The Year She Fell
Format: PaperbackChange
Price:$14.95+Free shipping with Amazon Prime
Your rating(Clear)Rate this item


There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.

159 of 166 people found the following review helpful
on December 14, 2010
This book hooks you in the first chapter and never lets you go. The different twists and turns keep you guessing throughout. I loved how Rasley wrote from several characters' points of view, a neat trick, which gives you a different perspective on the same situation.
Ellen, who realizes her husband fathered a child and refuses to tell her who the mother is. Laura, the famous sister, who suffered her own trauma and is trying to help her family while healing herself. And Theresa, the adopted sister who never fit in and always feels like an outsider. Their relationships are very complicated and they draw you into their world of secrets.
This is a wonderful book that I highly recommend.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
58 of 60 people found the following review helpful
on December 15, 2010
Taking place in the mountains of West Virginia, the beautiful landscape is the perfect setting for this thought provoking, family drama that draws on the confusions of youth and it's effects on people later in life. Using multiple points of view to tell the story of a minister that is faced with a moral dilemma when her husband's love child suddenly shows up in her church. Ellen O'Conner is faced with more than just this young man, she now has to fight with her faith, the people around her, and what she thought she knew about her husband and herself.

This story is at first a family drama, but dives deeper than that. Ellen and her sister Theresa grew up as the richest girls in town. This juxtaposed with the fact that everyone around them is in poverty, finally gives the people the chance to look down on them. The story is an absolute page turner, with elements of romance, class, and existentialism thrown in. Life will never be the same for these people.

With it's clever plotting, emotionally gripping characters, and heartbreaking style, this is one of the must reads of the new year. Written by award-winning author, Alicia Rasley, her style is that which has been harnessed for decades and it shows with the choice of words and characters. The depth that we see in the characters and the storyline is only something that can be shown through countless years of experience. It is more than just a return to form since her last book over a decade ago. It is an evolution and was well worth the wait.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on December 27, 2010
For being a free Kindle ebook, I thought I'd give it a try. Hey! It's free. I hoped for the best but expected the worst. I was blown away! At first there were some aspects of the storyline that confused me because the author didn't explain anything, like how the oldest sister died. It left me wanting to shout out "How? Tell me how!!!" but it was brilliant on the author's part, because it left me wanting, no NEEDING, to read on. Then the drastic switch in character perspective was also very well done. The character development is very good. I feel deeply for these women and their family struggles, their personal struggles. I can't put this book down! and I'm hoping to hear more from this author! 5 STARS!
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on December 31, 2010
There are some things that are fabulous about this book. The characters are complex and well thought out. I like that the author chose to tell the tale through the eyes of multiple characters. This allowed the story to be told fully. No one character would have known all the secrets. The only alternative would have been to have an omniscient narrator. It's written in a manner that prevents the reader from putting down the book.

There is one major flaw with this book. The author has a messed up sense of time. At the very beginning of the book, she states that Brian and Sarah were born in 1986. A few pages later, their birthdates change to 1991. There is a huge difference between 1986 and 1991. Then, one event is stated to have taken place twenty years ago. All of a sudden, it becomes 17 years previously. Then, there is an event that happened twenty years previously to 35 year old Laura. The author states that Laura was 16. Ummm...twenty years previous to 35 is fifteen not 16.

I do think this book was a bit predictable. There was not one secret that I did not figure out way before it was revealed in the story. I'm rather disappointed in that. I kept waiting for the surprises. There weren't any.
33 commentsWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on January 29, 2011
I guess I'm one of the few readers that did not enjoy the point of views in this novel. I enjoyed the concept and the first part of the book was great, but then it just started to go down hill and the execution was horrible. I seriously do not want to read the same story from 6 different point of views. There was only about one new sentence of information for each point of view. It was extremely unnecessary. I stopped reading at about 70% on my Kindle because I already knew everything by then and could not stand reading it from the police officer's POV. I think this book would have been a lot better if it stuck to one or two POVs or if it was omnipresent.

The characters were decent, but some of the things they did were extremely unrealistic and didn't make sense to me at all. For example, your husband betrays your trust and you don't love him any more, so you sleep with him? Ok...
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on January 1, 2011
I am new to the world of Kindle and when I saw this book was free, I downloaded it but really didn't expect much. Was I ever in for a surprise! This was one of those books that you just didn't want to put down. Just when you thought you had figured out how the story was going to end, there would be a strange turn of events that just kept drawing you in! I will definitely look for other books by this author in the future. Great book!
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on August 22, 2011
I started reading this book about a 40 year old woman who is a Presbyterian minister. She finds out that her husband fathered a child with another woman during a time when they were on a "break". She is listed as the mother on his birth certificate, as she finds out when the young man finds her in her church. She is on a mission to find out who his mother is and why her name is on the certificate as his mother. Now, I am only about a third of the way through it; it is interesting enough and not badly written, but there are many (inaccurate, I might add) anti-Catholic statements throughout the book! The author takes every opportunity to bash the Catholic church which I am finding offensive and I may not finish the book because of this. Now, the author is entitled to her opinion, but I think that she should have done her homework before making such generalized statements. Also, why risk alienating a potentially large group of readers? I will not read something by this author again because, as a Catholic, I find it offensive. If you are tired of the Catholic bashing that seems to be one of the only remaining allowed prejudices in the liberal world, skip this book. Too bad, because it had potential.
11 commentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on December 30, 2010
The Year She fell is a good read from beginning to end. It keeps your attention and leaves you wanting more. For a Kindle freebie this is one of the best yet. I highly recommend this book.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 7, 2011
I was intrigued by the first chapter but after the charcter leaves to go to her mother's house/hometown, it reads like a different story. I found the hole drama of her reconnecting with old friends and her sisters to be boring, especially the numerous dialogues. The whole issue regarding her husband is ignored for many chapters. I finally stopped reading it. I would not recommend it. A novel has to keep your attention after the first chapter. This novel did not.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 4, 2011
I enjoyed the story and the different points of view. It could have been so much better if there had been some editing. I was distracted by the time differences - was it 1986 or 1991? and the numerous grammatical errors.
11 commentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Send us feedback

How can we make Amazon Customer Reviews better for you?
Let us know here.