In recent years, I’ve noticed I have a bit of a problem with reading over the school summer holidays – it takes me ages! So a very long book or a book with a complicated plot isn’t good for me. So this year I decided to go for Jane Green’s latest – Falling.
I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with Jane Green. I loved her back when the kids were small, but then I grew out of her a bit. I will always tell anyone that I don’t read chick-lit, but the reality is I can still be tempted by a Jane Green or a Marian Keyes. I really enjoyed her last book that I read – Tempting Fate, so what would I think of Falling?
The blurb didn’t sound that great – posh woman moves to New York, has high-flying career, moves out to countryside, falls in love with her landlord, blah blah, blah… (You won’t be surprised to discover those are not the actual words used in the blurb). But the reviews on the front told a different story – especially the one from Marian Keyes: A truly gripping read. And what Marian Keyes says has to be right, yes?
And so I started reading. And it was truly blah. It did exactly what it said on the tin (or the blurb). The posh woman really did move to the countryside and fall in love with her landlord. And I was so bored of the endless descriptions of her denying she’s falling in love with him, saying he’s not right for etc etc. Not to mention the inevitable descriptions of her clothes and how she’s much happier in flat shoes with her hair in a scruffy bun. Blah, blah, blah, just like every Jane Green heroine ever.
But then something changed. About a third of the way in it stopped being quite so much about her falling in love with the ‘wrong’ man. There was actually more of a storyline. And I found myself enjoying it.
But was it ‘a truly gripping read’?
It got better and better. Towards the end, something completely unexpected happened. It wasn’t just a shallow love story after all. It took a while, but eventually Falling really was a truly gripping read.
If you’re looking for an uncomplicated read and you enjoy a love story, I would recommend Falling, despite the slow start.