Thursday, December 19, 2013

"Castle Hill" By: Samantha Young Review

Castle Hill
By: Samantha Young

Braden Carmichael never imagined he’d fall as hard and as fast as he did for Jocelyn Butler. He also could not have anticipated how difficult it would be to convince her to give in to love. But now that he has her, he’s never letting go. He’s got it all planned—the passionate proposal, the dream wedding, the sexy Hawaiian honeymoon—even the perfect family they’ll start.
After trying to flee from her painful past, Joss is finally allowing herself to embrace the future. But when things start moving faster than she anticipated, she finds herself panicking over something Braden can’t understand. After everything they’ve been through, Joss is sure that their love can survive even her worst fears. But, this time, she may push Braden too far—and risk losing everything all over again…

My Thoughts
     Having absolutely fallen in love with Joss and Braden when I first read On Dublin Street, I was thrilled when Samantha Young revealed that she was going be writing another chapter in their lives. Taking place between the events of Down London Road and the upcoming Before Jamaica Lane, Joss and Braden are moving onto the next chapter of their life...marriage and maybe babies?
     Castle Hill covers several of the key moments post Dublin Street. Everything from the proposal, the wedding, and a romantic honeymoon. When they return, Joss reveals to Braden that she may not be ready for children and then boom...morning sickness. Braden is heartbroken that Joss may not want a family with him and Joss doesn’t know what she wants anymore.
     An incredibly short story, coming in at under 100 pages including the excerpt of Young’s next novel in the end. It seems hurried and disjointed and at the price of $2.99, I expected a bit more story. Different scenes in the book aren’t necessarily connected in any way and I just wanted a bit more bang for my buck.
      All in all the story was fair, I did enjoy the extra glimpse into the lives of some of my most favorite characters of all time. I don’t know if it was the smoothest of stories and could see it as a freebie on most author’s website’s, not necessarily something to be purchased. If you enjoyed On Dublin Street, you might try this, but I wouldn’t pick it up otherwise.

On Dublin Street Series
2. Down London Road
3. Before Jamaica Lane  (January 7, 2014)
4. Fall from India Place (June 3, 2014)

Book Details
Publisher: NAL (Intermix)
Date of Publication: December 3, 2013
# of Pages: 97
Source: Personal Purchase

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