Thursday, November 21, 2013

Review and Giveaway: Catch My Fall by Ella Fox

Mia Reeves faith, trust and sense of security were all taken away in the blink of an eye. In need of a fresh start, she settles into a new town and begins to make a new life.

Tristan Chamberlain has always kept girls at arm's length and he has no intention of changing. He’s caring, smart, handsome, but he’s also dealing with a lifetime of guilt that’s slowly but surely destroying him.

Sometimes what you run from is the one thing that will save you.

Separately, they’re both free-falling. Together, they’re about to find that love can create the strongest safety net of all.

4 Star Review by Monika Adams

I found this book to be a very good read. A coming to age story with two heroes that find strength and truths within each other. The prologue gives a frightening glimpse of a moment in time that will make you sit up in surprise. The story begins with Mia moving into her dorm and away from her home town. Her Mom and step dad help her to move and the strain of the separation is hard for both but Mia tries to be strong for her mom.

“I have to do this. You know I can’t live there any more,” her shoulders shook gently as she quietly cried in my embrace.

Mia is noticeably uncomfortable around people but she feels comfortable with her new room mate Darby. Learning some of the circumstances around her move are a bit vague, but pieces start falling into place. The first day of classes a very hot man walked up to her asking to “borrow a pen”. After the class when she is in the cafeteria, she feels like she hit the jackpot having found a table all to herself.

Just as I started to eat my banana I saw someone wearing a pair of jeans walk up and stop next to me… “Anyone sitting here?”

It was the hot guy with the “Chocolate eyes” and at this point Mia meets Tristan, and she finds that they have a mutual friend in her new roommate Darby. Darby and Tristan grew up together and her brother is friends with him and his brother Trace. It's at this point that Darby explains the meaning of “Malore” to Mia and why she bestowed that title on to her brother's best friend. Their relationship grows as Tristan slowly gets Mia to let down the walls.

As Mia’s past is reveled we learn of the hardships and shocking history she had to endure. We also learn how Tristan’s childhood created the person he has become and the measures he took to put his past behind him. Mia had some trauma that she had to work through and she was lucky to find the friends she needed.

“I could tell she knew something was really wrong with me and, just like that, I lost it. She held onto me as I cried, and she stayed with me until I fell into an exhausted sleep…love her for not pushing me to tell her what was wrong…”

I really enjoyed this book. I was able to empathize with the characters, and what they had endured. I appreciate the strengths they exhibited to overcome their pasts. The care the author took to develop the story showed she really knew her subjects and she wrote the story well. I want to add a special note of appreciation for the important information at the end of the book. As a mother I cannot stress how important it is be safe and self aware. I would love to just copy all the information provided and post it on Facebook for all teens and young women to read.

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