Kristy Woodson Harvey comes to the blog with a story that is a mix of friendship, second chances, healing and new love with
Feels Like Falling
Two women, merely five years apart yet separated by circumstances, money and history are brought together with a bit of serendipity and good intentions and soon find that everything that was off in their lives can now be adjusted, examined and even explored as options open up for them both.
The North Carolina coast is readied for summer, and both Gray and Diana find themselves in proximity that is strangely positive for them both. Gray is still reeling from her divorce and struggling with her son’s imminent departure with his father and new girlfriend for the next three weeks. Diana is simply trying to make new choices when she moves out from the ‘latest boyfriend’s’ place with little but the clothes she owns, an on its last legs car and a job at the local pharmacy running the photo developer.
These two are so very similar and dissimilar, but each has something that the other needs. Gray has a house, a need for a cleaner since she’s a snob, and an ear to listen to her worries. Diana needs work and a home – and Gray can provide both. Funnily enough, both characters are instantly engaging and sympathetic – Gray with her worries about her son, her grief about her mother’s loss and anger with her ex. Diana’s that M&M shell – hard outer crust, melty center, with no expectations that things will ever change, or that a relationship is in her interests as she is rotating a series of ‘ugly’ t-shirts that remind her of every failed relationship.
There are moments here to laugh and to cry: plenty of examples of friendship and its power to heal and help as people move through the challenges that life can toss in their path. With plenty of humor, great friends and some food examples that will have you wanting to raid the refrigerator, the message here is open. Be open to friendship, open to options, open to possibilities and open to taking changes, even second and third chances because one could come up trumps. A perfect escape read with a little bit of everything – including romance and that happy ending.
Title: Feels Like Falling
Author: Kristy Woodson Harvey
Genre: Contemporary Elements, Contemporary Romance, Contemporary Woman's Fiction, Family Saga, Food / Recipes, Friendship, Grief, Humor elements, Romantic Elements, Second Chance, Small Town, Southern
Published by: Gallery Books
Published on: 28 April, 2020
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Audio Length: 10 Hours: 1 minute
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It’s summertime on the North Carolina coast and the livin’ is easy.
Unless, that is, you’ve just lost your mother to cancer, your sister to her extremist husband, and your husband to his executive assistant. Meet Gray Howard. Right when Gray could use a serious infusion of good karma in her life, she inadvertently gets a stranger, Diana Harrington, fired from her job at the local pharmacy.
Diana Harrington’s summer isn’t off to the greatest start either: Hours before losing her job, she broke up with her boyfriend and moved out of their shared house with only a worn-out Impala for a bed. Lucky for her, Gray has an empty guest house and a very guilty conscience.
With Gray’s kindness, Diana’s tide begins to turn. But when her first love returns, every secret from her past seems to resurface all at once. And, as Gray begins to blaze a new trail, she discovers, with Diana’s help, that what she envisioned as her perfect life may not be what she wants at all.
In her warmest, wisest novel yet, Kristy Woodson Harvey delivers a discerning portrait of modern womanhood through two vastly different lenses. Feels Like Falling is a beach bag essential for Harvey fans—and for a new generation of readers.
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From “the next major voice in Southern fiction” (Elin Hilderbrand) and the bestselling author of the Peachtree Bluff series comes an odd-couple tale of friendship that asks just how much our past choices define our happiness.
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.