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‘Escaping reality is my ultimate high – chasing that elusive feeling until I achieve my goal. Freedom from memory. From pain. Do I want to die? No. Do I want to live? That’s harder to answer.’

Once again L.M Halloran showed us through her words why she’s become one of our favourite Authors. We’ve read a couple of books over the last few months where mental health plays a big role in the storyline. It’s a topic which is very close to our hearts and we applaud any author who takes it on and brings a spotlight to those who live it daily; the vocal fighters as well as the silent warriors.

‘Being mentally healthy is fucking hard.’

It’s a topic which must be approached cautiously, studiously and thoughtfully in order to represent and avoid the danger of trivialising. We cannot stress how important we feel research is and we were incredibly overwhelmed with just how brilliantly L.M Halloran wrote her story which showed in-depth research, care, and attention. Yes, it’s ultimately a romance however it’s so much more than that. It’s a story of personal acceptance, re-awakening, soul searching, acceptance as well as learning how to heal, cope, live and love.

“You’re safe, Amelia. I’ve got you.”
“Is that what you think?”
I ask sadly, then shake my head and walk to the door. “No one’s got me, Doc. Too many missing pieces.”

The character development in The Fall Before Flight was second to none. We completely connected with Amelia, we understood her, empathised with her and we felt everything she was going through. Her emotions, passion, confusion and her reactions. Amelia is retrospective in nature, seeking acceptance of who she is, yet not fully understanding the true nature and purpose of her actions. Whilst you learn to accept who you are; learning to live with it can be an arduous journey. The feisty, sarcastic and lovable Amelia with her own complexities of mind had us riveted, and let’s not forget the palpable –forbidden- attraction she had to the enigmatic Dr Chastain. On that, we were with her too!

‘I want to tackle him, crawl inside his skin, and stay safe and warm until everything isn’t so frightening anymore.’

Dr Leo Chastain is Amelia’s psychiatrist at the Oasis live-in facility. From the moment we began spending time with them in their one to one therapy sessions we felt the tension yet at the same time the beginning of a healing process through self-discovery and learning of coping tools. Leo cuts a powerful figure. Intelligent, caring and understanding. Yet inside the gentle and good mannered doctor lies a passionate beating heart and a filthy mind waiting to pounce. However, ethics and propriety comes first in its utmost importance. We have to say though that when Leo let’s go, he lets go in the most spine thrilling way that had us falling in lust and love.

‘Damn you, Amelia. Damn your sarcasm, your lies, your eyes that tell me more than your mouth ever has, your scent that drives me crazy, and your beautiful, wounded heart. You’re goddamn perfect and I’m going straight to hell.”

The power of L.M Halloran’s words never fail to compel us. Once more she excited us with a wonderfully addictive and compelling story which had a slow burn, simmering romance that at times took a backseat to the important story of following a road to self-discovery and healing. The Fall Before Flight was an outstanding character driven story which left us breathless at times. Full of soul searching and a complex life broken by dark tragedy; it had a great dose of angst, twists, passion and ultimately love.

“I’m keeping you,” he whispers.

“Okay,” I whisper back. “Can I keep you, too?”

“I’m already yours.”

 

Synopsis

I didn’t try to kill myself. It was an accident.
No, more than that — a natural disaster.
Fate’s fickle lightning strike.

No one believes me.

I can’t blame them, really.
There’s something wrong with me.
I’m incapable of emotions that come naturally
to others. Fear, compassion, love…

I might be a sociopath.

Everyone thinks I’m beyond help.
Everyone but Dr. Leo Chastain.
One of us is going to break the other…

Care to place a bet?

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