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Crashing Back Down (Crashing #1)

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Book #1 in a two part series!

Mags McManus has just become a war widow in her mid-twenties. Her late husband, Randy, left for the Army right after their wedding. Instead of celebrating his homecoming and living in marital bliss with her soulmate, Mags finds herself living in constant agony. Dealing with the guilt of still living without Randy, are Randy's best friends and p
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Paperback, 218 pages
Published November 4th 2013 by Kristen Hope Mazzola
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Kristen Mazzola
Jan 13, 2014 Kristen Mazzola rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I am in love with this story and had an amazing time writing it. My heart and soul went into those pages and I cannot wait to share that with the world. I hope you all enjoy reading it as much I did writing it!! :)

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Book – Crashing Back Down (Crashing #1)
Author – Kristen Hope Mazzola
Publication Date – November 4, 2013
Type – Part of Series
Genre - Romance
Rating - 4 out of 5 Stars



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I am on the fence with my rating for “Crashing Back Down”. In the beginning, I found myself rolling my eyes on how much this story revolved around alcohol and crying. I trudged on and continually the characters were either drowning in shots or sobbing uncontrollably. Everyone cried continually – no one was saved in this book fro

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Debra
Feb 18, 2014 Debra rated it really liked it

3.5+ stars!



Crashing Back Down is the story of Mags McManus, a twenty-four-year old woman and recently turned war widow. Her late husband died a little less than a year ago and she still finds it hard to adjust to life without him by her side. Slowly but surely, she's learning how to cope with her loss. A huge part of her recovery is the support and company of Walker, her husband's best friend and colleague. He too, is still struggling with the loss of his friend and the guilt he feels of not be
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Jessica's Book Review
Nov 05, 2013 Jessica's Book Review rated it really liked it
Crashing Back Down is the first book in the Crashing series by Kristen Hope Mazzola. I knew just by reading the synopsis I had to read this book because it was going to be emotional. I couldn’t wait to dive in!

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Crashing Back Down is told in the point of view of Mags; a 24 year-old widow who just lost her husband nearly a year ago in an accident while he was serving our country. The prologue starts with a scene of Mags meeting her future husband, Randy and his best friend Walker at a co
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Tracy
I really dont know where to start with this review! This book had many twists and turns and by the end I was sat catching flies because I really did not see that one coming! :-O

Mags was great, with everything she went through after what happened to Randy. She got her feelings in order and started to rebuild her life. I could never understand what she was going through but the author captured it perfectly and it broke my heart.
Sweet Cali, brilliant BFF to Mags and nothing got past her, she was l
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My review and others are also on my Facebook blog (http://tinyurl.com/k7yukmx)

A truly sad emotional, hearbreaking read

We first met Mags reminiscing about her College years and telling us how she met and fell head over heels for her one!! He was it!! One look and she was a goner!!

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She never realized that "until death" would come along so soon, one minute Randall was there and two months later he was gone, she knew life as a Military wife would be hard but she never realized she would be a widow s
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Sue1958
I have made a point of not reading anyone's reviews at the moment as I wanted to focus on what I felt about this author's book and style of writing.

AWESOME.

I was given this book to read as a gift from Kristen Mazzola and I am so happy that she allowed me to read it. I may have passed it by otherwise and that would have been a loss on my side.

Her style of writing is so fluent and easy to follow. The people in this book were so real. Everyone has lost someone in their lives. A husband/wife is so v
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Zandalee
May 20, 2015 Zandalee rated it really liked it
Shelves: new-adult
Omg, what!? Need the next book STAT!
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Actual Rating: 4.5 Stars

Margaret "Mags" McManus is a 24-year old widow. Her husband Randy tragically died after an accident during his military service. Mags is left as an empty shell without her college sweetheart. She finds comfort in her in-laws and friends.
Mags has a rough time trying to get back to normal and finding a way to really live again. She tries to suppress many of her feelings, one in particular that inclu
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Dayna R
Nov 30, 2013 Dayna R rated it it was amazing
As a beta reader I absolutely loved the story. From the synopsis it seems like just another military widow story but this one is different! Love the twists and turns and the way it kept me wanting to go on and find out what happens next. I definitely didn't expect the book ending but I can't wait for the prequel and sequel! So glad I got to be apart of this book's journey so far! Mag is such a relatable character... I can see myself being friends with someone like her :-)
Staci Randall
May 12, 2014 Staci Randall rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013, arcs
Luckily, I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

When I read an author’s debut novel, I dive in with an open mind. With so many books on the market, I have learned not to expect perfection BUT I always hope it will be worthy of five stars. As an author, I get excited for every single author that releases a book. However, I always let them know that they will get nothing but my honest opinion when I submit a review. Sometimes I feel bad for criticizing; however, most authors welcome it
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Kate
Nov 21, 2013 Kate rated it it was amazing
A wild ride of twists and turns from start to finish. The second half blew me away! I did not see any of that coming! Awesome debut from this indie! Cannot wait to see where this author goes in her career!

I went from sad for the main character for her tragic loss:


To hopeful and happy when her life started to turn around and the gorgeous Walker can into the picture as a romantic relationship instead of just friends:


To shocked by the ending! I did not see that coming!!


Awesome Job!!

And now I need t
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Kristen Mazzola
Jan 13, 2014 Kristen Mazzola rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
I am in love with this story and had an amazing time writing it. My heart and soul went into those pages and I cannot wait to share that with the world. I hope you all enjoy reading it as much I did writing it!! :)
Mike
Nov 06, 2013 Mike rated it it was amazing
Surprisingly entertaining for a genre that I do not typically find enjoyable. Well thought out and the flow was perfect. The characters were raw and evoked emotion well. Wonderful debut novel by this young indie author.
Nat
Nov 23, 2013 Nat rated it it was amazing
engaging... heartfelt... emotional!
One that you will not be able to put done!
A must read!
Jodie Squelch
Oct 25, 2013 Jodie Squelch rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
WOW….this book took me along a very heartfelt twisty road and the ending hit me hard!!!! I did not see it coming at all and need the prequel and sequel like now ….. Just prepare yourself for a cliff hanger ending people……..
This story follows Margaret McMnaus (Mags) and her heart breaking journey of rebuilding her life after she become a war widow at the tender age of 22.
Mags is left completely broken after her husband Randy dies in a tragic accident at war.
With the support network of great frie
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Thomas
Oct 31, 2013 Thomas rated it really liked it
To be honest I don't read books in the New Adult / Romance genres, but occasionally I like to stray away from my comfort zone and try something new. Crashing Back Down tells the story of Margaret "Mags" McManus, who marries her college love and doesn't get to live happily ever after when a military accident makes her a widow. Now she lives alone, and her only comfort is that of her friends, especially Walker, her late husband's best friend. If you enjoy New Adult or Romance, or you're just looki ...more
Theodora Catalina
Nov 14, 2013 Theodora Catalina rated it really liked it


Crashing Back Down (Crashing #1)
by Kristen Hope Mazzola


Mags McManus has just become a war widow in her mid-twenties. Her late husband, Randy, left for the Army right after their wedding. Instead of celebrating his homecoming and living in marital bliss with her soulmate, Mags finds herself living in constant agony. Dealing with the guilt of still living without Randy, are Randy's best friends and parents.

Rising from the ashes of this tragedy, Mags starts to learn how to love and trust again
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Jamie Roberts
Nov 27, 2013 Jamie Roberts rated it it was amazing
Visit Reading Eating & Dreaming to read more reviews by Jamie, Dana, Morgan and Rhonda!

"This book was kindly given to me in exchange for an honest review.”

This is a book about a 24 year old widowed young woman named Mags. She is struggling with getting by day-to-day. Her wonderful husband tragically died while overseas in the military. She has a pretty solid support group surrounding her, but she still feels alone in many ways. Walker, a mutual friend of both Mags and her late husband Randy,
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Ky Grabowski
Jul 03, 2016 Ky Grabowski rated it really liked it
Crashing Back Down by Kristen Hope Mazzola is a New Adult Romance.


The Book

**18+ for sexual situations, cursing, and adult content.***

Mags McManus has just become a war widow in her mid-twenties. Her late husband, Randy, left for the Army right after their wedding. Instead of celebrating his homecoming and living in marital bliss with her soulmate, Mags finds herself living in constant agony. Dealing with the guilt of still living without Randy, are Randy's best friends and parents.

Rising from
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Rebecca
Nov 10, 2013 Rebecca rated it really liked it
I was really excited to receive book to review, Here is my honest review. Posted on Amazon as well.
I loved Mag's journey of grief. We see her cycle through all the stages. She has great support along the way. I was sad for the one character to meet her demise. I didn't see it coming.
I appreciated that the author really let us follow Mag's journey from guilt to acceptance.
The only thing I had a problem with was the overuse of alcohol by Mag's to cope, it just got to be overdone after a while.
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Courtney
Oct 28, 2013 Courtney rated it really liked it
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“I felt bad for trying to live a happy, full life, while my heart was buried in a dead man’s chest.”

In Crashing Back Down, Mags McManus is trying to find herself and get past the grief of losing her husband, Randy, after a tragic military accident. The book is a whirlwind of emotion as Mags attempts to get past her own guilt and heartache and move on with her life without regret. Walker is Randy’s best friend. He is there for Mags as they support one another in their grief. Their own relationsh
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Magic Within the Pages
Oct 16, 2013 Magic Within the Pages rated it really liked it
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Reviewer: Liz

I had the opportunity to read an ARC copy of this fantastic book. This book kept me going, it took me on a rollercoaster of emotions and my heart rate spiked in a lot of places throughout this book.
I fell in love with all the characters they all had their unique personalities Mags a widow after her husband was killed in a military accident, and she is trying to build her life again, there is Cali her best friend, who is always there for her and these two girls love a good girlie day
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Debbie
Oct 21, 2013 Debbie rated it really liked it
I received an ARC of Kristen Hope Mazzola's "Crashing Back Down" and was very impressed, despite the fact that it is not a genre I normally read.

Mags is a widow - a very young widow after her military husband and soul mate is killed in an accident when his parachute fails to open. The two people who help her retain her sanity (mostly) are her best friend Cali and husband's best friend Walker.

It is clear from the onset, however that Walker and Mags are destined to be more than just friends. Yet a
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Shelley Boddy
Oct 26, 2013 Shelley Boddy rated it it was amazing
OMG!!!! I loved this book!!!
Full of drama and twists that kept me turning the page and thinking I'll just read one more chapter and before I knew it I had read half the night away when I should have been sleeping!
The two main characters, Mags and Walker, are instantly likable!
Mags, a young war widow, is suffering from deep grief after her her husband, Randy dies.
Walker was Randys best friend, meeting him and Mags at college and tries to help Mags through her grief whilst struggling with his own
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For the Love of Books
Nov 07, 2013 For the Love of Books rated it really liked it
4 stars.. This story tugged at my heart when Mags became a widow at the age of 24. This story is beautifully written and grips your heart by how realistic it is and how you can feel the pain and struggle that Mags is having with losing her first true love. When Mags starts to find comfort in Randy's best friend Walker things start to change. Walker and Mags both have these strong feelings for each other but will guilt keep them apart. This book had me sad, angry and swooning over Walker! I loved ...more
Jennifer Bryan Yarbrough
Nov 11, 2013 Jennifer Bryan Yarbrough rated it it was amazing
Astonished and amazed is how this debut novel left me!!!! This is such a breath taking love story and I can't wait to read what else this new author has up her sleeve in Mags and Walker's journey of secrets and discovery regarding their future!! Yes there is a bit of a cliffhanger at the end but you HAVE to read this book!!!! Not only does the author cause you to fall in love with every character in this story but this is the kind of book that you will be thinking about for days after you've fin ...more
Kristine
Nov 26, 2013 Kristine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-star-rating
Full review found at http://kristineandterri.blogspot.ca/2...
Crashing Back Down is the debut novel by Kristen Hope Mazzola and I do believe this is a name to watch out for. She does an amazing job of telling the story of one woman's journey through grief after becoming a widow at a very young age. This book is packed full of emotional highs and lows as Mags struggles to survive and function without the love of her life.
Kenisha
Dec 09, 2013 Kenisha rated it really liked it
Really liked the booked!!! crazy cliffhanger but just makes you wAiting impatiently for the next book. I had some questions reading this though, but I enjoyed the memories of Randy.. it was sad. I thought there should have been more said about him

I really enjoyed Walker, The way he took care of Mags and being very protective of her. I have some nagging questions about him also...

Cannot wait for their story to continue!!
Maari
Jan 13, 2014 Maari rated it it was amazing
This book grabbed me from the beginning, & WoW at the roller coaster ride that it took me on!! Every character has me rooting for them!! I had no idea what was going to happen next, or the emotions I may feel from one moment to another! Now I am just wishing that it didn't 'end' the way that it did.. because there really was no ending.. just a wanting for one..
Doraine Fisher
Dec 10, 2013 Doraine Fisher rated it it was amazing
Shelves:
This is the authors first book and I think she did a fabulous job. The story draws you in and feels for the girl. I can't wait for the next two books.
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