A Tryst of Fate
Thomas, a writer for The Detroit Free Press, and Gillian, an art restorer for The DIA, experience a tragedy which drives them to divorce. Over the following year, Thomas writes short stories back to Gillian as a way to recapture her heart. Each story hides details of their history together. During this time, Thomas comes to discover that there is a mystery that binds the two of them together, and he realizes that he can never truly win her heart until he first solves the mystery.
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:
"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 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