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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...more
Paperback, 386 pages
Published December 27th 2011 by Mira
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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
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
Crystal L.
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
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.
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!
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.
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
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
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...more
Jade Eby
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...more
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...more
Lucy Leblanc
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
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...more
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...more
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.
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
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Liesel really wants children of her own. What she doesn't want is a nineteen year old girl to turn up on her doorstep with three children and be expected to take all four of them in and start a 'family'. But that is exactly what she has to do as they are her husband's daughter and three grandchildren. Sunny and her three children, Happy, Peace and Bliss have escaped from their cult...the night before the entire cult commits mass suicide.

I really enjoyed this book. It was very good. I liked the...more
Again, I am still hopeful that will update its rating to include 1/2 star values. I would have given this book 3.5 stars if that option were available, but, since it isn't I bumped it to four stars as only three stars didn't seem sufficient for my review. I enjoyed this book and the 400 pages went be too quickly.

I enjoyed this novel by Megan Hart, her character, Sunshine, was interesting to get to know as the story progressed. However, after finishing the book, I was left wondering...more
Zori De Vara Holgate
This is the first Megan Hart book I've read, although reluctantly, I super enjoyed it. The issues are so real and heart searing it's painful. The misunderstanding of interpreting our own thoughts, feelings, beliefs and religious grounds are what mixes the stir-fry emotions that we fail to understand in the character's upbringing and own-belief system, Sunny, Sunny, Sunshine.

The reader is definately in for a culture/religious shock after reading this novel. The breadth of this story will take rea...more
This was a page turner for sure, a story of a young girl Sunshine who only just escapes a Waco-type mass suicide with her three young children in search of her biological father. Although fiction, I found it quite confronting to imagine just how brainwashed she was as the cult had been all she knew.

I liked reading how the character of her step-mother Liesel grew while taking care of the children. It was very much a case of be careful what you wish for as Liesel, who had unsuccessfully tried to f...more
A 19 year old girl (Sunny) with 3 children who grew up in a cult is awakened in the night by her mother and told to leave and find her father whom she has never met. Hours later, her mother and all the cult members are dead of apparent mass suicide. Her father, never knowing he had a daughter, struggles to accept her and the children into his home. His wife, eager to "mother" young children, encourages them to stay and then struggles with the reality of mothering. Sunny, meanwhile, has to come t...more
4-1/2 stars. This was another amazing book by Ms. Hart. It was dark, slightly disturbing but perfect for the subject matter.

A young girl is awoken in the night by her mother. The mother sends her daughter and the daughter's three children off to find the daughter's biological father. We learn that the mother had run away from her life to join a cult while pregnant. The daughter has only known this bizarre life and has raised her three children in the secluded community.

The story centers around...more
I enjoyed this book over all. It is a unique glimpse into the authors opinion of a cult. I found it interesting to watch how the story unfolded for Sunshine. The fear that gripped her in her "sanctuary life" and her live with the "blemished" Some of the things listed in the book reminded me of what I know about Jones Town and Heavens gate which were both referenced, but also portions made me think of polygamist groups and David Koresh, and Waco. It is a sad moving story. I found the relationship...more
I enjoyed this book a great deal, with two different perspectives telling their tales of coming out of a 'cult' upbringing, and greeting that person. The author could have gone farther with the depths of change and impacts, some parts being a bit too fluffy. However, it was an overall good read.
Elise Smith
I was hooked on this book from the first chapter. Hart grabs your attention by sending the mysterious Sunshine and her three children out into the cold, escaping what seems like some sort of religious prison. Sunny is the 19-year-old member of a cult who already has three young children. Her mother, who joined the cult when she was pregnant with Sunny, instructs her to leave the cult and go to her real father for help.

In the "real world" Sunny is helpless as she begins to form a relationship wit...more
Seriously thought provoking. A hard book to read. Those who have been raised in a "cult" would have an incredibly hard time reintegrating into society. There were some points in this story where "society" could do well to learn from the cult.
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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.” 1 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.” 1 likes
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