WHERE WE FALL: A Novel ~Rochelle B. Weinstein
TLC Book Tours sent me a copy of WHERE WE FALL for review and I enjoyed reading this book. Very nice Southern Romance with a good premise. I lived for several years in North Carolina and YES, the countryside is amazingly beautiful and written about with style in this story.
The story line is good and interesting and the descriptions just right to encourage a visit to the beauty of North Carolina. It is a Southern Romance within the tradition of Southern Romance and providing a creative story concept making it quite interesting. We have 2 women friends who are looking to be connected to a man who is the perfect Southern Gentleman. We all want to be loved and to love. We have the perfect gentleman character, who is a prize catch and also a high school football coach.
Abby and Lauren are college roommates and best friends. Ryan falls in love with Lauren and the three become great friends. Lauren and Ryan share that kind of perfect love and are probably “soul mates” – a nice touch. Abby has problems with social anxiety and enjoys being the “fifth wheel” in their amazing friendship.
Lauren shows some spunk and determination to photograph and see some amazing waterfalls. She takes a graduate program and then takes off to photograph the world’s waterfalls. Ryan is being patient with her travels and endeavors until his Father dies and he is devastated. No one can get a hold of Lauren, in time.
Abby takes over the role of caregiver and Ryan and she marry and have a daughter.
The novel is full of missed communications and omitted discussions. Friends do not share with each other, mother and daughter do not have real conversations and Abby’s anxiety begins to control her life and she ends up with a full deep mental illness. It takes all of Abby’s ability and control to enter a mental health facility and within six weeks the lives are changed and a loving resolution is possible.
As I was introducing myself at a new class, we all shared our favorite reads, I noticed that 6 women stated that this was their favorite kind of read and how they liked the escape. This book should find some good readers.
I found the writing elementary in style and found several sentences that just seemed random within their paragraphs. I did receive an uncorrected e- copy, but these slips just stopped the flow. Dialogue was quite good and moved the story well. I felt sad that the daughter was repeating the “perfect man” scenario of her parents even though she was so young. Lauren and Abby both seemed rather boring and Ryan was just too perfect and responsible. The characters could not change; they were just stuck in the behaviors they had chosen – locked in. It took pills and a therapist to get them to resolution and to move into their best interest.
“Rochelle B. Weinstein is the author of THE MOURNING AFTER and WHAT WE LEAVE BEHIND. A former entertainment industry executive, she lives in south Florida with her husband, twin boys and two dogs.“
As I write this review the Kindle edition of WHERE WE FALL is free on Amazon.