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Derailed (Clayton Falls)

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  • Posted February 3, 2013

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    3.5 stars Did I enjoy this book: I did enjoy this book. It was

    3.5 stars

    Did I enjoy this book: I did enjoy this book. It was a sweet, coming home story with a happy ending. It was a relatively quick read and I connected with the characters fairly well. 

    Molly left law school before her last set of finals of her first year. (I'm sure this is something that a lot of law students - past and present - have thought about doing!) She went home...home to the house in the town where she grew up. Things are different now for Molly but the town, and its residents, are basically the same. She feels lost and guilty for the deaths of her father and her fiance. This guilt is hard for her to overcome except with her high school sweetheart. I got Molly for the most part but sometimes I just didn't understand her reasoning behind not telling everyone about Adam's, her fiance's, death. I don't see how telling people that they broke up is easier than telling them that he died. I don't know.

    Gavin is a nice guy...a bit too sure of himself though. Ben was sweet and still in love with Molly. I can't believe he still held a flame for her after so many years. That was sweet. Molly's best friend, Kelly, is a true best friend...even though they hadn't really been together or talked for a few years, they were still there for each other. Molly agreed to be her maid of honor despite the date of the wedding which, to me, was not very considerate of Kelly.

    All-in-all, a good story and a light read. Did I want more? Yes. More of the back story between Molly and Ben. I also would like to have had more story about Molly and Adam. Everything just fell into place...which isn't necessarily a bad thing but it made the book predictable. However -- Will I read the next book in the Clayton Falls series? Yes, I will read Veer. 

    Would I recommend it: I would recommend this book if you are looking for a sweet, quick read. 

    Will I read it again: I will not read this book again. However, I will read the other books in the Clayton Falls series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2014

    New adult novel?

    When i found out it this was a new adult novel i was excited to try it out. I hadn't read from the genre and thought i would love it. Too me it seemed like another YA book. It was decent enough that i could finish it but for me it was not terribly enjoyable. I didn't love any of the characters and i feel like a few of them were pointless.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2013


    Cheesy but good book

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  • Posted January 28, 2013

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    Sometimes you can't let go of the boy you left behind. Deraile

    Sometimes you can't let go of the boy you left behind.

    Derailed was a sweet romance filled with hope, grief and denial. It tells the story about a girl who returns home to find herself after her fiance dies. There was something so lovely and yet terribly sad about coming to terms with grief and the past. I loved the sense that Molly could go home again and find the thing that had been missing all along - contentment.

    The story line is simplistic, and even though I've read the same similar story line over and over again, there's no doubting that it's always done differently - such as it has been with Derailed. In some ways, I feel like I'm returning to my roots with books like these. I cut my teeth on them. 

    The characters were delightful. There wasn't a character I didn't like, even though there was a sort of love triangle going on. I can't say it was a convincing one because I knew right from the start who she would end up with. -sigh- I'm having a real problem on knowing just what to write in case it reveals something you would rather read about. Anyway, Molly was very human in the fact that she had issues she had to deal with before she could move on with her future and that included her father, her dead fiance and Ben - the main male character.

    Ben was a character who was hard for me to understand. His reactions to things was so different then what I would have imagined they would be. Maybe it represented his maturity from days gone by. I honestly don't know. Actually, when I think about it, perhaps there is a sense of unpredictability in this book.

    The characters' relationships with each other reminded me of a real community. The friends hang out at bars, gossiped about the opposite sex, dated, fought, made-up and had each other's backs when needed. Maybe the writing wasn't as prosy as some other books I've read, but there was enough of it that it gave me a sense of what the characters were feeling.

    Overall I have to say that if you're looking for a complex, thought-provoking book, well, I wouldn't say you've found it here, but if you're looking for a light read and something that will make you roll your eyes, smile, sulk and go 'awww' then this is definitely the right book for you.

    I would recommend this to anyone who's a hopeless romantic.  

    Book review by Sandy from Magical Manuscripts.

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  • Posted December 10, 2012

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    Derailed is a nice story that gives readers a taste of Alyssa R

    Derailed is a nice story that gives readers a taste of Alyssa Rose Ivy's writing for an older audience. Molly drops everything, leaving behind the tragic memory of a fiance and her goal to finish law school, and moves back to her small town home in North Carolina. She doesn't exactly return to happy feelings and wonderful memories, though. All that she ran away from in the first place, including high school sweetheart Ben, rushes to meet her at her front door.

    Derailed's story line is interesting and definitely romantic, but I didn't go gaga over the main character. Molly was kind of flat and didn't have a unique characterization. I enjoyed reading her story and trying to figure out what was going through her mind, but Molly was very forgettable. Her high school sweetheart was determined, a gentleman, and the kind of guy every girl would love to meet. Ben didn't have as much page time as Molly but I felt he had more personality and was more well-rounded. He was the exact personification of a small town guy.

    The romance of the novel is the better part of the plot. It's consistent, hot, and the kind of romance that radiates comfortable vibes. Molly and Ben's reconnection is sweet with hints of sultriness. I love that it was rough at first, their new connection began slowly and grew into something completely unexpected.

    Derailed end on a note of Molly's closure with the past and opening to a future of new beginnings. It's like her story came full circle and she realized that she's found the place where the pieces fit and she can move on from past hurts. The Clayton Falls series is just beginning and I'm excited to see where it's headed!
    *eARC provided in exchange for an honest review and blog tour purposes*

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