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When We Fall

3.42  ·  Rating Details ·  754 Ratings  ·  123 Reviews

Ready for a fresh start, Allison Parker moves back to her hometown in the suburbs of New York. While she’d once savored the dynamic pace of city life, sadly, it lost its allure after her husband’s untimely death. Now, ready to focus on her art career accompanied by her ten-year-old son, Logan, Allison doesn’t anticipate that her past will resurface. W
Paperback, 320 pages
Published September 2nd 2014 by NAL
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Judy Collins
When We Fall by Emily Liebert, is a thought-provoking, complex, witty, and emotionally honest realistic account of flawed female friendships and relationships; what it is like to fall, when things get complicated, and back up--to survive, stronger than ever.

Revolving around two women in transition: one recently widowed young mother returning to her suburban hometown, and her new best friend whose life only looks perfect on the outside. Their friendship seems to be just what they both need, unt
Sep 10, 2014 karmaforlifechick rated it really liked it
I received a copy of When We Fall by Emily Liebert in exchange for an honest review.

More than a decade after her husband’s death, Allison moves back to her hometown with her son, having her family nearby is great and the change of pace from the hustle in New York City is welcomed. She’s making new friends with some of the moms at her son, Logan’s new school and it seems that Allison and Charlotte with be good friends. On the outside, Charlotte seems to have it all, a husband, a daughter, financi
Jan 29, 2015 Denise rated it liked it
Not a bad book overall, but characters were quite shallow.
Nov 04, 2014 Maryellen rated it really liked it
Allison Parker suffered a loss so big that nearly eleven years later, she is just now trying to pick up the pieces of her life. Her soul mate, her husband, Jack, was killed in an accident and would never meet his son, Logan. Left to raise him alone, Allison, an artist, poured herself into being 'Logan's Mom' and living her life for him. After years of city life in New York, Allison is moving back home to be nearer to hear parents. They've found a lovely home with a perfect room for Allison to ...more
Oct 03, 2014 Monica rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
I was really torn when I was done with this book. I had some high expectations going into it and now that I’m done I had to take a few days to write this review. I’m really 50/50 when it comes to this read. I didn’t really love it but I didn’t really dislike it either.

The story of Allison and her son moving back home after many years of being alone since her husband’s death. While there she reunites with an old childhood friend of her husbands. She was kind of relived to see a familiar face hopi
Dec 31, 2015 Kamilla rated it really liked it
This is a thought provoking book about relationships between women. The story explores how complex and flawed female relationships can be by showing us very different personality types, capturing the fragility of each and examining how nothing is as it seems from the outside. The story is written well, feels emotionally honest as each character battles their own demons. A woman can relate to everything in this book, and most certainly knows someone with each character types, or experienced ...more
Stephanie Elliot
Jul 25, 2014 Stephanie Elliot rated it really liked it
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Rebekah Crain
Sep 18, 2014 Rebekah Crain rated it it was amazing
From cover to cover [quite literally! have you seen it?] this book was beautifully designed. And the story was simply amazing. I love that the characters actually had scruples and weren't falling all over each other to get into bed together. They simply evolved in their relationships at a good old fashioned kind of pace. Which, stop me if I'm wrong, but I found to be quite refreshing for a change. The story was in no way any less than it could have been had the character's lives been more ...more
Nov 11, 2014 Anna rated it liked it
Really 3.5 stars. Charlotte is a bored housewife living in a wealthy New York suburb. Her marriage is rocky and her friends are superficial. Charlotte welcomes the chance for a true friend when Allison, a widow of 10 years, moves back to her hometown. Allison, her deceased husband and Charlotte's husband, Charlie, were childhood friends. The friendship between Charlotte and Allison becomes strained when Charlie begins to to start spending too much time with Allison. Things come to blows at a ...more
Hailey Fish
Dec 21, 2014 Hailey Fish rated it it was amazing
Absolutely amazing! Every single part from the characters to the plot to the conflict I enjoyed it! Emily Liebert did a fantastic job at creating real, a few wholesome and some mean, characters that made you think you know them in real life. I'm so happy with how it turned out for Allison. I sincerely hope there is a sequel. If not, I will just have to imagine how it goes with Allison and Dempsey in my head. I also felt that I was right smack dab in the middle of the story which is my favorite ...more
Feb 12, 2015 Chris rated it it was ok
I started out really liking the book. it built up to the climax and was just getting good and ...went no where. The ending wrapped all to easily and everything wrapped up too perfectly in too short of time. I didn't feel like the ending stood up to the beginning. Too unbelievable and disappointing.
Mar 13, 2015 Cindy rated it it was ok
*received for free through Goodreads First Reads

The characters pissed me off from the start, especially Charlotte with her push-over attitude in raising her daughter. These attitudes made me not care about the story and was severely detrimental in my enjoyment of the book.
Laura Rash
Oct 01, 2014 Laura Rash rated it it was amazing
Of course Emily hit this one out of the ballpark again! Love her books & highly recommend reading them!
Sep 02, 2014 Kathy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars.

When We Fall by Emily Liebert is a lovely novel about relationships, friendship and healing. It is an interesting story that does not shy away from sensitive topics such as negative body image, toxic friendships and how easy it is to let misunderstandings erode the foundation of relationships.

The cast of characters in When We Fall is diverse and some of them are difficult to like or relate to. Lead protagonist Allison Parker is an absolute delight. She is down to earth, likable and her
Sep 08, 2014 Leslie rated it liked it
Recommends it for: If you're a fan of Emily Liebert
Even though I didn’t enjoy Emily Liebert’s previous book, You Knew Me When, I wanted to give her another chance with her newest book When We Fall. I thought this book was better and I liked it more. Unlike with the previous book, I was more engrossed in the story and its characters. The one constant about Liebert’s books is the writing, which was good.

I thought Liebert did a good job of melding the story of her two main female characters, Allison and Charlotte. I felt a more natural continuation
Shelly Itkin
Jun 02, 2015 Shelly Itkin rated it it was amazing
After living in Manhattan for more then ten years with her son Logan, Allison Parker has decided it is time to leave. Allison has been raising Logan as a single mom since the unexpected accident took her husbands life.

Allison feels she needs a new start and one that will help give her an opportunity for Logan to enjoy the fresh outdoors play more sports, meet some new friends and for her to focus on her art career.

Although Logan has hardly seen his dad, Jacks’ parents (his grandparents since his
Aug 27, 2015 Tjfox rated it did not like it
This isn’t a romance. Not in the terms that most people would classify that genre in any case. It is a story about bored, wealthy, materialistic, greedy, snotty, self-centered, entitled idiots that underneath it all are really miserable little people with zero self esteem.

I honestly didn’t find anything redeeming in a single one of the characters in this book. For the majority of the story, I thought that Allison was the only decent person in the whole mess. Turns out, she is just this paragon o
Oct 15, 2014 Patty rated it really liked it
When We Fall
Emily Liebert

What it's all about...

Allison and her young son Logan move to the ' burbs from NYC.

Where it all takes place...

The 'burbs!

When much of it happens...

It's sort of a ten year span or so but only in order for us to know what happened to Jack...Allison's husband...but most of the action takes place during that first year out of NYC.

Which characters had the most impact on me...

Allison did...she is gracious, lovely, courageous and can make an inexpensive Gap maxi dress look li
Aug 21, 2016 Nicole rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Full Review
I received this book for free from Goodreads in exchange for an honest review.

The book “When We Fall” by Emily Liebert is a definite page turner. While there are some flaws I give this book a 4/5 star rating. The main character, Allison Parker, 11 years prior to the story suddenly was faced with the death of her husband, and still 11 years later she is trying to pick up the pieces. Her husband, Jack, was in a bus accident that caused his untimely death which resulted in him never to m
Karen Boone
Jan 26, 2015 Karen Boone rated it really liked it
I fell in love with Emily’s storytelling and characters after reading You Knew Me When and I’m pleased to say that she has delivered another delightful read with her newest novel When We Fall. Emily writes characters who are so relatable that you could be reading about your friend, sister, mother or daughter. When We Fall is an honest and inspiring novel about lifting yourself up after you’ve experienced heartbreak – this is a refreshing read that I promise you will enjoy!

The story revolves arou
Oct 13, 2014 Amy rated it liked it
Allison is a young mother and widow returning to her hometown on Wincourt after living in Manhattan for the past 15ish years. Her parents are overjoyed that she and her 10 year-old son Logan are going to be living so close to them.
Allison runs into her dead husband's best friend, Charlie. She and Charlie and Charlie's wife Charlotte become good friends until someone makes Charlotte think that Allison and Charlie are having an affair. Meanwhile, Allison is finally moving on and has met a man she
Meg - A Bookish Affair
Sep 13, 2014 Meg - A Bookish Affair rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, 2014
"When We Fall" is the story of two very different women. Allison is a woman who has to move back to her hometown for fresh start with her young son. She isn't looking forward to moving to her hometown, which she knows he's filled with catty women but she thinks it will be better to be home. Charlotte is one of those women (who fits into exactly the group that Allison is worried about) who wants everything to look perfect and it does look perfect, at least from the outside. But inside, it's a ...more
Oct 27, 2014 Laurel-Rain rated it really liked it
When Allison Parker and her ten-year-old son Logan leave Manhattan eleven years after her husband's tragic death, she is hoping to start fresh. Find a new perspective.

The house she finds seems perfect, and it is close to the one owned by her parents, who provide a great support network.

At one of the first school events, however, Allison runs into an old friend: her husband's best friend Charlie Crane. And with Charlie comes his wife Charlotte, who is a little less than friendly. Charlotte has he
Sep 15, 2014 Debbie rated it really liked it
I received an advance copy of When We Fall by Emily Liebert in exchange for an honest review.

This is primarily the story of women's friendships.

Allison is a single mom trying to start over after losing her husband in an accident and moving back to her hometown. She befriends Charlotte, whose husband Charlie was Allison's late husbands childhood friend. Charlotte's life on the surface is perfect. Add Charlotte's sister, Elizabeth, and two other moms from school: Sabrina and Missy.

This book had a
Oct 09, 2014 Mary rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, women-s-fiction
Emily Liebert’s new novel is about the possibility of friendship – between women and women and men. It’s about forgiveness and having the courage to begin again. Overall, I enjoyed it. I certainly enjoyed how Liebert tells a story! There were times when the grown up “mean girls” got on my last nerve but that didn’t stop me from reading. I’ve heard stories about these mean school moms but I couldn’t relate.

What I liked most was Allison’s story. Her courage and sense of what is truly important in
Connie Fischer
Nov 07, 2014 Connie Fischer rated it really liked it
When Allison Parker’s husband was killed in a horrendous bus crash, she lost her very best friend. However, she still had her son to whom she gave birth after her husband’s death. For quite a number of years the two of them lived in their apartment in the city where Allison felt secure. Her husband’s family helped them out financially, in addition to the money Allison made from paintings she did for people on consignment.

When her parents talked her into moving back to her hometown, she was not s
Suanne Laqueur
Jan 16, 2016 Suanne Laqueur rated it liked it
Shelves: dnf
It's hard to rate/review when the writing is good but the story leaves you underwhelmed. I file this one under: "For those people who like this sort of thing, this is the sort of thing they will like."

Just not my kind of story. I liked the author's writing style, but the characters grated on my nerves. This isn't a bad thing: when characters are well-developed, they provoke a reaction in the reader. Good, bad or otherwise. Reaction is good. Within four pages of the opening chapter I wanted to sm
Dec 12, 2014 Tara rated it really liked it
I am not rehashing the plot since several reviewers have already done that. Let me just give you my quick two-cents:

I love the beautiful cover and title, and it is one of reasons I gravitated toward this book. Let's be honest. Who doesn't judge a book by its cover? The complicated characters and relationships are well developed with true-to-life idiosyncrasies and flaws. One woman, a mother and widow, has been struggling for years to go on after the death of her husband when she decides to make
Katrina Tinnon
Dec 02, 2016 Katrina Tinnon rated it really liked it
I absolutely loved this book. The characters are amazing, and you learn a lot about jumping to conclusions and forgiveness.

Allison is a strong character. She's trying to ome to terms with moving from New York. I love the support system she has with her parents. They are there for her anytime she needs them. I also love how she puts Logan first. He's her first priority, and her relationship with him is a factor in her not dating. Charlotte is okay at times, but frustrating at others. She
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Emily Liebert is the bestselling author of five books.

Her first book Facebook Fairytales is available across the globe.

In 2012, Emily wrote her debut novel, You Knew Me When (Penguin), which published on September 3, 2013. Her second novel, When We Fall, published on September 2, 2014. Those Secrets We Keep, her third novel, released on June 2, 2015, and her fourth novel, Some Women, came out on A
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“Sometimes the pain was so visceral, she wanted to crawl out of her own skin. Sometimes it was there right in front of her, swinging back and forth like a pendulum, taunting her to reach out and grab it. To wring it until she'd squeezed it to a pulp. But, instead, she closed her eyes. And when she awoke, it was morning.” 0 likes
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