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April 20, 2020

Feels Like Falling by Kristy Woodson Harvey ~ a Review

by Susan Robert


"And I realized that sometimes when you're speeding through thin air, the brakes worn out and the engine shot, maybe it feels like you're falling.  But, in reality, that's when you're learning to fly." (loc 4343)

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April 2020; Gallery Books; 978-1982117702
audio, ebook, print (400 pages); southern fiction
Kristy Woodson Harvey is one of those few authors that you just know - even before you read the first page -that you are going to meet wonderful, believable characters in a beautiful location.  You want to read her books fast because they are so good but you also want to read them slowly because you don't want to leave these new friends.  I am one of her major fans and have read every book that she's written and I can tell you that all of her books are fantastic but this is my new favorite.

I really don't have anything in common with the two main characters -- I'm not uber-rich like Gray and I've never had to live in my car like Diana - but they are both so well written that I feel like I know them and could have a great time with them if we met.

Setting:  

The beach at Cape Carolina in North Carolina

The two main characters:

Gray owns her own company and has been very successful with it - to the extent that she owns a beautiful home on the ocean.  She has a son and she and her ex-husband are in the middle of a nasty divorce.  After years together, he left her right after her mother died and is now living with his very young girlfriend. Gray is at a turning point in her life but doesn't know where to turn to make life better and to find happiness again.

Diana has just left her boyfriend and is living in her car.  An interaction at her job, causes her to get fired.  The person who caused the firing was Grey and after confronting Gray, Diana is offered a job at Gray's home.  Diana is outspoken and it doesn't matter who she is talking to.  Somehow, despite their differences, Gray and Diana become friends.

Will this unlikely friendship help them both during this unsettled time in their lives or are they so different that their friendship can't be maintained?

The plot:

This is a story of love and heartbreak, family and friends and the search for happiness and fulfillment in life.  It shows that family isn't just the people that you are related to but also includes the friends that you learn to love throughout your life.  It reminds us that even when life gets tough, there will be a second chance waiting - maybe not what you planned but definitely what you need.

Thanks to Kristy for another wonderful book that made me laugh and cry with two characters that I won't soon forget.  Kristy is one of the best authors of Southern fiction writing today.

You don't need to be at the beach to read Kristy's books but you feel like you've been to the beach by the end. My prediction is that Feels Like Falling will be one of the MUST READ books for the summer of 2020.

Buy Feels Like Falling at Amazon

Read my reviews of The Peachtree Bluff series: The Secret to Southern Charm and The Southern Side of Paradise.

Susan Roberts lives in North Carolina when she isn't traveling. She and her husband enjoy traveling, gardening and spending time with their family and friends. She reads almost anything (and the piles of books in her house prove that) but her favorite genres are Southern fiction, women's fiction, and thrillers. Susan is a top 1% Goodreads Reviewer. You can connect with Susan on FacebookGoodreads, or Twitter.


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