Love Gently Falling
By Melody Carlson
Retail Price $12.00
Amazon Price: $10.45
Book Description: Rita Jansen is living her dream as a hairstylist in Hollywood when her father calls with news that her mother has suffered a stroke. When she gets home to Chicago, Rita finds her mother is healing but facing a long recovery. Worse, without being able to run their family-owned salon, her mother could lose the business. Rita decides to help, but she only has until Valentine’s Day to come up with a plan.
As Rita takes her mother’s place at work, the nearby skating rink she loved as a child brings back fond memories. Rita also finds herself renewing friendships with her childhood best friend, Marley, as well as her classmate Johnny. Although they now lead such seemingly different lives, Rita is surprised by how well she and Johnny connect and how far he will go to help her. Though Rita believes Johnny is only being kind, with romance kindling in the air and on the ice, their friendship may just fall into something more.
I thoroughly enjoyed this latest book by author Melody Carlson. While I am a big fan, I do have to say that while I don’t think that any of her books are “zeroes”, I don’t think all her books are “heroes” either. With that said, Love Gently Falling is definitely a hero. This is fiction based on real life, showing us an honorable way to handle personal tragedy in our lives. She makes you want to aspire to live your life well. Though the main character is in her late twenties and I am 52, I could still relate to her and the choices she had t to make. I think she is a great role model for the twenty-somethings out there. The book was well-written, the storyline believable, Carlson drew you into the story from the very beginning. I give it 5 stars for sure!
~Reviewed by Allie B.