From the Sunday Times number one bestselling author of Summer Secrets comes a novel about finding a home - and family - where you least expect them.
"I'm in AWE of Jane Green." Marian Keyes
Eight years ago, Emma Montague left behind the strict confines of her upper-crust English life - and rather dull boyfriend - and moved to New York City, where she immediately found success in the world of finance. But her soulless, cut-throat, all-consuming job has only led to another life she didn't want.
Answering an online ad, Emma finds a tiny beach cottage to rent in the small town of Westport, Connecticut. It needs work - lots of work. But it's the perfect project to satisfy Emma's passion for interior design and gardening, if her new landlord, Dominic, is agreeable to the small changes she yearns to make.
To Emma, Dominic is also something of a fixer-upper. A local handyman with a six-year-old son, he's a world away from the men she should be interested in, but he's comfortable in his own skin, confident, quiet and kind. Slowly, over a shared garden, time spent with his son and late-night conversations, Emma finds herself falling for Dominic.
From friends to lovers happens as naturally as the changing seasons. But laying down roots doesn't come easily when two lives as different as theirs merge into one. And Emma will realise that the seeds of happiness must be nurtured and cherished to grow into something strong enough to shelter all their hopes and dreams . . .
PRAISE FOR JANE GREEN
"Warm, witty, sharp and insightful. Jane Green writes with such honesty and zing" Sophie Kinsella
"Green handles grim issues with a sure hand, balancing light romance with tense family drama" Kirkus Reviews
"Green once more proves her skill at exploring the complexities of the human heart." Library Journal
"If you're in the mood for a juicy, heartbreaking page-turner, you should definitely give it a try." OKMagazine.com
"Essential reading for the modern woman looking for connection and escape." Adriana Trigiani, bestselling author of Lucia, Lucia and the Valentine series
"A gripping and powerful novel about finding the courage to make the life you want. This is Jane Green at her absolute best" Emily Giffin
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Like a cappuccino, this romance is a bittersweet brew that’s light and frothy on top. The fun (and trouble) starts when Emma Montague moves from England to the U.S. for a high-paying New York banking career. But then she decides to start an interior design business in a Connecticut beach town, where single father Dominic is her neighbour. Falling is a girl-meets-boy-next-door story with some twists, like class differences, family complications, a six-year-old and an unexpected ending. We loved Falling, but be warned: tissues will come in handy.
Green's latest chronicles is an unlikely romance between 30-somethings from two different worlds. At 37, Emma Montague has decided to ditch the rat race of the New York banking world and seek out a quieter, more solitary existence, which takes her to idyllic Westport, Conn. There, she settles into a rundown cottage, and her burgeoning love for interior design takes off in a flurry of paint, carpet, and decorative wall hangings. While she's cultivating her new love for home decor, she finds another new love in her landlord, Dominic, a hunky bartender who's raising his six-year-old son, Jesse, on his own. Naturally, complications arise: Jesse has a hard time adjusting to change, Emma's upper-crust English parents don't approve of Dominic's salt-of-the-earth upbringing, and Jesse's erstwhile mother reappears after six years to try her hand at mothering. But Emma and Dominic's feelings are deep, and they manage to make it work until tragedy strikes, and Emma's at risk of losing everything she's come to love. Green's fiction is full of disgruntled city gals finding their bliss in the 'burbs, but although Emma could certainly be a more compelling heroine (most of the main events of the plot happen to her without requiring much action or decision on her part), her community is full of nuanced characters that elevate the story above its cookie-cutter beats and add extra impact to the tearjerker ending. It likely won't linger in readers' minds, but it's a pleasant enough beach read.
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Good, not great
Love Jane Green and her writing style. However this book was a little drawn out with a lot of action at the end. The ending, without giving too much away, left me feeling flat and actually ruined the whole story for me.