Prather’s Pick: A love story
“Falling: A Love Story,” this week’s featured novel is a love story but one with a twist. It is written by Jane Green, a former journalist of the U.K. and author of 18 novels — including this week’s, her newest — 16 of which have been New York Times bestsellers.
The leading character in “Falling” is Emma Montague who has enjoyed a career in the banking world. Perhaps “enjoyed” isn’t exactly the right word because although Emma’s high-paying job has allowed her to have a beautiful apartment and all of the trimmings, she hasn’t been as happy as one might think.
Emma grew up in Somerset, England, the daughter of a prominent family. After university, she moved to London to enter the world of banking. Still, she wasn’t happy so when she was offered a job in New York, she jumped at the chance. It was a place she always dreamed of living. Emma put all of her energies into making money so that she could retire in her 30s and pursue her dreams, but how can she pursue her dreams when she doesn’t know what they are?
Emma is 37 and unmarried. She has dated men, one man in particular. She dated Rufus Fairfax, a banker like herself, for several years, but even though he proposed four times, she never agreed to marry him. Finally, Rufus broke it off and married someone else.
At last, Emma has realized her dream of retiring. One thing that Emma enjoys is the water so she has moved to Connecticut. The house that she has rented is near the beach. It’s not a great house, but it has potential. That’s where the novel begins.
Her landlord, Dominic DiFranco, lives next door with his 6-year-old son Jesse. He is a handyman/bartender. The house Emma has rented once belonged to his grandparents so he doesn’t want to change it. However, he agrees to build some shelves for Emma’s books, and that’s how Emma gets to know Dominic.
Slowly, Emma starts making small changes in one room of the house — her office. Before long she has transformed the room into something gorgeous. Along the way, Emma realizes that she has a talent for interior design. When some of Dominic’s friends check out the room, they begin to inquire about Emma’s decorating skills. Emma starts to get some jobs, and she discovers that she likes the work — a lot.
In the meantime, Emma gets to know Dominic and Jesse. She adopts a cat, Hobbes.
Other major characters in the novel include both Dominic’s and Emma’s parents, Stacy, Jesse’s absent mother, and Sophie Munster, Emma’s friend who also lives in Westport.
This is a heartwarming novel about finding oneself in an unexpected way. The book’s ending is not what the reader expects.
“Falling” is published by Berkley, an imprint of Penguin Random House (2016). The hardcover book costs about $26.00 or you can find it with the new books at the Craig branch of Moffat County Libraries.
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