Jacelyn Rye’s debut book- Surrender To Fate (part 1 of Fate’s Path series)
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?
I ABSOLUTELY ADORED THIS BOOK! It took a minute to get into the story which is pretty common for me but a few chapters in, I was hooked! This is a beautiful, sweet romance based in the late 1930’s early 1940’s about two young people who fall in love but are torn apart by circumstance. Separated by fate, Sarah and William try to stay true to their feelings, but with no access to each other they both struggle with what path they should choose. Do they keep faith that one day they will find their way back to each other or do they move forward with how their lives are naturally unfolding?
With this being Jacelyn Rye’s debut album, I pleasantly found her story very well written and completely believable! She made me fall deeply in love with all the characters which made me feel everything they were feeling! Although this is a fiction, I could see this story happening many times over during this specific time period and it really pulled at my heartstrings!
If you are looking for a beautiful yet heart-wrenching love story, go out and grab Surrender To Fate today! The Divas are giving Surrender To Fate by Jacelyn Rye 5 out of 5 champagne glasses!
My friend and other Diva wrote a fantastic review on this book, so I won´t go ahead and write another one with the same content. Since I read this book too, I´ll just write what I felt about the whole story. 🙂
Surrender To Fate was actually one of the best books I’ve read this year. Each and every emotion the characters went through were 100% natural and remarkable. It felt as if I was feeling what the characters were feeling. Very few books allowed me to go through such emotional pain….and Surrender To Fate sent me from Heaven to Hell within a few seconds! I loved how this story started out so innocent and became more serious. The heartbreak Sarah endured was painful and I had no other choice as to mourn with her. Her thoughts and feelings were no strangers to me, so I really connected on an emotional level with her.
Considering the time this story takes place in ( 1940`s), I believe it´s really authenticly written. The behavior, the language, even the amount of money people made back then….everything was right and therefore perfect. I also liked that the author made sure her audience understood what hard work meant back then. The roles women played and what happened when someone couldn’t afford to feed his family. The author did NOT once over-stress a scene or a subject and that made everything realistic…because, in the end…..life does go on, even for book characters.:-)
The lovestory in Surrender To Fate was like a ghost. When the main characters ( Sarah & Will ) were together, all was perfect. And even if they weren’t even near each other…. they always felt the others absence and their love never faded completely. Their love, even if they were ripped apart by tragic events ( tragic as in moving…not dying….lol) was still haunting them in the worst way possible. You will never forget the first love of your life, right? 🙂 And you will find a way to see one another someday, true?
So, let me continue with how I reacted to this book:
I cried. Like…..alot. There was one scene that actually sealed the deal for me. The scene when Sarah has to move and she and Will meet for the last time. Will gives Sarah a stamp so that she can write him. The poor boy saved all his money ( and we´re talkiing about scratching pennies over a longer period of time together!! ) just so he could gift Sarah a stamp! OH MY GOD! I was muush after that. I had to stop reading and get that sad image out of my head as quick as possible! How romantic! ( that just shows the small things in life count!! ) Basically, the whole story had me….but reading that little scene crushed me. I also found a little humor in Surrender To Fate. Not much, since I thought the whole ” 2 kids feel they belonged together, then the kids actually decided to go steady or be exclusive, then girl moves and both live seperate lives BUT still stay in love with each other” story was devastating and heart crushing.
This book was very well written and above all……it was simple. The easier a story is, the more smoother the pages turn. The author found a good balance between Sarah´s and Will´s thoughts. Meaning: a reader has the chance to see what each of them was going through while they weren´t together. And it isn´t easy, because…..you just know that Sarah and Will are meant to be together FOREVER, but life just sometimes has other plans. 🙂
I am so grateful to have read this story. And I will charish it forever!
About the Author
Jacelyn spent her childhood growing up in the mountains of Colorado. After graduating from college, she moved to Southern California, where she still resides with her husband and two young sons.
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