Falling is Green’s 18th novel and is described on the cover as, ‘a love story’. I loved the simplicity and elegance of the jacket in cool shades of blue.
An entertaining but bittersweet read with hopes, dreams, laughter and love – but will there be a happily ever after?
I feel bad to say it, but not my favourite ever Jane Green book – the story felt a little slow at times. Nevertheless, a thoughtful and, at times, heart-warming love story with some touching and sad moments in Green’s classic easy-to-read style.
Emma Montague has left the fast-paced world of finance in New York City for a quieter pace of life in Westport Connecticut.
She finds a tiny, run-down beach cottage to rent and strikes up a friendship with landlord, Dominic. Dominic agrees to let her give the cottage a makeover – indulging her passion for interior design.
Romance begins to blossom between the two and over time Emma forms a friendship six-year-old son, Jesse.
I’m not going to spoil the ending, but it will take you by surprise. The ‘love story’ referenced on the front cover may not be the one you thought it was.
I’ve never met a Jane Green heroine I don’t like and Emma is no exception to the rule. She’s a fun and loveable leading lady who has left the rat race in NYC for a simpler pace of life ( a storyline that always has me cheering from the offset – you go girl!)
I enjoyed Emma’s passion for interior design and how this was explored in the book as she allowed herself to tap into a different lifestyle. She is re-inventing herself and taking a risk to do something she loves – always winning themes.
For a large chunk of this story, Emma argues with herself as to why she shouldn’t pursue a relationship with Dominic – ultimately making the ending even more heartbreaking.
Her anxiety about the relationship, however, makes her a relatable heroine, as we are rooting for her to finally get the guy. Just when Emma thinks she has her new life nailed – her world turns upside down in a shocking twist.
An enjoyable read exploring themes of transformation, relationships and family. This is a sweet love story with a tear-jerking twist right at the end.
I found it quite different in style from a number of Green’s other books such as Jemima J, but enjoyed it nevertheless. Green writes in the present tense which personally I find a highly simplistic but easy-to-read style. I never feel particularly challenged by her books – not a criticism as I like my chick-lit to serve up easy escapism.
Green remains the queen of rom-com and Falling was no exception with a lovely blooming love story between the two main characters. Dominic’s son Jesse is a warm and engaging supporting character, adding depth to the story – ultimately he plays a major role in Emma’s ‘love story’.
A pleasant read from Green with an emotional punch right at the end – keep a box of tissues handy!
‘This is not the farmhouse of her dreams. This isn’t even the beach cottage of her dreams. But it could be. With just a little bit of work, if her oddly welcoming landlord acquiesced, she could transform this into something, if not magnificent, at least beachy, and airy, and filled with charm.’ Jane Green – Falling
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