About Me I am a retired librarian and I now support books and authors through my reviews.

I have always loved to read and I was able to share that love through my work as a public librarian for 22 1/2 years. I now promote literacy by reading, and then writing reviews. I love to support authors by sharing my reviews with others!

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

The Joy of Falling by Lindsay Harrel: Review with Celebrate Lit Tours

About the Book

Book:  The Joy of Falling
Author: Lindsay Harrel
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Release Date: April 14, 2020

Eva and Angela must learn to live again. One step at a time.

It has been fifteen months since Eva and Angela lost their thrill-seeking husbands in a scuba diving accident. Both women are trying to navigate their way through the grief, but neither one is making much progress. Angela is barely making ends meet, angry at her husband for leaving her to raise three children on her own. Meanwhile, Eva is stuck, unable to move forward after losing the love of her life and her source of inspiration.

But then Eva gets a life-changing phone call. Before Brent and Wes died, they had signed up for a race of a lifetime—an ultra-marathon in beautiful New Zealand. Eva begs Angela to run the race with her in their husbands’ place, and Angela finally agrees, hoping to finally understand her husband’s choices.

Training is exhausting, and the race is even more demanding. Their journey grows more complicated by the presence of two men—Marc is Brent’s best friend who is running the race with Eva and Angela, and Simon King is a writer who is covering their inspiring story. With every step, Eva and Angela must ask themselves questions that they haven’t had the courage to ask before. As the women literally put one foot in front of the other, they wonder: Is it possible to find their way forward in hope?

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"What I really needed was to learn to experience the grief and realize it was okay to mourn, for life not to be perfect, for life to surprise me sometimes."

This is the story of two women dealing with the deaths of their husbands and how they maneuver through their individual journeys of grief. Journeys that would appear to be the same but in reality, so very different. As Eva and her sister-in-law Angela struggle to live life without their husbands, they discover that their identities are more than just being the widows of Brent and Wes Jamison.

Author Lindsay Harrel writes in her author's notes that she suffered the loss of her grandmother while writing this book and it's apparent that her own emotions flavored this story. She allows her characters to question God's Plan and she shows them in different stages of grief but she also offers them the assurance that it's okay to be happy again! The final result is a wonderful story of love, hope, and healing. The Joy of Falling isn't just about letting go of what you had; it is also about grabbing hold of what you can have again!

I highly recommend The Joy of Falling to anyone who enjoys contemporary fiction.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author and Celebrate Lit. A favorable review was not required and these are my own thoughts.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

About the Author

Lindsay Harrel is a lifelong book nerd who lives in Arizona with her young family and two golden retrievers in serious need of training. She’s held a variety of writing and editing jobs over the years and now juggles stay-at-home mommyhood with writing novels. When she’s not writing or chasing after her children, Lindsay enjoys making a fool of herself at Zumba, curling up with anything by Jane Austen, and savoring sour candy one piece at a time. Connect with her at LindsayHarrel.com.

Read an Excerpt

Click HERE to read the first four chapters.

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