Oct 6, 2013

Book Review: Fall From Love

Title: Fall From Love
Author: Heather London
Publication Date: May 21, 2013
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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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…

My Thoughts:

I never thought I'd end up loving this book in which it terribly moved me. It's about dealing with keeping secrets, losing someone you love, friendship, opening your heart for love again and forgiveness. It really touched me in a way I couldn't explain. I think I've read a ton of stories already (fictional ones) which involved someone moving on because his/her other half died but this one has got to be my favorite. It didn't revolve in so much angst, which I'm really thankful for, it made the characters find happiness amongst everything and everyone around them despite everything that happened.

Holly, who lost her boyfriend from an accident in the mountains, was honestly likable for me. Her moping didn't bother me because it was only during the first few chapters in the book and it didn't last long. I'm also thankful for the existence of her BFF, Jenna, because she's so caring and loyal and she's a great help. And Holly, thank goodness, was finally willing to come out and do stuff to keep her mind occupied with things that make her happy. She's the character with a heart. Bless the author for not having the sulking and moping last for an eternity. Josh and Carter are also wonderful characters in this book. Josh happens to be a great boyfriend and best friend whom you could count on and he's a great cook! I have a weak spot for men who could cook. Really. Carter is a sweet guy and just a loving person towards the people he really cares about. And he's not just smart in school, he's also smart enough on how to handle his feelings for Holly during the moment he knew he's in love with her and thinks thoroughly about the consequences of it to their friendship.

What I really love about this book, with romance being its centered genre, was that the love between Holly and Carter wasn't what we call, "insta-love". It took a long while for love, like real love and not the kind where most of the times I've read in New Adult books are accompanied with lust. They started as friends and reading their friendship was one of the great things in this book. And here's one quote that I want to share:

“I think that friendship is the foundation of every healthy relationship, but you just can’t be too scared to take the next step if you want something more.”

I love that line. I love this book. I love the characters and the story. This is honestly what I love about reading books with romance. We'd get to go on a journey along the friendship between two people and witness how love starts to develop. Also there was forgiveness which seemed to be another reason I happened to love. I don't make big deals about it most of the time when I read books but in this one, it was such a nice thing to read because the characters seemed to forgive each other for everything that happened and it was just touching. They made mistakes but it wasn't the intentional kind and after everything, they learned to forgive. Such a very great read for me and now I look forward to reading more books by this author.

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