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Review: Fall From India Place by Samantha Young

July 8, 2014

A little update first

So as you can see, I'm back at blogger. A part of me wish I never would've written that Wordpress Experience post, but you know what, I don't take anything back. I guess, Wordpress was like a new toy and however much I liked it, at the end of the day, I was done playing with it and wanted to come back to something I was more familiar with. Long story short, after the WP migration, I just wasn't enjoying reading and you guys already know how many slumps I was in during these past few months. So Yeah, I moved back, but no regrets! None at all, everything's part of a journey. Oh, also thank you so much to Stephanie from New Chapter Designs for moving the design in a short notice, and look what a wonderful job she did. If not for the comments, I wouldn't be able to tell any difference :) Also, a huge thanks to Janhvi and Sarika for listening to my silly rant and re-assuring me of my decision. You guys are the best!

Now finally on to the review :)


Title: Fall From India Place
Author: Samantha Young
Publication: Penguin Group | June 3, 2014
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Series: On Dublin Street #4
Source: Bought
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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….

Fall From India Place is unlike any other Samantha Young book I've read. With a pace so excruciatingly slow, I'm surprised I ended up loving this book as much because initially I had my doubts, and high and lows of the storyline in addition to the on and off relationship between our MC's didn't help, but what did work here was Hannah's character. I loved this girl! Granted she sounded a bit boring in the beginning, but as the story progressed, we delved more into her many layers and saw her transition from the sweet girl she once was to the strong, unfazed woman she later on became. As a romance, this book wasn't very impressive but as a coming of age story, it was terrific!

Hannah loved Marco since he saved her from the bullies back in high school. He was her first crush and her first real love, so when he left her without any goodbye, the pain from the heartache cut Hannah and it changed her in many ways. Seven years later, she has moved on from Marco and is happy with her life; babysitting all those little cute bundles of our favorite characters (Braden has turned into such a softy!) and spending time with her best friend, Cole, but damn boys, they just never leave you at peace! After a sudden encounter with Marco at a wedding, Hannah is pretty shaken up and takes us back to the good ole times with some adorable flashbacks. Honestly, I never felt connected to Marco in any part of the story and a big reason for that is the first person narrative. We hear about Hannah, we listen to her side of the story, we are more sympathetic to her, but it would've helped a ton if Marco would've gotten a voice as well. Marco is the sweetest, most humble guy ever from what I gathered from the flashbacks, but I wish we would've seen that. On addition to that, most of the Hannah-Marco bonding scenes (present ones) were paraphrased and I felt that it took something away from their story. Hence, my inability to enjoy or even understand their romance, which was a shame! However, I did come to like the pair by the end, so I guess that counts for something.

All in all, it wasn't the high school sweetheart story I was expecting, it was in fact was much better and deeper than that! The drama towards the end was one of the my favorite parts in the books simply because it made me feel something. I loved Hannah, after seeing her go through such a terrible loss, I was happy for her to have Marco and [spoiler]Dylan[/spoiler] for her HEA. [spoiler] Dylan and Hannah were so cute together, I melted when he sat on her lap and fell asleep at Lily's birthday party :) [/spoiler]. Fall From India Place wasn't as exciting or sizzling as the previous reads, but it was definitely the most memorable. I loved that Samantha Young took a risk and went for a light, sweet and equally emotional. Highly recommended to fans of this series (obviously) and readers who enjoy a cute romance.



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5 comments:

  1. Great to hear it was deeper than you expected.

    I have been afraid of wordpress but still thinking about moving, and though you had a bad experience, it is validation that I should stay with familiar b/c I am not good with change.

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  2. Awww so sweet of you to mention us Aman! <3 I really hope you don't have any reading slumps for a LONG time to come. I didn't like Marco that was the only issue I had. But apart from that it was a fairly good book. I did wish we got to see more of Hannah and Dylan bonding though. Great review! :)

    Janhvi @ The Readdicts

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  3. Aw, so sorry you fell into a slump sort of. I hope you'll enjoy being back with us on this side of the blogging field lol. And so true! I wouldn't have been able to tell if it wasn't for you mentioning it. I thought that something was wrong since all of your June posts were popping up on my feedly and that usually happens when someone moves their blog to wordpress. Anyhooow, I'm so glad you enjoyed this as a whole. I always wish that Samantha would write a dual POV, but luckily she writes some scenes from the guys' POVs though not clearly enough. I'm sorry you weren't connected to Marcy. But I'm glad you enjoyed their reconnecting scenes :) Heh! Yay that you enjoyed the drama since some bloggers/reviewers really hated that. Yet to find out what it is, but when I do, we'll discuss :) Great review, lovely!

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  4. Welcome back, Aman! :)

    I still haven't read rest of this series, bit I enjoyed the first book a lot. Great review!

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  5. Thank you so much for the mention, Aman. You're most welcome and we'll always be here, whatever you wish to talk about. Much love to you! And yes, nice review as well.

    Sarika @ The Readdicts

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