Leave it to Fate by Beth Corby

Leave it to Fate by Beth Corby

Beth Corby returns to the blog with a story of finding opportunities and chasing dreams with a nudge from fate with  

Leave it to Fate  

Convincing herself that the ‘assistant graphic design’ position was one that she wanted – as a steppingstone to the more creative ‘team’ of actual designers, Ella has been biding her time (and having her yoghurt stolen daily) at the office. Taking a bit to ‘discover’ the culprit, everything goes horribly wrong – and she’s without work or options. Returning to the soul-killing (and not a particular good use of her artistic creativity) job at the call center is the safe option, but in the meantime, and with a roommate who is loved up and loudly living her best moments, she’s got time on her hands.   

A fraught relationship with her go-getter mother, and her mother’s dismissal of an aunt that Ella has never met becomes the impetus (with some pushing from best friends, the aforementioned empty schedule, a roommate with a new-ish boyfriend, the upcoming Valentine’s Day holiday, and no romance on her own horizon.  Ella agrees to head to a small Welsh village to help her aunt adjust to life after a hospital stay.  

Sometimes a change of scenery and just stopping the whole merry-go-round is all that you need.  From finding her own desire to draw and create again, to navigating the rather fraught relationship with her aunt, the questions she has for her mother, and discovering both old secrets, reasons and options that open in the most unlikely of places, we see Ella find her own path and new options and dare to take charge of her own happiness and career.  From discovering long-held answers to questions, family and even a relationship that is based more in respect and admiration than a simple swipe left, Ella grows into a force to be reckoned with, even as she soft-pedals changes (most very necessary) to her recalcitrant aunt and the village in which they live.  It’s a sweetly chaotic story that encompasses family, dreams, hopes and even friendships in ways unexpected, and allows the magic of time and possibilities to open doors, windows and options.  

Leave it to Fate by Beth Corby

Title: Leave it to Fate
Author: Beth Corby
Genre: British, Contemporary Fiction - Adult, Contemporary Romance, Family Saga, Friendship, Humor elements, Mystery Elements, Romantic Elements, Second Chance, Setting: Britain, Small Town
Published by: Hodder & Stoughton
ISBN: 9781529359602
Published on: 26 November, 2020
Format:eARC
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Pages: 352
Audio Length: 10 Hours: 7 minutes
Rated: four-stars
Heat: One FlameHalf a Flame

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When all else fails, you just have to leave it to Fate . . .

Just as twenty-nine-year-old Ella loses her dream job after an unfortunate incident (it was just a bit of hot sauce, for goodness' sake - he totally overreacted!), her phone rings. Her aunt Gillian, who lives in a tiny mountain village, has had a fall and needs her help. Ella gives in to Fate and agrees to go, looking forward to a few quiet weeks to work out what to do with her car crash of a life.

But as soon as she gets there, she realises it's not going to be the idyllic break she had hoped for. With Gillian struggling after the recent loss of her partner, Mike, Ella promises herself that she will show Gillian that life is still worth living - and will certainly not be distracted from her new purpose by Joe, Mike's disconcertingly handsome nephew . . .

Has Fate brought Ella and Gillian together at just the right time for them both? And do her plans extend to Ella's love life, as well?

A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

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