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From the critically acclaimed author of The Kingdom of Childhood and Inside These Walls comes a heart-wrenching story of a family's devotion—to each other and to their country.

Alone since her mother's death, Jill Wagner believes she's found the perfect partner in Cade Olmstead when he bursts upon her life—idealistic, handsome and motivated. He dreams of b...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published September 25th 2012 by Harlequin MIRA (first published January 1st 2012)
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Juliet
Jill puts her college education on hold when she becomes pregnant to Cade Olmstead, the handsome, ambitious fellow student whom she loves. Financial constraints mean Jill and Cade must move to the Olmsteads' New England farm until after the baby is born.

The farm is remote and run-down, and the family support Jill has hoped for is not forthcoming. Instead, she finds a household of survivalists with a deep reluctance to engage with mainstream society. Cade's beaten-down mother looks after his aili...more
Ashley
I couldn't put this down. Another great novel!
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out

Fiat justitia ruat caelum
"Let justice be done though the heavens should fall"


Jill Wagner and Cade Olmstead are the quintessential college couple, in love, idealistic and working hard to create their brightly imagined future together. When Jill falls pregnant, the pair are determined that it will not derail their plans but when Cade isn't able to find work over the summer break he reluctantly concludes that it makes financial sense for them both to move in with his parents until the start of the...more
Sam Still Reading
Oct 16, 2012 Sam Still Reading rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: those looking for more of a thriller
Recommended to Sam Still Reading by: sent by publisher - thank you
I have thought and thought about how to describe this book to you. It contains so many different genres – some romance, some hard times, some suffering, some action and some thriller element. Possibly the best way to describe this is that it’s just like real life. You don’t always know where you’re going, and sometimes it’s a bumpy ride.

Why would you want to read a book that reflects real life? For starters, it’s a more dramatic turn of life events than I hope I’ll ever have plus it’s a darn com...more
Ann
Both Jill and Cade are intricate characters, but it was Jill who took my hand and walked me through this beautifully haunting story. The last line of the second page resonated in me throughout the whole book, always ringing in the back of my thoughts as the story unfolded, "the slow erosion of my husband". There is a promise here, a hint of what will come. But as drawn as I was to Jill, Leela came to visit me in a couple of dreams. Maybe it's because I am a mother of grown children and know how...more
Patricia
I would give this book 4 1/2 stars if I knew how. I received this book as a win, and I am so glad. The story revolved around Jill and Cade, two college students, who drop out unexpectedly due to Jill's unplanned pregnancy. They move to rural New Hampshire to stay with Cade's strange family. Cade's brother is suffering from PTSD and things begin to spiral out of control. Heaven Should Fall is extremely well written and told from each persons point of view. I highly recommend this book.
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Adam's rating: 4 stars

Don't be fooled by the little girl with the American flag on the cover -- this is intense psychological fiction like Piccoult and Delinsky. It follows a couple in their 20s who have everything going for them, but when they get pregnant unexpectedly, they move back to be with his out of the ordinary family and everything goes haywire. The story is told from several different family members' points of view.
Krista
Much like her previous book, Kingdom of Childhood, Coleman explores the family dynamic of a very dysfunctional family and the impact it has in their lives. I enjoyed how the story was written from the different perspectives of the characters in the story, and I also enjoyed how Coleman explored the idea that it's how an individual reacts to their situation, not necessarily the situation itself that shapes the individual and their life. Great story!
Nancy

So glad I picked up this book! This author knows her stuff. The conflict and pain and guilt among these family members sets the stage for disaster. I was riveted from beginning to end.
Alissa
A haunting novel that leaves you thinking about the characters long after you've closed the covers. A good conversation starter for PTSD treatment for veterans and their families.
Carla
After reading Rebecca Coleman's "Kingdom of Childhood" last year I couldn't wait for her next book, and this one did not disappoint! I love this author.
Mary-anne
A great book. Demonstrates how people get embroiled in dysfunction of all types in a family setting.
Great characters and great plot.
Kami
Aug 17, 2012 Kami marked it as to-read
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Jackie
Heaven should Fall by Rebecca Coleman
Harlequin © 2012
Chapter 1-
Jill and Cade: Went to airport to pick up Cade’s Brother Elias; 24 years old, Army Infantry Specialist, returns after three years stationed I Afghanistan, got a purple heart because he was hurt in the leg on duty while serving in Afghanistan
Cade + Elias + Candy: brothers and sister
The Purple Heart is a United States military decoration awarded in the name of the President to those who have been wounded or killed while serving on or...more
Kristi (Books and Needlepoint)
Rebecca Coleman has done it once again. She has taken what appears to be a normal college kids and a New England family and has laid them bare and shown us all their flaws. The thing that I find amazing about her writing is how, when she writes about these flaws, she makes them appear seemingly normal. The issues that are raised, in this case, most notably, the lack of assistance to returning soldiers, stay with you and resurface long after the book has ended.

Cade has tried to keep Jill separa...more
Sheree
3.5 stars

Rebecca Coleman won me as a fan with her debut novel The Kingdom of Childhood hence my jumping at the chance to read Heaven Should Fall. It's another intense, thought provoking read tackling difficult subject matter, something Ms Coleman doesn't shy away from, but I did have a little trouble getting into it.

Heaven Should Fall is an intimate look at the slow erosion of a family, the trauma of PTSD not only for sufferer Elias, an Afghanistan veteran but his family and the aftermath of g...more
Bree T
Jill Wagner has been alone since her mother’s death. Then she meets Cade Olmstead, a passionate political advocate and they fall head over heels in love. They are the typical university couple – young idealists, their whole lives ahead of them. Cade wants to escape his small-minded family and their New England farm. University was his big chance to map his life out so that he never had to go back.

Then Jill got pregnant.

Everything changes in an instant then and they are forced to retreat to the f...more
Julie
Jill and Cade are an ideal college couple, smart and handsome and lost in their love for each other. When Jill becomes pregnant, their life is put on hold and they move in with Cade’s family, hoping to save some money and pick up where they left off once the baby is born. But what was thought to be a temporary situation becomes a long ordeal enmeshed in the family drama in rural New Hampshire. Cade’s brother Elias is a suffering combat veteran struggling to resume civilian life. Their sister Can...more
Mary (BookHounds)
MY THOUGHTS

LOVED IT

Jill thinks she has met the love of her life when she first hooks up with Cade. He seems so conscientious and full of positive energy, something she would like to see in herself. When Jill finds herself pregnant, Cade doesn't run, but stands by her and takes her home to stay with his family at their farm. The house is crowded and the rural attitudes of his family surprise her somewhat. Cade's brother, Elias is returning home from an tour of duty and shows all of the signs of s...more
Erica
Heaven Should Fall is an engrossing tale that left me slightly confused from a very talented writer. Essentially this book was a bit of a mix for me - I enjoyed it immensely, yet I finished with my thoughts not completed wrapped up.

The story is very intricately woven. Heaven Should Fall jumps between several different points of views, which was nice, but sometimes I had to remind myself whose head I was currently in. Heaven Should Fall deals with a lot of heavy subject matter and the way Rebecca...more
Nicole
Dec 07, 2012 Nicole rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of women's fiction and suspense novels
Rebecca Coleman's second novel, Heaven Should Fall, is the captivating story of Jill Wagner, a woman who has longed for the belongingness and camaraderie that comes with a family since her mother died when Jill was still a child. She hopes to find it with her fiance, Cade Olmstead, and his family, but Cade is intent on keeping Jill from meeting them.

When the couple discovers that Jill is pregnant, they realize that they can no longer postpone the trip to the Olmsteads' remote New England farm....more
Ana♥ BBR
When you first start reading Heaven Should Fall, you're somewhere in the future. After that, you're thrown back in time to before Jill gets pregnant and before a traumatic death in the family occurs. Jill Wagner and Cade Olmstead are in college, living their lives as blissfully as they can. Jill has always wanted to meet Cade's family, but Cade thinks that his family is crazy and doesn't want Jill to think that, that is who he is. That where he comes from doesn't shape the man that his is and wi...more
Bookworm
After having read author Rebecca Coleman's first novel, The Kingdom of Childhood, I was eager to read Heaven Should Fall. Coleman has a way with her prose that is quiet, yet powerful. I enjoy her style of storytelling.

Told from alternating points of view, Heaven Should Fall, is the story of Jill Wagner and her fiancee Cade Olmstead and how a set of events changes their lives forever. The two are twenty something college students when Jill finds herself pregnant. The couple decides to have the ba...more
Katrina
3 1/2 stars


My review

Heaven should fall was an engrossing story in which we are shown the life of a soldier who returns home after his post the influence others can be on each other and how life can change so dramatically.

We see the difficulties of many characters and how paranoia can affect the way of thinking and way of life now. How a man that use to be, no longer exists and a shell of that man now exists.

A complicated family life if you may call it that, every character has issues and some...more
Haley
Good book, great writing, seamless character development with a surprising yet believable ending.

The "dysfunctional family" thing has been done before and it's hard to keep going in the beginning, even though Coleman's writing is superb. She puts you right there with the Olmsteads in northern New Hampshire and I don't want to be! Watching train-wrecks is hard, especially when you see how people rushing headlong into it are so clueless. This is not to blame the characters but, as I said, it's bee...more
Vox
Some of us grow up wishing we were part of a family, even if we had one. In the case of Jill Wagner, she has no one. Her mother died in a shocking accident, her father has never been in the picture, and her grandparents are dead. So when Jill meets Cade Olmstead in college, she falls hard. Not just for Cade, but for the promise of what he represents.

First, there is his charm. As Jill acknowledges, Cade is good looking, intelligent, and has a certain sheen of smoothness. It helps that his chosen...more
Fran
Heaven Should Fall: Rebecca Coleman

The story begins in an interesting way as we hear the voice of Cade Olmstead talking about his life, his career goals, his father and his hopes for the future. Graphically spoken, straightforward and no holds barred we meet him as he is recounting his job as a campaign volunteer, where this will take him and his ideas about the future of the country, graduating with an economics degree and then hopefully if the candidate wins get a job in his administration. Pr...more
Jennifer
When you first read the synopsis of this book it sounds like a romancey type of thing doesn't it? Oh ho ho, it's so much more. Jill and Cade do fall in love. There's your romance. That's about it. Shortly after Jill becomes pregnant they go to stay with Cade's family and things take a dark, twisty and crazy turn.

The characters in Heaven Should Fall are wonderfully thought out. They are real, they are flawed and they make you want to slap them across the face a time or two..or maybe give them a h...more
Edwin Jain
Got the book through First Reads. Totally engrossing. The plot line and twists are fantastic, and Coleman's writing style keeps it interesting until the last page. Definitely recommend it to anybody interested in realistic fiction.
Christa Sgobba
More like 3.5 stars. I'd consider it a good book, because it held my interest through most of it, but I thought it fell a little flat during the last 30 or so pages.

The entire story is about a wildly dysfunctional family on the verge of collapse, and the one event that pushes them over edge. Generally, the characters were believable, and the author made you like them when you should like them, and hate them when you should hate them. I'm just not sure the last part of the book unfolded in a rea...more
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received her B.A. in English literature from the University of Maryland at College Park and speaks to writers' groups on the subjects of creative writing and publishing. A native New Yorker, she now lives and works near Washington, D.C.
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