Blog Tour of The Joy of Falling by Lindsey Harrel!

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Eva and Angela must learn to live again. One step at a time.

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?

Click here to get your copy!

Book:  The Joy of Falling

Author: Lindsay Harrel

Genre: Women’s Fiction

Release Date: April 14, 2020

MY THOUGHTS:

Grief is a different story for every person.

The Joy of Falling is not an easy book to read, take the warning to heart when it says: “Both women are trying to navigate their way through the grief,”.

This story doesn’t sugarcoat the characters’ feelings, as a reader, it is hard not to feel for both, Eva, and Angela. They are two very different women who we get to see go through life after becoming widows by the same accident. I liked the way that the author showed different ways of grieving for lost loved ones.

The cover is not the usual cover you’d find on romance, even one that starts with grief, and I do love it.

The side plots or romance, mother/daughter conflict, healing from loss, growing, raising children, adventure, and the references to being like Ruth. It was a Ruth like story though not in the normal way.

I enjoyed reading about Eva and Mark. Angela and Simon, I enjoyed reading about them as well! Angela’s kids were a cute part of the book … I just wish that they had been in the book more, they were there at times but they sometimes became an afterthought but not too much so. I can’t say that Simon’s kids were memorable since they weren’t on screen.

The spiritual content was well done; not rushed, not too over the top, rather it was well woven in.

I liked that ultramarathoning was a big part of the story, it was a nice to read about something I know little, or make that nothing about. The characters were so well written that at times I truly worried for them … And wondered if they would accomplish their goal or not.

In a way, this was two stories yet they were one… I look forward to more from Mrs. Harrel!

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Lindsay Harrel is a lifelong book nerd who lives in Arizona with her young family and two golden retrievers in serious need of training. She’s held a variety of writing and editing jobs over the years and now juggles stay-at-home mommyhood with writing novels. When she’s not writing or chasing after her children, Lindsay enjoys making a fool of herself at Zumba, curling up with anything by Jane Austen, and savoring sour candy one piece at a time. Connect with her at LindsayHarrel.com.

Read an Excerpt

Click here to read the first four chapters.

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Have you read any of Mrs. Harrel’s books? Do you enjoy reading about widows who find a new love?

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