A Choice of Fate by Jezz de Silva was an amazing sequel to the first book in the Outback Hearts series A Choice of Fate follows on directly from Against All Odds and revolves around Abigail’s sister, Olivia and Ryder’s brother, Jarrah.
Jezz de Silva has a lovely writing style that is completely addictive and will keep you turning the pages. His world building is extremely realistic; he has the ability to place the reader firmly in the middle of the Australian outback without relying on caricatures or stereotypes. Jezz touched on the matter of racism in the community, but did so without having to rely on trite politically correct arguments and instead it was portrayed as it would naturally occur and it was interesting to see it play out.
In this book, we get to be a part of Abigail and Ryder’s wedding, and I would like to add that you may need tissues. It was truly beautiful, especially after reading about what they had to go through in book one, to see this happy ending was a truly emotional event. Speaking of emotional segments, you want to keep the tissues for the ending. It is a happy one, but I shed a few tears. Ok, I’ll admit to being a bit of a teary wuss, but I found it truly heart-warming.
A Choice of Fate can be read as a standalone novel, but I’d seriously recommend you read book one first. I think without reading book one first, the second book may be a bit confusing in parts, and most certainly you would miss the significance of many conversations and events. The family is quite large, and it helps to get to know everyone, but more importantly, to know the details of what Abigail and Ryder went through to truly appreciate book two. It is a much more in-depth and enjoyable experience to have followed this family’s ups and downs from book one.
I’d highly recommend the Outback Hearts series. Jezz de Silva has quickly become one of my ‘must read’ authors. 5 stars all the way!
*I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book provided by the publisher. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Doctor Olivia Williams has arrived from Los Angeles for her sister's wedding, but she never imagined her month-long adventure to celebrate it would have her spending time with Jarrah Harper, the best man for the wedding. The last thing she needs to do is fall in love, not when she has so much to look forward to on returning home where she will start the job of a lifetime, but sometimes life doesn't go according to plan. Will either be willing to make the biggest sacrifice of their lives to be together, or will they lose their chance at happy ever after because neither are willing to compromise?
Having absolutely loved the first book of this series, I couldn't wait to read more about the Harper family and see each of the siblings get their own happy ever after, and I've got to say that this second book of the series was just as good as the first. Because not only was it very engaging due to the main characters back stories and the tough obstacles they face to be together, but because the secondary characters bring someone extra special to this story. And really, the one secondary character that stood out for me was Helen who was amusing and brilliant in her attempts to get the heroine to stay. Will Olivia take a chance on Jarrah? Will she be willing to give up everything for him or will Jarrah give up everything for her?
Both the main characters were compelling and I loved their back stories and their growing relationship, as Olivia is finally able to live her life the way she wants to live it now that her sister is healthy and cancer-free and found the man she loves. Furthermore, the heroine has worked hard for everything she's achieved, and I liked that she didn't make decisions based on her strong feelings for Jarrah without thinking about all that she would be giving up. I also liked how resilient and courageous she was in her past in dealing with her sister's cancer and being there for her every step of the way through the tough times. It wasn't easy for her, but the end result was worth it all. While the hero, he's confident, hard-working, will do anything for those he loves and I loved that he didn't make things hard for the heroine when it came crunch time in their relationship. I also liked how determined the hero was to make her holiday fun and exciting and give her enough memories for the future.
Overall, this author has delivered a wonderful read in this book where the chemistry was strong between this couple; the romance was delightful and showed how right these two are for each other; and the ending had me loving the sacrifice one of the main characters was willing to make to be with the one they loved. However, it was epilogue that wrapped this story up perfectly, because of the interaction between Olivia and Helen and then the surprise the hero has for the heroine that had me glad these two overcame the obstacles they faced to be together. I would recommend A Choice of Fate by Jezz De Silva, if you enjoy the opposites attract trope, holiday romances or books by authors Alisha Rai, Tessa Dare, Lucy Parker and Ruthie Knox.