Saturday, April 25, 2020

The Joy of Falling by Lindsay Harrel Review & Excerpt!

About the Book

Book:  The Joy of Falling

Author: Lindsay Harrel

Genre: Women’s Fiction

Release Date: April 14, 2020

Eva and Angela must learn to live again. One step at a time.

It has been fifteen months since Eva and Angela lost their thrill-seeking husbands in a scuba diving accident. Both women are trying to navigate their way through the grief, but neither one is making much progress. Angela is barely making ends meet, angry at her husband for leaving her to raise three children on her own. Meanwhile, Eva is stuck, unable to move forward after losing the love of her life and her source of inspiration.

But then Eva gets a life-changing phone call. Before Brent and Wes died, they had signed up for a race of a lifetime—an ultra-marathon in beautiful New Zealand. Eva begs Angela to run the race with her in their husbands’ place, and Angela finally agrees, hoping to finally understand her husband’s choices.

Training is exhausting, and the race is even more demanding. Their journey grows more complicated by the presence of two men—Marc is Brent’s best friend who is running the race with Eva and Angela, and Simon King is a writer who is covering their inspiring story. With every step, Eva and Angela must ask themselves questions that they haven’t had the courage to ask before. As the women literally put one foot in front of the other, they wonder: Is it possible to find their way forward in hope?

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About the Author

Lindsay Harrel is a lifelong book nerd who lives in Arizona with her young family and two golden retrievers in serious need of training. She’s held a variety of writing and editing jobs over the years and now juggles stay-at-home mommyhood with writing novels. When she’s not writing or chasing after her children, Lindsay enjoys making a fool of herself at Zumba, curling up with anything by Jane Austen, and savoring sour candy one piece at a time. Connect with her at

Read an Excerpt

Click Here to read the first four chapters.

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Stories By Gina, April 28
The Becca Files, April 29
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My Thoughts:

This is a great book! 
I liked both Angela and Eva and was rooting for them from the start. It was really cool that this book is largely set in New Zealand, I loved getting to armchair travel! This book does a great job of tackling the topic of grief in a realistic way without it ever being depressing, and it's a hopeful inspiring read. 
As someone who is very much a non-runner I had no idea there was even such a thing as an ultra-marathon, wow, I'm always so impressed by marathon runners but someone who can traverse more than 150 miles on foot in a week's time? Double wow! 
I didn't really connect with this book as much as I did with this author's two previous novels (The Heart Between Us, and The Secrets of Paper and Ink) and I don't really know why that was, but I did still enjoy it!
The Joy of Falling is a great reminder that joy is found not in our circumstances but in knowing that God loves us and that He is right there with us through it all, both the good and the bad! In these scary and uncertain times I know this is something that I personally need to be reminded of on an almost daily basis. I highly recommend The Joy of Falling, and I'm eagerly anticipating whatever Lindsay Harrel writes next!
(4 Stars!)

I received a copy of this book from the publisher. Which did not influence my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions are one hundred percent my own!

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