Title:   Surrender to Fate (Fate’s Path #1)
Author:  Jacelyn Rye
Genre:   New Adult Romance 18+
Publication Date:  September 17, 2013
Cover Designed By:  Damonza 
Event organized by: Literati Author Services, Inc.

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?
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Surrender to Fate is a romance novel set in 1939-1942. It tells the story of Sarah and Will, two childhood friends, and how when fate intervenes, sometimes you just have to surrender to it.

Sarah Ellis and William Harston are best friends, and have been since they were little. Their mothers are close, as are their fathers and brothers. But things are beginning to change between Will and Sarah.

One summer day, while at the creek with Will, his brother and her brother, Sarah decides to go off on her own to look for rocks. Will offers to go with her, but she declines. While she's by herself, a bear comes ambling out of the woods and stops, seeing Sarah. Sarah is petrified and is trying to figure out what to do when Will comes to her rescue.

From that moment on, Sarah and Will realize their feelings for one another are more than just friendship. Will shows Sarah a carving he made and tells her it symbolizes Me Ware Wo, which translate to "I will marry you." They make a promise to one another that they will be together forever and eventually get married.

Fate, however, has other plans in store. Sarah's family is a bit down on their luck and is going to lose their farm. Sarah's father accepts a job in California, which means Sarah has to leave Will behind. Neither one is happy, but both promise to stick by Me Ware Wo and find their way back to one another someday.

Sarah refuses to find anything to like about California, but when she meets Adley, the son of the man her father is working for, everything changes. She doesn't want to like Adley, and she feels like she's betraying Will, but she just can't seem to help herself.

Back in Colorado, now that Sarah is out of the picture, Margaret Thurston, a fiery redhead used to getting everything she's ever wanted, is free to move in on Will. And move in, she does.

Now I don't want to give too much away, but I can say I really, really despised Margaret. She was the most unlikeable character besides her father. Some of the things she does are just petty, but then she does something closer to the end that just makes you want to slap her. I wanted to throw my Kindle.

Sarah was a bit...naive, but I did like her. She was a character who you could either relate to, or you wanted to be her friend and sort of guide her through life. And she was able to stick to her guns when something felt...wrong for her.

Will was a lot like Sarah, but I did get sort of annoyed with him when he caved and let himself be manipulated in a way.

Adley was a decent enough character, although I did find him a bit pushy and a bit manipulative in his own way. There were times I liked Adley, and times I wanted to slap him, too.

Overall, I thought the plot flowed well enough. I did think it started to drag a smidge near the end, but I kept reading because I did want to know what would happen. And let me tell you, I cannot wait for the second book. Definitely need to know what fate has in store for all of the characters now.

Surrender to Fate is a really good romance novel, and I did enjoy it. If you're looking for something that will make you laugh, cry, and scream at your e-reader, then definitely get yourself a copy of Surrender to Fate.

I give it 4/5 stars.

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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