Falling by Julie Cohen

About this book…

Can you imagine keeping a secret so devastating, you couldn’t even tell the people you love?

Honor’s secret threatens to rob her of the independence she’s guarded ferociously for eighty years.

Jo’s secret could smash apart the ‘normal’ family life she’s fought so hard to build.

Lydia’s could bring her love – or the loss of everything that matters to her.

Grandmother, mother and daughter – three women whose lives are falling apart. But one summer’s day, a single dramatic moment will force their secrets into the open.

Can they save each other from falling?

Readers of Jojo Moyes, Liane Moriarty and Lisa Jewell will love this surprising, moving story.

My review…

I have my daughter to thank for discovering Julie Cohen when she picked up Dear Thing at the airport last year and the whole family ended up reading and loving it. It’s now one of my favourite books and I didn’t think the author could top it but Falling has pretty much done it! My heart is still recovering from the gasp out loud moment near the end and I feel emotionally wrung out!

I actually read this book earlier in the year but the launch was delayed due to a change in title (it was originally called A Day of Second Changes). The story is told by 3 generations of woman from the same family, all with something to hide. Honor, a standoffish 80 year old has had a fall and has to go and live with her daughter in law, Jo, while she recovers. Jo was married to Stephen, Honors son, who died 10 years ago, leaving Jo to bring up Lydia their daughter. Jo is now going through a divorce from her second husband and Lydia is now 16 and sitting her exams. But things are about to chance in all their lives as they face very different dilemmas.

I loved all three of these characters and was gripped by watching them face the challenges in their lives since Stephen died. I wasn’t sure about Honor to start with, she seemed very cold and distant with the only family she had but you soon come to realise why. Jo was lovely, the sort of friend everyone wants in a crisis (all that cake!!) and her relationship with her children was so beautifully written that it showed all the warmth and vulnerability of her character. I was very emotional when the book finished as I felt I was saying goodbye to some dear friends and I wasn’t quite ready to let them go. A very highly recommended 5* from me.

I received a copy of this book via netgalley in return for an unbiased review.

Falling is published on 28th July and is available to buy on Amazon UK

About Julie Cohen…

Julie Cohen grew up in Maine and studied English at Brown University and Cambridge University. She then moved to England permanently, where she taught before becoming a writer. Her books have won or been shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association Award, the National Readers’ Choice Award, the HOLT Medallion, and more. Her book DEAR THING was a 2014 Richard and Judy Book Club pick and her book WHERE LOVE LIES won Best Romantic Read 2016. She writes full time and teaches creative writing. She lives with her husband, son and dog in Berkshire, where she is teased daily about her American accent. When she’s not writing, she’s on Twitter as @julie_cohen (and sometimes when she’s meant to be writing, too).

Learn more about Julie and her books on her Website

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I am a Norfolk girl living in leafy Cheshire with my grumpy Scotsman. A mum and nana who lives for my family but who is also addicted to reading (and Marmite!) I will read almost anything but my preferred genres to review are psychological thrillers, crime procedural novels or women's fiction. My kindle is my life but I also have a substantial bookshelf in my cosy reading room where I can go to escape the stresses of family life with plenty of tea and chocolate. I am a member of netgalley and bookbridg. I review on Amazon, where I'm a Top 500 reviewer, and Goodreads. You can always find me over on Twitter @jocatrobertson for any review requests.

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