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Love Gently Falling

(Valentine's Day)

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  213 ratings  ·  55 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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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
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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 y
Cathy Daniel
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!!
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.
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
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.
John Monaghan
Feb 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Well written romance.
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.
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely positively sweet. You should read it!
Jul 14, 2017 rated it did not like it
I read readers digest large type
2017 # 1 (almost worthless)
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. ;) )

Book Description....

"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
Mar 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
LOVE Gently Falling

It's difficult when a loved one gets sick, has an accident or medical trauma but when you live more than halfway across the country it hits you In The pit of your stomach until you can get there yourself and see them yourself. This is what happens to a successful Beverly Hills hairsylist, Rita Jensen. Her dad calls with the news that Rita's mom, Donna (also a hairstylist) has suffered a stroke. Rita's roommate quickly makes travel arrangements, and Rita is off for Chicago taki
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
Sandra Stiles
Feb 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adult, romance
I received a book to facilitate my review. The opinions expressed here are my own.

Rita's love of hairstyling started in her mom's salon. Her mom paid her way through one of the best beauty schools in California. Now Rita has a job she loves with some high-end clientele. When she receives a call from her father telling her that her mother has suffered a stroke she immediately flys home. She is surprised to find an old classmate there to pick her up. Johnny knows her family as Rita's mom is one of
Lisa Bentley
Nov 19, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley-books
Admittedly, I decided to read Love Gently Falling is because the front cover was misleading. I believed it to be a Christmas Story. It isn’t.

However, it was a surprisingly good novella; a novella that ticks all the boxes for a romantic story; a hot dude, a cute girl and a series of misleading information that may or may not lead the romantic leads to not get together in the end.

Ok, so it all seems rather bog standard but it is actually a lot more interesting than I have made it out to be.

So we h
Rita is fulfilling her dream of being a hairstylist in Hollywood when she gets a call that her mother has had a stroke. She rushes home to help her dad and brother take care of her mother. She also takes it upon herself to try to help out her mother's failing hair salon. Fighting the direct competition of another salon owned by a previous employee, Rita decides the salon needs a renovation. As she works to accomplish much in a short period of time, Rita is re-united with some school friends and ...more
Dec 21, 2014 rated it it was ok
* I received a copy of this book through the GoodReads First Reads Giveaway Program. *

I decided to start this book in the midst of a heat wave thinking that the Ice Skating depicted on the cover may cool me off....but it wasn't exactly what I was hoping for. This book was ok - it had some endearing parts, but it also had some stilted banter, a non-ending and some just odd parts.

I couldn't get into some of the characters, especially Rita and she was the main character. She came across as unfeelin
Jan 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Rita has to take a leave from her job working with stars and celebreties to return to Chicago until her mother’s health improves. While waiting for her mother to finish rehab, Rita is helping out at her mother’s hair salon.

Rita discovers that her mother’s business is in worse shape that her mother. While looking at some pictures of the salon’s early days and then while cleaning out the storage room there, Rita has a brainstorm. She comes up with a plan to revive the salon’s business before headi
Rachel Gilbey
Jan 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Center Street and Net Galley for a review copy of this book. This is my honest review.

Rita loves being a hairdresser to the stars in Hollywood, when she gets a phonecall from her dad, asking her to come home, as her mum has had a stroke.

Rita returns home, and has a chance to catch up with old friends, and through a series of misunderstandings, make some new ones too.

We get to see a lot of her mums recovery process from the stroke, and what really inspires her to improve, are Rita's
Jan 02, 2015 rated it liked it
Love Gently Falling is a love story - but not just a typical romance. In this wintery tale, Rita returns home from her west coast stint as a hairdresser to the stars. She learns to appreciate her family, finds the opportunity to strengthen an old friendship, and befriends a former classmate.

I liked that as the book progressed, Rita gradually changed her mindset from focusing on worldly and material bounty to appreciating relationships and lovingly serving others.

Johnny was a perfect gentleman,
Jan 03, 2016 rated it liked it

This story is sweet and it also shows the love of a family (a daughter , her sick mom , father and brother) Rita took leave from her job working in a salon which catered to starts and celebrity to go home and take care of her sick mother as well as her business which wasn't doing well.

From a lot of things which her Mom had stored over the years Rita was able to come up with a plan to revive the salon's before she had to return to her job. Which turned out to be a success. In the mean while she b
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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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