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Product Details

  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1463574800
  • ISBN-13: 978-1463574802
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,446,517 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Elizabeth Marshall is the writing alter ego of a lady born in St Mary’s Hospital, at the Marianhill Monastery, in the province of Natal, South Africa and was brought up in a small, rural Natal village surrounded by a large Scottish farming family. Her primary education was delivered by Nuns from the monastery in which she was born. Through secondary school into adulthood, Elizabeth’s life centered on a love of music, reading, writing and history. After Elizabeth married she settled in the UK with her husband. She has worked at the Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School in England, Nottingham Social Services in England and is currently a Director of an IT Project Management Consultancy. Elizabeth lives in the city of York, England with her husband and children. She spends her spare time with her head in a book or her fingers on the keyboard writing one. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Elizabeth Marshall is the writing alter ego of a lady born in St Mary's Hospital, at the Marianhill Monastery, in the province of Natal, South Africa and was brought up in a small, rural Natal village surrounded by a large Scottish farming family.

Her primary education was delivered by Nuns from the monastery in which she was born. Through secondary school into adulthood, Elizabeth's life centered on a love of music, reading, writing and history.

After Elizabeth married she settled in the UK with her husband. She has worked at the Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School in England, Nottingham Social Services in England and is currently a Director of an IT Project Management Consultancy.

Elizabeth lives in the city of York, England with her husband and children. She spends her spare time with her head in a book or her fingers on the keyboard writing one.

Elizabeth Marshall has written the novel 'When Fate Dictates' and three short stories in the 'Beyond Time' series, 'Haunting Grace', 'Changing Grace' and 'Saving Grace' and is a regular contributor on www.goodreads.com/author/show/5051445.Elizabeth_Marshall .


Read more about Elizabeth Marshall and her work
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www.elizabethmarshallwrites.com

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I didn't like the ending, it was too abrupt.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Sunny2 on February 5, 2012
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I bought this book after reading all the wonderful reviews. Having finished it, I can only scratch my head at their reviews. I honestly can't see what all the raves are about.

I've been reading time travel Romance for many, many years and I think this was one of the worst books I've ever read. First of all, the characters talk as if they're from 21st century America, not 17th century Scotand, even to using slang terms. Simon asks Corran to marry him but there's nothing about the wedding. They're suddenly just married - for quite awhile it seems.

Second, they got around in the future way too easily. Then there's Simon immediately becoming addicted to TV instead of being a bit frightened and wary of it, as one would expect.

Then there's the ending, which I won't reveal. But it was just ridiculous in my book and appeared to be quite rushed. Half the time, this story, jumping around all over the place, just didn't pass the "suspension" test. I'm glad I only paid .99 cents for it but I think even that was too much. I bought 2 others but won't be reading them now.

I wish I could give it less than a 1 but, since I can't, I guess a 1 will have to do.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By MB on August 23, 2012
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I liked what I did read (30%) except for one thing which stopped me from finishing the book. My one irritant was Corran - she really bugged me, was too whiney, reminded me of a 10 year old spoiled brat(questions and then more questions - never seems to shut up) who doesn't get her way which, she admits to herself in the book, she always got her way. Her mannerisms just really grated on me. She might have gotten better in the rest of the book but by this time, I had had my fill of her. Had Corran been older in her ways and acted mature (she thought she was mature in the book), it would be different. Now Simon - he is a totally different character - WOW sums it up! To me, explemplifying Corran this way, at least in the beginning, was like pouring cold water on a fire. With a different Corran, to me, then things would be better. JMHO
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By C.C.Cole on July 24, 2011
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"When Fate Dictates" is a beautiful, romantic story beginning in the tumultuous days of 17th century Highlands of Scotland. A young woman, Corran, and a solider, Simon meets following a massacre, fall in love and marry. As the story moves, the identity of the main characters comes to light, revealing the relationship they have to the man who seeks to harm them. Through ancient artifacts, paranormal events carry the couple through time, showing the infinite boundaries of true love, regardless of time and place. This is a beautiful, must-read for romance fans, and for readers seeking a romantic tale with an interesting historic backdrop. Five stars!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Diana Murdock on August 2, 2011
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When Fate Dictates is a beautifully written story of love, strength, and courage born from tragedy and kept alive through belief and determination.

Elizabeth Marshall captures the innocence of love and sets it free to find its way through twists and turns in the wake of the 1692 massacre of the MacDonald clan of Glencoe at the hands of Campbell clan.

Corran, a young, beautiful MacDonald is forced to come to terms with the events that have come to pass in the bloody aftermath and reveals incredible strength and capability that only challenges can bring forth. Corran and Simon, a Campbell of Glenlyon, bridge the gap between their clans, determined to forge ahead towards a new life, with trials at every turn.

When Fate Dictates carries the reader through innocence lost all the way to true wisdom and knowledge, but not without quite a few surprises along the way!

Bravo to Elizabeth Marshall for a novel well done! Her word painting allowed me a glimpse into a world I might have never known...
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Angelina on February 13, 2012
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I got this book because the reviews were great. I was very disappointed with the main characters. Simon was a verbally abusive husband who did nothing that I could see to warrent Corran falling in love with him. The book did jump around to a lot and missed a lot of details that would have been nice.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Story loves to read on August 20, 2012
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Good Grief, this story had such potential. The writer is very good at explaining the historical context. But "sheeze-louise", could the female lead and male lead be any more shallow? I wanted the characters to develop learn from their cycle. She's stubborn, won't listen, he's stubborn won't talk. The opportunity to develop the characters and why they were fated to be involved with the stag with the silver antlers and the heather were totally skimmed over. I would like to read what inspired the storyteller to write this book, it is a wonderful and interesting premise. I was worn slick by the end with the "get in trouble, rescue, make-up cycle."
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Gaijin de Moscu on November 10, 2011
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I've finished this book a while ago, on a transatlantic flight. Normally, I review fast, but with this book I had to take my time to think. Why? For 2 reasons: first, I was disturbed by it, and wanted to settle my emotions down a bit. Second, I wanted to get over the jet lag :)

Here are my reasons for giving the book a solid 5 star rating.

1. It's emotionally raw. I'm not quite sure how Elizabeth does it, but the events in the book scratched my soul from the first chapters. Yes, there's gore and death, and there's an innocent and defenseless maiden, and a rough brute; but it wasn't just that. The quality of writing is such that the emotions came through and touched me.

2. It's dreamy yet specific. It's probably just me, but I like dreamy, thoughtful writing; I love being taken by my hand and shown what the characters see and how they feel. This book delivered just this. It also delivered a well-researched and appropriately detailed historical setting. I gained new insights into the national characters that I had completely missed in my 2 years living in England.

3. It's romantic. I was a little concerned in the beginning that I got myself into reading a "girly" book (nothing wrong with that, of course, but I normally stay away from them), but soon I realized the book had much more to offer than what its cover might suggest. It does have historical romance; but it also has bar brawls, assignation attempts, rebellion, mystery and time travel. All that is presented in a pragmatic, no-nonsense way. I loved it, and began liking the characters even more for all the trouble they had to go through.
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