June 28, 2013

Spotlight on: Fall From Love by Heather London

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Fall From Love by Heather London
Publication date: June 7th 2013
Genre: New Adult Contemporary
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Struggling to put her life back together after a tragic mountaineering accident kills her college sweetheart, twenty-one-year-old Holly Treadwell is trying to set aside her grief, forge ahead in school, and find herself again.

When Carter Hansen, a guy who brings back horrible memories from the night of the accident, finds his way back into her life, Holly’s unsure  if she should let him in. He terrifies her in more ways than one and invokes feelings in her that she thought were buried forever. Regardless of her fears, she knows she must face him in order for her heart to heal.

Everyone tells Carter that what happened on the mountain that night was just a terrible accident, but even then, he can’t help but carry around the guilt and is unable to forgive himself. He’s drawn to Holly and being near her helps ease his conscience and gives him the release he needs.

As Holly and Carter’s relationship grows, they begin to realize that the more time they spend with one another, the more their wounds begin to heal—her grief and his guilt. But when Holly learns the details about the night of the accident—what everyone has been keeping from her—it will rip open old wounds and tear apart what they’ve both worked so hard to overcome…

Fall From LoveFall From Love by Heather London

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Fall From Love is a story about Holly, a college senior who loses her boyfriend Adam in a tragic mountain rescue accident. She falls into a deep depression and then when she starts to pull herself out of it, all of her bad memories resurface when she runs into Carter, the guy who broke the news to her about Adam being gone in the Hospital Emergency Room - the guy who held her while she cried for hours. He just wants to make sure that she's alright, but everytime she sees him it triggers a full fledged panic attack. Little by little, Holly is able to overcome her gut wrenching reaction to him, and they build a true friendship. Over time, it begins to turn into something more, but they both feel guilty for how they feel - each for their own reasons. Before they can move forward, they have to decide if it's worth risking the friendship that they have. And when Carter reveals to Holly the truth about the night of Adams death, and his role in it, everything that they have built is threatened. This is a bittersweet story about loss and despair, and about hope and love.

I liked this book just fine, but it was lacking a little for me. I had a hard time connecting with Holly in the beginning of the book. The tragedy with Adam happens in the first couple of pages, so I had built no sort of relationship or connection with either one of them before he was gone. So, while I empathized with what Holly felt, I wasn't really feeling it with her. I wanted her to snap out of it long before she actually did. My lack of connection with her also made me have a hard time understanding her severe reaction to Carter ever time she laid eyes on him. The book started to shift for me when her and Carter began to become friends. By this time I cared about Holly, but I really cared about Carter. He has had such a hard time in the last couple of years, and he has so much grief and guilt that he carries around every day. I fell a little in love with him the more I got to know him through his POV in the book.

I also didn't really feel the big buildup of anxiety and suspense that the big reveal towards the end of the book was supposed to have. I just didn't see how Holly, or anybody with any sense for that matter, could possibly be so horrified over Carter's revelation that she wouldn't want to be with him anymore. I understood his reluctance to tell her, but to me it would have been more of a heartfelt conversation rather than the BIG DEAL that it turned out to be.

Overall, I did enjoy this book. I loved the supporting characters of Jenna and Josh, and I loved Carter from the beginning. Holly took a little while to grow on me, but when she finally caught up, she was one of my favorites as well. It was a bittersweet story, and I enjoyed how it ended.

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Heather London is a young adult and new adult author who loves to write stories full of romance, fantasy, and science fiction. She is a lover of only the finest of coffee and premium craft beer, but will settle for anything chocolate, regardless of its quality. Heather lives with her husband in Dallas, TX where she is currently working hard on her next project.

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