Series: Falling #1
Published by Independent on August 29th 2014
First, I had to remember how to breathe. Then, I had to learn how to survive. Two years, three months and sixteen days had passed since I was the Rowe Stanton from before, since tragedy stole my youth and my heart went along with it.
When I left for college, I put a thousand miles between my future and my past. I’d made a choice—I was going to cross back to the other side, to live with the living. I just didn’t know how.
And then I met Nate Preeter.
An All-American baseball player, Nate wasn’t supposed to notice a ghost-of-a-girl like me. But he did. He shouldn’t want to know my name. But he did. And when he learned my secret and saw the scars it left behind, he was supposed to run. But he didn’t.
My heart was dead, and I was never supposed to belong to anyone. But Nate Preeter had me feeling, and he made me want to be his. He showed me everything I was missing.
And then he showed me how to fall.
I don’t know how Ginger Scott does it but she has this amazing ability to touch my heart and soul and make me feel so deeply for her characters that I can’t help but be swept along with their story and feel every ache, every sorrow but most importantly every joyful moment. THIS IS FALLING took it to a whole other level. It’s been seven months since I read this book and I have put off reviewing it for so long simply because I couldn’t fathom how I would find the words to do it justice.
Rowe Stanton has been through an unspeakable tragedy. Living in stasis since it happened, she bravely takes the step to shake herself from emotional paralysis and make some changes. One is moving to another state to attend college, leaving behind her only support system. Meeting Nate Preeter isn’t in her plans but she can’t help but feel drawn to the sweet nature of this star Baseball player. Nate challenges Rowe to step outside her comfort zone, sometimes not taking no for an answer but always being a steady arm for her to hold onto when her legs feel weak. As their friendship develops and Rowe gets a little stronger and a little braver each day, it’s heart-warming and beautiful to witness.
Both Rowe and Nate captured my heart from the beginning. Rowe is so endearing, you can’t help but feel protective of her and wish for her to succeed. As the truth of her story is uncovered piece by piece, my heart broke for her and Scott captured every devastating emotion perfectly. Nate is an utter sweetheart, who is just so *good* but never crosses over into “Oh come on, like a guy would be like that” territory. His relationship with Rowe is wonderful but his love for his brother Ty is just gorgeous. I loved reading about their lives and how far they’ve come and how unwilling they were to take no for an answer when life threw devastation their way.
Ginger’s writing has come so far with this book and she is truly going from strength to strength. Her warm and witty words never fail to please and the plot never drags. She places you right where the action in and doesn’t let you go until you’ve devoured every last page. There are so many cute, butterfly-inducing moments and let me tell you, you will cringe in the best way possible as Ginger captures all those awkward moments that seem to happen when you want to play it cool in front of your crush and fail miserably. LOL it’s simply awesome.
Elegant, touching, with characters that will walk straight into your heart, THIS IS FALLING is a tender tale about healing, friendship and first loves and is simply unforgettable.