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Before We Fell

(Love in the Heartland #4)

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  315 ratings  ·  88 reviews
Before Well Fell is book four in the Love In the Heartland Series, but is a complete standalone with all new characters.

This is not just a romance. It's not only a love story.
It's a beautiful, twisting, epic journey of love, redemption, and healing and I can not WAIT for you to learn more!

Before We Fell

For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. The horror
342 pages
Published April 9th 2019
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Beneath The Covers Blog
Apr 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kelly, arcs, 2019-reads
This story is emotional. It’s heartbreaking and full of pain and suffering. But it’s also passionate and tender, with dreamy and inspiring moments of love and happiness. This book makes you FEEL. Period.

Although Before We Fell is part of the Love in the Heartland series, it can be read as a standalone.

Stacey Lynn has become a go-to author for me. Her stories are beautifully layered with complexity that makes the story lines unique and captivating. Before We Fell is just another example of the au
Nadine Bookaholic
This book had me going through tissues like there was no tomorrow!!!! Gut wrenching sobs overtook me at times where I had to put the book down and gather myself, but then there were times that this book was so hot I was grabbing a cold glass of water to cool off. To say my emotions ran the gambit would be an understatement.

Noah's life is changed when his sister and brother-in-law are killed and he is given custody of his young niece, Riley. Riley was the only witness to her parents murder and i
Cassidy (cassidyreads)
Mar 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Stacey Lynn for this opportunity! I have read a few Stacey Lynn books, and I really enjoy her writing style and books. This story followed Lauren and Noah who we so absolutely adorable! Lauren was the sweet, teacher who had the biggest heart and deserved to be happy. Noah is the “jerk” who thought he was living the life, until he had to take custody of his eigh year old niece Rylie. I really felt for Rylie, she was the cutest littl ...more
Apr 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2019
Rating: 2.5, rounded up because I generally like the author

I enjoyed this book for the most part. The pain and suffering that Noah, Riley, and even Lauren feel literally brought tears to my eyes. Even though I'd guessed the "curveball" very early on, and how it pertained to Riley's silence, I thought the writing was well done and the story compelling. Riley was well written, which I find a lot of authors have difficulty handling with young characters. Though sometimes she did come across as youn
Sissy's Romance Book Review
Before We Fell by Stacey Lynn is book 4 in the Love In The Heartland Series. This is the story of Noah Wilkes and Lauren Frazier. I have read the previous book (and loved it!) but feel you can make this a standalone book. Noah was a hot shot lawyer in the city but after the death of his sister and brother-in-law he has inherited his nice, Riley. Noah has choose to leave it all behind and head back to his hometown of Carlton to be near his parents in addition to raising his daughter. So besides t ...more
Valeen Robertson (Live Thru Books Blog)

When big-time defense attorney, Noah, is given custody of his young niece after her parents are killed in front of her, both their lives are irrevocably changed. Thanks to a therapist's advice, he moves Riley and himself back to the small hometown he had left years before, so that his parents can help out with Riley's care. But, coming back home hasn't seemed to help Riley any. If anything, she's even more withdrawn, even more sullen, and no one can seem to reach her. Until a very special teache
Sheila'S Book Corner
Take a bow Stacey Lynn. You so deserve it. This book was so so Beautiful...

Before We Fall will instantly, from the moment you start the Prologue, it will have your undiveded attention. Also it will definitely give you the feel of a certain movie but its absolutely nothing like it.

Noah, Lauren's and Riley's story is nothing like the movie that comes to mind. Its so much more. It's damn Heartbreaking, it sad, you will definit
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was one heart breaking book. My poor babygirl Riley. The pain and fear expressed in this little girl broke my heart. Lauren the saving grace brought a shine and spark to the dim and gllom of both her and Noah. The progression was steady but uplifting. I was torn and hoping from beginning to end. Stacey gutted me, broke me, but somehow found a way to but me back together.

This was a wonderful read.
Happily Mary After
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-april
Sexy, emotional and heartfelt. Before We Fell sticks with you long after finishing it. Full rec on Frolic to follow soon.
Misty (Reds Romance Reviews)
In the blink of an eye Noah Wilkes's entire life came crashing down around him, he went from being a big city lawyer to an instant parent of his niece. He had no idea where to even begin, court room dilemmas he can handle, but daily routines and caring for a child was completely overwhelming. So he left his job and the big city behind, and moved a little closer to home and his parents, hoping his mother could help steer him in the right direction. But he never expected it to steer him a little c ...more
Renee Entress
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5 star

I was pulled right into this story. The story has laughs, pain, secrets, and heartbreak.

This is Lauren and Noah’s story. Lauren meets Noah when he moves back to town in order to take care if his niece. She is his niece’s teacher. She gets her to smile ad open up a little when Noah could not. He is not happy about it but will do anything for his niece. But the more he is around Lauren the more he is drawn to her. She is also doing great things for his family. With his family going though s
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
***ARC Provided by the Author***

Noah and Lauren's story is hard, I think, to review without spoilers.So, this is going to be a short review.

It's heartbreaking, it's emotional, it has some tender moments, some steamy ones, and some that make you feel not only for the characters but for the pain they are causing for themselves by their choices...however, you also understand the reasons for those choices, the reasons that they aren't able to just say "ok" and to walk away, or to ignore what they h
Danielle S.
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Before We Fell made me cry. Yup, that's, "The Darkness" as my bestie has tagged me because I have no emotions, no soul, a dark heart (you get the picture).

While it wasn't an ugly cry, I did cry none the less. For exactly 6 minutes, 37 seconds (yes I timed it). Once you all read this, you'll know which scene I'm referring to too.

Lauren Frazier is a school teacher and she LOVES her job. The new school year brought a child into her life that just threw her whole world into a tailspin. R
Mar 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm so happy to receive another ARC from Ms. Stacey Lynn. She's one of my go-to authors when I want to read a feel-good romance.

This is the story of a hot-shot lawyer named Noah Wilkes whose life was upended by a devastating tragedy. He up and left his big city job and his fancy lifestyle to go back to his hometown of Carlton to raise his niece Riley... and here comes sassy but sweet grade school teacher in the form of Lauren Frazier, who also happens to be his backyard neighbor as well.

Lauren d
This is the first book I've read by Stacey Lynn. Noah makes a sympathetic hero straight from the start. Lauren is a strong heroine who has put her past in the rearview mirror. When they first meet, they can't stand each other, but the universe throws them together. I love how they interact with each other, and you can just tell that they are made for each other. Their personalities balance each other out, and you are rooting for them almost from the start. This was a very enjoyable read.

Gina Meier
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What an ugly cry I had while reading this book. Lauren is kind of a lost soul while trying to make her way in a small town. Noah is/was a hardcore attorney who just became and instant dad. Noah is now raising his sisters child Riley. Riley attends school and Lauren is her teacher. Noah is having a hard time and so is Riley with things that have happened in her past. Lauren isn't sure if she wants to break the rules and date a parent but technically he isn't a parent. These two go back forth at e ...more
4.5 🌟
Loved it
Jamie Rhodes
Apr 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Good solid story. I loved Lauren, but I cannot say the same for Noah. I never really connected with him at all. I thought he was a jerk. The storyline is solid, and I can't put my finger on why I gave it 4 stars over 5. Lots of angst and some twists. Dual point of view. No cliffhanger. ...more
Dora Ruiz Davalos Books and Tequila Blog
#4.5 Stars!
If you love to read emotional and heart-wrenching romance then look no further than Before We Fell, a Standalone, and the fourth book in the Love in the Heartland series. This is a-box-of-Kleenex-by-your-side read, so be prepared to cry a little (or if you’re like me, a lot) over this poignant love story. There’s a big jaw dropping surprise in the plotline and it had me shaking with anger and helplessness when it was revealed, devastated over the aftermath left in its wake. But it
J.E. Benoit
Apr 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Reviewed on behalf of The Book Boyfriend Addict. A complimentary copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.

It didn’t matter that he was sexy. It didn’t matter that when I sat in his living room and spent hours talking to him, I’d felt completely pulled to him.
He was completely off-limits. And I had to remember that.

The first time Noah Wilkes walked into Lauren Frazier’s classroom she was taken with the handsome hot-shot, big city lawyer but his anger and his rudeness overshadowed a
Books With
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it

My honest review & opinion

* This review will be short and sweet because k don’t want to spoil the story for the ones who have not read it yet.


For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. The horror that rocked my small town last winter also brought Noah Wilkes into my life. The first almost broke all of us, but the second changed everything.

He stomped into my classroom all angry scowls and rudeness, the big-shot lawyer who was al
Cheryl O'Harney
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Title: Before We Fell
Author: Stacey Lynn
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

ARC received in return for an honest review.

After the tragic death of his sister and brother-in-law, hot shot, city lawyer Noah finds himself becoming the legal guardian of Riley his eight year old niece. Being thrust into the role of fatherhood Noah decides to move back to his hometown of Carlton to be nearer his parents whilst he adapts to raising Riley. Grade school teacher Lauren notices her new student Ril
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Noah's world shatters in one night. Going from a highly successful, sexy single lawyer with no worries in the world, to caregiver and lonely the next. After the murder of his sister and her husband, Noah gains the guardianship of his sweet dear niece, Riley. A niece who is distraught having born witness to the murder of her parents.

Noah decides to give up his life and move back home to the small town he grew up in, so that he could provide a stable life for Riley and be close to his parents. But
Jennifer Pierson
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
HOLY HELL THIS STORY WAS SO AMAZING! Noah Wilkes was a hot shot attorney in the big city until tragedy struck his family, and when he's given custody of his young niece, Riley, he decides to move back home to be near his parents. See, Riley's parents were murdered in front of her, with her being the only witness, so he needed the extra help, as it scarred her badly. Lauren is Riley's teacher, and when she gets Riley in her class, Riley won't talk, or interact with anyone, so Lauren is trying to ...more
Natasha Mahadeo
Take a bow Stacey Lynn. You so deserve it. This book was so so Beautiful...

Before We Fall will instantly, from the moment you start the Prologue, it will have your undiveded attention. Also it will definitely give you the feel of a certain movie but its absolutely nothing like it.

Noah, Lauren's and Riley's story is nothing like the movie that comes to mind. Its so much more. It's damn Heartbreaking, it sad, you will definit
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019reads
I liked this small town series, interesting characters and nice townsfolk. Noah was a hotshot lawyer until his life did a 180 and Ruley came into his care. Moving home to Carlton a small town he grew up in to give her normalcy. He gave up a lot for her and though he felt reluctance at first and not sure if he could do it. For him career was everything so he held lots if anger and confusion. Riley is closed off at first and numb after the events that shook her life. Her teacher Lauren cares a lot ...more
Randa Knight
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'm always hesitant when I'm given an ARC smack in the middle or end of a series. Thankfully, this didn't have the same feel as a normative series novel. To be honest, had it not been for one line at the beginning of the novel, I would've known it was a part of a series. Each character was beautifully developed and impactful. There were even a few moments where I cried with and for the characters.
Noah Wilkes life changed in a flash. One moment he's a high profile defense attorney in St. Louis a
Cee Cee Houston
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I laughed, I swooned and OMG, I cried. What started as a hot single Uncle story turned into quite an emotional and heartrending tale.
Noah Wilkes has been left to raise his sister and brother-in-law’s daughter , Riley, in the aftermath of their murder. Noah was the happy-go-lucky guy who lived life to the fullest and had his share of throwaway companions. After moving back home with his young niece, he struggles to find balance but when he meets Riley’s teacher it’s lust at first sight, although
PP's Bookshelf
Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Stacey Lynn knows how to make me feel. She knows which words to use in which situation to bring out the deepest emotions. Before We Fell was exactly that. The swoony feelings, the heartbreaking feelings and the loving feelings all came out perfectly. Just perfectly.

Noah was a hot shot lawyer who was living a grand life and it shatters in one night. His sister and her husband is killed by a random guy. And their daughter Riley is in Noah's custody now. He leaves everything and moves to Carlton ne
Lisa Marie ~ Words We Love By
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Noah Wilkes is a powerful criminal lawyer in St Louis. He is successful, handsome ~ a player, no responsibilities beyond his job. So it's a huge adjustment when he becomes the guardian to his niece, Riley, after his sister and brother in law are killed in front of the 8-year-old.  Lauren is a second-grade teacher and is heartbroken over her quiet new student, Riley.  In a bid to better relate to her student, Lauren meets with Noah.  The two are instantly drawn to each other, but a teacher involv ...more
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Stacey Lynn likes her coffee with a dash of sugar, her heroes with a side of bossy, and her wine a deep shade of red.

The author of over thirty romance novels, many of which have been best-selling titles on Amazon, AppleBooks, and Barnes & Noble.

Born in Texas and raised in the Midwest, she now makes her home in North Carolina and loves all things Southern. Together with her ultimate tall, dark, a

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