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All Fall Down

3.53  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,004 Ratings  ·  154 Reviews
In the midst of a chaotic midnight assembly, Sunshine is forced outside into the darkness. Holding a scrap of paper scrawled with a stranger’s name and address, Sunny grasps the hands of her three small children and begins her escape.

Liesel Albright has dreamed of starting a family. She never bargained on inheriting one already in progress…or one so deeply damaged. When ni
Paperback, 386 pages
Published December 27th 2011 by Mira
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May 24, 2014 Vanessa rated it it was ok
I really like the basic premise of the plot, but the characterization was weak and often not believable. Was particularly disappointed that the climax of the plot happened so close to the end and just wasn't developed properly. Some of the basic facts were wrong, which irritates me (babies are supposed to nurse until 12 months old without any solids?? And then once they start on solids, they just don't nurse? A small thing that has little to do with the plot, but an error that just throws me out ...more
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
Dec 20, 2011 Shelleyrae at Book'd Out rated it really liked it
Exploring the issues of identity, family and faith, All Fall Down is a thought provoking and intriguing novel.

Nineteen year old Sunshine has grown up in The Family of Superior Bliss, whose teachings of environmental sustainability and physical well being have been twisted by the charismatic cult leader to include harsh punishments, sexual abuse and psychological torture. When her mother commands Sunny to leave the compound in the middle of the night to seek shelter with the biological father she
Dec 27, 2011 Nicola rated it really liked it
I was very torn about how many stars to give this one. Four seems too little but it doesn't quite reach five for me. All Fall Down is a stunning story about cults, religion, family and choice. I was drawn into this lovely book from the first page and could hardly force myself to look away.

This book follows the lives of Sunshine (and her children, Happy, Peace and Bliss), Christopher and Liesel. Sunshine and her kids have just escaped from a cult, moments before the rest of the members commit sui
This is the first book that I have read of Megan hart's. I would probably have given it a 4 1/2 but since there are no halves I bumped it up to five.
This book had me from the very beginning when Sunny is awoken by her mother who sends her and her three children away before they "drink the rainbow" which sends them away to everlasting peace through the gates but as we know it, a mass suicide at a time decided by the leader.
Sunny is given the address of a father she never knew existed and he als
Francesca the Fierce (Under the Covers Book Blog)
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Thought provoking life story. All Fall Down is not your typical Megan Hart book. At least not so much what I'm used to reading from her, although I know she started out writing this type of fiction. However, it's one of those books that you want to stop reading but you can't put it down.

Extremely well written, it tells us the story of Sunshine. She's 19 years old and has three kids, Happy, Bliss and Peace. Sunny was raised in what you would normally call
Under the Covers Book Blog
Sep 30, 2015 Under the Covers Book Blog rated it really liked it

Thought provoking life story. All Fall Down is not your typical Megan Hart book. At least not so much what I'm used to reading from her, although I know she started out writing this type of fiction. However, it's one of those books that you want to stop reading but you can't put it down.Extremely well written, it tells us the story of Sunshine. She's 19 years old and has three kids, Happy, Bliss and Peace. Sunny was raised in what you would normally call a cult house. Her mother had left her fa

Sep 23, 2014 Jennifer rated it liked it
Shelves: general-fiction
I am torn between three stars and four. On the one hand, the book grabbed me right from the beginning and didn't let me go. I went into this without really realizing what kind of life Sunny and her kids had lived, and I was fascinated with it. On the other hand, after the initial drawing me in, the book kind of fell apart for me. I still enjoyed it - I read it very quickly (read the first half in one day) and enjoyed the flashbacks (though I really wish there had been some distinguishing about w ...more
Nov 03, 2015 Silver rated it liked it
It's hard for me to write a review for this book. The book gave me no overall specific feeling as I read it, and though it was a fast and easy read, I didn't FEEL anything until after finishing the book, and then talking to my friend who had recommended the book to me in the first place. I didn't understand the ending too well until that conversation, and only then I was struck. It wasn't a bad book, and though I felt the ending came out of nowhere and wasn't clear at all, I did enjoy the aspect ...more
Mar 18, 2015 Meghan rated it really liked it
Sunny is a young girl who has lived at the Sanctuary her whole life raising her three children. One night her mother instructs her to leave the Sanctuary to seek out her biological father. Liesel is a lonely woman, who wants children, but it never happens, until one day a young girl and her three children show up on her door. Liesel and her husband Chris (Sunny’s biological father) help raise the small children, but also Sunny. She was so sheltered in the Sanctuary that she has no idea how to do ...more
Gracie Kathryn
Sep 25, 2014 Gracie Kathryn rated it liked it
This book is based on a somewhat cliche Lifetime-movie-esque premise- a woman (Liesel) whose biological clock is ticking fast opens the door to her husband's nineteen year old daughter he never knew existed (and her three children under four). But there is a twist, the daughter (Sunny) has just escaped a People's Temple like cult, complete with the mass suicide via poisoned juice.

All Fall Down started out strong but eventually fell flat. The first couple chapters were the most compelling, and I
Crystal L.
Nov 18, 2013 Crystal L. rated it it was ok
Disappointed with this book. Had high hopes for it, having read some of Hart's other books. In addition, I was very intrigued with the religious cult undertones that formed the core of this book's storyline. However, the book was extremely hard to follow, and the ending felt contrived & unrealistic. I wouldn't recommend this to others.
Michele Coleman
Feb 10, 2012 Michele Coleman rated it really liked it
First time reading her and enjoyed her writing. Good characters and I enjoyed the reading about the main characters background in the cult. Very interesting to combine this with her new family. The end could of been tied up a little better and a little more detail bit I did like the end. Will read her again.
Apr 09, 2015 Sharon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-reads
As 90% of my books these days are op-shop buys, I tend to overbuy books - if it sounds even remotely interesting I'll take the chance - after all who wants to miss something brilliant, lol. All Fall Down was a book I bought probably more on the basis of the cover than the blurb and the thought of "oh it might be alright". Turns out it was very alright, really enjoyed it. An interesting storyline about a young girl and her 3 children pushed desperately from the confines of a cult by her mother, o ...more
Jul 22, 2012 Doris rated it it was amazing
Adjustment/maladjustment to the "real" world by former cult member of 20 years of age with three young children. Eye-opening, written as fiction, but with much research on cults and their pull on members. I couldn't put it down!
Jan 21, 2012 Sherri rated it liked it
This book could just as easily rated a four. I gave it three stars due to someone the disjointed flash back sections. Very thought provoking.
Mar 10, 2015 Liz rated it really liked it
I thought that Megan Hart wrote erotica. This book is about this girl named Sunny who is a member of a cult. Her mother, Trish, saves her from the mass suicide massacre that kills all the people in the cult. Her mother sends Sunny with her 3 kids to live with her real father. The story deals with Sunny's life in the real world outside the restraints of her cult and also her father's relationship. Liesel and Chris had a really confusing relationship; one time their good then the next they're cold ...more
Mar 09, 2015 Susan rated it really liked it
I *enjoyed* what so many other reviewers found distracting; flashback sequences that required me to slow down and re-read, narrative about the mundane, details of the challenge of adjustments to daily living. By leaving so much back story to the imagination, the author allowed for readers to bring in their own ideas.

I was disappointed the author made no attempt to address the issues surrounding paternity of Sunny's children and how they came to be conceived. Nor did the author address issues of
Jun 08, 2014 Heidi rated it liked it
Torn between 3 and 4 stars. I really did enjoy this book, but I felt like I had to guess what happened at the end.
Traci Hulback
Jun 10, 2015 Traci Hulback rated it it was amazing
Not your "typical" Megan Hart book

This was a surprise book for me. I was expecting a hot and lusty book and it's not. I am a Megan Hart fan and this book did not disappoint. It's a great story with colorful characters and a really, really good story. The end could have lasted a couple lines longer, but perhaps leaving as is is what made the book so good.

This story is if being human, love and working through the rough stuff. It has a unique background and it played out really well in the book. I
Mar 18, 2014 Joan rated it really liked it
There is a lot to think about in this novel. It can seem so easy to judge those who believe differently from us as crazy or some other derogatory label, but what happens when we hold up a mirror to really look at what we say we believe and how (or if) it is lived out in our actions and choices every day? What would we believe in or how would we behave if we had been raised in a totally different environment? I read this book on my own, but I think it would be a great book club choice as there ar ...more
Paula  Phillips
May 01, 2013 Paula Phillips rated it really liked it
All Sunshine has known her whole life as been the church or cult as the outsiders call it. Growing up Sunshine lived in a cult known as The Family of the Superior being , with practices of drinking the Rainbow Juice to leave this world with and be one with the higher power. One night , Sunshine is woken up by her mother and told to gather her three children Peace, Happy and Bliss and run to an address. The address turns out to be Sunshine's real dad's home - Chris. It turns out that the very nex ...more
Jan 04, 2012 Michelle rated it really liked it
Posted on Book Chelle.

Most of you know how much I love Megan Hart's stories. Most of the titles of Hart's that I previously chose, were in the romance genre. But imagine my surprise when I saw this adult fiction title. Excitement didn't even begin to describe how I felt.

Megan Hart's All Fall Down is an emotionally powerful tale of family, faith, and self-love. I warn you now, this book talks about some heavy subjects. I think I lost a lot of tears reading this book. Hart does not pull any punche
Jade Eby
Sep 09, 2012 Jade Eby rated it liked it
Originally posted on my blog Chasing Empty Pavements

I absolutely adore the cover of this book. It's so simplistic yet ominous. It's the perfect cover to signal that something not quite right is going to happen in the novel. The storm clouds are gorgeous. Gah, I just love the cover. Kudos to the designer. So I remember reading the synopsis when I requested this novel but until I started reading it, I completely forgot what it was about.

What I really liked about this novel was the characterizatio
Dec 04, 2011 Rhonda rated it really liked it
Sunday, December 4, 2011Review:All Fall Down by Megan Hart
My emotions were all over the place with this story. I think because I know it happens all the time, or at least most of the story.
Sunny is a teenage mother of three in a cult that she has been raised in. Her mother wakes her and her children and tells hers she has to take the kids now . Her mom has packed two backpacks, gave her some money and tells her her real dad just lives a little away. To take around the back fence their is
Lucy Leblanc
Apr 22, 2012 Lucy Leblanc rated it liked it
Megan Hart grabs the readers attention from the start. The novel opens with a mother telling her 19 year-old daughter to escape from the Sanctuary, the home of a religious cult, and take her three small children with her and go to her biological father's house. A man Sunny does not know and, in fact, her father does not know about her. Thus begins the journey of Sunny and her three children into the world of the "blemished." At first, it is hard for the reader to understand how someone could bec ...more
Nov 12, 2011 Darcy rated it really liked it
This was a hard book to read as it brought up so many issues that are uncomfortable and yet I couldn't put the book down. For me, things were made worse by the fact that I could see the things that upset all the people involved.

The story is about Sunny, who is raised in one of those crazy religious cults that twist things. When we meet Sunny she is 19 years old and has 3 children under the age of 4. Let that sink in for a minute or so and you realize just what has been happening. At this time Su
Dec 16, 2011 Vivian rated it liked it
Liesel is a happily married woman. She and Christopher have a good relationship and a good life, but Liesel is beginning to want more. She wants children. Sunny has only known the compound. She isn't happy, but she isn't exactly unhappy. The last thing she expects is to leave the only family she's ever known and start anew. Liesel and Sunny both struggle with new obstacles and strive to remain steadfast in All Fall Down by Megan Hart.

Liesel knows that her husband Christopher doesn't really want
Dec 10, 2011 ExLibris_Kate rated it really liked it
I was very intrigued by the subject of this book, because there are a lot of emotional things going on at once. You have Liesel's quest to have a baby, the appearance of a child form her husband's first marriage, becoming grandparents, and recovering from years of mental and physical abuse. That sounds like it would make for a very depressing novel, but All Fall Down isn't that at all. Liesel is forced to confront her feelings about her possible infertility while trying to engage her husband who ...more
Diane S ⛄
Dec 12, 2011 Diane S ⛄ rated it liked it
Thought provoking book on cults and those who leave to join them as well as those who leave and try to adjust outside. Sunny and her three children are sent away by her mother and told to go to her real father, who she never knew existed. Not understanding, but used to obeying she does just that. The next day she finds out that everyone else from the cult have committed suicide, or rather left their earthly vessels. Trying to explain, what to me is unexplainable, Hart does a very good job showin ...more
Feb 29, 2012 Tez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Megan Hart has written in almost every genre of romantic fiction, including historical, contemporary, romantic suspense, romantic comedy, futuristic, fantasy and perhaps most notably, erotic. She also writes non-erotic fantasy and science fiction, as well as continuing to occasionally dabble in horror.

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“Whatever task you're set, find some way to love it. Sunny wondered if Josiah's words applied to standing with a face of stone so the person in front of her wouldn't know how much she wanted to scream.” 2 likes
“Navigating this new world made Sunny feel like Dorothy stepping out from her black-and-white house into a world of color so bright it didn't seem real. Everything in this world seems like a dream.” 2 likes
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