Love is a great many words. We are enraptured by it; especially when we can live vicariously through the Lifetime channel, wrapped in our own cocoon of avoidance to the outside world. With a flip of a coin, roll of the dice, (insert your own euphemism) love can change; it can be mean, envious, devastating. Love requires our full trust with another human being, essentially ripping our heart out, placing it in their hands, and hoping they don’t have butter fingers.
Emma Montague is looking for a change. She has been focused and driven at her job, but is lacking in happiness. Being in the banking business allows for multitudinous opportunities, and cocktail parties, but also surrounds employees with a drive of competitiveness and a “Keeping up with the Joneses” complex. As if that’s not enough, Emma’s parent’s expectations of falling in love, getting married, and having children is enough to drive this London girl across the Atlantic to New York City.
Putting her job as a priority has now left Emma in her mid thirties, quitting her job after moving to the States, and seeking solitude and inspiration near coastal property in Connecticut. A quiet respite to figure out what to do with her life. Emma found her temporary home from a Craigslist ad, a simple cottage. What she was not expecting was how much of a modern update it needed, and how close her landlord, Dominic, would be; right next door.
As she is unpacking her belongings, Dominic notices all her boxes filled with books, and equally notices the lack of space to put them. He kindly offers to build her bookshelves, regarding himself as a carpenter. Once finished, Emma notices they are more like a Monet painting. From far away they look great! Once you’re up close to them, the shelving is crooked, and has other minor flaws. Not wanting to insult her new landlord, Emma decides to make tiny upgrades to the shelves to improve their quality; just some paint, and trim.
The tiny upgrades continue through to the office area- completely ripping up the carpet, changing the whole look of the cottage, something out of a magazine. Emma has found her calling, now to work on a portfolio and finding clients. Thankfully Emma has a friend that lives in town that is able to show her around. Dominic also invites her to a cookout, surrounded by his closest friends. Dominic tells his friends how she’s upgraded the cottage prompting everyone to walk over and admire her work. Ultimately this is the spark that allows Emma to really follow through and start up her independent interior design business.
Throughout this entire move, packing up and moving countries, quitting a job and moving towards the coast, the last thing Emma was looking for was love. And love just so happened to be a doorstep away. Dominic finds ways to be around Emma, which at first seem like an annoyance. Annoyance blossoms into warmer feelings as the two are around each other more often. First with home improvements, as well as contracted home improvements, followed by a Farm Dinner date.
It has never been so easy to fall in love. Everything with Dominic feels effortless, easy, and safe. It feels like home- something Emma has never felt before. Can a Londoner with a posh background fit in with a down to earth Italian from the states? Naturally there are speed bumps along the way, but how Emma navigates them will be the telltale sign of how hard she’ll fall.
I have been a fan of Jane Green ever since “Jemima J“. Ever since that one story, I’ve been hooked on this brilliant author’s writing. So one book turned to two, to three, and so on and so forth, until I have acquired (more than) a bookshelf space worth of Jane Green novels- and that’s not including what’s on the Kindle AND audiobooks for long car rides.
I’m not sure if it’s an overseas thing, but there are three authors (Rowling, Green, Nicolle) that can deliciously describe a dirt road, or someone’s eyes, and it sounds infinitely better than how we “yanks” would describe it.
I haven’t read Green in about five or six years, so jumping back into one of her novels was such a treat. I was easily reminded why she had been a favorite of mine from day one. “Falling” is absolutely effortless. Green proves love can happen at any age, and it’s still full of romance, and butterflies. Not all relationships are the same, and not all parents can understand what we see in the other person. Sometimes you just have to go with what your heart is telling you to do, and take that flying leap.
I’m so excited to continue collecting Jane Green’s novels, as well as her cookbook that was published a year or two ago. I am pretty sure when I say that each of her books is a standalone, so feel free to pick up any and know for sure you’re not starting in the middle of a series.
And per usual with me when I have a favorite author, it is my GOAL to have my books signed.
“Falling” by Jane Green is available now! I was chosen by Netgalley to receive an advanced reader’s copy in exchange for an honest review. Given that fact, it has not altered my opinion on the book at all.