Beyond Fateby Heather Lyons
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 fa�ade hides the truth of how his family has fallen apart, leaving Jonah more often than not feeling
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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 fa�ade 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, and is a companion novella.
Meet the Author
Heather Lyons writes epic, heartfelt love stories and has always had a thing for words. In addition to writing, she's also been an archaeologist and a teacher. She and her husband and children live in sunny Southern California and are currently working their way through every cupcakery she can find. You can visit her at
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When I first read Heather was going to write novellas in both Jonah and Kellan's POV, I was ecstatic! The Fate series is one of my all-time favorites, so getting inside my boys' heads is something I've been looking forward to! It's no secret that I love both Whitecomb brothers. I've said it before, Heather has created such an intricate love triangle that makes choosing a "team" rather impossible. However, from the get-go, my heart tugs a bit more towards Jonah- I felt so much for him in A Matter of Fate and I really just wanted to see him happy. (Granted, I definitely didn't want to see Kellan unhappy, either.) With that being said, after reading both A Matter of Fate and A Matter of Heart, these books have left me in a state of emotional turmoil. I honestly don't know that I've ever felt SO strongly about characters in a book and what happens to them. I LOVED reading Jonah's POV of some of the events that happened in the first book A Matter of Fate. I especially love that Heather didn't just retell the same story. We got to see the events leading up to the first time the twins met Chloe and we really get to see some of the secondary relationships in a new light. I knew that the twins and their father weren't close, but gosh. I had no idea just how strained of a relationship it really was. And it broke my heart. To blame your own sons for your wife's death? That's just reaching an all time low. Thankfully, Jonah and Kellan are close to their uncle, as well as their neighbor Astrid. Still, to have your own father resent you.... It takes a toll on the twins, whether they admit it or not. Astrid has always been there for the boys and seeing her interact with them is really heartwarming. Their uncle, Joey, was the one who would take the guys surfing, thus creating a love for the ocean. Surfing is an escape for both Jonah and Kellan, and I really liked seeing the role it played in this novella. Jonah has been dreaming about Chloe his whole life. Literally. From a young age, the two have been able to communicate via their dreams. He is in love with her and even though he is dating Callie, Chloe is never far from his mind. Finding out she actually exists for real and is his Connection (his soulmate), is a life-changing event for him. She is all he can think about and he will do whatever it takes to find her. I actually felt bad for Callie. She really was innocent in all of this and still gets hurt by Jonah. She is in love with him, and while he loves her- it doesn't come remotely close to what he feels for Chloe. Seeing Jonah give her a crap excuse for breaking up, I don't blame her for continuing to call him and then eventually show up to see him demanding the truth. I wanted to hate Callie- but that really wouldn't be fair. Jonah knew all along what starting a relationship with her would do- and he decided to go ahead anyway. He hated hurting her- she had been his best friend before they ever became more, and this was not how he wanted things to go down. After manipulating his father to move them across country to be closer to Chloe, Jonah couldn't be more ready to meet the girl of his dreams. However, things do not fall into place like he planned. Complications with his brother send Jonah spiraling back into his depression. Jonah and Kellan's relationship is probably the one that made my heart hurt the most. They have always shared everything with each other- being Emotionals, they can communicate without speaking, and as twins have that twin Connection that binds them together. However, Chloe is the one thing Jonah never shared with Kellan. He tried to tell him a few times when they were younger, but it wasn't taken seriously. Jonah could have avoided a lot of heartbreak, had he been honest with his twin up front. “When you fall in love with somebody, you shouldn’t have to share them and that feeling they inspire in you, not even with your twin brother.” However, Jonah wanted one thing to be his own. One thing he shouldn't have to share with anyone. Chloe is HIS dream. I can't imagine what it's like with them. Watching their relationship deteriorate tore at my heart because they are brothers and it's been them against the world for so long. Jonah is such a complex character who does not open up and wear his feelings on his sleeve. He is filled with so much self doubt and pain- and I just wanted him to be happy! Gah. My heart hurts again over-thinking and over-analyzing this. I mean it when I say I'm going to need to mentally and emotionally prepare for the third book in the series A Matter of Truth, releasing November 5th. Meanwhile- pick this series up if you haven't already. As much as Heather puts you through the emotional ringer, her writing is beautiful, expressive, and is able to make you connect with her characters on a level I think no other author has.
Let me start off by saying that I am totally a Kellan fangirl, so I was really interested to see how I would feel about Jonah after reading Beyond Fate because its his point of view. Although I have not defected the Team Jonah, I definitly understand his point of view much better after reading Beyond Fate. I think the best thing about this book, is the fact that in the actual Fate Series books its really all about Chloe, yes we get little bits here and there about what the boys (Jonah and Kellan) are thinking, but we never really get INSIDE their heads. The fact the Beyond Fate allows us to delve deep inside Jonah's mind during such an important part of the series was fantastic and I think that the author Heather did a fantastic job of doing so. That being said... I am SUPER excited to read Kellan's point of view because well... he has definitly been dealt a bad hand with all this fate business and I would love to know how he saw it.
Heather Lyons weaves this story of not just Chloe and her journey, but also a tale of how love and family and Life can be the most wonderful and frustrating thing in the Worlds. This novella we get to see A Matter of Fate through Jonah's eyes and a glimpse into his life before moving to California. And damn if my heart wasn't torn into two after reading this. Because when you read this, knowing what Chloe went through, you see that this situation doesn't only affect Chloe, it turns the world upside down for many many people. One of these people is Jonah Whitecomb. "I'm overwhelmed by just how deeply engrained this girl is in my soul. I love her. Gods, I love her more than I've loved anyone else in my entire life. " Oh Jonah. You fell in love with a girl you only knew in your dreams and seeing how everything played out made my heart swell in the love you feel for Chloe. At first, you didn't let anything stop you from getting to her, that was of course until your (amazing, wonderful, hot, please-just-hold-me) twin brother decided one day to talk to the girl of your dreams. Seeing that scene from Jonah's POV totally made me fist pump for Kellan. Don't Judge. But then I remembered how torn Jonah felt during this and how complicated the situation got. I was again pulled into a story of not only what twin I like better, but suddenly I was overcome with the emotion and knowing, at this point in the story, one of these people was not going to win. One of these characters I had fallen in love with had the potential of not getting a HEA and I didn't know if I could deal with that. I felt like my heart was torn out. Because this love triangle is NOT a case of good/evil or picking the the right guy, it is three amazing people having to make really hard decisions and all I want to do is take these characters and give them a big hug and tell them it's all going to be okay. "She is my siren, calling me home" If you only take one thing away from novella, know this, Jonah is fierce in his loyalty for not only his true love, Chloe, but also for his brother. He is aware how hard this is for everyone, showing a quality of selflessness that is admirable. With that said, you also see how he loves Chloe and will fight for her no matter what. He won't give up. In the other books, you saw t his from Kellan, maybe one of the reasons I also leaned towards him, but it is not different for Jonah if not even more intense. Jonah just doesn't express himself the same as Kellan, something important to know. And you also see the similar qualities Jonah and Chloe share: guilt. These poor characters carry a lot of quilt and it sucks because it's not anyone's fault, it's what fate has thrown at them. Stupid Fate. I think I should officially be Team Screw Fate. "Love can inspire such wonderful blissful feelings, and then, once it's gone, the worst emotions possible. Depression, hopelessness, pain...two sides of a coin. And because love is so rare and precious, we risk his without question when ay day the rides could turn." In short, Jonah's story is a good one. No, it's a GREAT one that gives depth into an already amazing heart filled emotional story
As soon as I finished Beyond Fate the one word that I kept saying over and over was, WOW! I am so thankful that Heather decided to write a novella from Jonah's POV. This is a MUST read in the series after A Matter of Fate. Jonah took my heart a squeezed it the whole time I was reading. You can take away some feelings from Jonah in AMOF when Chloe speaks to him or of him. But Beyond Fate opened my eyes to how Jonah was truly feeling, and it just made me cheer harder for him. Yes some people will say, "I already read AMOF why would I want to re-read it in Jonah's POV". Well I will say it is necessary, you will have a better understanding of the magical worlds and how much fate plays a role in their lives. In Beyond Fate you see Jonah's perspective of his 2 connections; Kellan his twin brother and Chloe his soul mate.