My rating: 4 of 5 stars
It has been years since I’ve read a Jane Green novel. I would religiously read every book that came out, but I can’t say when or why I stopped. I don’t know if was because I felt that Green’s writing had changed (it went from reading about singles and their love lives or lack of, to reading about married women who had some sort of drama/dilemma in their lives) or because my taste changed.
Obviously, circumstances in an author’s life can change the way they choose to write, and maybe Green came to a point where she no longer cared to write about 20-something singles? (Insert shrug here.)
Anyway, back to the book I’m here to review.
Falling was a fun, light read…until it wasn’t. I was maybe 10% away from finishing this book and I no longer saw sunshines and rainbows. The ending came out of nowhere, and so suddenly! I did see that I was approaching the end and I was curious how it was going to wrap-up, but it seemed way too rushed, and I have to say that I did not like it. Didn’t like being rushed, and didn’t like the ending in general.
This really started out so good for me. I was interested in Emma and her move from NYC to suburban Connecticut. She was getting away from a life that was burning her out, and just happens to end up in a romantic relationship with her landlord, Dominic, a single father who is happy with the easy-going life he lives. I enjoyed them as a couple and found Dominic to be sweet and very considerate towards Emma and his son Jesse. Theirs was a romance that developed after they’d already become fast friends.
Family dynamics played a big part in this book, and Emma took a lot of time thinking about how these other relationships would affect her own. Sometimes it felt like she worried more than necessary, but I had to think about the fact that she’d only been in one other serious relationship, and that was one that she’d never felt right in, so she looked to others to pretty much see how a family should work. To her, her parents left a lot to be desired, especially on the part of her mother, but when she saw Dominic’s parents and their relationship…I can agree that theirs was the one that a person would definitely not want to model their own after. I think it helps, though, and Emma is able to see that she’s really got it good with her man.
In conclusion, though the ending did not do it for me, I really did enjoy the rest of the book, and I’m glad to say that I still like Green’s writing, and will be looking forward to catching up on the books I hadn’t read yet.
I received this copy from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.