Falling (Macm01 13 06 2019) Hardcover – 14 July 2016
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In all honesty I could not for the life of me figure out what Emma and Dominic had in common beyond physical attraction. As a character Dominic is very flat on the page and lacks any real depth beyond being a single dad who works as a bartender and rents out his Grandparents old home to keep himself afloat. Emma herself is a little more interesting but the English Reserve trope is overdone and rather than being reserved she comes off as being downright rude and selfish. I was also left feeling a little uncomfortable by some of her interactions with Dominic's son as they felt more than a little like she was using the child to get to the dad.
Despite the above I found myself actively wanting to read one more chapter and enjoying the story. Lots of ups and downs that felt fairly true to life (well, life as it rolls out in Novel World) and some interesting interactions with characters on the periphery of the tale. I particularly enjoyed the interplay between Dominic and Emma and their respective parents. Both of them have their own reasons for keeping their parents at arms length and whilst the tropes are overplayed (in my opinion) they do still work.
My biggest issue was with the ending of the book. There is no way that the whole Guardianship thing would have happened, it just wouldn't. It actively left a bad taste in my mouth and I hated that the author felt the need to tie everything up with a neat little bow. Should have been left on a down-note.
I mostly enjoyed the book, but i’m A little traumatised.
I'm a huge Jane green fan , but this was the beach house rewritten with some awfull other bits thrown in to add bulk to the book . come on Jane green write something new please !
Nevertheless, this was a delightful story of a woman making a new life, with many well-drawn characters, and a satisfying, unexpected ending. I particularly enjoyed the presence of Emma’s eccentric parents in the book.
The ending was not what I expected. All in all an enjoyable read!
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After realising he was in danger of following in his volatile parents’ footsteps, Dominic made a conscious effort to keep his life drama free. While his relationship with Jesse’s mum Stacy was anything but peaceful, he was committed to trying to make things work for their son’s sake. After Stacy abandoned them, Dominic turned his attention to giving Jesse the best childhood possible and despite being a little overindulgent with his son, he is an outstanding father. Completely comfortable in his skin and unreservedly happy with his life, Dominic is pretty shocked when he begins to fall for Emma. The romance between Dominic and Emma is relatively conflict free but there are a few bumps in the road when their relationship hits a few unexpected snags. The first big surprise is Jesse’s sudden indifference towards Emma after he becomes aware of their relationship. And then the ex Stacy reappears... (drumroll)
Falling is a wonderful opposites attract romance that is quite riveting. The characters are multi-layered and although imperfect, they are easy & appealing. The relationship between Emma and Dominic is incredibly sweet and even though they fall in love quickly, their feelings for one another are believable. An absolutely stunning plot twist near the story’s end will leave readers reeling but Jane Green does bring the novel to a happy, albeit bittersweet, conclusion. At times, FALLEN can seem as if it’s veering toward the predictable or easy, relying on standard romance plots (upper-class English girl falls for Italian-American working boy, biological mum intrudes). But even these potentially overdone plot elements seem fresh and unexpected under Green’s authorship. Once again, Jane Green has delivered a thoughtful, heartfelt novel that’s perfect holiday reading.
Nice read though
Emma is an immature person. When her boyfriend gets quiet one night after being surprised by something, she goes of the deep end into despair like a 13 year old would, not middle aged woman.
Unlike most people, I found the last 20 pages to be the best because something actually happened. But overall, this was a very dull book.
This book was however a big disappointment.
The characters were not well developed (as they are in most of her books) they were one dimensional stereotypes.
The story was flat and very predictable.
I wish I had waited for the reviews to come out before purchasing this book hot off the press.
Hopefully her next book will be a great one like all the rest have been.