If I Fall
by Kate Noble
Sarah Forrester has been dealt a horrible hand. She was engaged and the happiest she had ever been, then at her engagement ball she discovered that her fiancé was in love with another woman. He offered to stay with her, but Sarah was too good a person to hold him to her and doom him to a life of regrets. Instead of being sympathized with, society turned on her and dubbed her The Girl Who Lost a Duke. She wants nothing more than to disappear. Instead, Sarah gets taken under the wing of one of society's reigning queens, learning to show the world how much of a catch she really is, turning the The Girl Who Lost a Duke into the The Golden Lady.
Jackson Fletcher sees this woman, this Golden Lady, and has no idea who she is, but he knows Sarah Forrester and longs to meet her again. He becomes so frustrated by the facade that Sarah has put on that he can think of nothing but making Sarah show the world her true face. He launches a campaign to use her childhood dreams to bring her out of her shell. However, instead of bringing Sarah out of her shell, it drags him into a world of espionage. Now Jackson is forced into using Sarah's suitors to help the government stop a war.
Jackson and Sarah have known each other a long time, but haven't seen one another in almost a decade. Their history is shared with us in a series of flashbacks that show a young, infatuated Sarah and an enthralled Jackson. His family is, to say the least, not affecionate, but the Forrester family took him in under their wings and he fell in love with Sarah.
For me though, the present time Jackson and Sarah didn't spend enough time together for me to believe the romance. Time would jump ahead a couple of weeks and we would experience their time together through their impressions and memories, instead of actually allowing us to see their interactions. When we did start spending time with them in each other's company, they were already feeling warmly to each other. So I put aside the logical part of my brain and just accepted the fact that they now loved each other, and then I was able to enjoy the story.
Those that follow Kate Noble will recognize Sarah Forrester from her previous novel Follow My Lead. You're definitely going to want to read this book and see Sarah's happy ending. I haven't read the previous book, but I didn't feel as if I was missing anything. Even though I wasn't invested in Sarah's story beforehand, I was still really glad that I was able to see Sarah get her own HEA since she was instrumental in letting a previous couple find theirs.
“Sarah gets her happily ever after!”
April 2012, 352 pages
After a duke's betrayal, the resilient Sarah Forrester reinvents herself as the Golden Lady: society's leading light, the beautiful and witty life of the party. It's all a facade of course -one that protects her from another intimate disloyalty. When her old friend, Lieutenant Jackson Fletcher, returns to London, he is determined to rediscover the true and trusting Sarah he once knew. It'll take more than a kiss and a promise. It might even call for an innocent and necessary deception.
Then Jackson is enlisted to help capture the lead suspect in a murder-- a man who happens to be Sarah's most ardent suitor. Jack must continue the deception, and weathering this newest and gravest betrayal will be Sarah's ultimate test. But as Jack's passion for her grows, he must also reveal his own secrets. And as the killer turns his attention to his pursuers, more than love and trust is put at risk.