Surrender to Fate Review

Disclosure: This book review is written by Wendy.  She did not receive financial compensation for this review.  She receive an ebook copy of the book to read and review in exchange for her honest opinion.  

Book Review — Surrender to Fate: Part One of Fate’s Path by Jacelyn Rye

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I love to read and am always on the lookout for new authors to fall in love with. Jacelyn Rye is the most recent author to come to my attention. I was provided with a complimentary ebook copy of Surrender to Fate: Part One of Fate’s Path by the author in order to facilitate this review. Surrender to Fate and Shattered by Fate, parts one and two of Fate’s Path (a three part series) are available for purchase or Kindle download on Amazon. Part three is not available on Amazon at this time, but I very much hope that it will be available for download soon.

I am fully engaged in the storyline, having recently finished reading part one. I have purchased part two and am very excited to find out what happens next. At $2.99-$3.99 per installment, the Fate’s Path series is a very affordable read, always important in terms of my personal budget for entertainment. You do not have to own a Kindle to enjoy this or any other book you may wish to read. I have one, but my husband and children use it most often; I prefer to use my iPhone 5c or my iPad2 as I have Kindle apps (free to download in the iTunes App Store) on each of these devices.

The story begins in a small Colorado town in 1939, where Henry and Catherine Harston and Edward and Anne Ellis, who are the best of friends, farm the land for a living, sharing resources to make sure each family has what they need to survive. Many evenings are spent by the two families together, creating an unbreakable familial-type bond. The couples’ children have grown up together and are also very close-knit. William Harston and Sarah Ellis are teens on the verge of adulthood and have developed feelings for each other. Times are hard, though, and just as they acknowledge these feelings and make a promise to spend their lives together, Edward Ellis receives a job offer that he is not in a position to refuse. Despite working as hard as they can, the Ellis’ are losing their farm, slowly but surely. This job offer comes at just the right time to save the family from financial ruin. The downside, the family must move over 1,000 miles away to California, tearing William and Sarah apart before their budding romance has a chance to grow. They vow to be true to each other and to find a way to be together someday. But, the distance (with none of the communication conveniences of modern-day America) proves to be a hard pill to swallow as each is confronted with the new paths their lives take. Each is to be filled with doubt about the future they planned to spend together as their lack of ability to communicate with each other takes a toll. As well, they will face new family responsibilities, their own maturation into adulthood, as well as emotional and physical temptation from others. Sarah and William each suffer hardships, changes and loss in their lives. With each new event, they struggle with choices that will affect not only their future as two individual people, but the future they once envisioned together.

As Surrender to Fate closes, Sarah and William have each come to the conclusion that the plans they hoped for their future together are not realistic and may well never come to fruition. They each hope the other will find happiness as they try to move on with their own lives to secure a future, separately. However, each harbors feelings for the other in the deepest recesses of their hearts that cannot be vanquished by time, distance or even other love interests. Will William and Sarah overcome the obstacles that prevent them from being together, or will their connection to each other be severed forever as they move on from each other to separate lives? I can’t wait to find out!

It is highly recommended to read the series in order as the plot builds throughout the series. These are not meant to be stand-alone novels.

As with many books, it took me about ten chapters or so to become fully ensconced in the plot as the characters are introduced and the storyline is developed. Even if the story doesn’t grab you right away, keep going. I think it’s worth it. I look forward with eager anticipation to future stories from this new and exciting author and would love comments from any who decide to give this author a look based on my review.

You can find Surrender to Fate: Part One of Fate’s Path by Jacelyn Rye at Amazon.

Happy reading!

Disclosure: This book review is written by Wendy.  She did not receive financial compensation for this review.  She receive an ebook copy of the book to read and review in exchange for her honest opinion.  


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About Wendy

SAHM of 2 kids, one adult kid (my 21 yr old daughter) and one middle-age kid (the hubby). Currently interviewing to return to my career working with juveniles in foster care and/or with cases in the district court system after taking time off to raise my own children. Avid animal lover who cares daily for our dogs, cats, fish, rat and chickens. My MIL says I need a cow for fresh milk; I say No Way!!! (LOL) Hobbies include listening to music, reading, writing, blogging (a new passion), watching TV (Homeland and True Detective are new TV-drama obsessions) baking, cooking, crafting, crocheting, and cross-stitching. I'm a laid-back mama who prefers not to micro-manage the lives of my family (though I feel sometimes like they micro-manage mine as my schedule mainly consists of coordinating all of their schedules). But, I love it and wouldn't have it any other way.


  1. Michelle H. says:

    This story line sounds so sad to me. I do love to read, though.

  2. Valerie Guerrero says:

    it looks like n interesting book i am really going to look for it

  3. Thank you both for your comments! I have downloaded the other titles in this series. However, as I read and review books on a fairly regular basis, I haven’t gotten to read the others yet. I’ve only read maybe 5 chapters into book 2. I have scheduled one more book to review by the end of the month. After that, I’m taking a break from signing up for any that would be due during the first half of February so that I can read and review book 2 in this series. Can’t wait!!!

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