Book: The Joy of Falling
Author: Lindsay Harrel
Release Date: April 14, 2020
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?
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 http://www.LindsayHarrel.com and any other place she hangs out online, including Facebook and Twitter.
My Review of The Joy of Falling:
This book captured my attention by the back cover … and kept my attention from the first page until the last. Actually, even past the last because I’m still thinking about Angela, Eva, Marc, and Simon.
I didn’t like Angela at first, and I felt badly that I didn’t because it seemed as though, while she was kindhearted and sweet, she was so busy juggling all the balls in her life she didn’t have time to sit and savor relationships. And she was dealing with some pretty heavy emotions to boot.
I liked Eva almost too much … she seemed childlike and innocent, yet mature and sophisticated. I give a lot of credit to the men in the book because they were patient, tender, kind, and very understanding as the women grappled with emotions and thoughts that went far beyond the deaths of their spouses.
I absolutely adored Sherry … she had to deal with so much grief, more than any one person should have to deal with in a lifetime. The book had so many characters and they were all in depth with multifaceted feelings and issues to work through. It was my kind of book! I can’t wait to read more from this author and am so glad I had the chance to do so with this book.
I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit but was not under any obligation to write a review. All opinions are strictly mine.
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