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Feels Like Falling

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  8,149 ratings  ·  1,044 reviews
It's summertime on the North Carolina coast and the livin' is easy. Unless, that is, you've just lost your mother to cancer, your sister to her extremist husband, and your husband to his executive assistant. Meet Gray Howard. Right when Gray could use a serious infusion of good karma in her life, she inadvertently gets a stranger, Diana Harrington, fired from her job at th ...more
Paperback, 389 pages
Published April 28th 2020 by Gallery Books
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Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
May 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: master-2
A shiny, new summer standalone from one of my favorite authors of summer reads? Yes, please! Set in my home state on none other than the Crystal Coast, a place I once called home? Absolutely, sign me up! I have a feeling I’ll lose you if I keep listing its strengths this way! 😂

I was honored to be asked by Goodreads to pick the book of summer, read or unread, and I chose Feels Like Falling a couple months back, before I picked it up. I’ve been reading Kristy Woodson Harvey’s books since her very
Katie B
Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

One of the things I liked about this novel was how friendship was such an important element of the story. This was a pretty light and easy read but I'll admit to tearing up a bit at one moment towards the end. This would have been fine if I was in the comfort of my home, but I was reading this book in a waiting room while my car was being serviced. Slightly embarrassing and hopefully the other people didn't notice. But hey, it's always pretty cool when a book can make you feel something
Larry H
May 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars.

Kristy Woodson Harvey's newest book, Feels Like Falling , is an utterly charming book about second chances, friendships, and the families we choose as well as those we’re born into.

“...even when the chips are down, life can change in an instant.”

Gray has worked hard to have it all—marriage, a strong family, and a multi-million-dollar company. But when it all starts to fall apart—her mother dies, her sister takes up with an extremist preacher, and her husband leaves her for another (
May 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Feels Like Falling is a fun southern fiction book that felt like a warm afternoon summer breeze for me. The read was charming and sweet, poignant and funny, and touched upon important issues such as family, friendship, forgiveness, and second chance romance

KWH brought us two women from the opposite ends of society whose unlikely friendship helped each other more than they can ever know. Gray Howard, CEO of her own company, was going through major loss. Her mother just passed away from cancer, h
Apr 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
A comfortable and relaxing read, perfect for fighting off the anxiety of the pandemic.

Gray Howard has just lost her mother to cancer, her sister to a evangelical husband, and her husband to his executive assistant. Then she inadvertently gets a stranger fired from her job at the local pharmacy. Things are just not going her way.

Diana Harrington’s summer isn’t off to the greatest start either: Hours before losing her job at the pharmacy, she broke up with her boyfriend and moved out of t
Laura • lauralovestoread
Apr 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was so happy to end the month with this book and I loved it so much! Feels Like Falling really is the perfect summer read. I loved the strong female characters and the overall uplifting vibe, guaranteed to transport you to the Carolina coast.

This makes the third book I’ve read by Kristy Woodson Harvey, and her writing and southern fiction stories keep me coming back for more!

*Thank you to the author and Gallery Books for this gifted copy for review
I'm mostly in the minority here--I liked this one, but didn't love it. I found it a little cheesy and trite, though the characters did grow on me. Full review to come. ...more
Apr 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Can I just tell you that if you’re a fan of Southern fiction full of charm, heartfelt stories about family and friends and a gorgeous setting that you need to read this and that’s all there is for my review? Haha but seriously I cannot say enough good things about KWH or her books, not only is she one of the most genuinely sweet authors I’ve ever talked to, she’s an amazingly talented writer and hands down one of my favorites.

I was a teeny tiny bit nervous about this book going im but it’s only
Feb 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
**Feels Like Falling generously provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.**

4 "Life had other plans." Stars

The quote above was stated in the first 5% of this book and nothing could more true for the tone and progression of this engaging story. "Life had other plans" than what you thought and how do you move on from those life alterations?

When life is turned upside down and inside out for two women who couldn't be more different, readers get an intimate look at how
Song/s the book brought to mind: Sparks Fly by Taylor Swift

I am in love!! Feels Like Falling by Kristy Woodson Harvey was just the feel-good, heartfelt read I needed right now. This was my first time reading a book by this author and I'm kicking myself for not picking up any of her books sooner.

I loved the friendship theme that dominates the novel, and I was a huge fan of both Gray and Diana. Each of them is going through their own problems, but I loved how they came together and ended up as fri
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Kristy Woodson Harvey is one of those few authors that you just know - even before you read the first page -that you are going to meet wonderful believable characters in a beautiful location. You want to read her books fast because they are so good but you also want to read them slowly because you don't want to leave these new friends. I am one of her major fans and have read every book that she's written and I can tell you that all of her books are fantastic but this is my new favorite.

I really
Jamie Rosenblit
Mar 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
Over the last few years, Southern Fiction has become a quiet favorite of mine - it began when I was introduced to Diane Chamberlain, I knew I had to explore more in this genre. Enter Karen White, again, my thirst for more continued, when I was recommended Kristy's books by my friend Amy (@novelgossip), I immediately fell in love with the girls in the Peachtree Bluff series. As sad as I was when that series came to an end, I was thrilled when I received an offer from Gallery to check out Feels Li ...more
Genevieve Trono
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Feels like Falling was my first book by Kristy Woodson Harvey. I read it while traveling home from vacation and it was the perfect balance of being easy and engaging without being too fluffy. It was the kind of book that I had a hard time putting down but I also didn't want it to end because I wanted to follow along with these main characters even more.

I enjoyed getting to know the characters and the idea that sometimes "family" is the one we create ourselves. Harvey's writing is emotional, eng
Jun 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Kristy Woodson Harvey is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to Southern Fiction and she is now an auto buy author for me! FEELS LIKE FALLING is my very first time reading her but I surely know it won’t be the last!. She is the voice in that genre and she totally knocked it out of the park with her story telling! The peek into these characters lives shows you how people deal differently with their problems. Sometimes it’s funny and other times it left a lump in my throat. I mean seriously, ...more
Nov 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: release-2020
I loved this heart-endearing story! ♥️
One failed marriage with mounting lawyer fees trying to keep her company out of his hands, a job firing, living homeless in a car.. what more could go wrong? Two strong and independent women Gray and Diana each face insurmountable obstacles, both different as night and day, meet and form an unbreakable bond.
Their heartaches and successes were a roller-coaster ride of laughing, crying and cheering right along with them, and I loved Kristy’s portrayal of Dia
Apr 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, bloom-reads
After losing three of the most important people in her life (her mom to cancer, her sister to a controlling husband, and her husband to a younger woman), 35 year old Gray is now entering a "summer of change." How will she deal with this new season of life, and how will her new friendship with Diana (who is dealing with her own life changes) influence her decisions?

As always, the latest from this author provided a great escape from everyday life. Her characters are always so real and authentic an
Heather~ Nature.books.and.coffee
This was my first book by Kristy Woodson Harvey! I have been wanting to read her Peachtree Bluff Series but have never gotten around to it. When I was offered this book to read, I was so excited. I'm now a FAN! I loved this book!! I thoroughly enjoyed this book from beginning to end! 5⭐!!

This story has a dual POV, alternating between Gray and Diana. Gray just lost her mother to cancer!  She is the CEO of her company and recently split from her husband who cheated on her. She goes to spend the su
Mar 04, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: no
Who. ARE. These. People?

TLDR: smoking hot female millionaire turning 35 (cue existential crisis) is divorced by husband trading her in for a younger model, and yet all the boys want to screw her and all the girls want to be her. (Parallel plot of a slightly older, working class screw up who also turns out to be a bit of a Mary Sue thrown in as a bonus.)
Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
May 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
What a fun read. It was not only because it was set here in North Carolina. But it the book unites so many, the romances were great. I call this a great beach read.
Looking for a fun southern read, this is it.
Susan Z
Apr 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book!

Meet Gray and Diana, two strangers down on their luck who find themselves connected by circumstance. Their situations are vastly different but they quickly learn problems and their magnitude are in the eye of the beholder. The story alternates between Gray and Diana's perspectives, which is a feature I always enjoy in books. I feel it allows the reader to get to know the characters better.

This is a story about friendships, starting over and finding the joy in life. It's also
Vanessa S.
Aug 23, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2020-reads
Welp. I wanted to love this one, but it didn’t sizzle liked I’d hoped, it fizzled.

In a nutshell, it follows wealthy, recently divorced Gray Howard, who is turning 35 soon. She begins seeing her son’s tennis instructor, but she can’t get past the fact that she’s *so* much older than him (I don’t even remember now, but I think they were only about 7 years apart - cue Jessica and Mark from Love is Blind vibes). The other main character, Diana, is recently jobless and homeless, so she moves into Gra
Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: net-galley
A fast flowing story about friendship with people who have vastly different lives and second chances. Quite an interesting read.
Allison Keith
This is a light, easy, satisfying read with emotional depth. The narrative alternates between two women whose lives have reached a turning point. The portrayal of friendship and the power of women banding together was beautifully done. The characters feel authentic and are thoughtfully drawn. This is a story about life leading us down different paths than those we intended for ourselves and finding the courage and strength to start over and make a different trail. Warm and charming, this is a ge ...more
Judy Collins
Southern master storyteller, Kristy Woodson Harvey returns following (2019 The Southern Side of Paradise—check out my Q&A with Kristy) with her latest FEELS LIKE FALLING. A heartwarming tale of two women who form an unlikely friendship and both of their lives are changed for the better.

Set on the idyllic coast of N.C, Gray Howard started a marketing company, ClickMarket back in college which has grown into an empire. However, now, her husband decides to leave her for his younger assistant.
Shannon Rochester
Nov 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for my digital copy in exchange for an honest opinion.

The second I saw that a new book by this author was available for request on Netgalley, I asked for it. Having read a few books by her already, I knew it was a given that I would like it. At least, I hoped it was. And I am happy to say that I was not disappointed. With each one of her books, including this one, I was immediately connected to the characters as I met them and I was automatically drawn t
Jul 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Yesterday, I finished reading Feels Like Falling.

It is a story of two women, coming from two completely different background. The deep, soulfoul and beautiful friendship that will develop between the two is comforting. I learned to understand Gray and Diana and liked them both.

This books is a balm during this pandemic period.

I loved the end, which is satisfying and optimistic.

I discovered the author, Kristy Woodson Harvey, through the Friends and Fiction Facebook group. The Peach Tree Bluff se
Jessica Strawser
Jun 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The perfect summer read -- full of characters who spring to life from the page as they begin on the brink of anguish and loss, and find their way to new beginnings through unlikely friendship, imperfect love, compassion and good humor -- all against the backdrop of an irresistibly charming beach town.
Susan Peterson
Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
How I loved this book, with its wonderful characters and a story that kept me turning page after page! Gray thought she had life figured out: successful business, happy marriage, sweet son—until her husband left her at the same time she was facing the loss of her mother. Diana is homeless and jobless when she meets Gray. They are an unlikely pair, but that summer, each of them turns out to be just what the other needs! I loved these two women so much—watching their friendship grow, watching thei ...more
Heather LiteratureChick
Jul 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I would consider this an perfect book ideal for reading sitting on your back deck, which is where I read some of it. If possible, it would also be very enjoyable at the beach or even poolside or at the lake. This book is told in alternating narrators between Gray and Diana and instead of chapters designating a change in narrator, there are headings. This is the first book I have read by this author and will definitely not be the last. I have the Peachtree Bluff series on my shelf to read. I will ...more
Lauren (thebookscript)
Aug 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Feelings Like Falling is a book about second chances, not just in love but in life itself. Two women...Diana and Grey are from opposites sides of the tracks. One is quite affluent while the other on her very last dime. These two women don’t realize how much they need and will eventually depend upon each other and I think that’s what adds the quality and depth to this story.

Each woman has her own struggles, faults, stubbornness of mind and whirlwind romances. Having to spread the book between tw
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Kristy Woodson Harvey is the bestselling author of DEAR CAROLINA, LIES AND OTHER ACTS OF LOVE, SLIGHTLY SOUTH OF SIMPLE, THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM and THE SOUTHERN SIDE OF PARADISE. Kristy is the winner of the Lucy Bramlette Patterson Award for Excellence in Creative Writing, a finalist for the Southern Book Prize, her work has been optioned for film and her books have received numerous accolad

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