*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.*
I probably start every Samantha Young review declaring I am a huge fan and I am, that hasn’t changed. I love Samantha’s writing, I love the Scottish setting, the colloquialisms and I love the tight knit group of characters Samantha has created. It really will be a sad day when this series comes to an end.
Ok, with that out of the way let’s talk about Hannah, shall we? Hannah is the baby of the bunch and one of the less talked about characters. Her storyline began in the other books as she was in her early teenage years. We knew she loved her friend Marco and we knew he had disappeared, what we didn’t know was the specifics of their relationship and the traumatic experience Hannah was harbouring.
Hannah is all grown up and making a career for herself as an English teacher. Hannah also has a big heart and volunteers at an adult literacy class. It comes a great surprise to Hannah when she discovers Marco is back in Scotland and he has been for a while, although, that is only the tip of the secrets and many more follow.
It took me a while to warm towards Hannah and Marco, I’m not sure if I was adjusting to Hannah being a young woman now, rather than the little girl or perhaps because I knew these characters the least. With that being said, I can’t fault Samantha’s writing style. I loved the flashbacks from Hannah to enable us to gain her full history with Marco and I also loved the inclusion of all the other characters, it’s what I look for in companion novels of the same series.
Hannah and Marco didn’t have a conventional relationship during their first time round or during their second chance. I liked that though. Marco was determined to prove to Hannah that he was here to stay. I did get frustrated with Hannah a few times and all the back and forth she did, and then the casual deal she struck up with Marco even though they both knew it was more but Hannah was hurting and I got that.
What really took me by surprise was the reaction I had to a really minor character in the story, unrelated to the ODS cast. At the beginning when Hannah’s class and colleagues were introduced, I had wondered their relevance to the story (I just wanted to get straight to Marco) when the events unfolded, it blindsided me and I wept really hard. I was more surprised than anything that it affected me this way. But a prevalent point was made and I thought it was done really well.
Up next is Cole’s book, and we got to know him better in Hannah’s story so I do look forward to that. Also just when I thought Braden Carmichael couldn’t get any sexier, I was wrong.
This is a good addition to the series and I have no doubt fans will love Fall From India Place.
“I thought I told you we’re just friends.” His eyes dropped to my mouth in a way that made me squirm. “I heard you.” His heated gaze returned to meet mine. “But I don’t think you heard me.”
His grip on my shoulders was uncompromising. “When we were kids, I was in love with you.”…”That never went away, Hannah.” He rested his forehead against mine. “And now that I know you again, I’m even more in love with you.”
“I’m never giving up on us. If it takes a week, a month, a year, whatever, the future is us. I’m spending the rest of my life waking up in the morning with you beside me and getting through each day knowing that when the sky turns dark I’ll be spending the night inside you.”
“I kissed him back with equal fervor. All my body knew was that it had missed this. All my soul knew was that it craved this.”
“There’s no promise that life will ever be easy. It never has been for me. But the moments where all the shit disappeared, where it all ceased to matter to me, those always had you in them. I know you make me laugh, I know you make me feel worth something, you make me feel needed, and I know I want you like I’ve never wanted any other woman in my life.”
Samantha Young is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author from Stirlingshire, Scotland. She's been nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award 2012 for Best Author and Best Romance for her international bestseller ON DUBLIN STREET. ON DUBLIN STREET is Samantha's first adult contemporary romance series and has sold in twenty-seven countries.
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