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Arc Review | Falling by Jane Green

This is a good beach read, one you could probably read in a day. 

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…

Honestly, most of the book was just average for me. It was a nice summer read. A light romance about a single woman who meets this single dad and they fall in love. I liked it. Most of the book was three stars for me.

It was a nice break from some of the heavy books I was reading that had betrayal, murder, mayhem. A light romance is a good after all that. I suppose I just wish that I felt more invested in the characters. I was more interested in the fact that Emma was interested in DIY and interior design. I’ve been hooked lately on DIY shows (Fixer Upper, Property Brothers, House Hunters, Kitchen Crashers, etc.), so I was more interested in that aspect of the story than in the romance.

That’s not to say that I didn’t like the characters, because I did. But I think they felt a little flat at times.

But can we just talk about the ending. There was a twist that I didn’t see coming. Hint: you’ll definitely need some Kleenex.

Either way, I enjoyed this book. Except for the ending. We need to talk about that ending.

*I received an arc copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

My Rating: 3.5/5 stars

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