Thursday, July 21, 2016

Falling by Jane Green

Hardcover, 384 pages
Expected publication: July 19th 2016 by Berkley
The New York Times bestselling author of The Beach House,Jemima J, and Summer Secrets presents a novel about the pleasure and meaning of finding a home—and family—where you least expect them...

When Emma Montague left the strict confines of upper-crust British life for New York, she felt sure it would make her happy. Away from her parents and expectations, she felt liberated, throwing herself into Manhattan life replete with a high-paying job, a gorgeous apartment, and a string of successful boyfriends. But the cutthroat world of finance and relentless pursuit of more began to take its toll. This wasn’t the life she wanted either.

On the move again, Emma settles in the picturesque waterfront town of Westport, Connecticut, a world apart from both England and Manhattan. It is here that she begins to confront what it is she really wants from her life. With no job, and knowing only one person in town, she channels her passion for creating beautiful spaces into remaking the dilapidated cottage she rents from Dominic, a local handyman who lives next door with his six-year-old son.

Unlike any man Emma has ever known, Dominic is confident, grounded, and committed to being present for his son whose mother fled shortly after he was born. They become friends, and slowly much more, as Emma finds herself feeling at home in a way she never has before.

But just as they start to imagine a life together as a family, fate intervenes in the most shocking of ways. For the first time, Emma has to stay and fight for what she loves, for the truth she has discovered about herself, or risk losing it all.

In a novel of changing seasons, shifting lives, and selfless love, a story unfolds—of one woman’s far-reaching journey to discover who she is truly meant to be…

My Thoughts…

Falling is the first Jane Green book for me, leaving me to wonder if I have been living under a rock.    This book is wonderful.   Jane Green’s writing style is wonderful.   I was pulled right into the storyline with the amazing setting and the charismatic characters.  The love story was sweet but not easy, the relationships were true and hard, and the friendships were real.     

The cutest character was Jesse.  A young boy who’s mother left him to be raised by his handsome, handy, and wonderful father, Dominic.     Jane Green did a perfect job with him.  He acted as a child should.  Sometimes he rebelled,  most of the time he was loving, and always he acted like a child should.     His life was not perfect but it was normal.  

Emma and Dominic both had interesting parents.   I liked that their life was not perfect.    There were mistakes, both by themselves and their families.    The doubts came into their relationships but they stuck it out and made their relationship the priority.   While they struggled at times, there was never any doubt that Emma and Dominic were meant to be. 

I cannot end my review without mentioning the ending.  I won’t spoil it for you but Oh My Gosh!   I never saw it coming, I still can’t believe that twist, and am not sure what to think of it.   I was left with my mouth hanging open not able to believe what I was reading.  

This is my first Jane Green book but not my last     I recommend picking up your own copy.  

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Good Morning America declared Falling “the perfect summer read”

Enchanting and lyrical, Falling is a summer love story you don't want to miss.”
– Bustle

“Some are calling Falling [Jane Green’s] best yet.”
– The Associated Press

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