Wednesday, July 20, 2016

#REVIEW #NEW #RELEASE! "Falling, a novel" by Jane Green

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…

Advance Praise:
"Gripping and powerful." -- Emily Giffin, #1 New York Times bestselling author

"The kind of novel you'll gobble up at one sitting." -- Cosmopolitan

"A smart, complex, character-driven read." -- The Washington Post

"The perfect summer read." -- Kristin Hannah, #1 New York Times bestselling author

I was going to rate this only as a 3.5 rating, but the ratings must be full, so I'll go up to a 4. This was an enjoyable novel to read, and a good summer one to pass the time while lying on the beach, or for someone like me, inside, with the air on! Hey! It’s HOT out when you have no shade! It’s just that from the description and the cover of the book (I'll admit it! Yet the cover says everything! That's all I'll say!) I had such huge hopes for this book, that I feel a little let down. Don’t get me wrong, I did enjoy the book, but I’m just not ‘falling’ all over myself with praise for it, and that is probably because you know how some books just suck you into their story and no matter what you do you can’t put the book down because the author has sucked you completely in? This book did not do that to me. This is what I was SO hoping this book was going to do to me, and I wanted it to do that, but it fell short in that area for myself. It was enjoyable reading how Emma and Dominic’s relationship happened, and yes, he is the perfect father, too perfect, which is probably one reason why this story fell flat for me. When the end came, Emma ended up having to do so much more growing in such little time in the end, but then again, I felt the end went on for far too long because we know how it’s going to end.  Every time you thought it was over, it kept on going, and right when you knew how it was going to end, it just felt stretched out. It did focus on the person it was supposed to, but I thought there would have been more about another person? Go figure. That probably sounds as confusing as all heck, but if you read this book, then I think you’ll know what I’m talking about because you are probably asking yourself what the heck am I talking about? I don’t want to ruin this for you, so it’s better to leave you confused! This does all tie together at the very end, and when you read it you’ll understand what I mean, but I can’t say anymore or give any more detail away. It’s too easy to ruin it and I refuse to do that.
Thank you to Berkley Publishers for this BEAUTIFUL hardcover book, along with the ease of the ebook! You are beyond GREAT, as always! Thanks to NetGalley, too! This book was provided to me for free in exchange for my written opinion.

At Goodreads there is a GIVEAWAY for this book! It runs from July 11th to July 25th, 2016! Go to the book's page and scroll down and after the Description you'll see the Giveaway! Good luck! (There are a LOT of people trying for this!)

ebook: $12.99
print:   $17.17

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