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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin MIRA; Original edition (September 25, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0778313891
  • ISBN-13: 978-0778313892
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,082,993 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"[An] enthralling read...recommended for fans of Jodi Picoult's realistic, ethics-driven novels." -Library Journal, starred review for The Kingdom of Childhood

"The Kingdom of Childhood raises messy and controversial questions, making it a natural pick for book clubs. Coleman does not demand sympathy for her main character, and in fact, Judy's break from reality and obscured moral barometer stokes the tension even further....Coleman writes with a flair for capturing the underbelly of the human psyche and the all-consuming nature of desire."--BookPage (5-star review)

"Coleman creates a stark psychological drama in this charged story...it's dark, fast-moving, and nicely creepy."--Publishers Weekly on The Kingdom of Childhood

"[A] sure-to-be-controversial...gutsy debut novel. Nimbly exploring such hot-button issues as the abuse of power, betrayal of trust, and predatory nature of sexual obsession, it is poised to generate major book-group buzz."--Booklist on The Kingdom of Childhood

"The Kingdom of Childhood had me hooked from the first line. It's gripping, upsetting, thought-provoking, and beautifully written, the kind of book you'll want to talk about with everyone you know."--Eleanor Brown, New York Times bestselling author of The Weird Sisters

"Wow, what a book! The story just spirals and I completely got caught up in the madness."--Carol Fitzgerald, BookReporter

"In Rebecca Coleman's entrancing debut, the scars of one woman are slowly revealed as she weaves memories from childhood over present day, like a stitch poorly attempting to sew over the truth of her own past. Intoxicating and surprising, Coleman has crafted a novel that is as astounding as it is unforgettable. This must-read will haunt the reader long after the story has leapt from the page."--Examiner.com

About the Author

Rebecca Coleman received her B.A. in English literature from the University of Maryland at College Park and speaks to writers' groups on the subjects of creative writing and publishing. A native New Yorker, she now lives and works near Washington, D.C. Visit her at www. RebeccaColeman.net.

More About the Author

Rebecca Coleman is the author of "The Kingdom of Childhood," an ABNA 2010 semifinalist. She received her B.A. in English literature from the University of Maryland at College Park and speaks to writers' groups on the subjects of creative writing and publishing. A native New Yorker, she now lives and works near Washington, D.C. Visit her at www.RebeccaColeman.net.

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Elias's personal history makes him particularly vulnerable and his family's denial about his condition exacerbates the risk of tragedy.
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One outstanding novel that will make you think about the decisions you make in life and whether revenge is the answer for everyone.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Julie Merilatt VINE VOICE on September 25, 2012
Format: Paperback
Jill and Cade are an ideal college couple, smart and handsome and lost in their love for each other. When Jill becomes pregnant, their life is put on hold and they move in with Cade's family, hoping to save some money and pick up where they left off once the baby is born. But what was thought to be a temporary situation becomes a long ordeal enmeshed in the family drama in rural New Hampshire. Cade's brother Elias is a suffering combat veteran struggling to resume civilian life. Their sister Candy spouts fundamentalist rhetoric while her husband Dodge exemplifies the anti-establishment gun-toting hick. This is a scary combination, and when tragedy strikes, Cade is influenced to become the man he promised he would never become. His previous ambition becomes focused on something much more sinister, and Jill can only observe as the man she loves becomes paranoid, delusional and dangerous.

These characters are flawed, but Coleman provides a thorough background on their lives to validate their fallibility. They each carry their burdens differently. Cade's mother is stoic and resigned, Candy is piously defiant, Dodge is arrogant and blameless, and Cade is stubborn yet malleable. Yes, they make some very stupid decisions, especially Jill who meekly sits by while the insanity escalates. As I witnessed the intensification of events, I wanted to reach into the pages and slap some fools around. It was frustrating at times, but that was the driving force of the book. Cade's complicity to let Dodge warp his mind culminates in a very riveting dramatic conclusion.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By K. Branfield TOP 1000 REVIEWER on September 25, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Heaven Should Fall is an absolutely riveting novel about lives slowly spiraling out of control following a family tragedy. Rebecca Coleman makes it clear from the book's beginning and some well placed foreshadowing what direction this tragic story is eventually going to go. What remains to be seen is why and what catalyst will influence the characters' decisions.

Heaven Should Fall begins hopefully enough with the return of Cade Olmstead's brother, Elias, from the war in Afghanistan. Cade and his girlfriend, Jill Wagner, are deeply, passionately in love and their futures are bright. Her unexpected pregnancy is viewed as a slight detour in their lives. Their plan is simple-stay at Cade's family home over the summer until their baby's birth, then return to college in the fall. But financial strain, a delayed return to school, medical bills and a family tragedy slowly and irrevocably change Cade into the man he never wanted to become and a devastating plan is set in motion that will surely destroy Cade and those that he so dearly loves.

Jill Wagner is a level-headed young woman with a great deal of common sense. Growing up with a recovering alcoholic who is quite active in Alcoholic Anonymous, Jill is quick to recognize destructive patterns in others. She is a strong believer in therapy and asking for help when needed. She is out of her element in Cade's home but she connects quickly with various members of his family.

Cade is the youngest of the three Olmstead children. Cade's family life is far from perfect and he is desperate to escape his childhood home. His father is physically and emotionally abusive, and he is quick to confront anyone who crosses him.
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Format: Paperback
Alone in the world after her mother perished in a horrific accident, Jill Wagner is doing her best to forge a life on her own. When she meets handsome, ambitious Cade Olmstead at college, he seems to be everything she could want in a man. Driven to succeed, Cade dreams of a career in Washington, D.C. and maybe even a seat in Congress one day.

Although Jill would rather be in the country than the city and enjoys a more peaceful way of life, she supports Cade in his political ambitions and looks forward to being at his side as he strives to reach his goals. Unfortunately, Jill's unplanned pregnancy necessitates a detour from the road that leads straight to success and takes them down a path that leads to a place to which Cade would rather not return --- his boyhood home.

Even though Cade and Jill have been together for a while, Cade has always refused to take Jill with him when he's returned home. Now, broke and unemployed, Cade finds that he has no choice but to take his fiancée and unborn baby to his family home in backwoods New Hampshire to seek refuge for the summer before returning to classes in the fall. Before meeting Cade's family, Jill assumed they were no different in their foibles than any other mildly dysfunctional family. But once she gets acquainted with the Olmsteads, she begins to realize that perhaps Cade had significant reasons for avoiding his family after all.

During the course of her pregnancy, Jill gets to know Cade's downtrodden mother, Leela; his invalid father, Eddy; his fanatically religious sister, Candy; and his brother-in-law, Dodge, who's ready to rise up against the government when and if circumstances dictate.
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