Before I Fall
by Jessica Scott
Stay focused. Get a job. Save her father's life.
Beth Lamont knows far too much about the harsh realities of life her gilded classmates have only read about in class. She'll do whatever it takes to take care of her father, even if that means tutoring a guy like Noah - a guy who represents everything she hates about the war, soldiers and what the Army has done to her family.
Noah Warren doesn't know how to be a student. All he knows is war. But he's going to college now to fulfill a promise and he doesn't break his promises. Except he doesn't count on his tutor being drop dead gorgeous and distracting as hell. One look at Beth threatens to unravel the careful lies Noah has constructed around him.
A simple arrangement turns into something neither of them can deny. And a war that neither of them can forget could destroy them both.
This is a standalone Romance and isn't related to any other books by Jessica Scott.
Beth Lamont is determined to finish the top rated college she attends, following her hopes and dreams. Beth's dreams however are slightly different to that of her peers. Beth is looking towards securing not only a good job but also one that can provide her and her father with the Medical insurance they so desperately need.
Beth's father is an ex-soldier and vet of the war in Iraq. Having sustain back injuries, he survives on the pain killers that are having less of an effect as his body becomes reliant on them. With surgery the only option, and with the bureaucracy and lack of support from the VA hospital, debts are mounting and addiction is becoming the greater problem.
When Beth is asked to tutor a new student, she excepts knowing the money can help. But what will happen when she has to push aside her hatred of all things military and tutor another Vet from a war that has had such a detrimental effect on her personally.
Noah Warren is back on Civvie street, following his decision to leave the army and the life that had become second nature to him. His friend and fellow soldier, L.T, managed to get him into business school and persuaded him to follow a life outside of the military. When he meets up with his tutor, there is an instant attraction, one that is hard to ignore. Her presence makes him forget and for the first time in a long time, he see's something more than the atrocities of war. Noah has become accustomed to hiding not only the physical scars from his time in Iraq, but also the very ugly emotional ones. How will the problems he lives with daily, effect the future he could have with Beth?
This was a really enjoyable read. I would describe it as a gentle romance packed with hard-hitting, real and serious issues faced by the many brave women and soldiers that fight in wars. Not only do we read about the hardships of those physically effected by war, but we also get to read about the struggles they have for treatment. It is a sad, but common tale of military personnel and their families being let down by the countries they fight for.
You then have Noah, who carries physical scars, but more seriously the hidden scars; otherwise known as PTSD. He is fighting for a future whilst being plagued by the past and he struggles to do that with the help of prescriptive drugs. His reliance on them may just stop the future he wants with Beth ever becoming a reality though. Jessica Scott describes the struggles he has psychologically with a sympathetic and well researched clarity; It was a sad but hopeful depiction of life after War.
A well written and researched book about the struggles of finding love after the horrors of war. I look forward to the next book, following the lives of others featured in this one.
Elizabeth - 4 Crowns
This emotional story is about Beth, a young girl who carries the weight of the world with her. She has serious responsibilities of school, working, taking care of her father. There is no time for her to enjoy life, to find happiness...
Enter Noah, he is an injured Vet that returns to college and right into Beth's life.
He is going through some serious struggles, as is Beth, but they find each other... and struggle together.. and find that little bit of themselves, of each other, and of love...
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it!
Emma - 4 Crowns