Derailed (Clayton Falls 1) by Alysa Rose Ivy
When you’re lost sometimes the only place you can go is home.
Broken over the death of her fiancé, Molly leaves law school to return to her childhood home in North Carolina. Expecting to lay low until she can figure out what else to do with her life, Molly finds herself in the arms of her high school sweetheart Ben, the boy who represents everything from the past she tried to leave behind.
Looking for an escape, what she finds is a way back to the girl she almost forgot existed and a future she never dreamed possible.
Contemporary romance is really not my cup of tea. I would usually go out of my way to avoid it. Noting that it’s been tagged at Goodreads as New Adult though, I have to confess to some level of curiosity. Plus I’ve enjoyed other works by Alyssa Rose Ivy, I thought I’d be in safe hands. And… I was right, I read this as a single sitting and was mostly pleased with the book.
What I really enjoyed was the mystery behind Molly’s sadness which was revealed in stages. I like Molly’s up front (not necessarily blunt but honest) approach but what I loved most in this novel is the bittersweet waiting by Ben. He’s such a sweetie! I loved that he’s learned from past mistakes and figured out exactly what it is he wants and go for it.
Molly came back to town to deal with her grief and figured out what to do next with her life. Instead, she found one who has waited for her 5 long years to come back. I supposed, after 5 years waiting, you really don’t want to wait any longer but it all went a bit fast for me especially from Molly’s perspective. It’s the only point of disbelief that I’d have to push to the back of my mind and seeing that it’s a pretty short novel, there’s only so much you can do.
New Adult probably fits as a ‘classification’ of this book (I’m using the term classification lightly here) as I definitely would not call it young adult due to the sexual content and yet, due to the stage of lives the characters are in, the ‘New Adult’ label does seem to apply. An enjoyable First ‘New Adult’ for me, thank you, Alyssa 🙂
Alyssa Rose Ivy is a Young Adult and New Adult author who loves to weave stories with romance and a southern setting. Although raised in the New York area, she fell in love with the South after moving to New Orleans for college. After years as a perpetual student, she turned back to her creative side and decided to write. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and two young children, and she can usually be found with a cup of coffee in her hand.
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