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Falling in October: A Season of Hope, A Time for Love Paperback – April 13, 2012
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Gina Gates was born and raised in Texas, but rarely rode horses and admits to never owning a cowgirl hat. Eventually, she lived in seven other states and lost her southern accent, but still loves her native Lone Star State. Growing up as a typical baby boomer, Gina graduated from college, got married, and became a traditional stay-at-home mom. She continued in that domestic bliss until her children informed her that they could drive and cook their own food. Since then, they have underestimated her wisdom and consider her way too old for romance. She loves them anyway, mainly because they've given her so many adorable grandchildren that she's losing count. At an early age, Gina loved to write and was said to have "a taste for words". For almost twenty years, she has dabbled in the publishing field as a copywriter, book editor, and author. Someday, she'd like to write a novel or two, if fiction ever becomes as exciting as her real life. For now, Gina is living yet another adventure somewhere in the southwest, waiting for true love. Get to know Gina by visiting her website at fallinginoctober.com or her blog at ginagates.wordpress.com. Find her as "Author Gina Gates" on Facebook or @ginagatesauthor on Twitter.
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Yet, "Falling in October," by Gina Gates, caught my attention...and held it...
What first caught my attention was Gina's unique approach. The idea of a woman writing love letters to a man she has never met, yet hopes to meet, is an interesting idea. When that woman happens to have the experience of five decades of living, marriage, raising children, divorce, and all that comes with this adventure we call life, the idea is downright intriguing!
What held my attention was Gina's courageous open honesty. Few people have the courage and stamina to really dig into their own heart enough to draw out their deepest heart's desires and fundamental character traits. Fewer still are willing to do so after having experienced a painful and unexpected divorce following decades of marriage. Gina, not only chose to take that journey, but also to share it with the world through her book.
"Falling in October" is so intensely personal and intimate that it felt a bit like sneaking a peek at a woman's personal diary. Yet the desire found by Gina at her heart's core is common to mankind, though few of us dig deeply enough to define it as clearly as Gina has.
Though my expectations of fulfillment of that heart's desire differ from Gina's, the core desire is the same, and I found it refreshing and renewing (though not easy) to re-explore my own heart while reading of Gina's journey.
Gina makes it clear that she wrote this book in pursuit of finding her soul-mate. While I am not that soul-mate, I do feel that in Gina I have found a kindred spirit.
"Falling in October" is well worth reading. If, like me, you're not usually a romance reader, then plan to take your time reading it, so you can fully digest the message of each chapter. There is a lot more depth to Gina's writing than what you can pick up in a quick scan.
Author of "So You are a Believer...Who has been through Divorce...: A Myth-Busting Biblical Perspective on Divorce"
Not only does she know what she wants... Gina is genuinely preparing to make her own destiny come true by writing this book.
I definitely envy "him" (whomever that may be, or become)... because I sense a certain unexplored passion within Gina that would be quite challenging... yet forever interesting. She deserves a genuine hero.
Sometimes He saves the best for last.
She focuses on the experience of this by someone who did not find her soulmate the first time around. And she helps us see how that first, long misstep, can still prepare the heart for something greater than possible before.
But make no mistake, the book is an inspiration for anyone who hopes to find a soulmate the first time around, too.
Why? Because it is often as richly poetic as Romeo and Juliet or The Song of Solomon. It is as penetrating as Cupid's arrow, suddenly and irresistibly opening your heart. And it is as insightful as the Romantic poets, and therefore more helpful than a whole stack of modern relationship guides.
In fact, I advise you to throw away all those self-help books, or perhaps better, save their paper to kindle the fireplace you share with the soulmate you will more likely find after reading these letters.
Yes, Gina weaves her eloquent prose and poetry, and her stories and song, into a captivating tapestry of love. Her prose is a breath of spring air that beckons you to breathe in deeply. But the love letters do more than this. They unveil her uniquely beautiful heart that is honest, guileless and vulnerable; feminine, wise and good. We are privileged that she has let us peak over her shoulder to see these private letters.
I think at least two kinds of people could write eloquently about water. A person who has lived beside a beautiful mountain river. And a person who has lived in a desert. But most eloquent of all is she who saw the river in youth, then journeyed through the desert, before approaching the river again.
Thank you, Gina, for the gift of this book, for the treasure of your open heart. Your readers will dedicate this book back to you in the words of the poet Coleridge:
To you who have "hopes, and fears that kindle hope, and gentle wishes long subdued, subdued and cherished long" and have shown us, as Lowell wrote, that "true love is a love that shall be new and fresh each hour, as is the sunset's golden mystery, or the sweet coming of the evening star, alike, and yet most unlike, every other day, and seeming ever best and fairest now."
Gina, you are certainly right: "Love is about connection, not perfection." Thank you, thank you, thank you, for this triumph of the heart.