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Free Fall

(Fly Me to the Moon #5)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  130 ratings  ·  33 reviews
Houston, Texas, 1965

When an accident rocks the American Space Department, threatening the race to the moon, the agency wants to eliminate distractions, including those in the bedroom.

Astronaut Dean Garland, on track to become the first man to walk in space, is fine with that. Except the directive comes too late to prevent the biggest distraction of all: Vivian Muller… Ga
Published (first published May 27th 2018)
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Briar's Reviews
Free Fall by Emma Barry is one of the sweetest, feel good books of the year!

Thank you to Tamsen Parker who suggested I pick up books by Emma Barry! I can't thank her enough, because Emma's writing is beautiful and matches perfectly with my reading style.

Free Fall is about Dean and Vivian, an astronaut and the daughter of of a wealthy businessman, who happen to find themselves in a sticky situation. They are expecting a baby and they have to get married to "set things right". This story follows t
Anne Boleyn's Ghost
3.5 stars.

I love this series. Smarts and sex, ambition and daring, glitz and glamour amid the 1960s space race. What's not to love? Alas, Free Fall wasn't my favorite installment.

The "surprise baby and shotgun marriage" trope is hit-or-miss for me (not to mention that as someone who experienced "all day sickness" well into my second trimester, I can't relate to the heroines being perpetually aroused during said pregnancies, but more power to them). So I was a bit skeptical concerning the marriag
Maria Rose
Free Fall by Emma Barry and Genevieve Turner is the latest romance in the author duo’s Fly Me to the Moon series. It’s set in the early days of the space race between the Americans and the Soviets. With a fascinating mix of fact and fiction and emotionally engaging characters, it’s a series not to be missed. Each story reads well as a standalone with a compelling romance amid the successes and failures of various missions.

When astronaut Dean Garland meets Vivian Muller at a party, their one nigh
Kay (aka) Miss Bates
Gah, I love this series. Barry-and-Turner do such a great job of infusing it with all the fun stuff of the American 60s. And none of the terrible tragedy or cataclysmic changes: it's not that they're not aware or that it doesn't linger, or hang over the narrative, like the women's movement. They manage to write in a comic mode that still makes the historical period believable.

MoC is my favourite trope so I was already pretty much sold on this novel. I loved it even more than I thought I would.
Brandy Painter
This was perfectly wonderful and charming. I enjoyed both Vivy and Dean as characters. This is a lighter book in tone overall than some of the more recent ones in the series, but it still has tremendous depth and good character development. I like Vivy's vast interests and her connections with the women in her life: her old bonds with her sorority sisters and her new ones with the astronaut wives. Dean is very much the strong silent type, and the struggle he has with reconciling that with his vi ...more
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2018
Loved this.

While it's not a marriage of convenience, the book has a lot of the staples that make that trope so good for me, especially because Vivy and Dean are trying to live without sex.

I adored Vivy. She was so much herself, and I loved that about her. The romance and chemistry between her and Dean was excellent.
Cathy Geha
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Free Fall by Genevieve Turner & Emma Barry
Fly Me To The Moon #6

Vivian “Vivy” Muller’s laugh drew Major Dean Garland to her side at a party they both were invited to. With little ado they made their escape only to find themselves soon wed to one another as a result of that one night they spent together. Vivy, a wealthy sorority girl, juggles being a student and an astronaut’s wife as she gets to know the quiet man she is married to. Dean finds that the home Vivy has created and her chatter provid
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Looking at the description of this, I wasn't sure I was going to like it, because a hookup leading to a pregnancy and marriage of convenience is absolutely not my trope. However, this was actually really consistently adorable. Vivy's so thoroughly charming, living how she wants without regrets. It's amazing how little she judges herself for what she's done, even with the obvious consequences; she's not quite a Pollyanna, but she does always try to focus on making the best of things. Dean, meanwh ...more
Aug 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was charming, this series is charming. I really liked Vivy and Dean and all their contrasts. I sort of love that they had to bond without sex, even though I fully felt both of them on their frustration.

I like these books so damn much.
Aug 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in2018
I thought I was in a place where I was annoyed with stupid dudes who don't talk, but I think getting Dean's POV helped mitigate that a lot.
Sep 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Very fun to read a historical romance from the 1960s as a change!
Jul 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
Gretchen Alice
Jul 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As always, I cannot recommend this series enough. This romance set in the Space Race era in Houston combines fascinating characters with a genuine love for space and science. Free Fall places a stoic astronaut into a shotgun marriage with a vivacious sorority girl whose daddy runs the company that makes the space suits. Dean and Vivy are mostly opposites (with intense chemistry, of course) and when she gets unexpectedly pregnant, there's only one thing for them to do. Getting hitched is only the ...more
Aug 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: on-kindle, read-2018
But she checked with her body, and it turned out she couldn't find her good sense. She must have left it in her other handbag.
Which somehow Dean knew, because he said, "I live down the street. Let me show you my telescope."

These two KIDS seriously! :D No but I adore this series and this book is no exception. It's very much Dean and Vivy's book and they're just not up there at the top of the list (that's Charlie and Parsons fyi) of Characters I'm Interested In (I mean Obsessed With). Every book i
Oh, boy.

There was no problem here, don't get me wrong. This was witty and clever and lovely, but just not my catnip at all. I caught myself looking for the other characters in the scenes and loving when Parsons and Jeffries came to the podium. Somehow Vivy and Dean, while being wonderful characters, could not focus my attention as much as the others did in the previous novels.

Shoutout to the scene where Carruthers gets injured, it was great portrayal with bringing in poetry.

P.s.: I know we stil
Aug 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Joint review with Jayne at Dear Author.
The Barry/Turner writing partnership continues to produce well-researched romance novels that are completely unlike any other historical romance novel I’ve encountered. Unlike most other historical romance series, these books provide a great sense of the cultural changes occurring, and nowhere more starkly than Free Fall. While both Star Dust and Earth Bound feel pretty strongly rooted in the 1950s in the heroine’s outlook on their situations, Free Fall is the first book where the culture of the ...more
Nov 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rating: 5 stars
What I Liked: What a lovely, warm little book! I really enjoyed reading this and I think it’s exactly the kind of thing I would reread if I wanted cheering up. It was also just the right length to me - the story did what it needed to, and I think if it had been any longer it would have ruined it. As such, the pacing is great too.
The writing is absolutely gorgeous - it’s funny in places with some lovely bits of description. The pitching of the emotions is perfect. (view spoiler)
Feb 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm loving this series. The authors have done a great job of creating the atmosphere of this time period. Right now, I'm reading a contemporary romance, and I am just wanting to finish so I can be back in the Fly Me to the Moon series ASAP.

For some reason, I missed the fact that Dean is shy at the beginning of the book. He seemed about as outwardly unsentimental as men of the time were expected to be, but his shyness and reserve became more clear in the second half of the book. This might be bec
Aug 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another great, fun read in the "Fly Me to the Moon" series. This one features socialite and sorority girl Vivian Muller and her shotgun marriage to astronaut Dean Garland. This was a well-written romance but to me it lacked some of the complexity of other books in the series, especially "Earth Bound." That is, Viv was 10 years younger than her husband, a bit insecure, and she goes into her marriage with boundless enthusiasm and confidence, and that rang a little hollow to me. I did like how Barr ...more
Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this series!

I have spent the last three days reading all the books in this wonderful series. The characters are so real and the situations so plausible that you sometimes have to remind yourself that this is fiction, although based on events in the real world. I hope the authors keep the books coming. For those of us who lived through the race to the moon the series is a reminder of different times, when being patriotic was a virtue. For younger readers the authors have provided a pretty
Ollie Z Book Minx
Hmmm. Great character work, at least in terms of how they’re drawn. Vivy is as bright and vibrant as she’s described. Less so in terms of arc. Same with the central conflict. Built gorgeously but not really taken anywhere. I’m also uncomfortable with the style of resolution. Yes, they both needed to grow up some and be better communicators but the deceit was one-sided and her concerns around paternalism from the men in her life were valid. She’s working on it with her dad but her husband said I ...more
Jan 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Didn't quite click with me as much as the rest of the series - possibly because it had been a while since I read the others and this one seemed to rely a lot on the reader knowing past characters and events - but I loved the portrayal of two people who have absolutely no idea how to relationship. Vivy felt very realistically young and, while experienced with dating and sex, new to the hard work parts of a marriage; it was easy to see how despite her general openness and candor she fell into awkw ...more
Sep 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
I don't usually write reviews but I really hope more people will read this book! I finished it in one night and an hour this morning.

Being the daughter of a NASA engineer who helped in the "Space Race" I was naturally drawn to this time period and story line. I loved the characters and how they worked on finding their own way together. It was totally worth the price (although I wish it was KU!) Give it a whirl I don't think you will regret it.
Aug 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another lovely book in this series.
MB (What she read)
Aug 06, 2018 marked it as to-read
Nice review here: This is the couple from "A Midnight Feast". ...more
Aug 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Sweet addition to the series.
I love the sixties as setting. Quick read.
Lauri Yanis
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
Fluff, easy to read but not really worth the investment of time.
A great addition to this series. I loved Vivian and even though this wasn't my favorite romance in the series, it was still a fun, interesting read. ...more
Jun 03, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 rounded down.
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Emma Barry is a teacher, novelist, recovering academic, and former political staffer. She lives with her high school sweetheart and a menagerie of pets and children in Virginia, and she occasionally finds time to read and write.

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