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, 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!
A Choice of Fate by Jezz de Silva is released 29 January 2018.