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Fall from Trace

(London League #5)

4.48  ·  Rating details ·  231 ratings  ·  61 reviews
Gone, but not forgotten...

Alex Sommerville should have been dead. To the world, he had been dead for almost five years, and with him, the secrets he had carried as Trace, the most elusive member of the London League. When a chance to escape finally comes, Alex finds just enough life left in him to take it, and races off to return to the woman he loves.

...Back, but at what
Kindle Edition, 281 pages
Published February 1st 2020 by Phase Publishing
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Kathy * Bookworm Nation
I don't usually pre-order books, but when I saw Fall from Trace was up for sale, I couldn't resist. And that on! I than anxiously waited for it to be released so I could finally learn Trace's story. Alex Sommerville has long been thought dead, his closest friends and love of his life have spent the last five years mourning his passing. But, he wasn't really dead, at least not physically.

This is not a standalone story, you could probably read it as one, but it is much better if
Holy Molly!!!!! Wow!!!! I LOVED it! I think this might be my new favorite! Ugh, but there is still The Gent ok so maybe they are both equally good. Maybe it's a tie! Seriously so good! The pace was perfect. I didn't feel like anything was repeated. The feel of this was so sad but so much hope! Nothing happened to quickly or too slow. Trace or Alex and Poppy's reunion was exactly what I have been waiting for, for 3 books. Rebecca wrote this so well. I'm so glad they had time to just heal and that ...more
Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
I had a small hunch while reading the previous books that Trace may still be alive, so I was thrilled to finally read his story and see where his path took him. He had some seriously traumatic experiences and returns changed, suffering from PTS, yet also beginning his healing process as Poppy and his friends provide the support he needs. It was interesting how his relationship with Poppy is full of new dynamics that are complicated, but when everything else is put aside, they are able to connect ...more
Katie W
Feb 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Warning--read it in order!!

While I completely enjoyed this story, I feel like I sneaked a peak at my Christmas present sitting under the tree and the surprise of unwrapping it on that joyous holiday was taken away from me. I haven't read this series yet and didn't realize how important reading these books in order is for the reader to get the maximum enjoyment out of them. I've heard so many great things about this series and when this one came up on a blog tour, I jumped at my chance to dive
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: re-read-worthy
I literally let out a squeal of excitement when I saw this book up for pre-order! When it showed up on my kindle, I stopped the book I was reading and immediately started this one. And oh, my, it was worth it! I LOVED this book! It was written so well! Not rushed, but not slow. Letting us feel Alex's pain, but hold onto hope. Showing the strength of love and friendship. And as always, great action and suspense!

This is a series best understood and enjoyed when read in order.
Fall from Trace is the final installment of the London League Spy Series from Rebecca Connolly and it’s everything readers are expecting. Secretly readers have been hoping that Trace will eventually show up and he does at long last in this exciting story. In addition to this being Trace’s story, it is fun for this story to brings together all the London League Spies. An action and adventure filled story with plenty of danger, this story also has the sweet romance between Trace and Poppy with ...more
Jan 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Alex Sommerville has been imprisoned and beaten for the past 4 1/2 years. When he finds a chance to escape he ends up on Poppy Edgewood's doorstep, near death. Alex loved Poppy once, and thoughts of her got him through the last few years, but he's only a shell of the man he once was.

I ached for Alex (Trace) for the way he suffered, and his attempts to regain physical strength and recover emotionally. Poppy also suffered in his absence, and again as she tried to figure out her new place in
Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-tours, read-2020
“A treasured thing once broken becomes more favored, does it not? More precious for the fear of losing it forever? We are more careful with it, more mindful, and more aware. The damage wakes us to the true, irreplaceable value of it, and we love it all the more.”

Such a delightful book set in Regency England with a group of swoony spies, intrigue, action and fight scenes, and heart-stopping romance! This is book 5 in The London League series and can definitely be read as a stand-alone. I do,
Romance - Clean
Violence - Mild with descriptions of beatings and torture
Language - Mild
Recommendation - High
Something I would re-read - Absolutely
Series - Book 5 (These REALLY need to be read in order)

I love this book! Stayed up late into the night finishing it. I love this series, I love Rebecca Connolly. She is one of my absolute favorite authors. I have loved everything of hers I have read. She does not disappoint.

I have been highly anticipating this story about Trace, especially with what
Fall from Trace was an intriguing tale! I had not read the other books in the series, so I did have to play catch up with the characters. The author did a good job of writing the story so that I could figure out what had happened in the past and get to know the other characters who belonged to the London League a little bit.

I liked Poppy and Alex a lot. There was plenty of romantic tension and both of these characters had a lot of hurt from the past few years to get over. Alex also had the added
Maria Thomas
This book is well written and a good story but way too violent for me to totally enjoy. I probably would have given it 5 stars or at least 4.5 if I could have enjoyed it more. I read it over a 24 hour time period but kept having to take breaks because the descriptions of the torture Trace endured were just too horrible for me. I typically avoid anything more than mild violence that might happen in a brief period of a book. This was pretty much the entire book. Most of it was reliving what had ...more
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing

Torture. Horrible and haunting. PTSD. Love and hopeless loneliness. Then a miracle. Healing. Danger. More healing. And my favorite... Revenge!
I look forward to Rooks story. Who betrayed Trace? Where is One? Who is One? This is a marvelous series and so far I will be reading all of them!
Feb 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
I have been looking forward to reading this book since the very first hint that Trace could be alive! I was unsure at first about the approach to this story, but I ended up really liking it. Also, I am so so happy that this was not the end! Can't wait for the next book!
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2020
Alex Sommerville, known as Trace in the spy world, is presumed dead. No one has seen or heard from him in 4-1/2 years. When Trace finally has an opportunity to escape, he takes it and ends up on Poppy's doorstep practically dead.

Alex and Poppy were childhood sweethearts, but now there is a lot to heal from. Alex has been physically and mentally abused as a prisoner and can't just pick up where he left off almost 5 years ago. Poppy has also suffered a lot in the past 5 years and now she is
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Can I give this one ten stars? Please? SO. GOOD. This might be my favorite, and that is saying something. But seriously. If anyone deserves to take Gent’s spot on the pedestal, it is Trace.


Wow. Just - wow. Where to begin? This is THE STORY -- the one we've been waiting for. Is Trace alive? Spoiler alert: Yup.

Alex lives! ...but he's the walking wounded; a shadow of the hale and shockingly intelligent, albeit somewhat reckless, man he once was. What else could we expect though, as he's been
Jan 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Fall from Trace gives us the story of agent Alex Sommerville aka Trace who in London League book #1, The Lady and the Gent, you learn supposedly died when a mission did not go according to plan. I haven't read all the books in this series, but was able to grasp enough of the backstory from this book for this to work as a standalone novel even though I am sure it is more enjoyable if you have read the entire series in order.
Alex has been captive on a smuggler's ship for over four and a half
Meagan Myhren-bennett
Fall from Trace
The London League #5
By Rebecca Connolly

Alex Sommerville is no longer the man he once was. Having been captured and tortured for the last almost five years the man he was has died many times over without actually drawing his last breath. To those who once knew him he has been dead.

Poppy Edgewood gave up everything to stay true to her love for Alex. Her family abandoned her, her friends have shunned her, and the life of privilege she once had is a thing of the past.

When a chance to
Feb 02, 2020 rated it liked it
I have enjoyed the whole London League series very much and this was a nice addition. Not my favorite one, but good. I loved how the author weaved in so many of our beloved comrades from the previous books into the story so we could all enjoy the banter and brotherly love they share. I enjoyed how the author didn't shy away from adding a story to this series that had to deal with the harsh aspect of what things could have looked like when a mission doesn't go perfectly. A couple of my personal ...more
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
I swear I have been waiting for this book for forever. Well... you get what I mean.

Trace has been mentioned since the first book in the series. He was the league's regret. He was their banner call to do better and be better. They never stopped hoping and looking for clues about him even though he was presumed dead. He has been part of every book while not being present. When I saw this book was coming I quickly read the fourth and anxiously anticipated the release of Fall from Trace. The wait
Ballet in AK
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fall from Trace by Rebecca Connelly (5 stars)

If torture isn’t your thing, then give this one a pass. Granted, it’s not explicit, but the book deals with Trace, who has been tortured for the last 4 1/2-5 years. And the aftermath on his psyche.

The years have not been easy on our heroine, either. She’s been cast off by her family and forced to become a woman farmer who barely scrapes by. Luckily, she has a very loyal and hard-working servant who showed up about 4 1/2 years ago....

This story is
Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review-books
I LOVED THIS BOOK! In fact I love this SERIES! I’ve been looking forward to this addition to the series from the very first mention of Trace, hoping that one day we would get to read his story and it’s finally here
This book has all of the previous characters mentioned in It so I definitely recommend reading the books prior to this if you haven’t already. There are also a few new characters that are introduced in this one... which makes me think there is great potential for a spin-off series
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book! London League followers have been puzzling over Trace since Book 1, and knew things were getting CRAZY when Rook's story came out. But, MAN! From the picture on the cover, through every chapter, all the way to the hints for next book in the end, I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
I had to take a few breaks throughout because it is actually very intense. The descriptions from the author of what Alex (Trace) goes through during his time in captivity really make you feel anxious,
Holly Bleggi
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love Rebecca Connolly’s books and this one did not disappoint! I have loved reading the London League Series and who wouldn’t when you have spies and them helping change the fate of England in the early 1800s. I am glad that we finally got Alex’s, aka Trace, and Poppy’s story. Just considering how Alex’s supposed death affected all the members of the League it was great to know he was really alive and to have him be reunited with the woman he loved. I loved how things weren’t smooth sailing ...more
Anneke  Bartschi
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have been waiting to read Trace’s story since his character was introduced and bits of information was given about him in past London League books. I have to admit, though, that I had anxiety and cried when reading about what Trace went through while he was a prisoner for 4 1/2 years. It was heartbreaking to read how it affected both him and Poppy. Without giving anything away, at first I did not like the way Trace faced his captors at the end of the story and thought it was a little ...more
Suzie Waltner
Feb 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
I came into The London League series in the middle, but the questions surrounding the disappearance of Trace haven’t escaped me. Now, Rebecca Connolly reveals what happened to Alex Sommerville. From his escape to his arrival on Poppy’s doorstep to the past years that haunt him and the tension between the man and the woman who has refused to believe he was truly dead, Fall From Trace is an adventure you do not want to miss.

Whether seen with the eye or buried more than skin-deep, both Alex and
Feb 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a character-driven action story. There is romance but it is secondary to Trace's recovery both physically and emotionally. Having read so much about Trace in previous books in the series, I looked forward to this book. His recovery was slow, consequently the book slowed down in the middle. That all changed in the latter quarter of the book and it became action packed. I could not relate to the horrors that Trace went through, but I could understand Poppy. So much of the time, she did not ...more
Becky M
Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely FANTASTIC! Love is a powerful motivator and yet it also makes people really stupid. You get to see both sides of it in this book. Love is the spark that literally moves a man from the brink of death to be with his one hope for living. Alex is a character that I feel sorry for. Not in the sense that that sounds. I really feel badly for his horrific experiences and a recovery that will not let the memories stray very far. Poppy is a character anyone can love. She’s a put one foot in ...more
Sherri Tutor
Feb 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
A clean historical romance series about the member of the London League, Trace (Alex), a spy for the London League, looking for the Fraction, a group against the Crown, was captured and taken prison on a pirate’s ship. He escapes and heads to Poppy, the woman he loves and the memories with her have kept him alive during the 5 year imprisonment. Everyone including her assume he is dead, when he shows up at Poppy’s cottage in a beaten state.
Will they overcome his injuries and the horror of his
Emily Yager
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have loved this entire series. And this new addition to the set is no exception. That cover, really sums up the mood for this story perfectly.

After hearing about Trace’s death in one of the earlier books, and getting a hinky feeling about it. I am so glad he is not dead after all. This is an emotional read on a lot of levels. From Alex (Trace) torture and homecoming to Penny’s heartbreak. It did get a bit intense at times. The reuniting of lost love and the healing process these two go
Feb 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
I've read other books by Connolly and loved them! I haven't read any of the other books in this series though and to be thrown in here, it really does seem to be connected. The interesting was intriguing and once Poppy punched Alex, I knew it would be a good story but it dragged on too long in the middle before it built up to the climax.

Still, I liked it and Poppy was a strong woman though I hated it when she blamed everyone on Alex. She choose to mourn him, not him. So that was getting annoying
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