Where We Fall
By all accounts, Abby Holden has it all. She’s the mother of a beautiful teenager and the wife of a beloved high school football coach. And all it took to achieve her charmed life was her greatest act of betrayal.Coach Ryan can coax his team to victory, but he can’t seem to make his wife, Abby, happy. Her struggles with depression have marred their marriage and taken a toll on their daughter, Juliana. Although this isn’t the life he’s dreamed of, he’s determined to heal the rifts in his family.Chasing waterfalls and documenting their beauty has led photographer Lauren Sheppard all around the world. Now it has brought her back home to the mountains of North Carolina—back to the scene of her devastating heartbreak.For the first time in seventeen years, a trio of once-inseparable friends find themselves confronting past loves, hurts, and the rapid rush of a current that still pulls them together…

Where We Fall Details

TitleWhere We Fall
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseApr 19th, 2016
PublisherLake Union Publishing
Rating
GenreFiction, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit

Where We Fall Review

  • Chelsea Humphrey
    January 1, 1970
    Find all my reviews on my blog: https://thesuspenseisthrillingme.comDate Read: 07/29/16Pub Date: 04/19/165 STARSBy all accounts, Abby Holden has it all. She’s the mother of a beautiful teenager and the wife of a beloved high school football coach. And all it took to achieve her charmed life was her greatest act of betrayal.Coach Ryan can coax his team to victory, but he can’t seem to make his wife, Abby, happy. Her struggles with depression have marred their marriage and taken a toll on their da Find all my reviews on my blog: https://thesuspenseisthrillingme.comDate Read: 07/29/16Pub Date: 04/19/165 STARSBy all accounts, Abby Holden has it all. She’s the mother of a beautiful teenager and the wife of a beloved high school football coach. And all it took to achieve her charmed life was her greatest act of betrayal.Coach Ryan can coax his team to victory, but he can’t seem to make his wife, Abby, happy. Her struggles with depression have marred their marriage and taken a toll on their daughter, Juliana. Although this isn’t the life he’s dreamed of, he’s determined to heal the rifts in his family.Chasing waterfalls and documenting their beauty has led photographer Lauren Sheppard all around the world. Now it has brought her back home to the mountains of North Carolina—back to the scene of her devastating heartbreak.For the first time in seventeen years, a trio of once-inseparable friends find themselves confronting past loves, hurts, and the rapid rush of a current that still pulls them together.…There is always something refreshing and terrifying when you find a book that you can relate to on a deeply, personal level. You see, even though slightly different than what is portrayed here, I suffered from postpartum anxiety/depression after my babies. I don’t know what it is about my body, but it just doesn’t want to function properly during the first year after having a baby. Thankfully both times were short lived and life resumed as usual, but I could relate to the feeling of those dark times as referenced in this story.The reality of mental health illness is that it affects such a large number of the world’s population, but it maintains an enormous stigma that prevents so many people from getting the health they need. The issues behind the disease, whether caused by chemical imbalance, trauma, or one of the many other reasons need to be addressed head on, and that is the whole idea behind this story of healing and emotional restoration. This was not a light and fluffy tale; it went much deeper than surface level “chick lit”. Not only does the book deal with Abby’s mental health issues and being admitted to the hospital, but it also deals with the effects that such a debilitating disease have on the remaining family. Abby’s daughter Juliana is simultaneously ashamed and worried for her mother, her husband Ryan is trying to protect his family while coaching his boys to victory, and all the while Lauren, Ryan’s first love, is struggling with their issues from the past.This book was gut wrenching and heartfelt; at times I had to put it down so that I could gather my thoughts and soak it all in. I kept taking time to put myself in Abby’s shoes, to feel what she felt and imagine how easily I could be walking through that very scenario. Anyone who has experienced any level of mental health issues knows how dark and alone it can feel; there’s unfortunately still an antiquated stigma that most people feel they need to uphold, a feeling of shame and fear that those they love will view them differently and not offer the support needed. I’m hoping that more books like Where We Fall, while fictional, could help bring light and attention to such a heavy subject that needs to be discussed. I’m very grateful to have had such a support system around me, especially after baby number 2. She was sick and we didn’t know why, so we were all constantly worried and stressed. If it hadn’t been for family, neighbors, and our friend Noelle who fed us when I simply couldn’t get out of bed, I don’t think we would have made it. I’m hoping one day to be able to offer that support to another woman/family in need, and that we can begin to once again build a sense of community around our families.*I’d like to thank Rochelle for providing my copy in exchange for an honest review. I won a copy of her two previous novels and she decided to throw in a copy of this one as well because she is just that fabulous.
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  • Elyse
    January 1, 1970
    THIS REVIEW contains ZERO SPOILERS......( I tell ya zilch) ....other that this is a TERRIFIC READ .....with powerful messages. It's been a few years since reading Rochelle's novels. "Where We Fall", has an elevated sophistication and depth, which slowed my reading downed -(purposely on my part). I wanted time to explore my thoughts - -specifically- through the characters eyes without judgement. At the start of "Where We Fall", the year is 1997. Ryan and Lauren are a couple. Abby is Lauren's best THIS REVIEW contains ZERO SPOILERS......( I tell ya zilch) ....other that this is a TERRIFIC READ .....with powerful messages. It's been a few years since reading Rochelle's novels. "Where We Fall", has an elevated sophistication and depth, which slowed my reading downed -(purposely on my part). I wanted time to explore my thoughts - -specifically- through the characters eyes without judgement. At the start of "Where We Fall", the year is 1997. Ryan and Lauren are a couple. Abby is Lauren's best friend and is always included. The story takes a large leap, the year is 2014. Abby and Ryan are married. I know, "WHAT THE F#€K HAPPENED"? That question stays with you until the end of the novel. Keep reading...it's a very thought-provoking journey. This story is so well written and complex - It's tempting to make assumptions, and form opinions about the characters. However, I'm aware that when I do that, it becomes part of my belief system, often too 'soon'.I sensed it would be pure poison to judge any character harshly in this novel. There are breakdowns, choices made that would affect the lives of others, yet I never blamed or justified any of them for doing what the did - or behaving the way they did. Rochelle wrote this story with incredible amounts of integrity and sensitivity. Since I noticed her commitment to the seriousness of the underlying important issues, I wanted to read her book with the same integrity. In order to do that...I literally had to clear all judgements - and critical thoughts aside. By reading it this way... and slower than I could have, I took away positive messages about the possibility in ending emotional pain. I felt inspired by the journey these characters took. There is an act of courage in this story....that involves risk of the unknown. It's so truthful it made my heart hurt....yet SING! Excellent Book Club Choice!!!There are a handful of female authors that deliver intelligent, astonishing novels -primarily the audience is for women- along with the great men.These female authors we celebrate because they give the already heavy loaded label,"Women's Fiction", a GREAT REPUTATION!Rochelle B. Weinstein is this kind of female author!Highly Recommended. Amazon Kindle is only $4.99. A great deal!
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  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 starsThis is only the second audio book that I’ve listened to and I have to say, I was pretty impressed. My first audio experience was a letdown, so I wasn’t convinced listening was for me, but I decided to give it one more shot. I happened to stumble across this one, never having heard of the author or the book, and I’m so glad I did. This book was such a pleasant surprise.From the start, I was hooked. The story opens with Abby and Lauren, two best friends, and Lauren’s boyfriend Ryan, all 4.5 starsThis is only the second audio book that I’ve listened to and I have to say, I was pretty impressed. My first audio experience was a letdown, so I wasn’t convinced listening was for me, but I decided to give it one more shot. I happened to stumble across this one, never having heard of the author or the book, and I’m so glad I did. This book was such a pleasant surprise.From the start, I was hooked. The story opens with Abby and Lauren, two best friends, and Lauren’s boyfriend Ryan, all spending one final day together before Lauren heads off to pursue her dream. She’ll be back though. Lauren and Ryan have a connection that most people don’t ever find and besides that, she has a ring and a promise. Fast forward seventeen years and now Abby and Ryan are married! This was the catalyst behind my non-stop listening. How in the heck could that happen? What about Lauren and Ryan or girl code even? The truth was shocking, emotional, gut-wrenching and just so darn sad. My jaw dropped.What made things uncomfortable was seeing how unhappy Abby and Ryan were together and the toll it was taking on their daughter. Ryan was a standup guy, all the way. Always ready and willing to support Abby and her struggles with mental illness. Abbey, on the other hand, was selfish and pretty manipulative. It was hard for me to look past all that and feel any sympathy for her. I did though, eventually. I found myself wanting her to make things right and find inner peace and acceptance. I was worried for a bit, but the ending truly unfolded in the best way possible. I have to mention the narrators because they were a big piece of the experience. They really did a phenomenal job bringing the four different perspectives of the story to life. I only hope my next audio is a great as this one.
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  • Myrna
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed Where We Fall. It has a good storyline, well written and liked the multiple characters’ perspectives. The main character, Abby, is not likable at times but I kept rooting for her. This novel also has a full range of emotions but love is definitely a strong theme felt throughout. I look forward to reading more by this author. I received this book in a Goodreads giveaway contest. Thank you Goodreads!
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  • Judy Collins
    January 1, 1970
    A special thank you to Lake Union and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Deeply psychological, beautifully written, with stunning metaphors of water, and mesmerizing lyrical prose, Rochelle B. Weinstein delves into her characters’ complex souls with, WHERE WE FALL a troubled family on the verge of collapse. Mental Illness. Guilt. Secrets. Pain. Lies. Betrayal. Darkness. Depression. Two parallels, a gripping, inspiring, emotional, and thought-provoking tale of mental illne A special thank you to Lake Union and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Deeply psychological, beautifully written, with stunning metaphors of water, and mesmerizing lyrical prose, Rochelle B. Weinstein delves into her characters’ complex souls with, WHERE WE FALL a troubled family on the verge of collapse. Mental Illness. Guilt. Secrets. Pain. Lies. Betrayal. Darkness. Depression. Two parallels, a gripping, inspiring, emotional, and thought-provoking tale of mental illness. The real effects of millions of people, its afflictions- far reaching, often misunderstood, and the stigma attached, as a society. Tragedy and beauty. Darkness and Light. Hate and Love. Emotions. Facing fears, pain, admitting misdeeds, accountability, taking responsibility for your actions “head on” in order to begin healing. Redemption, forgiveness, true happiness. The author’s writing style is absolutely mesmerizing! I bookmarked so many pages, getting lost in her lovely writing, her poetic prose. Fans of T. Greenwood, Catherine Ryan Hyde, Amy Hatvany, and Jodi Picoult will love this author and WHERE WE FALL. With finesse, Weinstein skillfully tackles highly-charged complex topics with sensitivity. So excited about the discovery of this new found author; cannot wait to read more. I love Greenwood’s lyrical writing and her skillful use of vivid imagery --Rochelle is right up there with her. Falling in love, out of love, falling apart . . . A soft place to land. If you are looking for a light-hearted, cheery and carefree book- look elsewhere. So much more, here! A clever mix of chick-noir, domestic and psychological suspense, contemporary, mystery, and family drama. In a brief introduction, the spring of 1997, at Davidson College in North Carolina, we meet three friends Abby, Ryan, and Lauren. Flash forward to the Fall of 2014. Abby and Ryan, in their late thirties, married, with teen daughter Juliana, residing in Charlotte, North Carolina. Told from multiple perspectives, allowing readers to gain keen insights into how the characters view one another. Flashing back and forth over the years. Abby is taunted by demons of darkness and depression. She feels sorry for herself. Her wants and desires have resulted in an unhappy life. She is not honest about the past. She is manipulative. She has been plagued for years by the unwanted fears--the invasive, sneaky, and powerful thoughts. Neuroses. Sad and hopeless thoughts. She sleeps for days straight, withering into something more skeletal than human. Ryan has begged her to return to therapy, and stay on her medications. Her therapist urges her to commit herself. She has reached rock bottom, when Ryan finds her on the bathroom floor with pills. Abby is hiding dark secrets, which continue to haunt her. She is an absentee, selfish, and distant parent. Ryan is good-looking, patient, a loving father, a community leader, and husband. He is a fixer. A football coach, he loves his wife, his daughter, his team. However, his wife’s condition is disturbing, and has taken a toll on all their lives. Like a coach, he tried to draw Abby out. There was so much wrong inside her. He will not leave her. He has all sorts of strategy for the football field and his team; however, his own family is a different story. Abby needs him. His friends encourage him to leave. His wife is a woman of shifting temperament. Low self-esteem. Lifeless. Her mind is tangled and tortured. She needs help. He has a life, but he cannot think of himself. He buries his needs. He lives in fear everyday she will take her life, buried in her darkness. He had become a single parent, a doting father, in his wife’s absences. He made promises and commitments to his wife. However, has he ever got over the love of his life, Lauren? The girl he was to marry. What happened? He cannot forget about her leaving and never to be heard from again. He is unaware of what his wife did years ago. When he discovers the truth, will he ever forgive her? Little does he know she changed the course of all their lives. Abby is convalescing in the hospital, his star player is on the run, and his daughter is alone and frightened, yet he coaches his boys to a victorious win every week. He is proud of them. Many coaches tell their players to learn from loss—it builds character and resiliency. What about his own personal life?Juliana, an only child. She is independent and self-sufficient. A fixer, the one who believes she can repair the damage and make wrong into right. She is disturbed by her mother’s condition. Her mom was different than other moms. She is embarrassed by her mom’s behavior. Why can’t she be normal? Juliana has her own issues. She is dating the high school football star, E.J. However, E.J. comes from a poor, abusive, dysfunctional, and violent family. He is always caught in the middle trying to keep his mom and brother out of harm’s way from his father. In doing so, he gets into trouble with the law and on the run—everyone in his path is in danger. Now Juliana has to help him, putting her own father, the coach in the middle—a dangerous situation. She is filled with burdens of those she has chosen to love. Worrying about EJ protects her from the troubles of her own home. Her father provides the love of two parents. Abby finally agrees to have herself committed, to Cold Creek a clinic in Asheville, western North Carolina--instrumental by Babs, (brutally honest) unlike most psychologists. Babs tells her she is dying and destroying everything around her. Memories of happier times have riddled her with guilt and hopelessness. The world already thinks she is crazy, why not make it official. How did she get here . . to this place? How bad does she have to get to make a change. Here, she will be open to scrutiny and self-improvement, even though free of home and pressures to conform. She will have to face what she did. She is angry for so many reasons. Always chipping away. Placing the blame on someone else. Her husband loved someone else first. Will she always be second best. How did she play God? Lauren had left years ago, to explore the world. A lover of nature. A free-spirit. (my kind of gal). She planned on returning. She and Ryan had plans for marriage. A lifetime. She loves gushing creeks and waterfalls which trickle from secret places. The water that falls from the streams washes away troubles and clears the mind. She loves the mountains—inspiring. The last time she sought the mountains, all those years ago she came for one thing—refuge, to rid herself of pain. This time she had not wanted to come back. She is now an intelligent, world famous published author. (writing under another name). She has traveled the world. Her book was her life’s work. Her passion for writing, photography, and waterfalls had led her on a quest to compile the most beautiful cascades in the world. From poetry and musings. The grand finale would bring her home to the North Carolina mountains. Where she would shoot Linville, Toxaway, Looking Glass, and Elk River. (have hiked all these). What waited for her, terrified her. She had to return—she had put it off long enough. Her publisher is the only one who knows the truth about her identity. She is ready to reveal herself to her readers. Everything she has kept at bay circling around Abby, Ryan and herself. Chipping away at her defenses, reminding her that no matter how hard she tried to move forward, there is always a past pulling us back. Long ago she gave herself to Ryan. A college love, connected. He was woven into her soul. She left. Ryan’s father died. He married someone else. A betrayal. The author takes readers on a mysterious journey, at a controlled pace, peeling back the layers when Ryan and Lauren were dating in college. Lauren always included Abby. At first their friendship was new, and she was unaware of Abby’s secret suffering. When the lightbulb would go out. However, Abby fell in love with Ryan secretly. Everyone always knew Ryan and Lauren would get married. However, they didn’t. Why?Throughout the book you do not know what happened to change these three. Until the ending…So be patient. It is worth the wait. Now, Lauren is returning to her favorite small town of Banner Elk (Beech Mountain), NC. Her family home was there. Her haven. She has to make her first appearance as an author. Her readers will meet the real Lauren (not the fake). Back where her journey started. Little does she know Ryan, Abby, and his daughter are in the mountains staying at a friend’s seasonal cabin, while Abby is going through treatment. When their paths cross, soon the long awaited secrets will be revealed. (A BIG ONE)!Readers will despise Abby during the majority of the book. She attempts to drag everyone down. You wonder why Ryan tolerates her behavior. You will sympathize with Lauren. Lauren hides behind her work and her mask – her pain, the betrayal. The author has a purpose, precise timing, taking you to the explosive and emotional conclusion. The more you read, the better-- which will keep you glued to the pages.Richly textured, an insightful look at hope and redemption. The author handles the painful subject of mental illness, with honesty and compassion. The haunting look at a fractured family will please readers of literary and domestic suspense. A compelling character study; Harrowing, heartfelt and ultimately so realistically human --with flawed real characters and a touch of romance--readers will be pleased with the beautiful ending. What We Leave Behind On a personal note. Read More of this review on my Blog: JDCMustReadBooks
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  • boogenhagen
    January 1, 1970
    So I am not stupid, I get that depression is a serious thing. However I had no empathy for Abby at all. She was basically a narcissistic sociopath and that was being kind about it. Was I supposed to be happy that she pompously and magnanimously decided to end her marriage so that her husband could finally be with the woman he was supposed to be with? Was I supposed to be pleased that she decided she could move on to manipulate some other decent people because she had sucked all the life out the So I am not stupid, I get that depression is a serious thing. However I had no empathy for Abby at all. She was basically a narcissistic sociopath and that was being kind about it. Was I supposed to be happy that she pompously and magnanimously decided to end her marriage so that her husband could finally be with the woman he was supposed to be with? Was I supposed to be pleased that she decided she could move on to manipulate some other decent people because she had sucked all the life out the man she parasitically attached herself to? I felt bad for her daughter, having a mother like Abby is like having a permanent albatross around her neck. Abby was a complete and utter waste of my time and the rest of the characters, even though the POV was supposedly switched, wind up being pale reflections as the overwhelming egocentric narcissism that is Abby is reflected in all they think. Yes depression is a serious illness, more could and should be done to help those who have it. But IMO Abby was using the guise of depression to feed her megalomania and instead of feeling compassionate and understanding, I wanted to slap her silly with a toilet seat. The story isn't badly written, the characters are utterly believable until almost the very end, but selfish users like Abby are everywhere and I don't need a primer on how they like to dramatize and manipulate. Really the only thing that stops some one like her is death and sadly that did not happen here. Again, no judgement on the seriously depressed, but Abby wasn't really a depressed person, that was just her way of focusing the drama and attention she desperately craves on herself and her over inflated idea that she should be the center of everything. The poor other characters in the story will never be rid of her, she will be a continual plague on their existence and it is too bad that a more permanent resolution couldn't be found for the callous cow. And also, I am a bit tired of the "fight for your man when he is busy fucking your best friend" trope. Srsly? That kind of crap went out with the fifties. Look, if you have a chance to do a big thing and the supposed true love of your life can't wait and gets into the sack with the woman who is supposedly your BFF, you don't have to confront or accuse or do anything but walk away. What exactly is there to say? People do what they do, they make choices and you can act or react. This books is supposed to be all about love and compassion and forgiveness. To walk away from that scenario without making a big to do is the ultimate act of forgiveness in my view. Forgiveness is really a matter of acceptance that some thing horrible happened and letting it go without dwelling on it, nothing is mentioned about embracing or even tolerating a betrayer in your life again or reestablishing a relationship with them. You can't make people be faithful, you can't make them love you and to predicate an entire character on a betrayal she walked away from twenty years ago and still have her mooning enough to want him back years later is just too much plot manipulation for my taste. Betrayals like this happen everyday, a lot of people just walk away and get on with things. That is acceptance and the ultimate forgiveness, cause time and distance and life experience will eventually mute that big love that was so harshly shattered and painful. At least that is what happens for people who grow up and get some maturity. Don't misunderstand me, I believe that we all carry a bit of the love we had and lost or left behind with us all our lives, it helps grow character and values, but I also know that that first big love can be pushed aside by other loves and most of us get up, get over it and find more ways to fill our hearts. The points made about the seriousness of mental illness are well done, it is just galling to see them so misapplied to such completely inappropriate examples and the resolution to the whole thing seems so appallingly trite for such a serious issue.
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  • Karen
    January 1, 1970
    Where We Fall by Rochelle B. WeinsteinI am writing this review with mixed emotions.This is the story of a wife and mother who is afflicted with mental illness. The author is clearly adept at writing scenes where you can feel the emotional impact that this woman named Abbey experiences the pain and suffering. There is still so much stigma that an individual suffers with having this problem.Why are we so accepting of heart disease or cancer, but not a disease of the brain?Abbey is married to Ryan Where We Fall by Rochelle B. WeinsteinI am writing this review with mixed emotions.This is the story of a wife and mother who is afflicted with mental illness. The author is clearly adept at writing scenes where you can feel the emotional impact that this woman named Abbey experiences the pain and suffering. There is still so much stigma that an individual suffers with having this problem.Why are we so accepting of heart disease or cancer, but not a disease of the brain?Abbey is married to Ryan who is a high school football coach and he is very understanding of his wife's ailments. They share a daughter named Juliana, who Ryan has been incredibly responsible for being the present parent for most of Juliana's life.The author writes about the situation with such descriptive prose that you can feel that Abby's suffering is real and heartbreaking to her family. The story becomes evident that Abbey has contributed to her state of mind by an act of betrayal and selfishness in a situation between Ryan and her best friend Lauren.As the story becomes evident that Abbey has been incredibly self centered you may just feel that her actions in a situation involving Lauren and Ryan has exacerbated in her mental decline over her marriage with Ryan. That is what this book explores.This novel is unique in that there was an impetus for Abbey's fears of losing Ryan during the years of her marriage. Ryan has as he so eloquently described in one scene had his life hijacked. In a very real sense that is true. He is also culpable in the novel because of his actions. This was at times painful to be part of the characters lives. That is how realistic the author portrayed each of the characters choices. The ending of the story is satisfying and a surprise. I am reading this author's former work as I found the mastery of this outstanding novel to be so realistic. I highly recommend this book to people who like contemporary fiction and realism.Five Stars!
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  • Kendall
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this book. Definitely see the struggle associated with mental illness and the unfortunate stigma that society has towards the mentally ill population.It was refreshing that Rochelle was able to show through Abby's character how strong this stigma is towards mental illness and the negative perceptions that society has. This novel was inspiring and emotional for me. I loved how Rochelle truly was able to define all of her characters in such a powerful light whether it was due to g I really enjoyed this book. Definitely see the struggle associated with mental illness and the unfortunate stigma that society has towards the mentally ill population.It was refreshing that Rochelle was able to show through Abby's character how strong this stigma is towards mental illness and the negative perceptions that society has. This novel was inspiring and emotional for me. I loved how Rochelle truly was able to define all of her characters in such a powerful light whether it was due to grief, mental illness, sadness, or guilt/regret. I will be exploring other novels by this author. I would recommend adding this novel to your list if you haven't read it! :)
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  • Regina
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you Netgalley for this preview! Throughout this whole book, I kept thinking - I really want to like this more than I do. The small town setting, Friday night lights and buried secrets made for an intriguing storyline. The author did a good job describing one of the main character's mental illness, but most of the book fell flat. The female characters were wholly unlikable and the male protagonist was made to look gullible and clueless. The ending was the part I found to be the worst part o Thank you Netgalley for this preview! Throughout this whole book, I kept thinking - I really want to like this more than I do. The small town setting, Friday night lights and buried secrets made for an intriguing storyline. The author did a good job describing one of the main character's mental illness, but most of the book fell flat. The female characters were wholly unlikable and the male protagonist was made to look gullible and clueless. The ending was the part I found to be the worst part of the experience, completely unsatisfying.
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  • Barbara White
    January 1, 1970
    I finished reading this haunting novel several weeks ago, and I'm still thinking about the writing, the setting, and the characters. On one level, WHERE WE FALL is a simple story about three friends and a shocking secret that pushes them apart but also connects them forever. It almost freezes them in time. On another level, it's about the impact of mental illness on friends and family, and the struggle to treat and manage depression and anxiety. And yet it's also a multi-layered love story. That I finished reading this haunting novel several weeks ago, and I'm still thinking about the writing, the setting, and the characters. On one level, WHERE WE FALL is a simple story about three friends and a shocking secret that pushes them apart but also connects them forever. It almost freezes them in time. On another level, it's about the impact of mental illness on friends and family, and the struggle to treat and manage depression and anxiety. And yet it's also a multi-layered love story. That might be my favorite part, because Ms Weinstein has some incredibly visceral descriptions of what it means to love heart and soul. I want to read everything she's written!
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  • Heather
    January 1, 1970
    I really love books where you get different characters’ points of views, slowly gleaning the truth out of them all one by one–and this book does just that. In Rochelle B. Weinstein’s WHERE WE FALL , a marriage that is hanging by a thread due to a wife’s long term bouts of depression and the husband’s unwillingness to do anything but hold everything tightly together as best as he can out of obligation is shattered to pieces when his ex-girlfriend/her ex-best friend resurfaces after disappearing I really love books where you get different characters’ points of views, slowly gleaning the truth out of them all one by one–and this book does just that. In Rochelle B. Weinstein’s WHERE WE FALL , a marriage that is hanging by a thread due to a wife’s long term bouts of depression and the husband’s unwillingness to do anything but hold everything tightly together as best as he can out of obligation is shattered to pieces when his ex-girlfriend/her ex-best friend resurfaces after disappearing from their lives seventeen years earlier.Three Friends Who Thought It Would Last Forever…Abby has always struggled with depression, and when she meets her new college roommate Lauren, she feels like she’s finally found someone who understands her. When Lauren starts dating Ryan, they include Abby in everything and Ryan treats her with empathy and respect. When college is over and Lauren leaves Ryan for what’s supposed to be a six-month job photographing waterfalls around the world, both Ryan and Abby are lonely and heartbroken that she left them. And when tragedy strikes Ryan, Abby is the one there to pick up the pieces when Lauren doesn’t come home from abroad to comfort Ryan and take care of him in his time of need. So Lauren and Ryan’s relationship ends, and Abby and Ryan’s future begins…Abby’s Depression Crushes Her…Abby is a tortured soul, often unable to bring herself out of her depressive lows to take care of Ryan and their daughter Juliana. The effect this has on them has taken its toll, and after a severe episode she’s finally admitted to a treatment center. Abby’s journey through treatment and self-discovery was realistic and emotional, even though you never find out what happened in her distant past to set off the depression (and it was eluded to). Abby isn’t an entirely likable character, but you feel for her as she admits her mistakes and tries to get better–to make things right.While Ryan Sacrifices To Hold Her Together…Ryan is a successful high school football coach, and while he’s commanding and a great leader on the sidelines while coaching his team and well respected in the community, he’s barely holding it together at home. He takes care of his daughter and his wife since she can’t do it on her own a lot due to her illness, but he manages to hold everything together somehow. His self-sacrificing attitude has him thinking that his life is good, when in reality he’s not happy–not since Lauren left him all those years ago.Lauren Still Feels the Pain, and She Won’t Let It Go…Lauren left the country and became a successful author using a pseudonym, and now she’s finally completing the book of waterfall photography that she’d started all those years ago. But she has to return to the town where she grew up, where she fell in love for the first time, where she was betrayed–to finish the project. When she comes face to face with Ryan and Abby’s daughter by chance, the emotions and pain she’s held back rush to the surface, and she won’t stand idly by without telling both Ryan and Abby how she feels this time–even if nothing will come of it.I give WHERE WE FALL a 4.5 out of 5. Emotional, heartfelt, and beautifully written with great outdoorsy scenery, this contemporary women’s fiction piece hit all the right notes with a story of first loves, first hurts, betrayal, and hope of redemption. While the characters weren’t always likable, they flawed and realistic, which made them intriguing and multi-layered. One thing that did stick out was the lack of distinction between the four points of view. Ryan, Abby, Lauren, and even teenager Juliana’s chapters were all written with the same voice. It would have been nice for them to have more distinct speech patterns, thoughts, etc. in their first person point of view written chapters. Overall, I highly enjoyed the journey this book took me on.(Also on Bewitched Bookworms. Book received for free in exchange for honest review for book tour.)
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  • Darlene
    January 1, 1970
    This was another winner that I got for free from NetGalley.com.Picking up this book was therapy. I felt I could relate with the main character, Abby, who seems beset with depression and anxiety. These are disabilities that pulled me from the workforce and 14 years ago. I've been through the medication, and therapy routes. I finally gave up. For the same reasons that Abby did. But watching her try to find answers gave me hope that if I try I might find my own answers.Mental illness is a tough thi This was another winner that I got for free from NetGalley.com.Picking up this book was therapy. I felt I could relate with the main character, Abby, who seems beset with depression and anxiety. These are disabilities that pulled me from the workforce and 14 years ago. I've been through the medication, and therapy routes. I finally gave up. For the same reasons that Abby did. But watching her try to find answers gave me hope that if I try I might find my own answers.Mental illness is a tough thing to deal with. To be raised by someone with it and knowing how you have to walk around it, how your childhood is merely survival, how that is the one thing you have in common with the family members and the life with those issues is ALWAYS there. When you wonder if this is the last day for you to live or would your mother actually blow up the house with everyone in it this day. When you are raised like that, it is easy to understand Abby's daughter, Juliana, and what she is growing up around.And the husband comes off like a saint. This particular husband, Coach Ryan found and adjusted to this life with a life that was fulfilling. Not often the outcome for spouses of the mentally ill. I don't think my father ever found a life until my mother was gone. He had work and TV and sleep.So I know what I am talking about when I say that this book was well done, literally, and psychologically. Either the author was raised with or has lived with mental illness or she did some fantastic research. Her story did not come across as judgemental or preachy. She made the characters very human. I loved the way she told the story through this family's individual points of view and once established as a part of the history, Abby's best friend, Lauren's viewpoint.While the drama centers around the family and friend of Abby, maybe the character that is most seen and given understanding is depression and its friend, anxiety. Abby's counselors come across as human and yet wise, asking the right questions and words to cling to as you find yourself sinking. Oops, for Abby, when she would find herself going astray of her healthy choices.As you can tell, I took a lot of this wisdom to heart. I plan to reread this later, maybe pick up the Audible version as I read a review that praised it highly. I think I need to practice some of the ways Abby learns to deal with her issues. I have to admit that I stuff things down like she did. Most people wouldn't know I was depressed or anxious as I can hide it from myself and everyone else. But these issues have ways to come to life on their own. I think that is where my Fibromyalgia comes from, stuffing it all down deep into my bones. Now I need to look at what is needing my attention and I will need help dealing with what comes up.Thank you, Rochelle B. Weinstein, for writing such an insightful book and sharing it with the world.
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  • Bethany Clark
    January 1, 1970
    I just randomly went and picked a book off my shelf a few weeks back and I was so happy that this fall beauty fell into my hands.Such a sad, tragic love story that has its moments of pure joy along with its moments of utter misery when you see how the pain has hit each individual character of this book.Abby seems to have the makings of a perfect life - the handsome husband, the beautiful daughter, the house - basically the cookie cutter perfect life. Not all things are as perfect as what they se I just randomly went and picked a book off my shelf a few weeks back and I was so happy that this fall beauty fell into my hands.Such a sad, tragic love story that has its moments of pure joy along with its moments of utter misery when you see how the pain has hit each individual character of this book.Abby seems to have the makings of a perfect life - the handsome husband, the beautiful daughter, the house - basically the cookie cutter perfect life. Not all things are as perfect as what they seem when you are on the outside looking in.But what if that "perfect" family came at a price? At the downfall and heartache of your best friend?Abby always wanted Ryan but....he was in love with Lauren - Abby's best friend.But one day Lauren took an amazing opportunity and went to see the world and photograph some of the most amazing waterfalls...but little did she know that her "best friend" would take advantage of her boyfriend in his time of need and rope him in by...you guessed it...getting pregnant.How could Lauren deal with that? She couldn't go back and watch their lives unfold together so she stayed away for what seemed like an eternity.One day she came back...Abby was in the midst of a breakdown...what will happen at this end of this mess? Will Lauren get her lost love back? Will Abby get better and keep her family in tact?
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  • Jeanie
    January 1, 1970
    Running from the truth has only exhausted and hardened me. What I see staring back is my solution. I am not willing to live the lie anymore. Anxiety occurs from threats of the subconscious. Own the real threat. Share it! If you step on them or push them down, they will manifest in some other way. Ahhh the drama on this one - centered on mental illness, friendship and betrayal. Abby suffers from mental illness and her husband Ryan a successful high football coach is supportive...picking up the s Running from the truth has only exhausted and hardened me. What I see staring back is my solution. I am not willing to live the lie anymore. Anxiety occurs from threats of the subconscious. Own the real threat. Share it! If you step on them or push them down, they will manifest in some other way. Ahhh the drama on this one - centered on mental illness, friendship and betrayal. Abby suffers from mental illness and her husband Ryan a successful high football coach is supportive...picking up the slack when Abby has a breakdown. Their daughter Juliana is 16 has lived with her mother's depression all of her life. Having her mother emotionally withdrawn, she has become very close to her father. Dealing with a family that suffers from depression, something has to give. Abby checks herself into a live in facility where she faces her demons and the truth that she has run from all her married life. Will her marriage survive? Will she be able to be the mother her daughter needs? The narration is told by 4 - Abby as she deals with her depression. Going back to the past when she first met her husband Ryan who was dating her best friend Lauren. Ryan who is still haunted by the breakup of Lauren who wants to do the right thing with his family and the young men he coaches. Juliana has she is dealing with the pain of her mother's dis-attachment and her first relationship with a student on her father's team. Lauren who comes back after 17 years of abruptly leaving Ryan to face her own pain that caused her to leave in the first place.I was impressed with how the narration gets into the head of Abby and how she dealt with her emotions. How it lead her to live a lie by not dealing with her emotions. In her therapy she learned how to deal and to apply that lead her to freely love the ones she loved. A Special Thank You to Lake Union Publishing and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post honest review
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  • Maria Ryan
    January 1, 1970
    Squeezing Toothpaste through a PinholeAn attempted suicide early in the story throws a tumultuous marriage into further turmoil. This marriage exists as part of a long ago started love story that has never been resolved. As one angle’s mental distress took precedence over this threesome critical secrets were buried deep and each of the three players went off to lick their wounds, each in their own way.Told in the alternating voices of the three principal characters along with the sole offspring Squeezing Toothpaste through a PinholeAn attempted suicide early in the story throws a tumultuous marriage into further turmoil. This marriage exists as part of a long ago started love story that has never been resolved. As one angle’s mental distress took precedence over this threesome critical secrets were buried deep and each of the three players went off to lick their wounds, each in their own way.Told in the alternating voices of the three principal characters along with the sole offspring of Abby and Ryan, the gaps are slowly filled in for the reader as we wait for the characters to finally reach out of themselves toward real growth.Somewhat slow-moving and dull with no real discernment between each separate voice, the story lacks luster and seems forced. An ending that doesn’t seem well thought out after the many years that two of the characters had stayed together and the reasons behind their dogged refusal to separate although they should not have ended up together in the first place appear like a last minute one eighty for dramatic effect. The author makes her case for the proper treatment of what she deems mental illness but her beliefs may not be scientifically documented and a fictional platform can be a dangerous thing. The truth is we are never clear on why Abby suffers the way she does. Where We Fall unfortunately falls short.
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  • Kristin (Kritters Ramblings)
    January 1, 1970
    Abby Holden is a mother and wife, but she has been battling a secret that could tear apart her seemingly perfect life, but the secret is also tearing apart her. She must let this secret out and see where her world is after to get better. This book is told through her point of view, and her daughter, her husband and a college friend - all of them will be affected when the truth is released.I have critiqued quite a few books on how they handle mental illness and a few people on Amazon have written Abby Holden is a mother and wife, but she has been battling a secret that could tear apart her seemingly perfect life, but the secret is also tearing apart her. She must let this secret out and see where her world is after to get better. This book is told through her point of view, and her daughter, her husband and a college friend - all of them will be affected when the truth is released.I have critiqued quite a few books on how they handle mental illness and a few people on Amazon have written some nasty remarks. I don't personally battle with mental illness, but I know what it looks like and even in fiction my wish is for books to portray things as honestly as possible - at least contemporary fiction, fantasy is a different story! This book felt real and honest and as the character enters a home to battle her brain to find out how to live a full life, this book made me really love how the author wrote her. Rochelle Weinstein has written two previous books, have any of you read them? I am intrigued by What We Leave Behind and just may have to add it to the TBR pile!
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  • Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    I was pleasantly surprised by this family drama that definitely kept me reading. Abby, Ryan, and Lauren are a trio in college. Abby is Lauren's best friend and Ryan and Lauren are dating. We meet up with them year's later with Ryan and Abby surprisingly married with a teenage daughter. Abby is struggling with untreated mental health issues, and her family is struggling. This story is told from multiple points of view which I always enjoy. I found the book to be very well written and the characte I was pleasantly surprised by this family drama that definitely kept me reading. Abby, Ryan, and Lauren are a trio in college. Abby is Lauren's best friend and Ryan and Lauren are dating. We meet up with them year's later with Ryan and Abby surprisingly married with a teenage daughter. Abby is struggling with untreated mental health issues, and her family is struggling. This story is told from multiple points of view which I always enjoy. I found the book to be very well written and the characters to be interesting and real. Many thanks to NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this book to review.
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  • Lorrie
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you Net Galley and Lake Union Publishing for the opportunity to read this ARC. I enjoyed this story because it dealt with mental illness and the possibility for the control/recognition of such illness. What I most appreciated about this read was the hope that the mentally ill can find their way out of/or at least learn to have a happy, meaningful life while living with their mental illness. I identified with the main character and the strength she harnessed.
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  • Mrs Mommy Booknerd http://mrsmommybooknerd.blogspot.com
    January 1, 1970
    A solid 4.5 read.First, this cover is beautiful! I was drawn to it instantly! Where We Fall is a beautifully, almost poetic, look at the things that fracture the foundation of family. With heavy themes and told from various perspectives Where We Fall is a dynamic look into how depression, secrets, lies and guilt can tear at the seams of a family. A gripping and intense story worthy of any book club pick.
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  • Lauren R.
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars. This was kinda a tough read! Lots going on - drama, depression, first love, etc. I liked reading about these characters but I didn't really LIKE any of them, if that makes sense. Abby was incredibly hard to feel sorry for and connect with. I have mixed feelings about the ending but I think it's the best one. I'd recommend this overall!
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  • Lisa-Books Smiles
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars! Amazing story about love, betrayal, friendship, family, forgiveness and mental health. This is one of those books that will stick with you for a long time.
  • Christine
    January 1, 1970
    Thank to NETGALLEY and LAKE UNION PUBLISHING for the chance to read and give an honest review. I loved this novel, the authors writing style drew me right into the story. I enjoyed getting to know the characters, I came to care for them all. Abby, Lauren and Ryan are college friends, Ryan and Lauren are so much in love, Abby is their best friend, it was always the three of them. Abby has always secretly has a crush on Ryan, and when Lauren leaves on a project, Ryan's father passes away, and A Thank to NETGALLEY and LAKE UNION PUBLISHING for the chance to read and give an honest review. I loved this novel, the authors writing style drew me right into the story. I enjoyed getting to know the characters, I came to care for them all. Abby, Lauren and Ryan are college friends, Ryan and Lauren are so much in love, Abby is their best friend, it was always the three of them. Abby has always secretly has a crush on Ryan, and when Lauren leaves on a project, Ryan's father passes away, and Abby is there to console him, well one thing leads to another and before you know it they are married and have a daughter. This novel is about three friends, one leaves, and the other two begin a life together, it is not a smooth married life, but it is a settled married life. Ryan is a high school coach and enjoys coachingyoung boys and helping mold them into young gentlemen. Abby has mental issues, she is living with extreme quilt, she suffers from depression, low self esteem, she even becomes afraid to leave home. This means that a lot of the time Ryan is both mother and father to Julianna. Ryan and Julianna have a very close relationship, whereas Julianna is angry at her mom most of the time. Ryan is such a nice guy, he can never see himself leaving Abby, although he knows theirmarriage is not what it should be. Ryan has always been under the impression that Lauren just deserted him, however he has always truly been in love with her. Lauren left to learn under a renowned photographer, but her and Abby share a huge secret that would change everything. When Lauren comes back, things come out and everything becomes very clear to everyone. There are a few different stories here, Abby and Ryan and then Lauren, there is also the story of Julianna and her first love E J, Ryan becomes very involved and you realize what a great father should be. This novel is all about relationships, young love, settled love, family drama, violence, parenthood, mental illness, therapy, sacrifice, forgiveness, but most of starting over and living your life to the fullest.
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  • Roxy
    January 1, 1970
    *goodreads giveaway ARC*I would have rated it higher, but the thing that knocked it down for me was the character viewpoints. The story is told from 4 different characters, but there was no difference between their voices. It didn't make sense to me that a 16 year old would be talking as elaborately as the adult characters. Then again, I can't recall any average person thinking that way. It's beautifully written, but I think it would have been better if it wasn't told in first person viewpoints.
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  • Carrie
    January 1, 1970
    I had a hard time following the story and felt Abby was more dramatic over small things than I could take. It was a Goodreads giveaway for me and I appreciate being able to see I am in a much better emotional state, than many.
  • Jackie Zydek
    January 1, 1970
    Weinstein's quote "We are all imperfect people that cannot give up on one another. " Is a great reminder to us all. She portrayed mental illness/depression and those that are effected by it well through her cast of characters and the m realities they faced throughout the book.
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  • Wendy Goldstein
    January 1, 1970
    This book started off a little slowly for me. I think it took about half way through for the real drama to begin and the pace to speed up. While it was well written and entertaining, it was also not a happy book for me and I really disliked the main Character, Abby.
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  • Beth Peninger
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for this free readers edition. In exchange I am providing an honest review.This is Weinstein's third title but my first to read of hers. And it takes on a topic that I'm interested in, that I experience - although not to the level one of the main characters does in the book. Abby and Ryan have been together, as a couple, for 17 years. They have a 16 year old daughter, Juliana. Ryan is a hero football coach in their town and Abby? Well Abby is...li Thank you to NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for this free readers edition. In exchange I am providing an honest review.This is Weinstein's third title but my first to read of hers. And it takes on a topic that I'm interested in, that I experience - although not to the level one of the main characters does in the book. Abby and Ryan have been together, as a couple, for 17 years. They have a 16 year old daughter, Juliana. Ryan is a hero football coach in their town and Abby? Well Abby is...limited. She is very rarely seen outside of the house, except for game days. Sometimes when Juliana gets home from school her mom is in a dark bedroom buried under the covers, sleeping. Abby is depressed and has been for as long as she, and anyone in her life, can remember. One day it all comes to the surface and boils over. It leads Abby to seek more intense therapy at an inpatient facility, leaving Ryan and Juliana to fend for themselves - although they've already been doing that for a really long time. So Abby is getting the help she needs, finally, and Ryan and Juliana are back in their hometown dealing with another kind of crisis. And then one day Juliana utters, "Lauren", a name Ryan has been trying to forget for 17 years. Lauren, Abby, and Ryan - it's time to get everything out in the open and let things fall where they are going to fall. I really like the equal time each main character got in this story. I loved reading from the point of view of Juliana about what is was like to have a Mom who was so depressed she wasn't even a mom. Or to read the point of view of Ryan who is trying to be the Dad, and Mom, the Coach and the faithful husband. What I always find myself asking, however, is - do these kind of situations actually happen in real life? And if they do, do they get resolved the way Weinstein chooses to resolve this one? Although I will say I liked the way this story ended. I like that in the end the only person who could do the right thing to right the wrongs did what they needed to do. People might not agree with the way the person chose to resolve things but I thought it was brave and loving. Weinstein's other titles were already on my "to read" list and I'm glad because I really dig her writing style.
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  • Brandie
    January 1, 1970
    Abby and Ryan seem to have the perfect marriage. They went to college together, have a lovely daughter, Ryan is an amazing football coach.But what most don't know is that Abby suffers from debilitating depression and anxiety. It's something she's always struggled with and just can't manage to find the right kind of help - or maybe she doesn't try.Abby got exactly what she wanted in life. Except she got it through lies and betrayal and now can't let herself off the hook. But as the book starts, A Abby and Ryan seem to have the perfect marriage. They went to college together, have a lovely daughter, Ryan is an amazing football coach.But what most don't know is that Abby suffers from debilitating depression and anxiety. It's something she's always struggled with and just can't manage to find the right kind of help - or maybe she doesn't try.Abby got exactly what she wanted in life. Except she got it through lies and betrayal and now can't let herself off the hook. But as the book starts, Abby starts new treatment and learns to deal with the past she kept trying to push down and away and forget about and she learns to forgive herself. But can others forgive her when they learn the secrets she has been hiding?I wasn't impressed with this book. Although Abby's depression does proceed her big secret, and they do put her on proper medicines, it seems to me that the breakthrough in her treatment is confronting the secret. Which might be good for her, but also isn't true to many people who face depression. I don't know, it just rubbed me the wrong way. Also, the ending seemed too neat, too wrapped up. It felt contrived and fake and I wanted more of a fight for things - strange, I know. But if I wanted to read a fairy tale ending, I'll pick up a fairy tale!
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  • Jeremy Reppy
    January 1, 1970
    One of the strengths of this book is the portrayal of mental illness. One of the main characters, Abby, experiences significant depression and anxiety and this has had a profound effect on her marriage and her relationship with her (now teenage) daughter. The author does a good job of realistically portraying how mental illness impacts the sufferer and loved ones, as well as the struggle to confront the issues that are contributing to the mental illness so that the sufferer can gain a measure of One of the strengths of this book is the portrayal of mental illness. One of the main characters, Abby, experiences significant depression and anxiety and this has had a profound effect on her marriage and her relationship with her (now teenage) daughter. The author does a good job of realistically portraying how mental illness impacts the sufferer and loved ones, as well as the struggle to confront the issues that are contributing to the mental illness so that the sufferer can gain a measure of control and a more stable life.The overarching plot centers on Abby, her husband Ryan, and Lauren, who was previously Abby's best friend and Ryan's girlfriend. The book explores how Abby and Ryan ended up together and how the decisions of one night, along with words unsaid, have shaped the lives of these three individuals. There is also a subplot involving Ryan, who coaches high school football, and the family of one of his players. This subplot shows the redemptive power of believing in a person's inherent goodness and self-worth and helping that person turn his life around.I received a copy of the e-book from NetGalley in exchange for a review.
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  • Linda
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars (rounded up to 5) on this beautiful novel by Rochelle Weinstein. The author did a great job weaving the story together. I was engaged from the very beginning, but about the half-way mark I couldn't put it down. It was well-written and made me feel like I was in the same room as the characters. In many cases, I went back to re-read sentences because they floored me. There's one scene in particular where someone comes back to town and visits with Ryan, the father in the story, that reall 4.5 stars (rounded up to 5) on this beautiful novel by Rochelle Weinstein. The author did a great job weaving the story together. I was engaged from the very beginning, but about the half-way mark I couldn't put it down. It was well-written and made me feel like I was in the same room as the characters. In many cases, I went back to re-read sentences because they floored me. There's one scene in particular where someone comes back to town and visits with Ryan, the father in the story, that really got to me on an emotional level. I'm still thinking about these characters and what happened in their lives. Weinstein wrote the characters so well [sometimes I didn't like the main one and sometimes I felt sorry for her but that's because the author did her job!]. The only reason I didn't give it five stars was because the book is written in several POVs and there were a couple of instances where I had to look back at the beginning of the chapter to see who was talking, whether it was the mother or teenage daughter. Other than that, a super book that I definitely recommend.
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