Fall On Me by Penelope Potts
|Fall On Me by Penelope Potts|
|Category: Women's Fiction|
|Reviewer: Sue Magee|
|Summary: A story of domestic violence, controlling beahiour and growing love.|
|Buy? Yes||Borrow? Maybe|
|Pages: 266||Date: September 2021|
|Publisher: Independently published|
Life should have been good for Hollie: She was just going into the final year of her veterinary degree and - three years later - was still working at BB's diner. Bob - the owner - regarded her fondly: he was a good boss. Hollie had moved in with her boyfriend, the good-looking Marcus: her mother thought he was great and he was doing well in his career. Hollie wasn't quite so certain though: Marcus wanted to control her and most of all he wanted her to leave her job at the diner. Then there was the fact that he could be violent, both to her and to other people.
Samson moved into the empty flat on the same floor as Hollie and Marcus. Elderly, widowed, Mrs Stuckey lived in the third apartment. Samson was renovating the property for his stepfather's company before it was let out. He was good looking and kind although he did seem to have a bit of a problem with girlfriends. He'd date them, possibly sleep with them - and then lose interest. He was there for Hollie, though, on the night that an argument with Marcus went too far. He pushed his way into their flat when he realised that the argument had got out of hand and when he realised that she was injured moved her to another of his stepfather's properties and tended to her wounds. Hollie realised that she would never be able to go back - even to get her belongings.
Fall On Me is essentially two stories that blend together rather well: there's the domestic abuse/controlling relationship with Marcus which Hollie was lucky to get out of without greater injury. Then there's the story of her growing relationship with Samson, who does seem to be the perfect man if only some woman can catch him and hold on to him. Hollie's lucky to have such a good friend in Beth, who is on the same course as her at university. There's a neat contrast between the girls which means that they work well as a twosome.
I enjoyed the book but it would have benefited from a more thorough proofread as I was regularly pulled out of the story by misused words and the necessity to reread and establish the intended meaning. This is a great pity as Penelope Potts obviously has talent as a storyteller and I'll be interested to read her next book. I'd like to thank the publishers for sending a copy to the Bookbag.
For more about domestic violence, we can recommend Keeper by Jessica Moor.
You can read more about Penelope Potts here.
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