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Review: Beyond Fate (#1.5, Fate Series) by Heather Lyons

My Thoughts

Heartbreaking and moving. Getting into Jonah Whitecomb’s heart and mind is an intense and heartfelt experience, which gave me a deeper insight into his motivations, actions and emotions. Fans of the Fate series will love experiencing the most poignant moments through Jonah’s eyes.



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There are always two sides to every story . . .

His whole life, Jonah Whitecomb has strove to meet everyone’s expectations of him: the perfect student, dutiful son, loyal twin, accomplished surfer, and powerful Magical. But behind his carefully composed façade hides the truth of how his family has fallen apart, leaving Jonah more often than not feeling adrift. To complicate matters, he fell in love long ago with a girl in his dreams, one he’s never told anyone about, including his twin brother.

Just when life seems its bleakest, Jonah discovers that Chloe is real. Wanting to finally reach out and grab happiness for himself, he embarks on a journey to track down the girl of his dreams, only to find that happy endings aren’t always guaranteed, the best laid out plans can go horribly awry, and sometimes you have to simply let yourself go along for the ride.

*Beyond Fate is Jonah’s point-of-view of the events of A Matter of Fate*

My Review

“Everyone always remarks on how put together I am, but the joke’s on them. I’ve always had issues. I’ve just hidden them better than others.”

Jonah’s story. Oh how it broke my heart. This companion novella chronicles Jonah’s experience during portions of A Matter of Fate, giving us insight into his thoughts and his heart, which are so troubled, so full of misplaced guilt and responsibility. I thought I knew Jonah Whitecomb, but after this story, I felt like I understand him so much more. He’s incredibly private, holding all his emotions deep within… he’s an Emotional after all and what would people say if an Emotional couldn’t control his own emotions? Or at least that’s what his awful father has led him to believe.

The story begins during the time where Jonah and Chloe no longer see each other in their dreams and we begin to understand the depression that Jonah falls into. Not only does he miss Chloe (and that is an understatement), but life as he knows it begins to fade as he continues to spiral and retreat into himself. When his father sends him to a seer and he discovers that Chloe, the girl of his dreams, the girl he’s undeniably in love with, is REAL… well, the feeling of elation is palpable. I felt my own heart soar as if I was discovering the news for the first time myself.

“My girl. The girl I’ve been in love with my whole life. CHLOE IS REAL, CHLOE IS REAL, OH MY GOOD GOODS, CHLOE IS REAL.”

Suddenly, on a high, we know that Jonah goes on a mission to find Chloe. His determination is fierce and unwavering, and now that he knows she’s out there somewhere, nothing will detain him. No one yet knows about Chloe. She’s the one thing he’s kept hidden. You see, Jonah has always defined himself as one half of a set, one half of the Whitecomb twins, and this is exactly why he kept Chloe a secret from Kellan. She was his and his only.

“For once in my life, there was something that was mine, that wasn’t ours, and maybe that makes me the ultimate in selfish assholes, but you know what? I wanted one thing, one person, who wanted – loved – me…. Jonah. Not one of the Whitecomb twins.”

During the lows and the highs Jonah experiences, we get to see just how close his relationship — his connection — is with Kellan, his twin brother. At the risk of sounding a bit cheesy, their relationship is a beautiful thing to behold. They are so supportive of each other, always there, literally and metaphorically, always having each other’s back. To see how close they are, and then to see that relationship crumble and break is simply crushing. We see the anger, the hurt, the confusion, the disbelief and the depression all turn into an unstoppable maelstrom of emotion that causes a fissure so deep within each of them that you fear is irreversible.

“Every step Chloe and I take forward, Kel takes one back. The happier I am, the more miserable he is.”

During the time when the twins finally meet Chloe and Kellan and her are together, I felt so crushed and despondent. Looking at the whole situation from Jonah’s perspective is devastating.

“When you fall in love with somebody, you shouldn’t have to share them.”

As more happens and things truly unravel, Jonah continues to keep everything inside, unable to find solace and support. Let me tell you that as one who has been Team Kellan… I got it. 

Color me confused now. Undecided. Heart at war. Torn. Gahhh!!! 

Heather Lyons is incredibly adept at stressing me out… this series may have me rocking back-and-forth in a corner by the end of the last book. Beyond Fate is at true companion novel that tells the story through Jonah’s perspective… there is new material that we read through (since Chloe wasn’t there), but a lot of the material really is Jonah’s thoughts and feelings about what we know to happen. I should also note that A Matter of Fate is a lengthy novel, so we don’t experience every moment, but it is the significant moments we see, those that give us a new outlook. I didn’t feel it was a re-hash, because experiencing Jonah’s POV is intriguing, heartbreaking, captivating and unexpected. The book is intense, laden with heavy emotions that gripped me. Admittedly, I was in tears at the end. I thought releasing this novella prior to A Matter of Truth was a brilliant move because I felt I needed to experience another dimension of the situation.

I can’t wait to see where the story will take us, my heart is bracing itself already!

“I want to remember everything about this moment, the snow, her bliss, this love between us, everything, absolutely everything, so that when I’m old and near the end, I can remind myself of just how lucky I was.”


Reading Order

This is *my* suggested reading order. Note that there are only 4 books for the main characters, the rest are either companion novellas or a related spin-off.

  1. A Matter of Fate (#1)
  2. A Matter of Heart (#2)
  3. Beyond Fate (#1.5 – Jonah’s novella) – October 10th
  4. A Matter of Truth (#3) – November 5th
  5. Unnamed (#2.5 – Kellan’s novella) – January 2014
  6. Unnamed (#4) – March 2014
  7. Unnamed (#5) – TBD 2014

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About Heather Lyons

HEATHERHeather Lyons has always had a thing for words—She’s been writing stories since she was a kid. In addition to writing, she’s also been an archaeologist and a teacher. Heather is a rabid music fan, as evidenced by her (mostly) music-centric blog, and she’s married to an even larger music snob. They’re happily raising three kids who are mini music fiends who love to read and be read to.

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  1. Rachael Sauve-Cumle said:

    I have not read this book yet. But I can’t wait! Thanks for the giveaway 🙂


  2. Janice Unger said:

    I haven’t read the series, yet. It is on my TBR pile.


  3. Kim Perry said:

    I haven’t read the series yet, but it’s on my TBR list!


  4. Rachel Hill said:

    I don’t know who I’ll like better..I haven’t read them yet…but I love finding new authors (new to me anyways)!!!


  5. Cassandra T. said:

    I have no read them yet but it has been added to my to-read list love love triangles so I cant wait!


  6. aznangeldd said:

    I haven’t read it yet, but can’t wait until I do so I can pick a side 🙂


  7. Jenny Dauksa Schaber said:

    I haven’t read the series, but it’s on my TBR.


  8. Say said:

    I haven’t read it yet.Cant wait!


  9. kgagnon2013 said:

    I also am new to this series, I will definitely have to check it out now. Thanks for the post and the giveaway!


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