Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Julie's Reviews: When We Fall

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Author: Emily Liebert
Series: None
Publication Date: September 2, 2014
Publisher: Penguin
Pages: 313
Obtained: Amazon Vine
Genre:  Contemporary Fiction, Women's Fiction
Rating: 3.75/5
Bottom Line: A charming story about starting over with some predictability
Grab, Just get it at the library, or Remove from your TBR list? Library
Summary: Ready for a fresh start, Allison Parker moves back to her hometown in the suburbs of New York. While she’d once savored the dynamic pace of city life, sadly, it lost its allure after her husband’s untimely death. Now, ready to focus on her art career accompanied by her ten-year-old son, Logan, Allison doesn’t anticipate that her past will resurface. When the wife of her husband’s best friend from summer camp takes her under her wing, things begin to spin out of control. At one time, Charlotte Crane thought she had it all—a devoted husband, a beautiful little girl, and enough financial security to never have to worry. But behind her “perfect” facade lie a strained marriage and a fractured relationship with her sister. When “new girl” Allison arrives in Wincourt, Charlotte welcomes the chance to build a friendship. Before long, Charlotte begins to see her life through Allison’s eyes, and the cracks in her seemingly flawless existence become impossible to ignore. As Allison heals from the loss of her husband—even wondering if she might be ready to date again—Charlotte feels more distant from her loved ones than ever before. The emerging friendship between the two women appears to be just the antidote both of them so desperately need...until everything falls apart.

Review: Allison Parker is an easy character to like. She's down to earth, unassuming, a great friend, mother, and daughter. Moving home to Wincourt, NY wasn't an easy decision for her. Moving from Manhattan meant leaving the memory of her husband Jack behind. Ali has concentrated on raising her son, Logan, for 10 years. Now she seems ready to start letting people into her life in more than a superficial way and she also looks to concentrate on her art.

In walk Charlotte and Charlie Crane. Charlotte is the first mom that she meets at Logan's new school and they have instant chemistry. Then out walks her husband Charlie and it turns out that Allison and Charlie went to the same camp and he was her husband, Jack's best friend. Charlie begins to help Allison around the house and you can see that the seeds of suspicion are being planted in Charlotte's mind by her own insecurities.

There's also the hot guy from high school that wasn't so hot then, Dempsey. I mean even his name is the epitome of cool. It turns out he's quite the businessman as well. His interest in Allison is noticeable from the first time they "meet".

I really enjoyed When We Fall and the characters within. There is definitely some predictability and sometimes are resolved too quickly but I wanted a quick read after getting done with some heavy and long books and this one fit the bill. I still have Ms. Liebert's You Knew Me When on the shelf to read and I'm looking forward to that plus any future books she will write.



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