Monday, June 9, 2014

Book Review: Fall From India Place by Samantha Young

Fall From India Place (On Dublin Street #4)
By Samantha Young
Release Date: June 3, 2014
Source: Publisher
Summary: The New York Times bestselling author of On Dublin Street and Down London Road returns with a story about letting go of the past and learning to trust in the future…

When Hannah Nichols last saw Marco D’Alessandro, five long years ago, he broke her heart. The bad boy with a hidden sweet side was the only guy Hannah ever loved—and the only man she’s ever been with. After one intense night of giving into temptation, Marco took off, leaving Scotland and Hannah behind. Shattered by the consequences of their night together, Hannah has never truly moved on.

Leaving Hannah was the biggest mistake of Marco’s life, something he has deeply regretted for years. So when fate reunites them, he refuses to let her go without a fight. Determined to make her his, Marco pursues Hannah, reminding her of all the reasons they’re meant to be together.…

But just when Marco thinks they’re committed to a future together, Hannah makes a discovery that unearths the secret pain she’s been hiding from him, a secret that could tear them apart before they have a real chance to start over again….

Review: I have been obsessed with Samantha Young's writing ever since I read On Dublin Street almost exactly a year ago. I have fallen in love with every story she's written since then and I'm happy to say she has definitely not lost her touch with her latest release!

Five years ago, the love of Hannah Nichols' life walked out and left her with a broken heart. Now, Hannah has changed and no one can seem to live up to her first love. So when she runs into Marco after all of those years, she has no idea how to feel. Marco has grown up a lot since his days as the bad boy who broke Hannah's heart and now that he's found her after all that time apart, he's determined to not lose her again. Both of them, though, have changed since their teen years and have secrets they aren't ready to tell each other, secrets that could change their relationship completely. 

Going into this one, I wasn't so sure how I would feel about Hannah. I was used to her as the younger sister in the previous three novels and I was completely in love with Olivia's story in Before Jamaica Lane that I did not know how Samantha Young could bring me anything better. Boy, was I wrong! From the first page I instantly connected with Hannah as she worked through her first year as a high school English teacher. Throughout the begging of the novel, we were taken back in time through flashbacks of Hannah's youth and her relationship with Marco. Slowly, we got to see how Hannah fell in love with him and how she never really got over him, not even in the five years he'd been gone. Hannah's love and connection with Marco was so intense and made her heart break in such a devastating way when he left, so you truly understood why she couldn't just jump back into his arms when he showed up in her life again. 

As much as Hannah doesn't want to get involved with Marco again, he sure is irresistible. As charming as he was when he was a teenager, he's got nothing on the adult Marco. Now that he's had the chance to grow up and work through his family issues, Marco is more than ready to sweep Hannah off her feet. With such a damaged past, though, there were so many ups and downs in their relationship now. Hannah lets him in, gets scared and pushes him away, lets him in again, runs away, and on the cycle goes. Instead of being annoying, though, Hannah's insecurities and uncertainty made their story much more believable and emotional. Speaking of emotions, this book was by far the most emotional of the books in the series. There were points were I was on the verge of tears, which is pretty rare for me when reading. Hannah goes through so many rough situations, but those situations made her that much more real and relatable. 

As the fourth novel in the On Dublin Street series, I love how every single character from the previous three novels are big components of this book. Hannah has such a large, loving family and they all want to protect her, but also see her find her own happily ever after. Oh, and even though they all have found the loves of their lives, the drama is far from over and the secondary characters of Hannah's novel still have relationship troubles of their own. I loved it! Seriously, can I rave about this book any more? Pulling on the heart strings and delivering another sizzling, yet heartfelt romance, Samantha Young delivers another story that leaves the readers begging for more.

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