Title: On Dublin Street
Author: Samantha Young
Publisher: NAL Trade (December 31, 2012)
An emotional journey of passion, love and trust.
Jocelyn Butler (Joss) has kept everyone at arm’s length for years, ever since her parents and sister, Elizabeth died in a car crash and then a year later her best friend, whom she had relied on while in foster care, was killed in an accident that Joss blames on herself. So for eight years she never let anyone close, as she spent her teenage years rebelling from everything, it was only after one scary incident when she was eighteen that she decided to change her life, yet still keeping her emotional walls up.
She moves to Scotland, the country her mother was from and with dual citizenship Joss is able to go to college and escape. Now, newly graduated from college she is ready to make her way as a writer. The problem is that she is in need of a new place and roommate since her best friend moved to London to continue her own education.
Joss is very frugal when it comes to her inheritance, as if it spending as little as possible would lessen the reason she has this money. Joss decides she needs to spend more for the kind of place she wants, something that will help the creative juices flow for her writing. She finds a great place and wonderful roommate in Elle; unfortunately it comes at a price: becoming friends with Elle, meeting and liking her family and feeling even more for her brother Braden, causing Joss to have panic attacks as she realizes she has not dealt with her family’s death after so many years.
We follow Joss as she works through her sorrow and begins to live again with the help of Elle and Braden. Braden pushes all her buttons and makes her live again and by falling in love with him she lets him break through the walls she has constructed around her emotions. This is an angst filled touching story about trust, love and letting others in. Although written in first person (something to get use to) I thoroughly enjoyed the story, as it kept me involved to the end to find if Joss completes her journey with the help of Braden.