and promises you forever and the man that makes your body, heart and soul come to life and HUM?

Will and Sarah had a timeless that withstood so much.


No matter 'where' the memories stayed, Will and Sarah had a way of finding their love was stronger than anything or anyone out there. You know why? Fate. I am a firm believer in fate, but I am a die-hard believer in TRUE LOVE. Earth shattering, soul crushing, true love.

We find out just how deep and intense Will's love for Sarah is. The second book, Shattered By Fate, was all about Will trying to help Sarah figure out who she was, where her life started, but it also felt to me that he was in the middle of a realization himself as to what constitutes true love. And he was sure SHE was it for him. Reeling from the loss of all the important people in her life, she struggles with her memories and what has become of them. How did she get to this point in her life? Why is she so drawn to Will? Their loved overwhelmed me and instantly transported me back to their love story that we started, but left in Surrender To Fate.

After reading this book, and absolutely loving the first book, this book reinstated and solidified my love for Will. I absolutely LOVED him. This book was a beautiful reminder of just how much Will loved Sarah. It was amazing, magical and mind-numbing perfection. I think it's fair to say that Shattered By Fate was my favorite book of the entire trilogy.

~Losing someone, only to have them return to you, was not something he was prepared to treat lightly.~

This song reminds me of Will and Sarah....from Will's point of view. I will say that, first and foremost, this love was fate's doing, but the obstacles thrown in their way proved very difficult to wade through. My love for Will grew exponentially with this book. His patience and strength were beyond amazing. #TeamWill 

~You realize the importance of what you have when you survive the realization of what you don't.~

Once we get to book three, Chosen By Fate, everything plays out and we have to wade through all the manipulation, the lies, the heartaches and the pain to get to where we are supposed to be. With Will promised to Margaret and Sarah promised to Adley, there was a lot of drama and feelings to figure out. With Will and Sarah spending as much time together as they are, they are starting to upset their significant others. It's a precarious position to be in.....especially when the heart is dictating what the mind is trying to make right.

~What would it take to stop something that his mind knew was wrong, but that his body and soul could not deny was right?~

There was guilt galore in this book....forbidden love and pain. I loved the push and pull in this book and really liked seeing how it all worked out. In the end, Adley proved himself to be a true gentleman to me. He stood up for what was right. He fought very hard for his love of Sarah. He made sure Sarah understood that his love was real his love to her was his promise and not one that he took lightly.

~Memories of Adley's face, and Adley's touch, shot through her like a bolt of lightning. But, the past weeks with Will seared through her memory and went straight to her core.~

This series was very angsty and very LONG and FULL. I feel the love in this series was very palpable and very pure, and I loved the 'love' in it. This was a beautiful series that makes you slow down and enjoy that time for what it was. Innocent and pure, with no distractions. As long as you don't count evil, vindictive, jealous people as distractions. 

It pains me to say this, because I don't think this should deter anyone from reading this trilogy, but the last book was long and some parts, I feel, weren't entirely necessary to their story. They were a little over the top, so I had to get through them. The end result of the amazing love story is a timeless example of pure and true love. One that many could only hope to feel in their lifetime. 

~Sometimes in life, we can choose our path. Other times, fate chooses for us.~

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 ~ Jacelyn Rye ~

Jacelyn Rye is many things. She can be as alluring as the love that flows from her pen: pure, honest, simple. But then, like a storm that suddenly appears over the mountain, she can also have you running for shelter where there's no place to hide. Like life, itself, Jacelyn delivers the hard with the soft, the pain with the joy, the instant with the forever. All of it, for a reason. And it's there that one can best enter her life. 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. 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 happily lives today. 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 through her stories.

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