TITLE/AUTHOR: Until Fountain Bridge by Samantha Young
AGE GROUP/GENRE: New Adult Contemporary Romance
PUBLISHED: June 18th 2013
REVIEWED BY: Joanne
SOURCE: Review copy supplied by Publisher
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Ellie Carmichael had a crush on Adam Sutherland, her brother, Braden’s, best friend, for years, and although Adam treated her with proprietary concern he made it clear he thought of her only as a little sister.
Over the years, as Ellie’s crush develops into love, her romantic idealism makes it difficult for her to move on. To make matters worse, as she’s gotten older, Adam’s attitude has changed toward her. His affection for her is now joined by attraction, but his loyalty to Braden, and his fear of losing the only family he has, stops him from claiming Ellie the way she wishes he would.
But one night his attraction is put to the test, and as much as Adam would like things to remain the same everything changes between them in a simple brush of the lips.
Soon lust, love, jealousy and heartbreak combine to force change upon their relationship… and Adam discovers the hard way that life is too damn short to spend it on regret.
If you’ve read On Dublin Street (and I strongly recommend that you do before reading this book) then you’ll know all about the longing looks and smouldering underlying chemistry between Ellie Carmichael and Adam Sutherland. As Ellie is the younger sister of Adam’s best friend Braden, he held himself back from acting on his feelings until a health scare for Ellie pushed him into action.
Until Fountain Bridge is a novella about Ellie and Adam, picking up a few months down the line from where On Dublin Street ended. They are now living together, and while moving some boxes Ellie discovers her old diaries, which go right back to her teen years. She sits with Adam and reads out excerpts from the diaries so he gets a glimpse of how far back her feelings for him go.
I loved how this was written – I don’t usually read novellas, I like a longer book, something I can get my teeth into, but I wanted to read this one because I loved On Dublin Street so much. My worries about whether the book would be long enough were unfounded – yes, I would have loved a full scale book for Ellie and Adam, but Samantha Young pitched this one perfectly. The way it was told had me hooked. I loved how Ellie would start to read from a point in the diary, and then we were transported back to that event as it was retold. I loved how Adam would give his perspectives on the events in the diary after Ellie finished reading. It was lovely to hear from him how he knew the moment he went from seeing her as his best friends little sister to a woman, and how he went from feeling brotherly affection to wanting something more.
There’s not much more that I can say about a book that’s only 111 pages along without giving away too much of the story. If you loved reading ODS, then you will love this too.