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Love Gently Falling

(Valentine's Day #2)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  257 ratings  ·  64 reviews
Rita Jansen is living her dream as a hairstylist in Hollywood when her father calls with news that her mother has suffered a stroke. When she gets home to Chicago, Rita finds her mother is healing but facing a long recovery. Worse, without being able to run their family-owned salon, her mother could lose the business. Rita decides to help, but she only has until Valentine' ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published January 6th 2015 by Center Street
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Malia Saldaña
Feb 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
This was another cute Valentine’s Day book by Melody Carlson. I’m really enjoying this series. I liked Johnny and Rita. They were fun together. I loved how Rita was re-doing her Mom’s hair salon. That was fun to read about. Zinnia was so annoying though. Marley was okay. I liked Rita’s parents and brother. I did feel like the romance/ending was rushed there at the end,but other than that I really enjoyed it.
2.5 stars
This one’s a really light romance centered around Valentine’s Day. I enjoyed the unique setting of a holiday that doesn’t always get much attention in fiction.

Rita didn’t really win me over very well. Her snobbery about the lead guy’s profession was really annoying even though she was the one who blatantly misunderstood his position (it was clear from the beginning to the reader). It bugged me even more that she didn’t get over being miffed about his “lack of ambition” until she found o
Feb 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
A phone call can change your life, which is exactly what happens in Love Gently Falling by Melody Carlson. For Rita Jansen, everything was going smooth until her father called her up with horrible news regarding her mother having a stroke. Her father made it clear that he wasn't sure if she would make it and Rita needed to come immediately. Rita leaves California in a flurry much to her surprise when arriving at the Chicago airport to find Johnny Hollister waiting to bring her to the hospital. D ...more
Bubble Bath Books
Jan 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Bubby: I can't really argue with that. There's a delightful misunderstanding that occurs in the story that made me laugh and the relationship between Rita and her parents is very sweet and loving. Love Gently Falling is a perfect curl up on the couch with a cup of cocoa kind of book. Great for this next week when the kids (finally!) go back to school and the house is quiet again!

Sissy: Today at my house it is 12 degrees with a "real-feel" of -4 because of windchill. It is the kind of day where
Jan 13, 2015 rated it liked it
Between 2 and 3 stars. I didn't really like Rita and she didn't improve much. I didn't like how snooty she was about a janitor (supposedly) when she was a hair dresser herself. I also didn't care for how critical she was of her moms business and talking about it to her moms employees. No loyalty? If I don't like the main character, I'm not going to enjoy the story :( I recommend Once Upon A Winter's Heart. Now that a cute short story similar to this but likable characters!! ...more
May 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian-books
I absolutely love Melody Carlson's books, and her seasonal novellas are always a special treat. This book was adorable, and it definitely left me with a smile on my face. ...more
Jan 07, 2015 rated it liked it
This was a cute book, but it ended just a little too abruptly for me.
Dec 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
Actually less than 2 stars.
This is a mental twinkie and not a very good one. The story has virtually no substance. For such a short book, a lot of space is wasted on describing inconsequential things in excruciating detail. I picked up this book because ice skating is part of the story. It started out well enough with a 20something woman (Rita) expressing interest in getting involved in ice skating. Not much skating after that. She struggles with her own shallowness toward an old friend who is
Aug 10, 2017 rated it liked it
This was a cute story that I was able to read in a few hours but it didn't have the closure I was looking for. Yes, there was a potential happily-ever-after but considering Johnny lives in Chicago and Rita in California is a future really possible? I was hoping there would be a connected story if not part of a series.
There was family and friends, reconnecting, illness, makeovers, jealousy and lots involving the hair salon business. There was some romance but not enough.
I loved the cover that was
Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a delightful little romance. It was a simple story and the romance was very gentle. It didn't seem to monopolize the basic story of a young woman, Rita, Who went back home to take care of her mother who had a stroke. Everything seemed natural that happened as she was there in her hometown reliving some of the issues from her past. I really enjoyed how she went an out remodeling her mothers hair salon and her interaction with her family. This was a very enjoyable, relaxing experience fo ...more
Dec 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Christian Fiction
Recommended to Dawn by: I enjoy this author's books.
This is the one of three books in a series of Valentine Holiday Novellas. They are not connected and can be read in any order. I read the other two in the series at the beginning of this year and enjoyed both. This one was also a quick enjoyable read. I do feel that the story ended a little too quickly. I really would have liked to find out what Rita decided to do with her life and more about her & Johnny's relationship. Melody Carlson is always good for a feel good Christian read. This is the s ...more
Patricia Johnson
Dec 25, 2017 rated it liked it
A midwest family struggles to make ends meet...the father was demoted with lesser pay, the son has had a sports accident and Mom, who owns a Beauty Salon has suffered a stroke. Rita their daughter who now works in Beverly Hills as a hairdresser flies home to help care for her Mom.

This was a lovely written story of family commitment and love found.
Sep 22, 2019 rated it liked it
A little bit blah. More about helping out her mom than falling in love. A sweet little story if you like elementary school love stories. But still cute and kept my attention. Just nothing I’d consider a love story.
Jul 14, 2017 rated it did not like it
I read readers digest large type
2017 # 1 (almost worthless)
Liz Michaels
Dec 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Fun read for a snowy day. If you're looking for great depth and heart-wrenching drama, this is not the book to read. ...more
John Monaghan
Feb 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Well written romance.
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely positively sweet. You should read it!
Jan 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
A very cute quick read.
Gina Shupp
Jan 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
This was a good book with a happy ending.
Feb 19, 2021 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the book but I felt like the ending was very rushed, it could have done with another chapter or so to round things off better
Mary Reed
Feb 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A cute little book about love and family. Loved the main characters and except for Zinnia. Loved the ending.
Kyla Daniels
Apr 07, 2021 rated it liked it
I liked this book overall but the ending felt rushed and abrupt.
Mar 14, 2017 rated it liked it
This was a light, quick, cute read. A little bit predictable but overall I enjoyed it and breezed through it in two nights. (Definitely lost track of time. ;) )
Arlena Dean

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"Rita Jansen is living her dream as a hairstylist in Hollywood when her father calls with news that her mother has suffered a stroke. When she gets home to Chicago, Rita finds her mother is healing but facing a long recovery. Worse, without being able to run their family-owned salon, her mother could lose the business. Rita decides to help, but she only has until Valentine's Day to come up with a plan.
As Rita takes her mother's place at work, the nearby skating rink she love
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
Just when Rita Jansen thinks she finally has the perfect life all figured out, tragedy strikes with one phone call from her dad. Her mother has had a stroke and they aren't sure if she will recover but it doesn't look good. Now she will leave her life as a hair stylist in Beverly Hills to face the cold winter of Chicago to help her mother for the next two weeks. Her passion for hair began working with her mother at her salon Hair and Now, and it was her mother who funded the money to send her to ...more
Valerie (Val's Vicinity)
Sep 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
If cute stories are your thing, then this one will likely tickle your fancy. It leans a bit more towards "sweet" rather than realistic, but not overly so. While there are obstacles and various situations for Rita to overcome, most of the story just has a slightly candy-coated atmosphere; slightly more sweet than actual reality. It's light and generally entertaining, and the semi-short length (15 chapters) makes it a great weekend read.

I liked Rita fairly well, and even though I found it slightly
Lisa Johnson
Jan 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Title: Love Gently Falling
Author: Melody Carlson
Pages: 160
Year: 2015
Publisher: Center Street
Melody Carlson shares a tale with readers about a young woman who works hard and looks like she has achieved success, so why does Rita still feel empty? Then Rita receives a call that her mother in Chicago is in the hospital. With the help of a roommate, travel plans are made and by that evening Rita is back in the cold of Chicago from her warm California condo. What starts as a hard couple of days concer
Gina Hott
Dec 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
“We know that for those who love God all things work together for good”
The plaque has been on her mother’s fridge for as long as Rita Jansen can remember. She knows that this is a good and reliable promise, but she also knows that God never says how long we’ll need to wait for the good. In recent years, her brother was hurt on the playing field and lost his scholarship, her father lost his lucrative career and is making do with a low paying job, and now, Rita is racing from her Southern Californ
3.5. Rita rushes home from California to Chicago after her mom has a stroke; romance ensues with a high school friend who cleans her mom's salon. I found the characters more likable than in Winter's Heart, which was a relief. I didn't really like how Rita didn't like Johnny until she found he was a business owner, but watching them fix up the salon was fun. Also, ice skating. I wasn't thrilled with the ending--it was very abrupt, and I didn't really feel good about Rita's plan after how good her ...more
Kathleen E.
Feb 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Friday, February 6, 2015
Love Gently Falling by Melody Carlson, © 2015

Melody Carlson has been a favorite author of mine since reading her Back Home Again, the first book in the Grace Chapel Inn bed-and-breakfast series, and then on to her stand-alones. I like that she writes wholesome stories for a wide variety of age groups.

Love Gently Falling is a novella, shorter than Melody's novels, but just as absorbing. Rita Jansen is flexible and organized at the same time. In the opening, I like how she
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Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of over two hundred books, several of them Christmas novellas from Revell, including her much-loved and bestselling book, The Christmas Bus.

She also writes many teen books, including the Diary of a Teenage Girl series, the TrueColors series, and the Carter House Girls series.

Melody was nominated for a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in the inspi

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