Falling Into the World

Author: Karen Brichoux

Publisher: New American Library

Release Date: November 2006

Blue Ribbon Rating: 4

Format: PRINT

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Augustina Fletcher has always had do live up to a certain standard as the daughter of a pastor. When her mother is killed and her father left a paraplegic from a horrific car wreck, Augustine feels compelled to put her plans for graduate school on hold. She takes care of her crippled father and watches after her younger sister, Saphi. Saphi is definitely not a dutiful daughter and eventually runs away.

Now seven years after the fateful car accident, Augustine has a dull, but comfortable life. She tutors students and has decided to marry Colton Morley. Colton is a "good man" and will be a decent husband. When Saphi suddenly reappears Augustine's life is thrown off balance and she begins to see her simple world with new eyes. Can she go forward with a simple, comfortable life or are there other paths for her to follow?

Although romantic love plays a vital part of this touching tale, the underlying theme seems to be making peace with your past so you can move forward with your life. Augustine is a strong, smart woman, but she has an introspective nature. She needs to know how her parents' past may affect her choices for the future.

Despite the pivotal tragic event, this novel is ultimately a story of hope and redemption for several of the characters. The author uses vivid descriptions and authentic dialog to craft a book that will resonate with women readers of all ages. I have been a big fan of Ms. Brichoux's since KUNG FU AND COFFEE. I wish her continued success in her writing career.

By Romance Junkies Reviewer: Roberta Austin

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