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Love Gently Falling by [Carlson, Melody]
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Editorial Reviews


"Ms. Carlson pens an uplifting tale of love, family and courage."―RT Book Reviews

"A sweet, quick read that celebrates love's beginnings as well the spirit of Valentine's Day."―Serena Chase, on Once Upon a Winter's Heart

"A delightful story about the loss and recovery of romance, love and hope. . . .ONCE UPON A WINTER'S HEART will revive anyone who's given up on romance and wants a happy ending."―Family Fiction on Once Upon a Winter's Heart

"A sweet love story, Once Upon a Winter's Heart is a beautiful picture of the joy of being swept off your feet."―Melanie Dobson, award-winning author of Love Finds You in Mackinac Island, Michigan andWhere the Trail Ends on Once Upon a Winter's Heart

"Melody delivers all that is sweetest and best about love in this Valentine's novella and does it with a tasty dash of Italian spice. Now that's amore!"―Robin Jones Gunn, bestselling author of Sisterchicks in Gondolas on Once Upon a Winter's Heart

About the Author

Over the years, Melody Carlson has worn many hats, from pre-school teacher to youth counselor to political activist to senior editor. But most of all, she is a writer who loves to write! She is a bestselling and award-winning author of more than 200 books for children, teens, and adults--with sales totaling more than six million. Carlson's passion for 'true to life' fiction has had great success for both the young adult and women's markets. Informed and aware of the challenges and struggles facing teens today, she writes young adult novels that she hopes will change lives and women's fiction to which women of all ages can relate. Her popular series, Diary of a Teenage Girl (Multnomah), has sold more than 775,000 copies and her popular Christmas novellas have sold over 590,000 copies combined. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband. They enjoy skiing, hiking, gardening, camping and biking in the beautiful Cascade Mountains.

Product Details

  • File Size: 957 KB
  • Print Length: 500 pages
  • Publisher: Center Street (January 6, 2015)
  • Publication Date: January 6, 2015
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #357,088 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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It was a wonderfully cute human drama situation with elements of romance! Rita was an endearing character as were the other characters from her past. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it & have enjoyed reading other books by Melody Carlson as well. I liked the length of the book, the number of characters & the ending!
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"Rita Jansen is living her dream as a hairstylist in Hollywood when her father calls with news that her mother has suffered a stroke. When she gets home to Chicago, Rita finds her mother is healing but facing a long recovery. Worse, without being able to run their family-owned salon, her mother could lose the business. Rita decides to help, but she only has until Valentine's Day to come up with a plan.
As Rita takes her mother's place at work, the nearby skating rink she loved as a child brings back fond memories. Rita also finds herself renewing friendships with her childhood best friend, Marley, as well as her classmate Johnny. Although they now lead such seemingly different lives, Rita is surprised by how well she and Johnny connect and how far he will go to help her. Though Rita believes Johnny is only being kind, with romance kindling in the air and on the ice, their friendship may just fall into something more."

Title: Love Gently Falling
Author: Melody Carlson
Publisher: Center Street
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: 5

"Love Gently Falling" by Melody Carson

What I liked about this novel....

This was a good read of how one family member really makes a difference in her life after her mothers has had a stroke. I loved how this author show such affection that she [Rita] had for her family. We find that Rita was a hair stylist in Beverly Hills and has come back home to Chicago to be with the family due to the fact that her mom has had a stroke. What I especially liked about this read was after seeing how the bad conditions were in her mom's hair shop Rita decides to do something about it in just the few weeks Rita was to stay in Chicago.
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Rita Jansen has a successful career as hairstylist to the stars in Los Angeles. She lives a busy life and shares living space with two other successful ladies. All is going wonderfully until she receives the phone call that changes her life. Her mother, Donna, has suffered a debilitating stroke and is in ICU. Her roommate helps her to find the best flight back to Chicago and, after a few phone calls and quickly packing, Rita is on her way home.

When she arrives, a family friend, Johnny Hollister, picks her up from O'Hare and takes her to the hospital, where she spends the night with her ailing mother while her father, Richard, and brother, Ricky, go home to get some rest. As Rita's mother improves, she begins angsting about her own beauty salon and communicates to Rita that she would like her to check on things.

When Rita goes to the salon, she realizes that it is in great need of revamping to attract enough clients to keep it alive. It is currently barely sustainable with the loyalty of some longtime customers and their relationship with a local home for elderly due the ability of the home to bring these ladies to the back door first floor entrance.

With only a few weeks to perform magic, Rita is determined to restore Hair and Now to its heyday and help her parents through their difficult times. In the doing of this generous deed, Rita finds old friendships, personal fulfillment, and the promise of a very differs future than she had planned. Sometimes, when you are working to do your best for others, things gently fall in place for you,

A sweet story of love for your family coming back to you in spades. A delightful read that you will enjoy from beginning to end.
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Love Gently Falling by Melody Clarkson

Rita is out on the West Coast realizing her dream of becoming a great hairstylist, a vision which was set in her early years working in her mother’s salon. Suspense sets in as her mother falls ill and is on the road for a long recovery. Rather than drop in and help her mother back to health, Rita also begins the long process of updating her mother’s salon. Along the way, Rita meets up with her old nemesis Zinnia, runs into Johnny, Zinnia’s close friend, and this begins the tense relationship between the three, including a promising relationship between Johnny and Rita.

The narrative weaves through the story of Rita’s family, coming together under the weight of Donna’s illness and bringing Rita into a new phase in life. With the budding relationship between Rita and Johnny, the story unfolds in a unexpected but exciting way. This kind of story is not one I’m accustomed to reading but one with a good ending. I did think one thematic element of the book was hinted at; namely, the desire to branch out and make a name for oneself (fulfilling one’s call) while knowing that family issues need to be acted upon with compassion. The connective tissue that this story provides is fulfilled by Rita putting her skill and passion to work in revamping Donna’s salon, but also being a part of the family’s care for Donna.

Secondly, the story kept us aware of how past hurts often don’t fade away with age but rise to the surface as we see those people. Thankfully, the past doesn’t come to bite Rita in such a way as to force her to not move forward. Zinnia’s and Rita’s relationship was built on past hurts but there was healing in finally dealing with the wrongs that had happened.
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