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3.46  ·  Rating details ·  13,960 ratings  ·  1,656 reviews
The New York Times bestselling author of The Beach House, Jemima J, and Summer Secrets presents a novel about the pleasure and meaning of finding a home—and family—where you least expect them...
When Emma Montague left the strict confines of upper-crust British life for New York, she felt sure it would make her happy. Away from her parents and expectations, she felt libe
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published July 19th 2016 by Berkley (first published July 14th 2016)
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Kristine Avila I also agree. Kept waiting for characters to develop more. And then right before the end was totally disappointed with the "twist"...
I also agree. Kept waiting for characters to develop more. And then right before the end was totally disappointed with the "twist"...
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Apr 11, 2016 rated it did not like it
This one definitely takes the cake for the most disappointing book I’ve read this year. After my love for Summer Secrets, I was dying to get my hands on this one. Maybe it’s my fault and completely unfair to Jane Green that I went in expecting a similar experience but what happened? How did the same author write this shallow story?

There are so many things I could rant about - the boring mundane details (enough with the sisal rugs!), the plot points that were conveniently thrown in to keep the st
Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
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Vishnu Chevli
Falling by Jane Green is a warm romance novel. It is kind of a book that one can enjoy in cold winter near a fireplace, with warm coffee and blanket. This book has soft, calm and comforting vibes in it.

This story is about an English woman Emma Montague who is an ex-banker. She was in her twenties and left banking to live happy and comforting life in the town of Westport. In Westport, she tried to figure out what she wanted to do in life. She rented a cottage from a Dominic who is hunky, handsome
May 31, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: hated-it, netgalley
That one star should be a no star.
Thanks to NetGalley for laying this one in my lap for an honest review!

Wow. I started writing my review when I was roughly 80% finished (I should really stop doing this). I'd given it 3 stars, and my main critique was that it wreaked of insta-love and late-comer plotlines (LOL IF I HAD ONLY KNOWN). I also went on a bit of a rant about the heinous "love is kindness" tale that repeated throughout the book. I'm not kidding. Emma reads the quote in a magazine somew
Falling is a standalone, women's fiction novel written by author Jane Green. This book has been promoted as many things: an "epic love story", a personal story based on Ms. Green's current relationship, and a study of relationships. The third is the most accurate in my opinion. Ms. Green is fully capable of delivering an epic love story but this is not it, and it appears the only element that is based on her personal relationship is how she met her current husband. In Ms. Green's defense, she
Apr 15, 2016 rated it liked it
Every time Jane Green comes out with a new book, I think to myself, "Maybe this time it'll be like when I read Jemima J." Because I really loved that book...

Alas, Falling one did not quite reach that pedestal. I enjoyed this story. Really, I did. It kept me engaged, and I finished it in two days. However, I wanted there to be MORE somehow...more chemistry between the main characters (it seemed a little too "insta-love" for me), more drama (problems that DID arise were resolved too quickly and ne
Apr 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
BEST JANE GREEN BOOK YET. It may be hard to believe that Jane has written a better book than her others but in Falling, she has. I read it in 12 hours straight.

It is a lyrical love story- sweet, imperfect but perfect none the less.
It is so hard to review this book without spoilers but I refuse to spoil it for you.

Falling MUST be a movie as Dominic is a gorgeous and amazing male protagonist. I was in love with him by Chapter 3.

The book really is about the different kinds of love and family- wha
Apr 11, 2016 rated it did not like it
It pains me to give one of my favorite authors a one-star review. I almost set this aside as a DNF, but ended up skim-reading the last 1/3 to see if it ever got better. It didn't. This book was a huge disappointment.

There was no chemistry at all between the main characters; the relationship was completely unbelievable and was some sort of instant love thing that did not ring true at all. Dominic was said to be a devoted dad, but he was incredibly careless with his son (leaving him with people at
♡ Kim ♡
Apr 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, i-own, giveaway-wins
Wow - this one is full of emotion! I did feel parts were rushed, but I still enjoyed it. I even had to stop reading to make a sugar sandwich, as I never heard of this before and simply felt the need to try it! Overall, my heart was definitely in this book!
Jul 30, 2016 rated it it was ok
I have just finished Jane Green’s latest book Falling, and I’m baffled and confused. Why? Well, I can’t actually tell you that because SPOILER ALERT. But suffice to say, a book that I was actually really, really enjoying, actually kind of lost me. And for those who say, “Surely the ending of a book can’t ruin a book for you,” have clearly never read a book before. Anything can ruin a book, and in this case, the ending made me want to hurl it against a wall with as much force as I could muster. I ...more
Nov 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, drama, chiclit
Gosh, I am surprised by some of the so so reviews for this book. I really liked it. I liked Emma and her decision to leave the rat race and find a more simple happiness in the suburbs. I really connected to the scene when Dominic tells her he loves her and suddenly the ex appears. Emma goes on a downward spiral where she questions herself, her relationship and the fact that she opened herself up to love. This is a story I have read before but I still enjoyed Jane Green's telling. I really liked ...more
Apr 06, 2016 rated it did not like it
This is the book version of City of Angels, which upset me so much that I used to loudly talk about it in Blockbuster. I'm going to do the same here. Most of the book is about Emma and Dominic, an unlikely couple who fall in love. There's lots of annoying repetition as we're hit over the head with how much they love each other and how special their love is. Then tragedy hits and it feels like a Nicholas Sparks movie (after Nights in Rodanthe I vowed to never watch one again). The "ending" is abr ...more
Beth Berk
Apr 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Stop what you are reading and pick this up.

Jane Green had me from the first page. She can tell a story without the reader realizing that they're not IN the story with the characters.

Falling took me on a roller coaster - I kept expecting something to happen, and when I was ready to turn left, she took me on a complete U-turn. It's a story of love, loss and acceptance but it could happen to any one of us.

I've read almost all of Ms. Green's books, and this one is just.... different. It's a "grown
Apr 29, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
Why I disliked this book: It is proving very difficult indeed to find a feelgood love story that is also decently written. Jane Green's writing here is flat and poor throughout. An unreasonable amount of interior design lingo made me sigh a lot. Above all, I was angry at the apparent lack of effort to build a proper structure for the plot, which could have been entertaining enough otherwise. But the expected tear-jerking twist at the very end leads to an off-handed ending that takes up only a fe ...more
Judy D Collins
Jane Green returns following Summer Secrets (2015) with her latest, FALLING a story of two people from different walks of life, and an unexpected bond with a child.

A wide range of reviews for this one. Straightaway, getting right to my feelings about this book, versus an overview. I had not planned on writing a review-not a fan of giving bad reviews; however, many of my Goodreads’ friends have asked for my brutal honest opinion. Here it goes:

Falling fell for me. I have read ten Jane Green
Jan 22, 2017 marked it as did-not-finish
I tried. I really tried. But this book is awful! I made it thru the looong boring monologue but when I came to almost the end and it looked like the most boring couple in fiction was about to come to a bad end? I finally gave up and just said, "nope." The continuity was terrible. The whereabouts of the kid changed from paragraph to paragraph. A six year old runs around with no supervision and a 'caring' father goes looking for him hours later. The only thing that kept me going with it as long as ...more
Apr 08, 2016 rated it it was ok
Jane Green is one of my favorite authors; has been for many years. So it pains me to say that I did not like Falling, especially because I pre-ordered a hardback and that wasn't cheap.

I don't want to put too much effort into this, because I honestly put too much effort into finishing the book. I've made a list of why I didn't like Falling:

—It was fairly boring. Look, I wasn't expecting a car chase through the streets of Manhattan or a plot to pull off a coup, but this had to be one of the quiet
Sheyla ✎
Apr 12, 2016 rated it really liked it

"The best things in life always finds us when we're not looking for them."

I think Jane Green just broke me. I haven't felt this way after reading a book in a long time.

This story is full of heartbreak and I couldn't stop sobbing. The end for me was bittersweet. I do believe Jane Green is a spectacular storyteller. Her characters always feel real to me, someone you could know or would be glad to meet. Emma and Dominic were not any different.

Falling features Emma Montague. A British woman who
Tanya (Girl Plus Books)

Once upon a time, long long ago (in 2001), I came across a book called Jemima J. At the time a new genre was all the rage - a little thing called Chick Lit. And I was gobbling it up. Specifically Brit Chick Lit. And when I saw Jemima J and read the synopsis I knew I would love it. And love it I did. It remains very dear and meaningful to me. And in the years that followed I read everything Jane Green wrote. But then a darkness fell over the land and things began to change...

Looking bac
Jun 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved the books Jane Green wrote in the early 2000s, and this one really harked back to them. Half the fun is that she describes outfits and home decor in such detail that you can imagine everything so vividly. She uses her words to paint a glossy, beautiful, magazine world. In this way, she sometimes reminds me of a more modern-day Rosamunde Pilcher. I couldn't put this one down!
Bethany Clark
May 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Jane Green has done it again! Amazing! Breathtakingly beautiful and earth shattering sad all rolled into one truly amazing read. You will need your Kleenex ready and waiting.

Emma Montague was brought up within the ffy uppercase of England. She decided then that
more to life than what she was experiencing and takes off to America. NYC is where it's at and she loves the hustle and bustle of being in the of the world of banking.

Then one day she changes her mind and decides to leave the craziness tha
Jenny (Reading Envy)
A quick listen, what I thought was a romance but kind of morphs into more of a "television for women" kind of story. Which is great if that's what you're looking for. I wanted something mindless to have in my ears while I worked on a tedious web project so it worked well for that. The characters at one point eat sugar sandwiches, and that's a pretty good metaphor.

Thanks to the publisher for providing early access to the audio.
May 24, 2016 rated it it was ok
Emma Montague is an Englishwoman living in the U.S. She left behind her parents as soon as she could: feeling trapped by her mother's snobbery and outgoing personality, so different from Emma's quiet and introverted self. But life in the high-powered banking world in New York City isn't exactly for Emma either. She finds everyone so false: women who only care about clothes and finding a man, too many nights at bars, and pressure to use dating apps. Her one long-term relationship winds up nowhere ...more
Jessica Galvin
Jul 27, 2016 rated it it was ok
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Erika Robuck
Apr 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Summer is that delicious time when I dip into the pile of contemporary novels I neglect for historical fiction the other seasons of the year. I have been a long-time fan of Jane Green, and I couldn’t wait to read FALLING: A LOVE STORY. This is her 18th novel, and it might be her best.

What I had hoped would be a romance was, and much more. FALLING is a story of faith: a woman takes a risk to create the life she always thought she wanted, and finds much more in the process. It is a family drama th
Nicole Sampson
Apr 13, 2016 rated it it was ok
I received an advanced copy as part of a Goodreads Giveaway. I really love Jane Green, but this was not my favorite. The story of the unlikely couple who fall in love just didn't work for me. It was not believable and I just didn't really feel the chemistry. The tragic event that occurs happens like 95% into the book and the resolution is in like one chapter almost as a post-script. I would have rather read more about the resolution to the tragic event than the chapters related to all of the cha ...more
May 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
I have read several of Jane Green's books(though it's been a while) and pretty much knew what I was getting into when I requested this book. And yes, I got it. A great story with great characters. And yes, you will need tissues.

There were several times when I tried to tell the characters not to do certain things, but they just didn't listen. They just went ahead and did what they wanted to do. Ugh!

However, I found the book entertaining, enjoyable, fun and recommendable.

Thanks Berkley and Net Gal
Jan 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Classic Jane Green in the best way. This needs to be a movie STAT!
Sep 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: library-ebook
Just okay, a lot of questions about the legalities of the last bit, no real connection between the two main characters, slightly boring.
Dec 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
4 1/2 stars! I thought I had a favorite Jane Green book before, but this is now it. I loved it. I felt so many emotions as I finished it last night that I don't even know how to express them in words. The story flowed easily and seamlessly that I didn't want to put it down. The love I felt for all the characters was strong enough to get quite emotionally involved. I cannot wait for July so the rest of the world can read it and I can discuss it with everyone. Thank you to Goodreads and Penguin Ra ...more
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Jane Green's eighteenth novel, Falling, is soon to be released with Berkley/Penguin; she is the author of sixteen previous New York Times Bestselling novels, and known as one of the world's leading authors in women's fiction, with over ten million books in print, and translations in over 25 languages.

Previous novels have included The Beach House, Second Chance, Jemima J, and Tempting Fate.

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