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Monday, July 18, 2016

(66)Falling by Jane Green


From a young age Emma Montague has been fascinated with America.  Growing up in her cavernous childhood home in the Engish countryside she devoured books such as Little Women and Little House on the Prairie.  So when she is offered a banking job in New York City, Emma jumps at it with glee.   Now she is thirty-seven and burned out by her high-powered job.  She leaves the city for a charming community in Connecticut.  Emma doesn't know what she wants to do with the rest of her life, but she knows she wants to slow down.  She rents this charming little cottage that is in desperate need of love.  Her landlord, Dominic, is a handsome single father, who happens to live right next door.  Before Emma knows what hits her she finds herself falling for Dominic and his six-year-old son, Jesse.  Even though Dominic and Emma are complete opposites and come from completely different backgrounds, their relationship is solidifying into the best thing that has happened to either of them.  But then there is a simple mishap that threatens everything they have and plan to have.  Will true love trump all?

I am sure it is no surprise to any of you that I absolutely adore Jane Green.   I read an article recently that Jane (I call her Jane as if we were friends) used her own life's tale as the basis for Falling.  In Emma, she has created a character who is smart, charming, hard-working, independent, and strong. I liked her from the very first page.  I loved the fact that she wasn't picky about a cottage that was less than perfect - she was willing to work to make it perfect.  Dominic is what you imagine a blue-collar worker to be.  Hard-working, easy-going, and enjoys burgers and beer over fancy meals.   Their relationship is a bit predictable with some instability in the form of an ex and parents not pleased with the pairing, but they work through it all.   I was absolutely blown away by what happened in the last 50 pages or so.  CLICK HERE FOR SPOILERS.  Up until that point, I suspected that Falling would follow the formula of most Chick Lit novels.   It did not and that is why I am putting it in my "Best of"  category.  When an author shocks you so much your jaw drops, it is a wonderful and rare experience.

Bottom line - I have read every book that Jane Green has written over the last sixteen years.  I enjoy her books just as much today as I did with her very first novel.  With engaging characters and flawless storyline,  Falling is one of her best yet.

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