ARC Review: A Fall from Yesterday by Norah Wilson

Format: E-bookafallfromyesterday
Read with: Adobe Reader for iPad
Length: Novel
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: The Standish Clan, #1
Publisher: Something Shiny Press
Hero: Titus Leigh Standish
Heroine: Ocean Siliker
Sensuality: 3
Date of Publication: January 5, 2016
Started On: December 17, 2015
Finished On: January 19, 2016

Norah Wilson graces her reader base with a brand new contemporary romance series in a small town setting with the first book in The Standish Clan series, A Fall from Yesterday. Featuring Titus Leigh Standish as the hero and Ocean Silkier as the heroine, Norah takes readers through what familial obligations can do to dreams a person may harbor and what may come of it. In the Standish family, Titus had been the one who had been held back, dreams of his own that had been squashed in keeping up with the responsibilities at home that he couldn’t have walked away from.

Now that life has more or less settled down and he is no longer required to stay put, Titus is determined that he would pursue his dreams. Tthat means leaving his hometown and venturing outside of the life that he has known, something that excites him on one level while he dreads letting everyone else know of the decision that he has made. The Thanksgiving weekend was supposed to be the opportunity for coming out with the news. But Titus is called out on a search and rescue mission with none other than Ocean Silkier, a woman who occupies more of his thoughts than he would like to admit, being the one in need of rescuing.

Ocean is determined she would make the climb to the White Crow Cliff, if nothing else, for her best friend who had lost her life while on the very same climb. Ocean has returned home after chasing her ambitions in New York. Believing herself to be a failure is what makes Ocean attempt the climb, a way to prove to herself that she won’t give up on what she wants to do. But alas, when Ocean finds herself dealing with more than she bargained for, it is Titus Standish who turns up, and with him comes to the forefront, the yearning for him that she has held back all her life.

What I could relate to most about the story was where Titus was coming from. The fact that obligations have a way of holding you back in ways you never would have dreamed possible. Of course, people always say that where there is a will, there is a way. But sometimes, all your energy is spent on just surviving current conditions and until the situation improves, you are bound helplessly to whatever it is that is tying you down. People who are free to do as they please, seldom understand the concept of being tied down. But it made me respect Titus all the more because it would not have been easy to watch his siblings pursue whatever dreams they had and achieve them while he stayed back and manned the fort. For others to follow their dreams, someone else always has to forgo and give up theirs so that those that do, can do so guilt free.

The ending when it came, carried a message that was very worthwhile as well. Sometimes we can get so hung up on dreams that are fueled by needs, not do much to do with our wants, but rather made so because we believe it is what we SHOULD want. Titus learning what is actually important to him and being true to that, made the story for me. Ocean too, found within her the strength to look into what has been holding her back. I guess it is more of how much of yourself you are willing to give to become what you want than where you go to do so. That in essence, was the lesson and message I received from A Fall from Yesterday.

Recommended for those that love contemporary romances in small town settings.

Final Verdict: A Fall from Yesterday carries a message worth listening to!

Favorite Quotes

She managed to keep his name inside, but her right hand snaked up, finding the back of his head. As their tongues danced, her fingers luxuriated in the springy feel of his close-cut hair. But she couldn’t stop there. As though it had a mind of its own, her hand slid down his neck and across to the point of his shoulder.
Oh, Lord, the feel of him. All muscle and heat. She could feel the leashed power vibrating beneath her hand. Without thought, she dug her nails into that solidity. He responded with a tightening of his hand in her hair.

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