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Reviewed by Arya Fomonyuy for Readers' Favorite
One of the things I love in a good story is the narrative voice. When it grabs my attention and rings through my ears powerfully, I keep reading, and Rowena Portch’s voice comes across as compelling and unique in Fate Be, a contemporary romance that beautifully handles the theme of love — and with a lot of respect — and one woman’s search for a deeper connection with herself.
Rowena Portch’s characters are very compelling and readers will love the fact that both of them are taking their second chance at love after a failed marriage and many broken relationships. So the encounter between Daine and Emily isn’t one between two strong people, but one between two vulnerable characters and readers will love to see how they connect with each other and grow. Both characters have walls built around them. Emily has vowed never to let a man into her life after numerous deceptions. Daine couldn’t believe that love can be possible with a woman as bruised and fragile as Emily, but her fragility becomes a point of encounter and soon they find themselves in each other’s embrace.
Fate Be is a beautiful story that is masterfully conceived and brilliantly executed. The characters speak to readers in a unique way, because they are real and readers will love to watch how they evolve throughout the story. Although the plot isn’t complex, it is engaging. This is a character-driven story that will encourage readers to take a second chance in love. I enjoyed the beauty of the prose, the POV’s and the compelling narrative voices that mimic the key characters in the story. Rowena Portch seduced me with her writing and characters.