- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Black Swan (28 July 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1784160636
- ISBN-13: 978-1784160630
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.4 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 296,558 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A beautifully poignant and uplifting novel, exquisitely written and wonderfully wise." (Rowan Coleman)
"Tears you apart and puts you together again" (Katie Fforde)
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"Beautifully crafted and utterly compelling . . . reflects perfectly the ecstatic highs and thundering lows of love, friendship and family." (Lucy Robinson)
"This moving novel will make you laugh and cry in equal measures and you won't be able to put it down" (Sunday Express)
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The book focuses on three generations of a family; Jo, single mother to three children; Lydia, Jo’s teenage daughter; and Honor, Lydia’s grandmother. Each woman is conflicted. Each one of them has a secret that they’re trying to cling on to. Each one of them is engaging and intriguing and I felt for them all throughout the story. It was made so easy to become invested in the lives of Jo, Honor and Lydia and their multi-layered characters were relevant and believable – genuine women who had flaws and made mistakes and kept secrets but truly deserving of real happiness and fulfilment.
Jo is mum to Lydia, Oscar and Iris. The chapter we meet Jo in, as she’s battling a bus journey with her two youngest, really well defined her role in life and the stage she was at. It was the perfect introduction to Jo and I cared for her character instantly and despite being closer to Lydia’s age, it was Jo I connected with the most throughout this book. She’s a lovely person and was so kind to everyone, even those who probably didn’t deserve it. This had me rooting for her even more.
Honor is far blunter and off-hand than Jo, with not much left in the way of family or friends, and not much effort put in on her part to change that. Even though Honor was a far more guarded character, she made me laugh throughout.Read more ›
I started this expecting one thing – probably a humdrum family story of women’s issues – and ended it feeling emotional and thoroughly moved. I read Dear Thing last year and liked the novel concept, though of a genre I don’t read very often.
Falling appeared to be similar – three women in one family, each with problems. But I realized within a few chapters, particularly about one character, how much I empathized with them.
Honor has a fall at home, and due to her age and injury, cannot return to her own home without support. Dutifully offering her own family dwelling is daughter-in-law Jo, once married to Honor’s son Stephen, dead ten years. We are not told why, not until much later in the story. Their teenage daughter Lydia is our third protagonist and narrator, herself suffering silently the pains of first love – for her best friend Avril.
I think that women of different ages may identify more strongly with one of these women, the one possibly closest to them in age, but I felt sympathy for each of them, and surprisingly more for Honor as the story progressed and I understood her better.
Jo had me instantly though – a widow who has remarried, now a single mother again with a teenager and two toddlers, also taking in her invalided mother-in-law (who pointedly dislikes her), and trying to cope with an ex-husband and his au-pair lover, as well as feelings for the younger, handsome neighbour next door. There are some truly cringe-worthy scenes that every parent of young children will wince in sympathy at, and some very good writing of family life and just how exhausting and never-ending it all is. Little Oscar and Iris don’t get much of a ‘speaking part’ but are nicely written by Cohen, who clearly has experience of young children.Read more ›
Over the course of the book we see them try to find coping strategies as well as begin to understand themselves and one another whilst addressing the ghosts of the past as well as facing the even scarier prospect of the future - a great book!
This story is told by 3 generations of woman from the same family, all with something to hide. Honor, a standoffish 80 year old has had a fall and has to go and live with her daughter in law, Jo, while she recovers. Jo was married to Stephen, Honors son, who died 10 years ago, leaving Jo to bring up Lydia their daughter. Jo is now going through a divorce from her second husband and Lydia is now 16 and sitting her exams. But things are about to chance in all their lives.
I loved all three of these characters and was gripped by watching them face the challenges in their lives since Stephen died. I wasn't sure about Honor to start with, she seemed very cold and distant with the only family she had but you soon come to realise why. I actually read this book again recently (it was called Day of Second Chances when I first came across it) as I've had some personal experience of the things that Honor is going through. And I got even more from it second time around especially as it gave me a different understanding of why Honor acts the way she does. Jo was lovely, the sort of friend everyone wants in a crisis (all that cake!!) and her relationship with her children was so beautifully written that it showed all the warmth and vulnerability of her character. I was very emotional when the book finished as I felt I was saying goodbye to some dear friends and I wasn't quite ready to let them go.
A very highly recommended 5* from me.
I received a copy of this book via netgalley in return for an unbiased review.
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I read and loved Dear Thing years ago but since then I have moved on to dark psychological thrillers as my go to genre. Read morePublished 1 month ago by TracyF TBConFB
Another great book from Julie, who is fast becoming one of my favourite authors. She never disappoints!Published 2 months ago by Scarlett33
A wonderful book that tackles so many issues with sensitivity. The three main characters are so well drawn that you have to keep reading to see how the plot pans out. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Lyn
Honor’s accident means (against her will) she has to stay with daughter-in-law Jo … with who she doesn’t have the best of relationships! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Shaz Goodwin
This is my book of the year for 2016 I think. The characterisation, in particular, is incredible - the story follows three generations of women and they're all beautifully drawn. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Alison M
Three generations of women, each has different things going on. This is the story of how they work together is great!Published 3 months ago by Louiseog
Three generations of women. Three secrets kept. Each secret has different meaning but all have knock-on effect. Read morePublished 4 months ago by bleachhouselibrary
Thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for giving me the chance to read this heartwarming book. I loved it! Read morePublished 4 months ago by Tipo
When we first meet Jo she is struggling with two toddlers and a buggy and a bus. She is coming to terms to being a single mum of three the eldest being a teenager. Read morePublished 5 months ago by cassam