Fate Choice and Chance: An Immigrant’s Quest
Author House (2012)
Reviewed by Jennifer Hass for Reader Views (9/14)
Article first published as Book Review: ‘Fate Choice and Chance: An Immigrant’s Quest’ by Geoffrey Hepburn on Blogcritics.
“Fate Choice and Chance” by Geoffrey Hepburn is the story of Ben Peters and his quest to escape the haunting memories of his family traditions and poverty. The story is set in present day where Ben visits his home town and runs in to people from his past. During his journey through memory lane, he not only encounters people he knows but meets a man who makes a large impact on his life, in a most simple way, so he thought. Ben Peters grew up in Canada very poor, his parents losing farm after farm. Now that Ben is grown, he is a successful businessman who finds it hard to revisit his past even though it can cleanse his soul and set him free.
When I sit down to read a story I do expect entertainment. I read for the love of books and when reading becomes a “chore” to make it through, it hurts my heart to transcribe my feelings in a review. Unfortunately, “Fate Choice and Chance” was a tedious chore I procrastinated a lot to actually finish. To be frank, I went on a trip recently and took this book with me on the plane for quiet reading time during travel. I had already read over 100 pages before I boarded my plane and after another 26 pages, I closed the book and put it away.
The biggest turn off of “Fate Choice and Chance” was the unrealistic conversation, specifically the ones speaking about Ben’s job and the general workplace. For instance, there will be one character that asks Ben a question and the response is a large paragraph. This paragraph also will include such technical details that only someone in that specific industry would relate to or would even be interested in.
There has to be balance between storyline and conversation. It could be just me but I hardly doubt that even the highest class of business professionals sit around and talk as these professions did in the book. I believe that when it comes to a character’s background or their work, relations should remain on a need-to-know basis. Everything spelled out so specifically became boring, thus making it a chore to read.
I personally thought that the rich descriptions of Canada and the past experiences of Ben Peters were excellent. I felt I knew Ben and where he came from and why he did what he did. I would also like to give praise for the excellent editing throughout.
When it is all said and done, “Fate Choice and Chance” by Geoffrey Hepburn did not turn me on, but I did walk away with was a new perspective about dealing with the past and how it can impact ones future.
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