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In life, Frank could've had any woman he wanted.
In death, he'll try to win back the one that mattered...
Frank Wildermuth always regretted a mistake he made as a teenager: choosing Clara Murphy over her sister Gert. And like a true Murphy woman, Gert got on with her life, never admitting to heartbreak. Not even now, decades later, with Frank dead-dead, that is, but not
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ebook, 336 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by Berkley Books
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Ellen Gail
4.5 stars.

I love ghost stories. I usually sway towards ghosts of the viscera, blood, and hauntings variety. This was the complete opposite. Evenfall is a ghost story about love and family, and a really nice one.

Frank is dead. Now he's a ghost who can only communicate with a stray dog, Nina, and can occasionally influence emotions and objects. Frank lived a good life, save for one big regret:

Always, always, I see Gert. Sunlight is on her hair, a small hand tugs at her dress, and when she turns to
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CoffeeBook Chick
I'm not sure how else to say it but this way -- I really, really didn't want this one to end.

Scheduled for release in February of 2011, Liz Michalski's debut novel, Evenfall is quite a story, and one I intentionally slowed down in my reading towards the end because I really didn't want to commit to the fact that all stories have to end. I'm so happy that I picked this one up at the SIBA Trade Show last month.

Each chapter of Evenfall takes a third-person point-of-view of three important people: A
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Vaughn Roycroft
Jul 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Teagan
Mar 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is one that I couldn't put down once I got into it. It's about, love, loss and there's a lot of tough choices that need to be made. Frank, a deceased uncle to the main character sticks around and realizes that he married the wrong sister. I would recommend this to anyone.
Lynn Barry
Feb 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful, gorgeously descriptive story about regret, goodbyes, and second chances. Must read!!!!!
Barbara
I loved the premise, a ghost, Frank, not giving up on his love for the woman he did not marry, Gert. Gert is unmarried and in her eighties and dealing with Frank's recent death. Her thirty-something niece Andie has come back home to nurse her wounds after the end of a three-year relationship with Neal and to help her aunt. She stays at Evenflow, Frank's old farmhouse where his ghost now resides. The story is told round-robin from the points of view of Frank, Andie and Gert.

I loved reading this w
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cat
Feb 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"..when she stands in front of me she looks for all the world like my heart's desire at eighteen."
Evenfall was slow at first and never really speeds up, but towards the end, it really does get interesting. I loved to read Gert and Frank's relationship history. I thought they were adorable. And I loved Cort to pieces. Him and Andie worked out perfectly, at least, in my head. I bet there would be a lot of complications but I know they would be able to work them out. It really angered me when Neal
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Jody Lewis
Feb 11, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book from a friend of the author.
I really enjoyed the book and it was a easy read. But something about the book left me wanting and not wanting in a good way...like the wanting some books do, in a way that makes you truly feel like you understood where the characters were and could create the rest of the story the way you wanted to. What I WANTED was to find more depth in the main characters...especially Frank and Andie. I don't feel like I REALLY knew Andie - but maybe that is b
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Christina
Apr 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-sc
4.5 stars - I really enjoyed it, especially the multiple narratives. But it is rather open-ended; there's more to this story that I want told.
I enjoyed this book so much, I just emailed the author. Dorky, but it was THAT good for me :)
And just six hours later, I received a very personable response to my email! I'm intrigued by the concept of what she's currently working on; I believe I now have an addition to my fav author list.
Karen
Jul 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
picked this one up at a yard sale-interesting yard sale because so many books I have never read. Unusual for me. Just picked this one up because I liked the cover. Didn't put the book down until I finished it-didn't want to stop.
It's a story of love, longing, denial, regret,oh, and a ghost. And throw in a strong willed, independent woman. Who doesn't love strong willed, independent women??? Cried over the dog at the end though.........
Stephanie
Jan 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I won this book as part of the goodreads giveaways and am looking forward to receiving my copy. Thank you Goodreads!
I loved this book. Amazing story of love that perserveres and reminder of what is important in life. Take risks!

Sophie Godley
Apr 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this beautiful novel! So grateful to have met Liz and found her lovely book!
Helen
Dec 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read...and I'm not just saying that because the author is a dear friend of mine. I can't wait for her next novel!! Keep writing Liz!!
Jeannel
Feb 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A beautifully written, magical bittersweet book, Evenfall is a sensory, evocative treat that made me long for country summertime, a cold beer, fresh goat cheese, and new love.
Laurice
Mar 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
LOVED IT!
Amy
Sep 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book but disappointed in the end.
Christine
May 14, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is written from three different points of view. First, there is Andie, a 30-something young woman who comes back to the farm where she spent summers as a child with her Aunt Gert, Aunt Clara, and Uncle Frank. Clara and Frank have died and Andie returns to the farm to help Gert clean the house out and get ready to possibly sell it. Gert is the second character whose point of view we get to see. As a young woman, Gert and Frank were in love, but a combination of circumstance and choices ...more
Jessy
I won this via ARCs.

Ghosts don't give up.

I hate that I had to give Evenfall 3 stars. The overall plot was great, but the characters were somewhat lacking. Cort is the only one I really liked. I don't know but its always the heriones I have the problem with and not the heros. But anyway.

Evenfall is actually the name of a cottage in Hartman, Connecticut that Frank and Clara lived in. I love it when houses have names. It makes them seem more elegant. Based on the book description I thought Frank
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Chris Blake
Dec 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Liz Michalski's debut novel, "Evenfall," is a beautifully rendered, bittersweet tale of love and loss. Wrapped around the three vivid point-of-view characters and a strong supporting cast that includes the setting is the powerful theme of how the tough decisions we make can have cascading effects that haunt us for the rest of our lives.

Speaking of haunting, one of the main characters, Frank Wildermurth, is a ghost. Andie Murphy, his 33-year-old niece, has returned from the implosion of a three-y
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Laura Kay Bolin
Dec 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Evenfall is a story of a lost love. A missed love. In Hartman, Connecticut the beautiful home named Evenfall stands. It's where Frank and Gert fell in love, and where Frank stayed and married Gert's sister, Clara. The unfinished story between Frank and Gert was so strong, it lived even after death--because Frank couldn't leave Gert. Frank's ghost lived on. Reminding Gert of what walking away had cost her.

Andie Murphy, is the niece of Frank and Gert. She has come back to Hartman to help her Aunt
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Andrea
Feb 23, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an amazingly visual and well-written novel. A fantastic debut, no doubt. However, I feel like the plot line which originally drew me in fell a little short. The synopsis promised a supernatural tale about a ghost who, having given up the love of his life by marrying her sister, returned from the grave to make sure that his niece (aptly named Andrea--points to the author for a fabulous name, even if it was shortened to the offensive "Andie" for most of the book) doesn't make the same mis ...more
Lyn (Readinghearts)
Mar 14, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those that like romance
Recommended to Lyn (Readinghearts) by: Sisterhood of the Traveling Book
Liz Michalski is a new author for me, and contemporary romance books are not exactly my forte, but this one caught me from the very beginning and kept me interested throughout the entire story. There were several things that I thought were excellent about this book, and a few that I found disappointing. I enjoyed the characters of Andie, Cort, Gert and Frank. In fact, from the description of the book, I expected Frank to play a bigger role and was kind of disappointed that he wasn't more prevale ...more
Diana Renn
Jan 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This exquisite novel is told in three distinct and compelling voices. There's Andie, a 30-something young woman who has returned to her family's New England farmhouse to settle her uncle's estate and to flee an unhealthy relationship. There's Gert, Andie's headstrong aunt, who helped raise her. And Frank, Andie's uncle, who is the most fascinating and likeable ghost I've come across in fiction. Yes, you've read that right: he's dead. But he hasn't exactly left the house. He's watching relationsh ...more
Kim Bullock
Feb 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Nina sees the man first. It’s a warm summer day, the kind where, when I was alive, you’d have found me down by the creek. Fishing, I’d have said if anyone asked, though the only thing worth catching there was a long, cool breeze."

These are the opening lines of Evenfall, Liz Michalski’s debut novel. Given my fascination with ghosts, I knew from that second sentence that this was a book I could not put down. The prose is beautiful, the love stories bittersweet, the longing and regret palpable. T
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Cindy
Dec 16, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars!

a beautifully written debut
told from three different points of
views and across generations. i think
the theme of missing your chance during
your life is a powerful and true one.
we make mistakes out of whatever human
foibles (fear, stubbornness, short sightedness, etc)
and we really only have one life to lead
and they are short ones.

i felt that michalski drove that home
very well thematically. the characters
were all well drawn, and i especially
appreciated those from frank's pov as a ghost.

Eve
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Sue
Jan 10, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I want to live at Evenfall. It's a 200 year old home set in the countryside surrounded by the woods, a creek, and a small cottage tucked away nearby. Andie, the niece of the owner, arrives to help her Aunt Gertie get the place ready to sell after the death of her Uncle Frank, who was married to Gertie's sister Clara. Frank and Gertie had been in love as teenagers, and Gertie left town, thinking she was doing the right thing by leaving Frank.

Now, fifty years later, Frank is dead, and haunts the
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Angie Windheim
Jan 16, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Angie by: First Reads
Shelves: first-reads
"Evenfall" is just the light-filled and effortless story-telling that I needed to refresh my love of reading. I had struggled a little through my last two books so it felt wonderful to have a novel that I wanted to devour over just a few days.

I'm always intrigued by stories with ghosts and was very excited when I was chosen to receive this through First Reads.

I have to say though that "Evenfall" is not really about Frank the "ghost." He plays a wonderfully sad role in the story, yet it is trul
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Ona Porchswing
Feb 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story, rich and sweet, though never saccharin, keeps the reader tantalized throughout. Three characters weave the tale -- Gert, tart-tongued and ailing from age and a broken heart; Andie, a young woman brought home to her family's Connecticut farm to help her aunt (Gert) prepare it for sale when she becomes conflicted between two paramours; and Frank (Andie's uncle and Gert's brother-in-law), recently dead but unable to rest until the two women he loves, find peace. The story is interwoven ...more
Jessica
This was a fairly good read, but one that I will remember much about in a few years from now. However, I felt that the characters were well developed and defined and that the setting was realistic and enough details were provided that I could picture it perfectly in my mind. The one scene that resonated with me was in a "Frank" chapter when he discovers what Neal has been doing in the house and attempts to stop him from entering the attic. I actually felt the fury that Frank was experiencing in ...more
Kelly
Jan 11, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads, 2011
I had a hard time getting into the book at first. But once I got started, I found I liked it. I had some difficulty keeping up with the flashbacks as I had to reread parts to tell where the flashback began and the present resumed. That I found to be a little frustrating. I liked Andie and Cort and routed for them. I didn't understand Frank's purpose at all since I never really got the ending to that piece of the story. I liked the questions at the end to make you think. It just seemed to sad ove ...more
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