The Joy of Falling by Lindsay Harrel: Book Review
About the Book
Book: The Joy of Falling
Author: Lindsay Harrel
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Release Date: April 14, 2020
Eva and Angela must learn to live again. One step at a time.
It has been fifteen months since Eva and Angela lost their thrill-seeking husbands in a scuba diving accident. Both women are trying to navigate their way through the grief, but neither one is making much progress. Angela is barely making ends meet, angry at her husband for leaving her to raise three children on her own. Meanwhile, Eva is stuck, unable to move forward after losing the love of her life and her source of inspiration.
But then Eva gets a life-changing phone call. Before Brent and Wes died, they had signed up for a race of a lifetime—an ultra-marathon in beautiful New Zealand. Eva begs Angela to run the race with her in their husbands’ place, and Angela finally agrees, hoping to finally understand her husband’s choices.
Training is exhausting, and the race is even more demanding. Their journey grows more complicated by the presence of two men—Marc is Brent’s best friend who is running the race with Eva and Angela, and Simon King is a writer who is covering their inspiring story. With every step, Eva and Angela must ask themselves questions that they haven’t had the courage to ask before. As the women literally put one foot in front of the other, they wonder: Is it possible to find their way forward in hope?
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Grief is such a deeply intimate journey. Each person travels the same road but in their own way. What works for one person isn’t always the answer for the next, and no one should ever try and put a clock on grief.
Lindsay Harrel gives a trifecta of experiences through The Joy of Falling. Eva and Angela react so differently to the challenge of the race and to the grief they are trying to process. Although other people may have walked the same road as you, they are not you, and your journey is not their journey. This book shows that with a gracious courtesy and a depth of emotional fortitude.
I don’t want you to think the entire book is sadness and grief. There is hope, light, and love along the way. Eva and Angela have the chance of a lifetime: to run a race in New Zealand in honor of their deceased husbands. And they might finally find healing somewhere along the way.
From the romantic standpoint, I appreciated how slowly and intricately it was woven into the story. The women are not out seeking another relationship, and they might not even be ready should the opportunity arise, but the joy comes with the falling.
Life is meant to be lived. There will be grief, heartache, pain, and loss, but the joy is in the falling, in the rediscovery that color will someday return to a dark and dreary landscape.
I requested a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. I was not required to leave a positive review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
About the Author
Lindsay Harrel is a lifelong book nerd who lives in Arizona with her young family and two golden retrievers in serious need of training. She’s held a variety of writing and editing jobs over the years and now juggles stay-at-home mommyhood with writing novels. When she’s not writing or chasing after her children, Lindsay enjoys making a fool of herself at Zumba, curling up with anything by Jane Austen, and savoring sour candy one piece at a time. Connect with her at LindsayHarrel.com.
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