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Falling by Jane Green
Published by Berkley on July 19, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Domestic Life, Romance, Women
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The New York Times bestselling author of The Beach House, Jemima J, andSummer 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…
I’m going to start this review by clearly stating that I heart Jane Green. Her book Jemima J is one of my all time favorites and I own almost all of her books. I was super excited when I heard about Falling as it was her returning to romance. Emma is a English rose transplanted to the States for work, But after years in the high stress financial world in NYC she needs a change. Westport, Connecticut is the quiet oasis she has been searching for. Hoping to make her love of design her new career, she rents a fixer-upper from hot single dad Dominic who just happens to live next door with his small son.
The plot of Falling is classic Green. A woman who doesn’t know how amazing she is, a hunky man that just happens to be around and a crapton of emotion. The writing did not disappoint. Emotional and open, Jane Green writes from the heart. The pacing had a few bumps as some things seemed super accelerated but it did not detract from the read as a whole. The world built was strong and I could picture the scenes unfolding. The characters did leave me a bit flat. Emma was hard to attach to for the majority of the book, as she tended to be a bit selfish and shortsighted. Dominic as well, tended to see only what he wanted to and brushed off others’ concerns.
I was prepared to call this a standard meet cute book and leave it at that. However the last part of the book threw such a giant twist that made me love it. It was unexpected, super emotional and made the whole read so much deeper. All in all this was a successful return to romance for Jane Green and I will happily add Falling to my re-read shelf.
Favorite lines – This is exactly the kind of heartache and misery that comes with trusting someone else, looking to someone else to make you happy. I’m a loner. I’ve always been a loner, and I should never have tried to be someone else. This was my mistake in thinking I could have a relationship, that a connection, love, would make me happy. See how it ended up? I should have known better than to have given this much power to another person, allowed myself to get hurt in this way.
Biggest cliché – Hey, I just met you but I think we should be together forever.
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