The Joy of Falling by Lindsay Harrel

The Joy of Falling by Lindsay Harrel

I hope you enjoy this wonderful book! Happy Reading! Becca

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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My review

What a wonderful story! I hadn’t heard about the Ultra marathon before and found it fascinating. New Zealand too sounded amazing. Both Eva and Angela were fun to get to know. Each one was so different and yet similar in a way. The description sounded beautiful. The relationship between Eva and Angela is complicated. It reminded me a lot of real life relationships.It was so honest and refreshing to read a book where the characters deal with the same things you might deal with in real life. Grief is strange in that its different for everyone. No way is better then the other. I like how this story captured that truth. It was a story that had multiple depths to it. Grief, friendship, siblings, forgiveness, faith and hope were weaved throughout the story. I think the reader can learn right along side the characters these valuable truths.

I recommend this book to my family and friends.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

About the Author

Lindsay Harrel is a lifelong book nerd with a B.A. in journalism and M.A. in English. She lives in Arizona with her young family and two golden retrievers in serious need of training. Lindsay has held a variety of jobs, including curriculum editor for two universities, medical and business writer, and copywriter for a digital marketing agency. Now she juggles stay-at-home mommyhood with working freelance jobs, teaching college English courses online, and—of course—writing novels. When she actually has time to do other things, she loves to sing, read, and sip passion iced teas from Starbucks. She loves to watch God work in ordinary lives to create something extraordinary, and she writes to bring hope to those who may have lost it along the way. Connect with her at www.LindsayHarrel.com and any other place she hangs out online, including Facebook and Twitter.

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