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Falling Hardcover – July 19, 2016
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Praise for the novels of Jane Green
“Gripping and powerful.”—Emily Giffin, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“The perfect summer read.”―Kristin Hannah, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“A warm bath of a novel that draws you in...Green’s sympathetic portrayals...resonate.”—USA Today
“Warm, witty, sharp and insightful. Jane Green writes with such honesty and zing.”―Sophie Kinsella, New York Times bestselling author
“Her compelling tale reflects an understanding of contemporary women that’s acute and compassionate, served up with style.”―People
“The kind of novel you’ll gobble up at a single sitting.”—Cosmopolitan
“A smart, complex, character-driven read.”—The Washington Post
“[Green’s novels] consistently deliver believable, accessible, heartfelt, often heartwarming stories about real people, problems, and feelings.”—Redbook
About the Author
A former journalist in the U.K. and a graduate of the International Culinary Center in New York, Jane Green has written many novels (including Jemima J, The Beach House, and, most recently, Falling), most of which have been New York Times bestsellers, and one cookbook, Good Taste. Her novels are published in more than twenty-five languages, and she has over ten million books in print worldwide. She lives in Westport, Connecticut, with her husband and a small army of children and animals.
- Publisher : Berkley; First Edition (July 19, 2016)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0399583289
- ISBN-13 : 978-0399583285
- Item Weight : 1.4 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.38 x 1.25 x 9.31 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,189,217 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
The main characters are from England and U.S. Both countries are described in detail along with the languages. A string love affair is wholesome and includes Grandparents and close friendships that all revolve around a 6year old,adorable little boy who is loved by his father and has protected him so that he feels wanted and loved. We also have the Dad's parents, the Mother's parents, the girlfriend's parents and the love of close adult friends.
Take time to read this and expect the unexpected!
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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.
By the time the Big Twist finally shows up (which Freya North has done much more effectively) it would be a miracle if there was an atom of sympathy for any of them. These characters are as real as the plaster figurines on a wedding cake. As for the ending, 'yeah, right,' is the only appropriate response. Jane Green can do so much better than this.
I mostly enjoyed the book, but i’m A little traumatised.