Friday, May 29, 2020

Book Review: "Feels Like Falling" by Kristy Woodson Harvey

Kristy Woodson Harvey's newest book, Feels Like Falling, is an utterly charming book about second chances, friendships, and the families we choose as well as those we’re born into.

“...even when the chips are down, life can change in an instant.”

Gray has worked hard to have it all—marriage, a strong family, and a multi-million-dollar company. But when it all starts to fall apart—her mother dies, her sister takes up with an extremist preacher, and her husband leaves her for another (younger) woman—she wonders what to do. And then she inadvertently gets Diana, a local woman, fired from her job processing photos at the drug store.

Diana’s life is on the verge of falling apart, too, and losing her job may be the last straw. But buoyed by Gray’s guilt and her generosity, she’s able to get back on her feet while living in Gray’s guesthouse—and she proves equally talented at helping Gray manage her own life as well.

When an old love returns, it opens up a whole world of possibilities for Diana, while also pushing some secrets out into the open. Meanwhile, as Gray wrestles with her own challenges, she is presented with a romantic possibility far different from what she pictured, and she’s unsure of what to do.

This was such a fun, satisfying, totally engaging read. I warmed up to these characters immediately and started rooting for them, and I was so glad that while Harvey introduced some drama into the story, it never went off the rails like I feared it might. (I’ve read too many melodramas!!)

If I had any criticism of this book, it's that there was a gay character who entered one scene, threw out some stereotypical commentary, and then wasn't heard from again, so I don't understand what the point of even introducing him was. Additionally, there was some banter about whether Gray's assistant was gay, and everyone kept commenting that he wasn't, but they thought he was. Again, no point to that dialogue, so I'm not sure what Harvey was aiming for.

On Goodreads, my good friend Jen referred to this book as her pick for “the book of the summer.” Once you read it, you’ll see how accurate she is, as it's definitely a book you'll want to add to your summer reading list!

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