FALL FROM INDIA PLACE
On Dublin Street #4
by Samantha Young
Narrated by: Chloe Lynn
Review based on Unabridged Audiobook
Listening Length: 11 hours and 1 minute
Penguin Audio June 4, 2014
Also available in print/ebook formats Penguin/NAL (June 3, 2014) Print Length: 294 pages
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A first love that needs a second chance…
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 in to 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…. http://authorsamanthayoung.com/on-dublin-street-series/
I have really enjoyed this series from Samantha Young, especially in narration. It is in first person, but in the past tense — I don’t mind this POV in the past tense. I also like the narrator.
This series looks at people finding love in different ways, at different times in their lives. It allows loss, pain, grief, fear, joy, happiness, contentment, and satisfaction. Although it is a steamy tale, it, like the whole series is very family oriented. While the sex is very hot and well-done, the stories focus on finding the way to love through exterior obstacles, like distance, and interior obstacles, like emotional and psychological reactions.
This story goes from the couple’s young adulthood to young adult. What older people look back on as short time periods, this tale’s couple look back and see several years as long periods of time. I always find that kind of amusing.
I enjoy the narrator’s voices, and how she portrays the characters. This one flits back and forth through time though and I found myself confused by this. Perhaps in print, the flashbacks are in italics or somehow designated in a way that makes them easy to follow. This is something that doesn’t always translate well to the audio format.
Both Hannah and Marco are carrying their share of baggage. Having mostly older siblings, Hannah carries a little feeling of being overwhelmed by her family; she likes being on her own.
She has a big secret she keeps from Marco. Marco has a couple of big secrets too. As always, keeping secrets and failing to communicate do more harm than many of the exterior obstacles the characters must overcome to end up with their happy ending.
Marco does a lot of psychological work during the time they are apart and emerges a better individual. But, Hannah is stuck in her past emotions, and has shut herself off from the people who love her and who she loves.
What they do to get through these things is hard to hear sometimes. Hannah’s reactions to some issues are disproportionate and sometimes Marco is a little too rational. She’s a bit closed off and stoic, and he is a bit too logical and measured unless he is professing his love.
I wanted to tell her to get over herself.ANd, at times I wanted to tell him to move on to a woman who had grown up.
I enjoyed this book as I have enjoyed all the books I have listened to in the series. I enjoy them more as listens then as reads I think; the narrated accents add a lot. I did not like it as much as I enjoyed my most recently read book in the series: MOONLIGHT ON NIGHTINGALE WAY though. But, this was the one available in a two for one credit sale on Audible so it is the one I got to read. I recommend the series and this is good, but not the best in the bunch.