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Heaven Should Fall
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Author: Rebecca Coleman
Publisher: Harlequin Mira (Sept. 25, 2012)
Genre: Fiction, Women's Lit, 368 pages
Alone since her mother's death, Jill Wagner wants to eat, sleep and breathe Cade Olmstead when he bursts upon her life—golden, handsome and ambitious. Even putting college on hold feels like a minor sacrifice when she discovers she's pregnant with Cade's baby. But it won't be the last sacrifice she'll have to make.
Retreating to the Olmsteads' New England farm seems sensible, if not ideal—they'll regroup and welcome the baby, surrounded by Cade's family. But the remote, ramshackle place already feels crowded. Cade's mother tends to his ailing father, while Cade's pious sister, her bigoted husband and their rowdy sons overrun the house. Only Cade's brother, Elias, a combat veteran with a damaged spirit, gives Jill an ally amidst the chaos, along with a glimpse into his disturbing childhood. But his burden is heavy, and she alone cannot kindle his will to live.
The tragedy of Elias is like a killing frost, withering Cade in particular, transforming his idealism into bitterness and paranoia. Taking solace in caring for her newborn son, Jill looks up to find her golden boy is gone. In Cade's place is a desperate man willing to endanger them all in the name of vengeance…unless Jill can find a way out.
When you first start reading Heaven Should Fall, you're somewhere in the future. After that, you're thrown back in time to before Jill gets pregnant and before a traumatic death in the family occurs. Jill Wagner and Cade Olmstead are in college, living their lives as blissfully as they can. Jill has always wanted to meet Cade's family, but Cade thinks that his family is crazy and doesn't want Jill to think that, that is who he is. That where he comes from doesn't shape the man that his is and will become. When Jill becomes pregnant, they decide that the best plan is to stay with Cade's family until they can get back on their feet again. But what starts off as determination to get on their feet as soon as possible turns into months of trials and tribulation at the Olmstead farm.
There was a lot that I liked about this book. The characters for one. I felt like they were real. Very put together in a sense. Every character was its own and they stood out in their own ways. Even minor characters that are only mentioned but a few times, had their own little personalities that you can see with just one conversation. I also liked that this book had different POVs. You get to see different POVs and the thoughts behind that. Though I do wish some characters had a little more "me-time" with their POV. One of the things I didn't like, which also ties in with the POVs, is that there were often flashbacks to reminisce about the past or to simply explain something more. I could have done without so many of those.
If there's one thing that I don't do, is talk about religion or politics. This book, from beginning to end, is religion and politics. Though not in the bible-thumping-maniacs kind of religion and not the Americans-will-kick-your-ass-we-are-the-best kind of politics. But, even that can be debated. I might not be a fan of discussing these two things or reading about them but, to each their own.
I would recommend this book. Love women's lit? Looking for a book to pass the time and lose yourself in a family with issues far worse then your own? Then this book is for you.
Elias nodded and meandered over. In spite of the cool November breeze he unbuttoned his uniform jacket and folded it into his duffel bag, revealing just a thin sandy-brown T-shirt.
He turned his face toward the sun, closed his eyes and pulled in a deep breath of air.
“No dust,” he said. “Nice and cool. Fuck, yeah, it’s good to be home.”
“Still got five hundred miles to go, bro.”
“Yeah, but not until tomorrow. This is close enough. No
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