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When We Fall

3.45  ·  Rating details ·  1,043 ratings  ·  146 reviews
Ready for a fresh start, Allison Parker moves back to her hometown in the suburbs of New York. While she’d once savored the dynamic pace of city life, sadly, it lost its allure after her husband’s untimely death. Now, ready to focus on her art career accompanied by her ten-year-old son, Logan, Allison doesn’t anticipate that her past will resurface.
Paperback, 290 pages
Published September 2nd 2014 by NAL
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Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
Wow!!! That was one of the most boring books I have ever read. I don't know how or why I made myself finish it.
Meg - A Bookish Affair
Sep 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014, fiction
"When We Fall" is the story of two very different women. Allison is a woman who has to move back to her hometown for fresh start with her young son. She isn't looking forward to moving to her hometown, which she knows he's filled with catty women but she thinks it will be better to be home. Charlotte is one of those women (who fits into exactly the group that Allison is worried about) who wants everything to look perfect and it does look perfect, at least from the outside. But inside, it's a who ...more
Rebekah Crain
Sep 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
From cover to cover [quite literally! have you seen it?] this book was beautifully designed. And the story was simply amazing. I love that the characters actually had scruples and weren't falling all over each other to get into bed together. They simply evolved in their relationships at a good old fashioned kind of pace. Which, stop me if I'm wrong, but I found to be quite refreshing for a change. The story was in no way any less than it could have been had the character's lives been more gratui ...more
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Mar 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was the first book I've read by Emily Liebert. I liked the alternating viewpoints of the very different characters and how their storylines merged. Emily's writing style is easy to read and keeps you turning the pages. I'm looking forward to reading more of her books.
Chloe (Always Booked)
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Victoria Zieger
This was cute. Not boring or slow, but I felt like it didn’t have a lot of substance really and was a bit predictable. It kept my interest and it wasn’t hard to get through, but I felt like it was similar to other books I’ve read in this genre. Nothing really stood out in it for me.
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Judy D Collins
When We Fall by Emily Liebert, is a thought-provoking, complex, witty, and emotionally honest realistic account of flawed female friendships and relationships; what it is like to fall, when things get complicated, and back up--to survive, stronger than ever.

Revolving around two women in transition: one recently widowed young mother returning to her suburban hometown, and her new best friend whose life only looks perfect on the outside. Their friendship seems to be just what they both need, unt
Jun 29, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: If you're a fan of Emily Liebert
Even though I didn’t enjoy Emily Liebert’s previous book, You Knew Me When, I wanted to give her another chance with her newest book When We Fall. I thought this book was better and I liked it more. Unlike with the previous book, I was more engrossed in the story and its characters. The one constant about Liebert’s books is the writing, which was good.

I thought Liebert did a good job of melding the story of her two main female characters, Allison and Charlotte. I felt a more natural continuation
Aug 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of When We Fall by Emily Liebert in exchange for an honest review.

More than a decade after her husband’s death, Allison moves back to her hometown with her son, having her family nearby is great and the change of pace from the hustle in New York City is welcomed. She’s making new friends with some of the moms at her son, Logan’s new school and it seems that Allison and Charlotte with be good friends. On the outside, Charlotte seems to have it all, a husband, a daughter, financi
Hailey Fish
Jun 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely amazing! Every single part from the characters to the plot to the conflict I enjoyed it! Emily Liebert did a fantastic job at creating real, a few wholesome and some mean, characters that made you think you know them in real life. I'm so happy with how it turned out for Allison. I sincerely hope there is a sequel. If not, I will just have to imagine how it goes with Allison and Dempsey in my head. I also felt that I was right smack dab in the middle of the story which is my favorite k ...more
Laura Rash
Sep 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Of course Emily hit this one out of the ballpark again! Love her books & highly recommend reading them! ...more
Jan 29, 2015 rated it liked it
Not a bad book overall, but characters were quite shallow.
Katie Smith
Jun 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
It was alright. I just thought the stupidity of the characters and the predicability of the story was just blah.
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Predictable storyline, much like some Hallmark movies. Nonetheless I enjoyed this book. A quick and easy read if you need a break from something heavy.
T.J. Fox
Aug 27, 2015 rated it did not like it
This isn’t a romance. Not in the terms that most people would classify that genre in any case. It is a story about bored, wealthy, materialistic, greedy, snotty, self-centered, entitled idiots that underneath it all are really miserable little people with zero self esteem.

I honestly didn’t find anything redeeming in a single one of the characters in this book. For the majority of the story, I thought that Allison was the only decent person in the whole mess. Turns out, she is just this paragon o
Aug 26, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
I was really torn when I was done with this book. I had some high expectations going into it and now that I’m done I had to take a few days to write this review. I’m really 50/50 when it comes to this read. I didn’t really love it but I didn’t really dislike it either.

The story of Allison and her son moving back home after many years of being alone since her husband’s death. While there she reunites with an old childhood friend of her husbands. She was kind of relived to see a familiar face hopi
Jul 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a thought provoking book about relationships between women. The story explores how complex and flawed female relationships can be by showing us very different personality types, capturing the fragility of each and examining how nothing is as it seems from the outside. The story is written well, feels emotionally honest as each character battles their own demons. A woman can relate to everything in this book, and most certainly knows someone with each character types, or experienced simil ...more
Stephanie Elliot
Jul 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Sep 12, 2014 rated it liked it
Really 3.5 stars. Charlotte is a bored housewife living in a wealthy New York suburb. Her marriage is rocky and her friends are superficial. Charlotte welcomes the chance for a true friend when Allison, a widow of 10 years, moves back to her hometown. Allison, her deceased husband and Charlotte's husband, Charlie, were childhood friends. The friendship between Charlotte and Allison becomes strained when Charlie begins to to start spending too much time with Allison. Things come to blows at a cha ...more
Amy Lynn
Aug 28, 2017 rated it liked it
One of my favorite authors for charming and light hearted quick read. The tale of a family with past issues and how they work thru these issues in the end coming together. Emily's writing is extremely relatable so you can relate to the characters, their emotions, situations people go thru daily. If you are looking for a light escape from the day this one is a great read.
Dec 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is profoundly a book for a female audience. It involves a young attractive widow moving back to her home town and she is embraced by her husband's best friend and his wife. This guy falls all over himself trying to help her out and guess what - his wife who is initially a saint eventually becomes jealous. Go figure. Let me tell you this, I don't care how close I was to my best friend my wife would never let me do what this guy does for her. You will never convince me this guy doesn't have ...more
Carol Dass
Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This story was so enjoyable! It is a story of loss, love, friendship and betrayal, although that betrayal was only in the mind of Charlotte. It is the story mostly of Allison and Charlotte. Allison lost her husband eleven years earlier and her son never knew his father. They moved back to Allison's hometown in New York for a fresh start. Charlotte seems to have everything, a husband, lovely daughter, and so much money that she never has to worry about it. Allison and Charlotte begin a friendship ...more
Feb 09, 2015 rated it it was ok
I started out really liking the book. it built up to the climax and was just getting good and ...went no where. The ending wrapped all to easily and everything wrapped up too perfectly in too short of time. I didn't feel like the ending stood up to the beginning. Too unbelievable and disappointing.
Aug 25, 2014 rated it it was ok
*received for free through Goodreads First Reads

The characters pissed me off from the start, especially Charlotte with her push-over attitude in raising her daughter. These attitudes made me not care about the story and was severely detrimental in my enjoyment of the book.
Nov 07, 2019 rated it liked it
I've been going back and forth with my opinion on this book since I finished it this morning. There are aspects that I definitely liked, but there were also definitely things that just irked me. I appreciated that this was sort of a lighter book, based on what I usually read anyway, and it was really easy to finish in just a few days. I liked that it was about female friendship and starting over by admitting to ourselves what is not working in our lives. I enjoyed Liebert's writing style as a wh ...more
Oct 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, chick-lit
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Jennifer Robb
Apr 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommended to Jennifer by: Friends of the Avon Public Library (LPLS)
It's a book about relationships--mostly friendships but some romantic relationships and familial relationships as well.

Allison and her son Logan move back to her childhood hometown to allow Logan to be closer to his grandparents. Allison's husband Jack died in a bus crash on the way to a ski trip many years before. Allison meets Charlotte on the first day of school for Logan. Charlotte is Gia's mom, and she happens to be married to Allison's and Jack's childhood friend Charlie. Allison and Charl
Whitney Sanchez
Sep 01, 2017 rated it did not like it
There are few words to describe how terrible this book is -- it has all the usual -- shallow, self-absorbed people who do nothing but treat their "friends" like shit and make trouble. Of course every woman is gorgeous, skinny and good at everything, but what was really, really bothersome was the portrayal of nine-year-old Gia. Throughout the book her parents are constantly on her for being chubby, she's nine!! But worse is the ending when Gia comes back from camp completely transformed, "Allison ...more
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Emily Liebert is the USA TODAY Bestselling Author of seven books.

PERFECTLY FAMOUS, her newest novel, was released on June 2, 2020. Prior to that, PRETTY REVENGE published on July 2, 2019. Both with Gallery/Simon& Schuster.

Her first narrative non-fiction book, FACEBOOK FAIRYTALES, is available across the globe.

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