Posted June 9, 2014 by Karen in Author Interviews, Book Reviews / 0 Comments

FALL FROM INDIA PLACE by Samantha YoungFall from India Place by Samantha Young
Also by this author: Castle Hill: A Joss and Braden Novella, HERO, Moonlight on Nightingale Way, One King's Way, The One Real Thing, Every Little Thing, Play On, Villain, On Hart's Boardwalk, Fight or Flight
Series: On Dublin Street #4
Also in this series: Castle Hill: A Joss and Braden Novella, Moonlight on Nightingale Way
Published by NAL on June 3, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Format: eARC

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he New York Times bestselling author of On Dublin Street and Down London Road returns with a story about letting go of the past and learning to trust in the future…

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…

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There is something so special about this series and with each addition that joins the On Dublin Street family, I fall more and more in love with these characters. Fall From India Place was one of my most anticipated books of 2014 and I am so happy to say that Samantha Young delivered yet another phenomenal story. Hannah and Marco’s story is about first love and second chances. It’s about forgiveness after intense heartbreak, healing and learning to live again.  I am a romantic at heart and I knew from when we were first introduced to Hannah that Marco was the love of her life.

“I’d felt lost for a long time after he left. It had taken a while to find my strength and independence again. It had meant hardening my heart and creating little locked doors in my soul so that only the people I trusted implicitly could ever make it inside to touch it.”

Fall From India Place takes place about 5 years after On Dublin Street.  When we first met Hannah Nichols she was a teenager, beautiful, shy, and a total bookworm. The bits and pieces we got were heartwarming and left me wanting to learn more about her and the mysterious Marco D’Alessandro. So 5 years later is perfect. They are in their early twenties, out of college, and starting life…only they aren’t together. I really liked how Hannah and Marco’s story unfolds.  We get glimpses of their past, the early stages of friendship, and eventually what lead to that passionate night that changed everything.

“I don’t care if you’ve changed. I don’t care who you are now. I don’t need or want your explanations because what you did, you didn’t do it to me, you did it to that girl you left behind. And I’m not her anymore. You made certain of that. She might have needed answers and an apology, but me…I don’t know what you’re talking about.”

Needless to say, Marco shattered Hannah’s heart, and now that he is back in her life years later, Hannah doesn’t trust him or want anything to do with him, and the unraveling begins. My heart broke equally for both them. While she did upset me at times with her reluctance to let him in, I completely understood her. Marco is beyond swoon-worthy and now that he knows she is the one for him, he is not making the same mistake twice. He brings his A-game and their chemistry is through the roof!

“I’m not going to hide that I want to get to know who you are now. I’m also not going to hide the fact that I think you’re still the classiest, most fucking beautiful woman I’ve ever seen, or the fact that I remember the taste of you and it still makes me hard.”

Secrets and untold truths come to light and just when I think things are looking up, the rug is pulled from under me, and oh Lord it’s a whole new ballgame! The twist is huge and oh so very good! Fall From India Place feels a little different than the other books in the series but it is equally captivating and a great read. Heartache and passion go hand in hand here therefore making this book is a must read. It also brings back all of our favorite characters and opens the door to a new generation. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Hannah and Marco and cannot wait for the next installment. I have a feeling Cole may be the best of all the men, well, maybe not Braden…he can try though. 🙂


Some authors say the characters speak to them and their story must be told…sometimes taking it in a different direction than they originally planned. Has this happened to you? If so, who has spoken the loudest?

I usually know my characters pretty well before I start writing so they tend to play nice with me and stick to the storyline because it makes sense for them. However, occasionally, as they develop and unfurl into these multi-dimensional people they’re not always who I thought they were and the story does have to change to suit them. The most recent character this happened with was Shannon MacLeod from FALL FROM INDIA PLACE. Shannon’s not had an easy time of it in the boyfriend department, and by that I mean she’s had it really rough for someone so young. Even though she’s strong I was sure she was going to be very damaged, and when I started out the story I had every intention of taking Shannon in a very set direction. Too my surprise, however, Shannon proved stronger than I could ever have imagined and I had to adjust the story to fit how epic she is.

Is anything in your books based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?

It’s a mixture of both. A little authenticity goes a long way in making a story connect with readers, and to a certain extent with every book I write what I know.

On Dublin Street was an instant success, did you ever imagine it having such a big impact on readers and that a published series would follow? Why do you think readers loved it so much?

Never in my wildest imaginings would I have guessed On Dublin Street would resonate with so many readers. I started out writing it because I wanted to see if I could write adult romance, and then as I got more into the story it became quite a personal journey for me. I think that’s what makes the fact that so many people connected with it even more special. I also think that’s why readers loved it—in amongst the hot romance there are real issues that so many people could relate to. I received many beautiful emails from readers thanking me because the story made them feel less alone. It was truly humbling and one of the best experiences of the entire release of ODS.

When someone finishes one of your novels, what do you want them to walk away with or to feel?

I want them to feel not only satisfied but to have this little ache in their chest. When I finish a really good book I feel this mixture of contentment that someone took me somewhere really awesome for a little while, and this little bit of achy melancholy in my chest that the journey is over. It would be wonderful if readers walked away from my books feeling that.

Finally, what is up next after Fall From India Place? Any future projects in the works that you can you share something about?

Yes! I’m so excited to announce that Cole’s story is coming next from the ON DUBLIN STREET series. More info on that coming soon. I’m also working on a few other projects. Info on those coming soon, too!

Thank you so much for your time!

Thanks for having me!



About Samantha Young

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 2012 for Best Author and Best Romance for her international bestseller ON DUBLIN STREET and Best Romance 2014 for BEFORE JAMAICA LANE. ON DUBLIN STREET is Samantha’s first adult contemporary romance series and has sold in twenty-eight countries.

For more info on Samantha’s adult fiction visit http://www.ondublinstreet.com

For info on her young adult fiction visit www.samanthayoungbooks.com

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