The New York Times bestselling author of The Beach House, Jemima J, and Summer Secrets presents a novel about the pleasure and meaning of finding a home—and family—where you least expect them...
When Emma Montague left the strict confines of upper-crust British life for New York, she felt sure it would make her happy. Away from her parents and expectations, she felt liberated, throwing herself into Manhattan life replete with a high-paying job, a gorgeous apartment, and a string of successful boyfriends. But the cutthroat world of finance and relentless pursuit of more began to take its toll. This wasn’t the life she wanted either.
On the move again, Emma settles in the picturesque waterfront town of Westport, Connecticut, a world apart from both England and Manhattan. It is here that she begins to confront what it is she really wants from her life. With no job, and knowing only one person in town, she channels her passion for creating beautiful spaces into remaking the dilapidated cottage she rents from Dominic, a local handyman who lives next door with his six-year-old son.
Unlike any man Emma has ever known, Dominic is confident, grounded, and committed to being present for his son whose mother fled shortly after he was born. They become friends, and slowly much more, as Emma finds herself feeling at home in a way she never has before.
But just as they start to imagine a life together as a family, fate intervenes in the most shocking of ways. For the first time, Emma has to stay and fight for what she loves, for the truth she has discovered about herself, or risk losing it all.
In a novel of changing seasons, shifting lives, and selfless love, a story unfolds—of one woman’s far-reaching journey to discover who she is truly meant to be...
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 neighbor. 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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I love all of Jane Green books and enjoyed her newest novel. Her characters seem real and one tends to really like them. I was disappointed about the ending. Good beach read
An amazing read. The characters are written well and the author does a stellar job in making you fall in love with them. It is an easy book to read and I would 10/10 recommend it.
Superbly Written & Emotionally Charged
Falling is a beautifully written poignant love story. Can two people really fall and stay in love, if they are from two completely different worlds?
Emma left England to take a fast-paced, high-paying job in America. After five years though of living and working in NYC, Emma was ready to slow down. She decided to move to Westport Connecticut. Although the cottage Emma rented was drastically outdated and needed renovating, she wasn’t worried. Emma loved interior decorating and couldn’t wait to get started beautifying her new home.
Emma and her landlord, Dominic, were from completely different worlds and at first she wasn’t attracted to him. Sure, he was handsome and charming, but blue-collar workers were not her type. And Emma definitely didn’t need the complication of him being her landlord. Emma was used to being wined and dined by wealthy men, not bartenders, and carpenters. But, Dominic’s integrity and kindness won Emma over. She also fell in love with Jesse, his son.
Struggles arose though when Emma’s upper-crust British parents met Dominic. And then again when Emma met Dominic’s loud and abusive parents. But, when Jesse’s mom showed up on the scene after deserting Jesse as an infant, Emma’s insecurities rose to a whole new level.
Emma hated choosing between her parents, and the man whom they felt was beneath her. Her father liked Dominic but didn’t feel as if he would ever measure up to the family’s standards, and Emma’s mother treated Dominic as the help.
Emma had some hard decisions to make, but in the end, she discovered what was truly important to her. Life was filled with hurts and hardships, and Emma learned that acceptance and choosing happiness every day were the best possible avenues that she could take.
This a superbly written, emotionally charged love story. I loved it.