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The healing magic of Eternity Springs continues in this new novel in Emily March’s vibrant series about a very special town and the people who need it most.

Married for more than twenty years, and with her children out of the nest, Ali Timberlake has come to Eternity Springs alone. She’s looking for answers to heartbreaking questions and searching for something that’s mis
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Paperback, 352 pages
Published April 26th 2011 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 2011)
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 Lady Jayne *~*The Beach Bandida*~*
3.5 of 5 Stars - Also reviewed at: Lady Jayne's Reading Den

I read Heartache Falls last year and am finally writing my review for this just before I do one for Lover’s Leap .

I loved Angel’s Rest and Hummingbird Lake , the first two books, in Emily March’s Eternity Springs series! Heartache Falls , on the other hand, is more of a “liked it”, for me, and I’m giving it 3.5 out of 5 Stars on my scale of enjoyment and connection to it.

Ali Timberlake, the always well groomed and stylish lady fro
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Ana
Ali and Mac Timberlake have been married for over twenty years. Mac spent them working to get his dream - being a federal judge, while Ali was a stay-at-home mother who raised their 3 children. But now the kids are grown up and the youngest went to college. And their life seems so empty now, they have a lot of problems and serious communications issues.

Ali gave up on her dream of going to culinary school in Europe, of opening her own restaurant. Somehow it didn't seem as such a sacrifice, but no
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Jill
Apr 26, 2011 Jill rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

With all of her children grown up and leaving home, Ali Timberlake is feeling empty, both within herself and in her marriage. She's 43 years old, been married for over 20 years and she's given up her own dreams to put her family first. In Eternity Springs she's hoping to find some lost part of herself. Judge Mackenzie Timberlake is at the top of his career but with his marriage in freefall, he's wondering what it's going to take to get Ali back.

Another really good story as Mac and Ali w
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Jonel Boyko
Nov 07, 2015 Jonel Boyko rated it it was amazing
No one can make me cry quite as easily as Emily March can, nor can they put me back together again quite as well. She never fails to engage my emotions. This novel was no exception, being especially emotionally fulfilling and wonderfully heartfelt. At the same time, March paints the scenery in all the beauty of a secluded mountain town and brings the characters to life in a manner so vivid that I couldn’t help but feel close to them.

March subtly emphasizes certain aspects of a relationship to b
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Saly
May 09, 2011 Saly rated it liked it
Heartache Falls is the 3rd in the Eternity Springs series and the weakest for me. I didn't really enjoy it much and I felt like bashing the heads of these two people. Mac and Allie have been married for 22 years, happily when some sudden changes in their life take place, Mac becomes a federal judge and their youngest child leaves for college, this keep Allie at loose ends who had devoted her life to her kids and now she feels restless and regrets that she never thought of what her life would be ...more
Booklover
I really liked the book,the story paced at a good speed,the chracters were well developed,Mac-Ali both are perfect for each other and really likd the way they fought and tried everyway to make their marriage work

i was frustrated in between cause the story was stuck at a point,both Ali-Mac were living seperately and no one was doing anything about the issues but then that one abberation made Mac act and from there the story started moving,the secondary characters were also good,every character wa
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Aly Hackett
Apr 28, 2011 Aly Hackett rated it liked it
I really enjoyed the first two books in this series and was looking forward to this one as well. I have no problem with the already married couple needing to find one another again. I have seen that storyline done really well. Unfortunately, for me at least, this one didn't hit the spot. Although I felt that the storyline of Mac & Ali each finding themselves was fantastic. But the storyline of them finding each other just fell flat for me. I didn't feel the romance at all and I guess that is ...more
Splage
3 1/2 stars. Started off by really drawing me in, a story I can relate to; Ali happily changed her dreams to be a stay at home mom at age 20, now her 3 kids have left the nest, her husband Mac has his dream job of being a judge and therefore is very busy, and she feels empty. Their marriage was always perfect, but it has changed, they can't relate anymore. Ali leaves Mac and runs to Eternity Springs to find herself. Even though I enjoyed the story I felt the story just moseyed along. The climax ...more
Sylvia
May 04, 2011 Sylvia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary
It was truly wonderful, her best book yet (and she's written a lot of books!). Her Eternity Springs series will touch your soul, make you look at your life and feel better about yourself, and renew your faith in the future. Amazing.

I've been a fan of Dawson/March for many years. I've enjoyed the adventure and history in her Texiana books, and when she added romantic suspense to her line-up I loved how much humor she included with the passion and intrigue. In her Eternity Springs novels, March ac
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Donna
May 20, 2011 Donna rated it really liked it
I liked this more than I expected. I usually don't really enjoy these plots about fixing marriages/relationships, but this one was pretty good. I thought the author was very insightful about the problems in this marriage. I did feel that "blame" seemed to be shifted more to Mac, perhaps unfairly, Ali certainly could have communicated better. I loved the way Mac handled his mother at the end and with his fumbling his "big gesture." I appreciated the twist with Mac's big confession of his 20 yr ol ...more
Mareli
Nov 17, 2011 Mareli rated it it was amazing
I'm in love with 2nd chance story and this one is just fitting! The story is Ali, a mother of three who have all her children leave the nest. Her husband is a judge, always working and she understand her marriage is slowing dying. So she goes away to take some time and think about herself and her marriage. She spends time with her friends, trying to understand what's happening with herself.

A very sweet story full of tenderness and female bonding. Recommended!
Paula Radell
Aug 03, 2015 Paula Radell rated it it was amazing
Heartache Falls differs from other books I've read in the Eternity Springs series. It is an excellent story, exceptionally well-written, as I've found with everything Emily March releases. It's harder to read, in some respects, because it deals with an especially painful issue - the consequences of repressing anger, building resentment, and feeling unappreciated as husband and wife in what once was a passionate and successful marriage. It explores the impact of these consequences to others who g ...more
Marcia Berg Haskell
May 04, 2011 Marcia Berg Haskell rated it really liked it
"The healing magic of Eternity Springs continues in this new novel in Emily March’s vibrant series about a very special town and the people who need it most.

Married for more than twenty years, and with her children out of the nest, Ali Timberlake has come to Eternity Springs alone. She’s looking for answers to heartbreaking questions and searching for something that’s missing deep within herself. Taking a lease on the Bristlecone Café in pursuit of a lifelong dream, Ali feels revitalized as she
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Connie N.
Oct 27, 2014 Connie N. rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
Still good, but nowhere near the caliber of the other books in this series. Ali and Mac Timberlake face some challenges in their long-time marriage when they reach the Empty Nest phase. However, they seem to handle these problems counterproductively. They tend to separate so they can "think" and "decide for myself" what they want out of life and how to get there. It would be more effective, I would think, to spend time together, making those decisions as a team rather than as individuals who wan ...more
Lisa - (Aussie Girl)
After a bit of a shaky start with its slightly over the top inspirational theme, Eternity Springs is settling down to be a quite enjoyable small town series. Heartache Falls explores the empty nester theme and the problems that arise when long married couple Judge Mackenzie and Ali Timberlake have to re-evaluate their future together... and in what better place than Eternity Springs to work its healing magic.
Karen
Jun 04, 2011 Karen rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed the three books in this series..This book followed Ali and her husband a Judge and the challenges they were going through with the kids leaving home and Ali feeling like she wasn't needed anymore and sad she hadn't followed her dreams..By going to Eternity Springs and the magic that seems to be there is life changing for Ali and her family..With the way the book ended I'm assuming there will be more books to follow and I certainly hope it's soon as I've grown attached to Eternit ...more
Michele
This is book #3 in this series about the residents of a small Colorado mountain town, Eternity Springs. Each book so far has focused on a woman & a man who are either long-term or new residents of this town. The stories revolve around the past & present of these characters and how they can solve their problems/differences to become a "happily ever after" couple.

As in the other books, I loved the descriptions of the town & the surrounding area. This book centered on Ali & her est
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Shea
Jul 24, 2014 Shea rated it really liked it
This was a wonderful romantic story that doesn't follow the normal conventions of a romance novel. Mac and Ali have been married for over 20 years but changes in Mac's professional life and their youngest child leaving for college has changed the dynamics of their family and their relationship. Ali begins to question what she wants to do with her life now that her job as a stay-at-home mom is done. When Ali finds a career in a town 3 hours from their Denver home Mac has a hard time accepting her ...more
Dawn
Ali Timberlake has given her marriage and family everything she had. A stay at home mom, supportive wife to her husband, Mac, who is a federal judge and now the last child has left the nest, Ali finds she wants something much more than being the role she has played for twenty years. Anger, sadness and lost dreams play a role in Ali leaving Denver and moving to Eternity Falls. Running the Bristlecone café is a dream she never thought she would achieve. The problem isn’t she fell out of love with ...more
Barb
Sep 14, 2015 Barb rated it it was amazing
The healing magic of Eternity Springs continues in Emily March's vibrant series about a very special town and the people who need it most.
Married for more than twenty years, and with her children out of the nest, Ali Timberlake has come to Eternity Springs alone. She's looking for answers to heartbreaking questions and searching for something that's missing deep within herself. Taking a lease on the Bristlecone Café in pursuit of a lifelong dream, Ali feels revitalized as she becomes part of thi
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Joy
“She was a stay-at-home mom who’d completed her job. Lost her job. A thundercloud of self-pity built in her emotional sky, but she fled from it, tried to outrun it, by lecturing herself aloud. “You haven’t lost your family. They just don’t live with you anymore. In lots of ways, that’s a good thing.”
― Emily March, Heartache Falls

The author tackles a subject that younger readers may not identify with but we all reach a point (sometimes more than once in a lifetime) where life seems dull, boring
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Hayley
"She took me by Heartache Falls. I haven’t been up there in years. It’s almost like you are in a corner of heaven. Nothing in nature is quite so beautiful as an alpine meadow in springtime."

I'm in love with series the more I read, the more I love it!

In this book you meet Ali and Mac. Both in their 40's, Ali's kind of going through "empty nest" syndrome since their last child has gone off to college. She's the stay-at-home mother, volunteer, soccer kind of mom that is feeling lonely and unhappy
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Elizabeth Ayala
Feb 06, 2016 Elizabeth Ayala rated it liked it
I didn't like this book as much as the 1st two books. For starters I thought Mac was very self-centered and I didn't like him much at all. I don't understand how they both agreed not to break their vows but he did it anyways and then never came clean about kissing and grabbing some woman's boob. If your going to fix your marriage then shouldn't you be honest about everything. I had to force myself through the last part of the book because I couldn't believe that something so important was left o ...more
Linda
Jul 15, 2015 Linda rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone that love Romance stories!
Recommended to Linda by: The Eternity Springs Re-Read Group
I'm really getting in this series by Emily March and this one is the 3rd in the series. I wasn't sure if I was going to like this one but I did end up enjoying it!

Unhappy for reasons she can’t quite understand, Ali Timberlake decides to pursue a lifelong dream to own a restaurant. Indeed, leasing the Bristlecone Café in the idyllic town of Eternity Springs has already lifted her spirits. And yet a big piece of her is still back in Denver with Mac, the husband of twenty years she left behind…. —
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Jodi
Jun 20, 2011 Jodi rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011
I didn't like this book as much as the second book in the series but did still really enjoy it. I really liked Al's character and just love Celeste in these books. It did drive me crazy that Ali and Mac were constantly running hot and cold with each other.
Hannah
Jan 19, 2016 Hannah rated it really liked it
story of rekindling love in a marriage facing lots of change and sticking with the one you love even when you don't know what either of you wants and working it out. I loved Ali and disliked Mac purely on principle but it was a great story.
Bonnie Staughton
Mar 21, 2015 Bonnie Staughton rated it really liked it
"Heartache Falls" is the 3rd book in the Eternity Springs series. This book follows the story of Ali Timberlake, her husband, Mack, and their family. Ali has ancestral roots in Eternity Springs, unlike the other 4 main ladies in this series. However, she lives in Denver so wasn't really a regular in the first 2 books. In this book she leaves her husband and returns to Eternity Springs as an "emptynester", seeking to find her "future life" and reclaim her lifelong dream of running a restaurant. C ...more
KatLynne
May 27, 2011 KatLynne rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Those who love small town life books
Another book in the Eternity Springs series that I loved! I would have given 5 stars but felt it ended too abrubtly...I wanted more!!!

Looking forward to Sarah Reese's story coming next in "Lover's Leap"!
Nancy Anderson
Dec 17, 2015 Nancy Anderson rated it it was amazing
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Kim
Dec 31, 2012 Kim rated it it was ok
I love this series but not this story so much.
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Emily March is the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and USA Today bestselling author of over thirty novels, including the critically acclaimed Eternity Springs series. Publishers Weekly calls March a "master of delightful banter," and her heartwarming, emotionally charged stories have been named to Best of the Year lists by Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, and Roma
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“She was a stay-at-home mom who’d completed her job. Lost her job. A thundercloud of self-pity built in her emotional sky, but she fled from it, tried to outrun it, by lecturing herself aloud. “You haven’t lost your family. They just don’t live with you anymore. In lots of ways, that’s a good thing.” 0 likes
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