July 20, 2016

Review: Falling by Jane Green

Falling: A Love Story
Author: Jane Green
Genre: Women's Fiction/Chick Lit
Release Date: July 19, 2016
Publisher: 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…

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


Falling is beautifully written and a fantastic story - the perfect summer read - for readers of all genres. I'm not a big fan of chick lit, but I don't dislike  it either - there are just other genres that I prefer. When I read the description for this book, it sounded like your standard tale of love, tough decisions, and the main character figuring out who they really are. Granted, it was all of these things - but also so much more. The story was very well written and had an easy, natural flow - which made it a quick read for me. I easily slipped into Emma's world at the very beginning of the novel and I didn't come back to reality until I had finished it. Every aspect about the book was exceptional, and I ended up loving this novel so much more than I would have thought before reading it. Emma's a great leading lady - she's incredibly realistic, with faults and strengths, just like everyone. She's down to earth, smart, and determined to find a life where she is happy and her best. She doesn't get it right the first couple tries, but refuses to give up - even when things aren't going very well. I loved her tenacity and strength - I think all of us could learn something from Emma throughout the book. I thoroughly enjoyed watching her figure out what she really wanted in life, especially when it came down to her happiness - and the romance was ridiculously sweet! I loved watching Emma and Dominic get to know each other and seeing their relationship blossom was heartwarming. Dominic is a lot more realistic than most men in books with romance, and I loved that the author wrote his character this way. There really isn't anything I would change about this novel - it's pretty much done to perfection, in my opinion. It's the perfect summer read and I highly recommend it to fans of all types of fiction, especially those who enjoy women's fiction, chick lit, and contemporary romance!
Jane Green's eighteenth novel, Falling, is soon to be released with Berkley/Penguin; she is the author of sixteen previous New York Times Bestselling novels, and known as one of the world's leading authors in women's fiction, with over ten million books in print, and translations in over 25 languages.

Previous novels have included The Beach House, Second Chance, Jemima J, and Tempting Fate.

She joined the ABC News team to write their first enhanced digital book— about the history of Royal marriages, then joined ABC News as a live correspondent covering Prince William’s wedding to Kate Middleton.

A former journalist in the UK, she has had her own radio show on BBC Radio London, and is a regular contributor on radio and TV, including as well as regularly appearing on television shows including Good Morning America, The Martha Stewart show, and The Today Show.

Together with writing books and blogs, she contributes to various publications, both online and print, including anthologies and novellas, and features for The Huffington Post, The Sunday Times, Cosmopolitan and Self. She has taught at writers conferences, and does regular keynote speaking, and has a weekly column in The Lady magazine, England’s longest running weekly magazine.

A graduate of the French Culinary Institute in New York, Green is bringing out her first cookbook: Good Taste , with Berkley in October 2016.

She is a storyteller for The Moth radio hour on NPR,
and lives in Westport, Connecticut with her husband and their blended family. When she is not writing, cooking, gardening, filling her house with friends and herding chickens, she is usually thanking the Lord for caffeine-filled energy drinks.

A cancer survivor, she continues to raise awareness for Malignant Melanoma, Hashimoto's Disease, and Lyme Disease.



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