About the Book
Book: The Joy of Falling
Author: Lindsay Harrel
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Release Date: April 14, 2020
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?
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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.
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This is a really a beautiful story and I love how it isn’t all tied up nice and tidy at the end, however, it does have a satisfying ending.
These two women, Ella and Angela, have their own ways of dealing with the deaths of their husbands. I liked Ella better but honesty I think I am the most like Angela, which could be why I didn’t really like her. Her reactions to things was like holding up a mirror to myself, not pretty 🙂
Lindsay painted a beautiful picture of New Zealand. It was very cool exploring that part of the world through this book and the adventures of Ella and Angela.
This book definitely made me think of Ruth, in the sense that Sherry, the men’s mother, lost her husband and her two sons. But that really is as far as the comparison goes. Both Ella and Angela, have a strong relationship with Sherry and neither leave her. I appreciated Sherry’s role in the book. She brought Jesus into the picture and her complete reliance on Him and reminded her daughter-in-laws of this many times.
A copy this book was given to me by the Celebrate Lit Team. All opinions are my own.