Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Falling by Julie Cohen

Can you imagine keeping a secret so devastating, you couldn’t even tell the people you love?

Honor’s secret threatens to rob her of the independence she’s guarded ferociously for eighty years.

Jo’s secret could smash apart the ‘normal’ family life she’s fought so hard to build.

Lydia’s could bring her love - or the loss of everything that matters to her.

Grandmother, mother and daughter – three women whose lives are falling apart. But one summer’s day, a single dramatic moment will force their secrets into the open.

Can they save each other from falling?

We first meet Jo as she's struggling with two toddlers and a buggy and a bus. She is coming to terms to being a single mum of three the eldest being a teenager. Jo's first husband Stephen died ten years ago and Jo has since married and had another two children. Unfortunately her husband ran off with their au pair and has set up house with her.
In the middle of the chaos that two young children bring,Jo receives a phone call from the hospital informing her that Honour her first husband Stephen's mother has injured herself in a fall and she is her next of kin.
Jo is such a lovely woman that she persuades Honor to come and stay with her until she recovers. Honor has never liked Jo and has made that perfectly clear. She is grumpy and ungrateful and determined not to like anyone.
Avil,the teenage daughter has fallen in love but it's a love she feels she can tell no one about especially the person she is in love with. Nothing can remain a secret for long and when Avril's school friends gang up against her she can't cope anymore.

This was an enjoyable read. Following those three women through an important time of each of their lives and seeing how those events changed them kept me glued to the pages.
Jo is a saint to put up with Honor and even finding the time to be nice to her ex au pair who stole her husband. I found Honor very interesting. She is dealing with a big change too, something that threatens her independence. I liked the interaction between Honor and Avril, they seemed to just get each other.
There are some very funny parts in the book but I'll leave you to find them on your own. There is also a heart stopping moment before we find a happy ending.
Worth a read!
On Amazon in paperback or kindle. Here

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