Falling by Jane Green

It's been a few years since I've read one of Jane Green's novels, but I've loved her past work. Falling is a tough, really tough, book to review. I was on board, enjoying the love-at-first-sight style romance and then wham! I feel like I ran into a brick wall, and I'm not sure what to think. Without giving spoilers, all I can say is that I really don't know what to make of this book.

Emma Montague left England for the U.S. after it becomes clear that she's just not into the man she's been involved with, aka the man her mother wants desperately for her to marry. Social status means nothing to Emma, but it's all her mother can think about. In the U.S., Emma makes friends, has a great job as a banker, but she wants more. Once she has a decent savings built up, Emma leaves banking behind and rents a small beach cottage in Connecticut. Her eye and talents have turned to interior design, and she sees huge potential in this cottage and her talents in decorating on a dime.

Her landlord, Dominic, quickly becomes an object of interest. He's sexy, nothing like the guys she's dated in the past, and Emma can't help but become enamored by both the single dad and his precocious six year old. As Emma settles into the role of "mom" to a young boy whose own mother abandoned him as an infant, she realizes the best things in life are nothing like she would have expected. There are still hurdles left to face, however, and some of them may be too much for Emma to handle.

The romance between Emma and Dominic moves fast, and there are times things fell into place just a little too easily. I didn't really care, however, I just wanted Emma and Dominic to have their happily ever after. Jane Green's writing is always passionate and taps into the reader's emotions, but I really did (without going into detail) feel so let down. I've never enjoyed a book so much and then wished I'd never read it, but that's exactly how I'm feeling this time. Rating this one for Netgalley is tough. I'd say it was a 4-star read for 90% of the novel, but the unexpected twist at the ending left me feeling very cold.


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