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….
Nate turned back to Liv. “Happy? Can we not discuss this in front of the kids?”
“Of course.” She shrugged nonchalantly, returning her gaze to her plate. “But I don’t know why you’re so upset. If you’d bothered to look in the bag I put at the side of the bed yesterday afternoon, you’d have seen I called the charity, explained the mistake, and went and collected your irreplaceable crap.” She glanced over at him. “I would like to remind you, though, that the only things in your life that are irreplaceable are sitting in this room with you.”
“Hear, hear,” Elodie murmured.
Nate’s expression slackened with confusion. “You got it all back?”
“Of course I got it all back.”
“Why didn’t you tell me?”
“Because now I have leverage against you anytime I screw up. I’ll just remind you of the past forty-eight hours where you acted like a petulant schoolboy because I accidentally gave your Borg T-shirt to charity.”
“It was the T-shirt I was wearing when we met,” he told her quietly.
Her eyes narrowed. “Oh, no, you’re not pulling semi-romantic excuses for your behavior out of your petushy to screw me out of leverage.”
“Leverage?” I asked. “Marriage is about leverage?”
“Yes.” Every single married person at the table answered.
I wrinkled my nose.
Ellie waved her fork at me. “When you screw up, and if you’re married you’re bound to screw up at some point, it’s good to have detailed notes of your partner’s screwups because that way you can remind them, and forgiveness for your screwup comes much more quickly. Peace reigns.”
“In this case,” Liv said, her eyes alight with triumph, “I screwed up a little but Nate screwed up more, so the next time I screw up, he’ll forgive me way faster.”
“It sounds . . . mature,” I answered sarcastically.
“What it lacks in sophistication it more than makes up for in effectiveness,” Adam attested.
“Married people are weird.” I turned to Cole. “Remind me never to do that.”
“To do that, you have to agree to go on a date with a man,” he reminded me instead.
I shot him a filthy look, but before I could say anything, Adam said, “Hannah, that reminds me, you didn’t tell me you knew Marco D’Alessandro.”
Jo tensed at the name, her eyes swinging to meet mine.
“What?” Adam asked softly, picking up on the sudden change in atmosphere between us.
I drew in a deep breath, unlocking my gaze from Jo’s and turning to Adam. “I didn’t realize you knew him.”
“He’s a joiner in one of our construction crews. The foreman, Tam, speaks highly of him and is absolutely convinced he’ll be foreman himself in a few years’ time. I don’t doubt it. He’s always on hand when Tam isn’t and knows almost everything that’s going on on-site. I’ve known him for a couple of years. He seems like a really good guy. Hardworking and responsible. He didn’t realize we were related. Your schoolteacher friend’s husband told him.”
“Oh,” was all I managed.
“Oh?” Adam’s eyebrows puckered. “From the way he spoke you two used to be close.”
I looked at Ellie, wondering if she’d known Adam was going to ambush me with this, but she looked just as surprised as I was. Not really wanting to discuss it in front of my parents, I shrugged. “We were really good friends in school.”
Adam still looked confused. “Isn’t he older than you?”
“A few years.”
“Well, he says he’s been trying to get in touch with you.”
Cole snorted at my side.
I ignored that, giving Adam another innocent shrug. “I got a couple of his messages.” A deeper snort from Cole. “But I’ve been really busy.”
“You didn’t tell me he was in touch,” Jo piped up, concern in her gorgeous green eyes. “Are you okay?”
“Who is this boy, Hannah?” Mum quizzed suddenly.
“How long has he been back?” Jo asked.
“He couldn’t have been a boyfriend.” Mum shook her head at the idea.
“Because you would have told me, right?” Jo leaned toward me. “When did you meet? Did he explain anything?”
“Where’s he from? Where did he go? I’m so confused. Is—”
“Hannah, will you help me with dessert, sweetheart?” Dad asked loudly, standing up.
I pushed back from the table, throwing my dad a grateful smile. “Of course.” I hurried out of the room, happy to escape the questions as I followed him into the kitchen. “You’re a lifesaver.”
Dad gave me a soft smile and began pulling bowls out of the cupboard. “No problem.”
We were silent as we dished out the trifle.
And then . . . “Hannah.” Dad stopped what he was doing, staring at the table, his body tense. “This Marco . . . he isn’t . . . ?”
I swallowed, my heart beating hard against my chest. “Dad.” I didn’t want to lie. Not to him.
Fall From India Place tell the story of Hannah Nichols and Marco D’Alessandro. Hannah, you may remember is Ellie’s 1/2 sister and the little sister Braden adores (though not his sister by blood). This book moves the timeline forward so we get a grown up Hannah out of college and starting her career as a teacher.
This story truly is about letting go of the past and embracing the future as Fall from India Place is a second chance romance of sorts. I say of sorts because Hannah and Marco were not truly a couple as teens.
This story is told in the present with flashbacks to the past, I love the wonderful way Ms. Young slowly unraveled what happened between Hannah and Marco and what happened in the years they were apart. And since I want the reader to experience the story as I did, that’s all I am saying about the plot of the book.
The use of Dylan, a new character readers meet in this book, is masterful. He is used to move the story forward, he is used to push Hannah and he is used in the end to make the happy that much more. Oh and P.S. NO I am not telling you who Dylan is…read the book! 🙂
Speaking of characters, yes you see the cast we have grown to love in the prior books in the series; it is no secret that Braden Carmicheal is one of my favorites and to see him as a Daddy in this book and to see him still loving Joss brought a huge smile to my face as did seeing Ellie and Adam and Jo and Cam and Nate and Olivia… all living their happy!
And I loved the use of this supporting cast in this book, both Nate and Cole were both true friends to Hannah using their experiences and perspective to try to help Hannah move forward. Hannah is very much stuck and struggles for much of this book. Hannah at times was frustrating but in the end, her character’s path to happy works.
I am so excited for more in the On Dublin Street series, the yet unnamed book 5 that will be about Cole Walker (Jo’s younger brother). And maybe we will also get ODS book 6 Declan’s story. 🙂
Samantha Young is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author from Stirlingshire, Scotland. She’s been nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Author and Best Romance for her international bestselling novel ON DUBLIN STREET. ON DUBLIN STREET is Samantha’s first adult contemporary romance and has been sold in twenty six countries.