If Ever I Fall has been sitting on my Netgalley list for far too long (my apologies to the author and publisher) so I thought it was about time I bumped it to the top of my list and I am very glad that I did. It isn’t an easy read by any means. It’s full of emotion and raw grief, but it’s quite beautifully written. It’s going to be one of those books which is hard to review though as it would be so easy to give too much away.
Maria and Dan have struggled with their marriage since losing their 14 year old daughter. I can’t even imagine how any parent copes with such a devastating loss. People handle grief differently so I found both of their ways of coping quite believable. Dan threw himself into work, which I think is fairly common, but he’s struggling. Maria feels alone with her grief. She spends her spare time writing letters to her lost daughter, as a sort of therapy. They have to try to cope somehow as they have a younger daughter to think about, but their marriage is breaking down. How do you move on as a family from something so horrendously heartbreaking?
Jack is an interesting character. He finds himself at a house with a bloke claiming to be a doctor looking after him after a fall, but he has no recollection of how he got there, why he’s there or anything about his past. He’s not even sure he believes his name is Jack and he’s determined to find out the truth.
I was intrigued as to how Maria & Dan’s and Jack’s stories would link and was surprised when I realised the truth.
Have a read for yourself. I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.
*Many thanks to the author and publisher for my copy via Netgalley.*
’A heart-breaking tale of love, grief and devotion’ THE SUN
‘Exceptionally beautiful, emotionally charged and inspirational’
MIRANDA DICKINSON, Sunday Times bestseller
‘A wonderfully told tale of devastation, grief and ultimately hope’
KATHRYN HUGHES, bestselling author of THE LETTER and THE SECRET
Is holding on harder than letting go?
Dan’s life has fallen apart at the seams. He’s lost his house, his job is on the line, and now he’s going to lose his family too. All he’s ever wanted is to keep them together, but is everything beyond repair?
Maria is drowning in grief. She spends her days writing letters that will never be answered. Nights are spent trying to hold terrible memories at bay, to escape the pain that threatens to engulf her.
Jack wakes up confused and alone. He doesn’t know who he is, how he got there, or why he finds himself on a deserted clifftop, but will piecing together the past leave him a broken man?
In the face of real tragedy, can these three people find a way to reconcile their past with a new future? And is love enough to carry them through?