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The Year She Fell

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3.37 of 5 stars 3.37  ·  rating details  ·  1,589 ratings  ·  199 reviews
The tragic mystery at the heart of their family has finally surfaced . . .

When Presbyterian minister Ellen Wakefield O'Connor is confronted by a young man armed with a birth certificate that mistakenly names her as his mother, she quickly sorts out the truth: his birth mother listed Ellen on the certificate to cover up her own identity, but also because Ellen is, in a way
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Paperback, 318 pages
Published November 15th 2010 by Bell Bridge Books
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Sarah
I can't believe I read this whole book, but I am cheap (free on Kindle), stubborn (to a fault? perhaps), and curious (about how the author would make this work out). This started off pretty good, actually... and then it was like the author couldn't figure out how to fit it together, so she just flipped POV and trod over the same ground repeatedly until she got to the end. Kind of like what you might do as a writing exercise when you're stuck, not when writing an ACTUAL BOOK.

I also thought it ver
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Shari Larsen
When Ellen Wakefield O'Connor is confronted by a young man with a birth certificate that mistakenly names her as the mother, she quickly tries to get to the truth behind it. She learns the birth mother was trying to cover up her identity, but eventually, Ellen learns she is related to the child. The father is Ellen's husband Tom. Soon the secrets of the past threaten to tear them apart, and other long buried family secrets come to light also.

This story of love, loss, and betrayal is told by the
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Denisa Howe
The writing style of this particular book kept me turning pages well past my bedtime. The characters were brilliant and so very life real. The actual story is told from four main characters and each add something the other didn't as it was a different person. The mystery unravels as the story progresses and with each chapter you learn something new. Emotions and feelings from the character reach out to your own heart and you really know. The ending seemed a bit rushed compared to the pace of the ...more
Fayth
For a free book, this really wasn't bad. It feels like a juicy day-time soap opera that's compelling and cheesy at the same time. It's a mystery set in a small college town in West Virginia. It's a bit trashy: who got who pregnant? did so-and-so die by accident? by suicide? by - gasp - murder?

The only thing that drove me nuts is the author recounted the exact same situations from different character's points of view. Although interesting to hear what the characters thought, it became very redun
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Jody
A free download for my Kindle (that is no longer free!) & I was pleasantly surprised how good it was. Instantly hooked me..a young boy looking for his birth mother & finds the woman whose name is on the original birth certificate. She's a minister, but knows she's not the mother & can prove that because she had a daughter months before his birth. But why is her name on the birth certificate? Ah...a good read for the mystery, love, suspense & entertaining. I really did love this b ...more
kim
Jan 08, 2011 kim rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Book Club
Recommended to kim by: Kindle
I downloaded this for free as a Kindle book. I got caught up in it immediately, to the point that I was willing to read it on my small iPhone screen. The story begins when a Presbyterian minister is confronted by a young man with a birth certificate showing her as his mother. She proves to him that this is impossible, since her only child was born just a few months later, and then notices he looks exactly like his father.....her husband. She goes back to her small WV hometown to think things ov ...more
Mandy
So far this book is reminding of "Secrets Sisters Keep". Rasley talks a lot about Psychology, but it seems like her depth of knowledge on the topic doesn't go beyond a rudimentary online search of Adler's theories on sibling birth order and a quick overview of a high school Psychology text book.

I'll keep reading, and let you know what I think when I finish.

*Update*
After a few chapters of Ellen's story, it switches to Laurie's story. This was a nice change and I think Rasley did a good job of g
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Michele
Eh. I won't give a rundown of the storyline or give out any spoilers, but there were far too many characters and at the end I wasn't satisfied with the big reveal. It felt way too contrived. The story felt like it went on forever because just as you approach the end the character voice changes and brings you back to the beginning from a different point of view. Fine if it's done once, but not 4 times beyond the original character.
Lillian Angelovic
Enjoyable story with some mystery, told from multiple perspectives. I liked the different perspectives, and even though I figured out the biggest part of the mystery about halfway through, it kept me interested, wondering how it all came to be, as more mysteries unfolded. I felt like the characters were a bit cardboard, but I enjoyed the story.
trish phillips
Wonderful book! The Year She Fell

I reviewed this book before I purchased it, and kept thinking about it. I finally HAD to purchase it because I had already fallen in love with the characters. Never boring, an exciting read from the beginning to the end. I sincerely hope that the author Alicia Rasley has written more stories about these sisters and their families, I want more! I am anxious to read MORE of this artist of an author's work. The plot was well written. KUDOS to you Alicia Rasley, you
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Kelli L
I originally wound up with this book because it was free on Amazon, even though it's not my usual genre. I downloaded to my kindle, thinking it would be slightly entertaining but probably not very good, I mean, it was free for a reason, right?

It was fantastic. Not really fast-paced mystery/suspense, but more of a feeling of these things are happening in real time - it takes time to make discoveries. It's not a slow book, by any means, it's just easy to feel like what is happening to this family
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Judy Churchill
It has been said that all families are crazy in their own way. This story takes your breath away with the complexities of the secrets this family has kept for decades. We hear of the impact of these secrets from each of the main characters. It all comes together in a surprising, shattering climax. The author's character development is good. The story got a little long and repetitive in the retelling and retelling of the story. Would I recommend it? Yes. It is an entertaining and worthwhile read.
Jocey
The Year She Fell is a book about this women Ellen Wakefield and her family. Her family is really rich and are one of the founders and wealthiest families in the town she grew up in. In this book Ellen goes back home after learning that her husband had another child. That happened before there marriage. This book is manily about the families secrets which all come out.

The message in this book is that everything truly is not what it seems. Their family seems so perfect but as the secrets come o
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Josee
Another free Kindle download that I wouldn't normally read but I found myself liking. Part mystery, part crazy rich family, part too-much-family-drama. The novel is set in the mountains of West Virginia, and the Wakefields are richest family of their town. The book is told from several different perspectives: the 3 Wakefield sisters Ellen, Laurie and Theresa, as well as Ellen and Laurie's men: Tom and Jackson. Mrs. Wakefield is the social matriarch of her town, and has done a LOT of lying to pro ...more
Klaudyna Z.
I was hesitant with this book based on some of the reviews that I read, but I'm glad that I stuck with it.

The beginning I didn't like so much (Ellen's point of view). I liked the first chapter, it was intriguing but then I felt like it went off course. However, the more I read, the more I really liked the book. I think it all came together really well in the end.

I do agree with some of the other people's reviews about the ending, that it was sort of lame and that it almost felt like a copout be
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Erin
This book starts out from the point of view of Ellen (Wakefield) O'Connor, as she finds out a deeply buried secret about her husband Tom. From there it moves through several different characters points of view, as more secrets are unearthed about the old rich family that Ellen belongs to in West Virgina.

I'll be honest, the jumping around of points of view annoyed me. I normally love it when a story is told by many characters, but in this instance once you left a characters point of view, you ne
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Sydney
This book was 2.5 stars for me. It was a decent read... but I had a hard time getting past some of the inconsistencies at the beginning. The biggest one was what I assume was a mistake... the story begins with a young man looking for his birth mother, who was incorrectly listed on his birth certificate. The first time the birth certificate is referenced, the boy was born in 1986. Then throughout the rest of the book, Ellen, the main character keeps mentioning that the boy must have been conceive ...more
Brianna Kilcrease
This book was a big surprise to me. When I started reading it at first I lost interest pretty fast. After a chapter or two I decided it just wasn't for me and I removed it from my kindle. A few days later though I got onto the Cloud Reader on my PC and began to read it. Why? I don't really know.

After reading it for a while in class I was hooked. I began to enjoy it and wanted to hear the rest. This book ALWAYS surprised me. When I thought I'd figured it out, something would shift in the story li
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Rose Cimarron
I enjoyed reading this book. The main thread, the search of a birth mother, a cause of death and the truth, was revealed in surprising twists and turns, and with some amusing diversions. I worked out the cause of death quite early on, and was surprised when no-one picked up on the massive death scene clue (not even the author, apparently). I took longer in working out the birth mother, but that was due to information availablility.

To contrast with the main story threads, there were lighter momen
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Nikki
Read as a free kindle download. This is not the kind of thing I would usually read, but after a chapter I was drawn in by the curious circumstances surrounding the character of Ellen.
Ellen was a teacher for many years, then became a minister. With her teenage daughter away at summer camp, her world is turned upside down. When a boy barely older than her own child shows up with a birthcertificate baring her name. While dealing with the boy Ellen must try to get her sisters to help find what mig
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Melinda
This book would have been better written in the style of Mary Higgins Clark. Take the five different viewpoints and weave them together in shorter snippets around the events instead of recovering old ground with each character. However, to give Alicia Rasley credit, each viewpoint does take you closer to the conclusion than the previous one, which creates the plot building effect. I felt the story had climaxed before we got to Theresa or Jackson. Theresa's viewpoint caught my interest at the poi ...more
Cynthia
It is interesting that the reviews for this book are all over the place. The book is definitely for serious readers. It is a complex story about a boy looking for his birth mother who ultimately connects to a family with that is distant and scared by secrets. The central characters include 4 sisters (one deceased under suspicious circumstances) of a wealthy family and their strong willed mother. Their relationships are polite but strained as each harbors secrets that influences their opinions ab ...more
Therese
Great book - free on Kindle. It tells the story of a family from West Virginia. It starts out with a young man claiming one of the women is his birth mother. Before long the entire family is involved, and before readers know it, they are knee-deep in the mystery of what happened years before.

The characters are complex and well thought out and the story held my interest throughout. I did, though, think the book was a bit predictable, as there was not a secret that I was not eventually able to fig
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Deborah Robb
I thought this was a pretty good book. Story about 4 sisters, one who has passed away, and their relationship with their mom. The story starts out with the 3 remaining sisters going back to their family home because of concerns over their mom's health. Laura is an actress, Ellen is a pastor and Theresa is contemplating becoming a nun. The book gets into their relationships with each other and their partners. Theresa was adopted as a child and there's a nice twist regarding her adoption. Ellen is ...more
Debra Chapoton
The cover picture and the title itself threw me for a loop, but it all made sense in the end. I don't often give 5 stars, but Alicia Rasley presents an intricately woven story that gives the reader complex characters, a fascinating plot, and varies the points of views in a sort of Jodi Picoult style. Secrets from the past surface to rattle a high class family whose ties to one another are tenuous at best. But awful secrets and how you handle them when they are discovered can strengthen bonds, cr ...more
Starie
This book was a free Kindle download. I was pleasantly surprised. Overall, I compare it to a drawn out soap opera with more interesting characters. I thought the ending could have been different, but I won't spoil it for those who will read it.
Rhiannon
I was skeptical as I started this book. as with so many ebooks the editing is not great and that always sets my radar off. As I read through. the first few chapters though, I became curious about how the mystery of young Brian's parentage would play out.

The author finally had me really interested and switched to another narrator. The POV change was annoying as much of the same ground was covered but not with the same memories.

Ultimately I found that I just liked some narrators more than others a
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Melissa
It is a decent book that unravels a web weaved by a wealthy family in West Virginia. It is interesting if you like family drama books. I would recommend it as a read to pass the time on the way to and from work on public transit.
DIANE ASHLEY
Twists and Turns

Loved all the characters. All of the side story lines were intriguing. Would recommend this one to anyone who likes mysteries, romance and good old-fashioned story telling.
Lillie
A family that appears perfect on the outside is really messed up. The same story is told several times from the point of view of different characters, and there are glaring discrepancies in dates.
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