A Tryst of Fate
Thomas is a newspaper reporter. Gillian restores art for a museum. Thomas and Gillian endure a tragic shock, ending their marriage.
Her past is blurred and her heart is lost to a child she cannot reclaim. Although he aches with the same loss, his stories bring light to a love that never truly died, restoring the art she thought was lost.
But a secret past threatens their future. Can Thomas solve the mystery of a hidden joy that binds them together? Can they rescue their love... Together, Forever?
May contain up to 10 mild swear words (no f-bombs)
May contain mild crude humor
May contain mild, non-seductive talk about intimacy or mention of past sexual relationship
May contain passionate kissing
May contain brief description of nudity
May contain moderate violence
No drug, alcohol, or tobacco use by minors unless it's minor usage in a negative light
May contain average mention of drug, alcohol, and tobacco use by adults
What Readers Are Saying:
"I’m a huge fan of letter writing (between characters) within a story. This device can be effective to enhance whatever type of plot the book is reaching for because letters are a way us humans can get vulnerable at a level it is often too scary with in-person conversations.
As readers we can discover secrets, we can follow the build up of a romantic love, find out who dunnit…I just really love the letter mechanism.
Diana Kathryn Plopa does a remarkable job obtaining my emotional investment in her characters (in A Tryst of Fate) with this technique. And not only do her characters get to address their regret with one another but she adds another layer of enjoyment to these letters; storytelling.
Tryst of Fate begins as a real life tragedy tears apart a family with its echos reaching into spin off characters.
Soon, it becomes a tale within a story akin to The Princess Bride. And isn’t that what we all want, a fairytale nestled right inside our daily doldrums which brings us back to living!
A lovely book inside and out (just like the author)!"
~ D.M Taylor
A Tryst of Fate is a second chance romance that reads like a Hallmark movie, but in the right sort of way. This isn't the sort of romance I normally pick up but I was easily drawn into the prose of characters I cared about and was rooting for the entire way. Diana is certainly a strong writer with her wide array of genres under her belt, but her strongest suit is definitely in her character design. These are people I could believe are walking next to me down the road. There were so many layers and depth, and the emotion was striking on every page. There was a wide cast of characters we followed every chapter, and even the friends of our main couple came to life on the pages.
Honestly the entire book felt like a smooth sail ride, I loved just the progression of the romance. The characters felt like real people so I was taken in by that and feeling like I could at any point call them up and talk to to them.
There were so many layers and they were expertly woven in, nothing felt like a too jarring reveal. It all felt natural.
While the romance was on the lighter side (nothing super graphic), there was some darker themes explored, so TW (Trigger Warning) for death of a child and the aftermath within. Otherwise, this was a stirring story that can be enjoyed by many. ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. ~Chelsea Gouin
"When I first took a glance at this book, I was kind of skeptical about reading it. I really didn't understand the title, nor did I understand where the author was going with the title of the book. The blurb on the back of the book didn't give much away about the story either, but I always have learned, the hard way mind you, to never judge a book by its cover. So, I dived, head first, into the story, not know what was to come. The Prologue was shocking and had really piqued my curiosity enough to make me keep reading. The more I read, the more I found myself wanting, no craving, to read more. This story fixated around real life characters, though fictitious, made me feel as if I was living the story with the characters.
The stories within the story, known only to the characters until the author deemed it the right time to tell me what they meant, were heart-wrenching, yes, but incredible at the same time. The author knew the right time and place to let out the characters deepest, darkest secrets, which in turn made this book more interesting to read.
This story really took a surprising turn of events that I was not expecting and I had a hard time wrapping my brain around the incredible shocking events. This author is a genius!! I am literally happy at the way the story turned out and I now have a clear concept of where the author was going with the title and the cover of the book. This book has made me a fan of this author's style of writing and if you have yet to discover this author's talent for writing, I suggest you check her out. It's quite the spectacular read and I highly recommend it. This book not only gets my five book review, but it gets an award for becoming my favorite story of 2016. This is a story that I will treasure and I will find myself going back and re-reading it over and over again. "
A Powerful Story!
Not what I was expecting, but very good!
"A Great story with twists and turns you don't really see coming, at least I didn't, Five Stars!"
"A TRYST OF FATE by Diana Kathryn Plopa is a wonderful novel. Offering a wise and compelling vision of the tangled geometry of human relationships, it takes the reader straight into the heads and hearts of a cast of characters whom we come to know and care about deeply. The book calls to mind the breadth of a Victorian novel, from the well-chosen, significant epigraphs at the beginning of each chapter, to the life-changing events that strike out of the blue, to a plethora of well-developed characters with all their strengths and flaws, to the broad working of coincidence as the men and women who people this book act out their hopes, dreams, and fears.
In fact, this book does a terrific job investigating the various roles played by accident, free will, and (as the title suggests) fate in the inexorable progress of the characters toward their destinies. As the plot constantly twists and turns in the way life does, the characters experience loss and tragedy, surprises, reversals, happiness and joys, as well as all the permutations of love. Of particular interest is the way the novel explores how we come to know (and need) each other through the stories we tell.
A TRYST OF FATE is a fine, emotional, and engaging work that will stay with you long after the last page."
~ Donald Levin, PhD; Author of The Martin Preuss Mysteries