Fate Be

Romance - Contemporary
260 Pages
Reviewed on 03/21/2017
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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.

Faridah Nassozi

In Fate Be by Rowena Portch, Emily is the daughter of pastor and Daine is the son of a tribal chief - each is very firm in their own beliefs and practices. They are the perfect definition of 'nothing in common.' Emily is as religious as Daine is spiritual, but their differences are just the beginning of their problems. They both carry barely healed wounds from the past. Emily's scars from a violent relationship left her deeply wounded and with serious trust issues while Daine's demons are hiding just under the surface, waiting for any chance to come out. No two people were ever so wrong for each other and yet their hearts are in perfect sync. With all their differences and burdens is there any hope for them, or will the demons that haunt them be too much to overcome?

Fate Be by Rowena Portch is one of those stories you read and never want to end, yet you want to know how it all plays out for the charming characters that you can't help but fall in love with. Rowena Portch captured all the moments perfectly to bring out the raw emotions that will have you captivated to the very last page. The story will have you mushy and mellow when you are not on the edge of your seat with dreadful anticipation. You might also need to have some tissues handy in case your tear ducts decide to give in to the intensity of the emotions, but there will also be some smiles along the way. Thank you for such an amazing story, Rowena Portch; it was a truly beautiful read.

Christian Sia

Fate Be by Rowena Portch is a captivating romance that brings an impossible couple together, a story that will both entertain and inspire readers on the path of faith and love. Emily is the kind of woman who attracts the bad guys into her life and, after many failed relationships and heartbreaks, she takes refuge in religion. She is determined to keep her heart safe this time. Only God matters! But then a very unlikely man comes along and shatters her walls, turning her life upside down. Can she resist his charms? With a failed marriage behind him, Daine could be the last person to live by conventional values, but when he meets Emily, he is so naturally drawn to the warmth flowing from her humanity that he develops a powerful attraction for her. Can he stay close to her without letting down his own guard?

Fate Be is a story that will warm the hearts of many readers and restore hope and faith to those who don’t believe in love anymore. The story is told in the first person narrative and from the perspective of each character, and this style of narrative is so effective that it allows the reader to connect intimately to the characters and to be drawn into their worlds. The writing is excellent, flowered with dialogues that read just so naturally. Dialogue plays a vital role in plot and character development and Rowena Portch uses it consciously and efficiently. For fans of contemporary romance, this story will have a strong appeal. I’ll highly recommend this one for the author’s masterful articulation of love and faith in a story that is as real as the air readers breathe every day.

Natasha Jackson

Fate Be is the story of Emily, a massage therapist whose heart is as battered as her last relationship left her body. She’s standoffish, she’s aloof, and she has erected a giant wall around her heart. No more flirting because men could not be trusted and she wasn’t interested. Then she meets Daine Wolfsong, a broad chested contractor who isn’t put off by her prickly demeanor. It’s obvious he finds her intriguing from the start, though with her response it’s hard to wonder why…until you get to know Daine. First thing that Emily apparently dislikes about him is his paganism, which combined with her religious beliefs form a major part of Rowena Portch’s story of love, second chances and spirituality.

I will admit that it took me time to warm up to Emily. She’d gone through a lot with her last boyfriend, more than anyone should have to, but she went beyond just having a wall around her heart and straight to hostile towards Daine in the beginning. She comes with a lot of baggage in Fate Be, so it takes a pretty strong man to be able to handle her. To heal her. Though it took me a while to like Emily, Rowena Portch did a great job making Daine and Page much more personable and likeable from the start. It helped the story flow and it gave me the patience needed to have sympathy and to care about Emily getting a better chance. This story was well written and emotional with many spiritual elements that, surprisingly, didn’t detract from my enjoyment of the story.

Mamta Madhavan

Fate Be by Rowena Portch revolves around Daine Wolfsong and Emily Dougherty and their relationship. Emily thinks her patient Daine is a nosy pagan and he makes her feel uncomfortable - she thinks he will do better with someone else. Emily is a massage therapist with a lot of bad relationships behind her. She is slowly getting over her previous relationship and she tries to turn to religion so that it will give her some peace of mind. Daine, on the other hand, is recovering from a failed marriage and Emily’s healing abilities attract him to her. He feels the need to protect her, but will that lead them both towards a relationship?

The story flows nicely and the characters have been well portrayed; readers will feel they are real and relatable. The author has handled the relationship between Emily and Daine tastefully and elegantly, making readers connect well with their characters. The narration is detailed and descriptive, making the scenes vivid and tangible. The other characters, whether it is Paige or Dreyson or Kyle or Kai, are woven around the main characters, the author blending them well into the plot without sounding forced. It is a story for all those readers who love romance. Daine and Emily’s love story is fast paced and is a quick page turner that will leave the readers with a nice feeling.