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Fall From Love by Heather London
Publication Date: June 7th 2013
Genre: New Adult Contemporary
Source: Xpresso Book Tours/ Heather London
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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 Love by Heather London was a book I found to be absolutely lovely inside and out. It was the type of book that left me very content long before it ended. There are just some books, perfection or not, that make you giddy and glow when you finish it and that is why I loved Fall From Love.
One of the best things about this book was Holly because throughout the novel, she went through such change and growth. First, she was seen has a happy, full of life, fun and free girl. In one night, that all changes and she’s in this really dark place, numb, depressed, and pushing practically everyone she loved out the door. It wasn’t until another night and a few more months where Holly changes again, but for the better. Reading about Holly’s pain, of her trying to move on and facing her internal fears were not only admirable, but ultimately satisfying in some way I can’t explain. Holly really learns the value of true friendship, of loss, of falling in love and taking a chance.
I was surprised to see that Fall From Love was also in Carter’s perspective as well. It was a pleasant surprise for sure. I loved Carter because of how broken he was from all the death he experienced, but also the way he was determined to talk to Holly and make her smile and laugh again. The continuous guilt he felt throughout the novel was heartbreaking, but even more so when he was stuck between this guilt and the truth about his feelings for Holly. I think I continued to hurt for Carter because of how much he endured and how it slowly broke him down bit by bit. He was just the sweetest, most thoughtful guy there ever was and seeing him in pain made me ache.
I loved the way Heather London started off Holly and Carter’s romance with an unstable acquaintance. It got even better when it proceeded into a warm and heartfelt friendship and even more so after that. London developed this extremely well. Their feelings were fleshed out from doubt and uncertainty to trepidation and onto consuming sexual tension. The anticipation of them finally coming together was insurmountable. All that pent up tension was so freaking worth the frustration when it finally combust. I completely appreciated the fact that London took the time with the pacing to develop the relationship, but also to give the characters time to heal. I also enjoyed secondary characters, Jenna and Josh because they were great solid friendships that grounded Holly and Carter. The dynamic of all four of them rocked and really brought in some of the humor into the book. The best part of the book was what both Holly and Carter was able to overcome individually and separately, both finding forgiveness, happiness, and peace.
Overall Fall From Love was a simple but profound story that really showed an immense amount of courage at taking a chance on love and allowing it to heal you.
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