Author: Jane Green
384 pages, published July 19, 2016
Genre: Women's Fiction
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…
Let me start by saying that I've always loved Jane Green's books! I loved her 2015 novel, Summer Secrets. Unfortunately, I did NOT love this one. Or, let's use the Falling analogy...this book started out as a four star...then fell to a three star...and finally, with one of the worst endings I've read in a VERY long time, fell to a two star.
Starting out, I loved Emma as a character. I related to her in so many ways. But this one just fell flat for me. I also loved Dominic as a character. The characters weren't the problem--the slow moving plot and ridiculous ending were.
Though I'm disappointed with this book, this won't keep me from reading any future Jane Green books, as I've enjoyed her books before this one. But don't let this book be your first exposure to Jane Green--I would recommend Summer Secrets or The Other Woman first.
Overall rating for "Falling": 2 stars