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All Fall Down

3.54  ·  Rating details ·  1,164 Ratings  ·  166 Reviews
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 damaged. When ni
Paperback, 386 pages
Published December 27th 2011 by Mira
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May 24, 2014 rated it it was ok
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
Dec 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: family
I thought Leisel was a saint!
Feb 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: religion
Gah, this was such an excellent premise but I couldn't get into the execution of it. Was it poorly written or was I just not interested? It's hard to tell ...
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
Oct 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
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
Dec 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Francesca the Fierce (Under the Covers Book Blog)
This review was posted at Under The Covers

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
Crystal L.
Nov 14, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Feb 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
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.
Jul 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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!
Aude Mouton
A good plot, very inventive and psychologicaly intersting. Full of complex characters. A bit disapointed by the end that feels short on explainantions
May 30, 2014 rated it liked it
Torn between 3 and 4 stars. I really did enjoy this book, but I felt like I had to guess what happened at the end.
May 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
Dec 29, 2011 rated it liked it
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.
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
Apr 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Similar to what she did with Lovely Wild, Hart takes a woman with an unconventional upbringing and explores the psychological repercussions of bringing her into society. In addition to showing us Sunny's reaction to living among the "blemished", we get the story of Liesel, a woman who learns the hard way that your dreams are not as dreamy once they become a reality. It was fascinating watching these two learn from and adapt to their situations.
Caitlin Murphy
Mar 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Mar 12, 2017 rated it liked it
This was an interesting bok and a pretty good plot. My chief issue is that is was rather slow and plodding in the middle ad some of the characters were one dimensional.
Dec 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Jade Eby
Jan 16, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Dec 15, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Oct 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 21, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: general-fiction
I am torn between three stars and four. On the one hand, the book grabbed me right from the beginning and didn't let me go. I went into this without really realizing what kind of life Sunny and her kids had lived, and I was fascinated with it. On the other hand, after the initial drawing me in, the book kind of fell apart for me. I still enjoyed it - I read it very quickly (read the first half in one day) and enjoyed the flashbacks (though I really wish there had been some distinguishing about w ...more
Under the Covers Book Blog
Sep 30, 2015 rated it really liked it

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 a cult house. Her mother had left her fa

Jun 22, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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May 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 30, 2015 rated it liked it
It's hard for me to write a review for this book. The book gave me no overall specific feeling as I read it, and though it was a fast and easy read, I didn't FEEL anything until after finishing the book, and then talking to my friend who had recommended the book to me in the first place. I didn't understand the ending too well until that conversation, and only then I was struck. It wasn't a bad book, and though I felt the ending came out of nowhere and wasn't clear at all, I did enjoy the aspect ...more
Nov 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
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Megan Hart has written in almost every genre of romantic fiction, including historical, contemporary, romantic suspense, romantic comedy, futuristic, fantasy and perhaps most notably, erotic. She also writes non-erotic fantasy and science fiction, as well as continuing to occasionally dabble in horror.

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“If it's true, does it have to be nice? If you have something true to say, but you don't say it because you just want to be nice, isn't that sort of like a lie?” 3 likes
“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.” 2 likes
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