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Apple of Fate Paperback – May 19, 2021
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Acontius desires the one thing in life he can't have-a soul mate. Raised by the Greek goddess, Artemis, Acontius swore an oath to serve her for eternity, and abstain from love.
Centuries later, when Olympus has fallen and the gods live amongst humankind, Acontius discovers a young woman who mirrors his loneliness and longing. Throwing caution to the wind, he tosses an apple at her feet, engraved with words that bind them to one another.
Delia's life is in shambles. She's just lost her job, suffered through a recent breakup and her health is declining. What she needs more than ever is a getaway trip to another country. But when she meets a playful museum worker, Delia decides to let her walls down for once, which unwittingly sparks a goddess's ire.
With Delia's life hanging in the balance, Acontius must ensure she falls in love with him--or else she'll die and he'll become another one of Artemis' hunting dogs for eternity.
- Publisher : Elle Beaumont (May 19, 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 120 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1953238246
- ISBN-13 : 978-1953238245
- Item Weight : 5.5 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.28 x 8.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #5,301,151 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This story gives you a reason to believe in LOVE.... believe in the truth of it, and what makes the heart long for ultimate happiness!!!
While hanging out at some Grecian ruins, Acontius recognizes in Delia what he himself is feeling: Loneliness. Spurned on by his heart rather than his head, he tosses an apple engraved with a special message into Delia's path. When Delia picks up the apple and reads the sacred inscription aloud, Acontius's heart sings with joy. Now it's just a matter of seeing fate through.
This is a sweet, short novella long on romance and Greek mythology. Though I'm not normally into "sweet" in any form save organic chocolate, I found myself drawn to the book because it's a retelling of a classic myth. Oh, and I'm a sucker for retellings of any kind.
Delia is a great character. Bad luck in the form of a lost job and broken relationship hound her, but she never gives up.
Greek myths are normally a bit bloodier, shall we say, than this. But since it's a modern retelling in a delightful little package, I can forgive the lack of true authenticity.
If you're looking for a short, sugary treat, look no further!
I received an ARC of this book and am leaving a review voluntarily.
I love Greek mythology retellings and this one did not disappoint. I found Delia and Acontius to be enjoyable characters. With the book being so short it was hard to connect with the characters and really feel like you know them.
I loved Delia's connection with her dad and how he was concerned for her throughout the book. Acontius was an interesting character that we really only got to see as an innocent and aloof person. I would have liked to see some more of his complex thoughts that would have allowed us to understand his loneliness.
I thought the author had an appropriate amount of tweaks to the original myth that kept this story interesting and relevant. Overall I plan to continue the series, and check out more works by the author.
Apple of Fate is a short novella that draws from Greek mythology and brings it into a modern setting. One thing I liked a lot about the novella is I immediately felt for Delia. Thanks to the apple of fate, she has suffered magical consequences that she has no way of understanding, from breakups to job loss and even health issues. It was impossible not to cheer her on in her quest to put her life back together. I also really liked the close relationship between Delia and her father, who is such a warm and supportive figure. The romance between Delia and Acontius was also nice, but I did find myself wishing that we had spent a little more time building things between the two of them before the end. The world created here is really interesting. If the author ever decides to return to it, I would be happy to read more.
Apple of Fate is a solid pick for fans of fantasy romance and Greek Mythology.
Full disclosure- Apple of Fate is put out by Midnight Tide Publishing, which also publishes several of my own books. My review of the novella is honest regardless.