Friday, September 21, 2012

Heaven Should Fall - Rebecca Coleman Book Review

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 Olmstead's 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.

My review

3 1/2 stars

My review

Heaven should fall was an engrossing story in which we are shown the life of a soldier who returns home after his post the influence others can be on each other and how life can change so dramatically.

We see the difficulties of many characters and how paranoia can affect the way of thinking and way of life now. How a man that use to be, no longer exists and a shell of that man now exists.

A complicated family life if you may call it that, every character has issues and some more than others. Dysfunctional maybe not the ideal word to use - but every turn of events affects someone within this family. Not a well functioning family life due to the circumstances brought about.

How life affects each and every person involved and how Bitterness and paranoia sets in. We watch from the sidelines as this family Begin to loose themselves. At times you had to really wander what they were up to and why ....

This I found very sad - it grasped at my heart and made me feel sad for them all. Cade changed into a man he never swore he would be, living in such an environment did nothing but create dramas amongst the family.   I wasnt overlly fussed On Cade towards the end. But it was certainly an ending I wasnt really prepared for.

I've watched how certain events in life can certainly send someone in a different direction . So when I see the  family trying to deal with it I saw there pain,anger and anguish.  The author certainly put forth this well in this story.

The saddest part of the story is - certain parts of it can be true to life.. and is for many.

Life was certainly not like it used to be for everyone involved within this family.  We are given an insight into every character in this book and the author certainly hasn’t held back in showing us there flaws including any background information relating to these characters to give a little justice I suppose as to why they are like they are.

 I found the story compelling, the need to read on to find out how this family ends up.   The storyline progresses at a gradual rate – and certainly does suck you into the pages to find out where each and every character goes.

The influence that Dodge has over Cade is kind of scary – but we are brought to an ending that is somewhat quiet engrossing and very powerful and of course gut wreching . Not what I expected and I was unsure how to feel towards his wife - I think deep down she had been waiting for it.. However I would like to have seen a little more insight into her thoughts.

Quiet an emotinoal  read and  for all those with the militia background or an insight into what can happen to the ones around us after serving.

 Also how someone;s influence can send someone in a direction they never thought possible. Second chances for some.

Not normally a genre I would read but It certainly made me think a little after reading . I didnt go into the storyline much with this review, read the blurb and read it for yourself.

Thank you to Harlequin for supplying me this book for review for my honest opinion.

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