Book: Falling Down
Publication date: November 7, 2016
Length: 251 pages
Reviewed by Meredith
Josh finds himself homeless at eighteen, but he has a plan. He’ll head north on the bus to New England and spend October there for his mother’s sake. She always talked about going to see the fall leaves someday. And when the leaves are done and the harsh winter comes, Josh plans to find a place to curl up and let go. It will be a relief to finally stop fighting.
Mark spent his life trying to live up to the tough swagger of his older brothers until he pushed himself so far against his nature that he cracked. Now a former Marine, he rents a little cabin in the White Mountains of New Hampshire where he can lick his wounds and figure out what to do with the rest of his life. One thing was clear: Mark was nobody’s hero.
Fate intervenes when Josh sets up camp under a covered bridge near Mark’s cabin. Mark recognizes the dead look in the young stranger’s eyes, and he feels compelled to do something about it. When Mark offers Josh a job, he never expects that he’ll be the one to fall.
The snow is coming soon. Can Mark convince Josh that the two of them can build a life together before the flurries begin?
This was a very emotional story. There are times in our lives where we find the darkness beckon and we think it’s a source of peace. We even try to convince ourselves that our choices, no matter how permanent, are what’s best for us. When we meet Josh, in the first 2 minutes, we know this is a troubled man. A man carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders and he’s tired. He’s ready to say goodbye to all of it.
Mark is a bit of a loner, fairly fresh out of the Marines he’s living in a log cabin in the woods doing handyman jobs. He has demons and secrets that haunt him and when he catches Josh’s eyes he notices a familiar darkness.
These two are brought together by fate. Of that I have no question. Two lost souls searching for something and only finding it in each other.
I don’t get to read many autumn/Thanksgiving books and that is what this one is. It releases at the perfect time because this is absolutely a book about being thankful for what we have and not dwell on what we’ve lost.
The descriptions of Josh’s art, the amazing scenery that we see through Mark’s and Josh’s eyes was beautiful.
I feared this book would drag me down and suck me into a vortex of depression but it didn’t. Though I feared for Mark and Josh’s future I was happy when things came together.
I was left with some questions and some of the timing was off for me but other than that this is a beautiful heartwarming and at times heartbreaking story.
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