Title: This Is Falling
Author: Ginger Scott
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: August 29 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.
This is Falling by Ginger Scott is a sweet and poignant tale of love about a girl who is stuck living in the past and a boy who pushes her into living for the now and looking forward to the future. I have read one other book by this author prior to this one and was completely enamored by her style of writing and the beautiful love story she penned. This book is yet another example of a story that will touch your heart and make you believe that love does conquer all and how wonderful it is to fall.
“I’ve spent the last seven hundred days of my life seeing everyone else live from my self-imposed bubble.”
For two years Rowe Stanton has been alive but she has not been living. She has simply existed as this hallow shell. An unspeakable tragedy brutally stole the carefree girl Rowe used to be and irrevocably changed her, replacing her with someone who no longer wished to experience the outside world. Rowe is finally ready to try and move forward picking a college in Oklahoma, far from Arizona and the safety bubble she has been enclosed in. Rowe is terrified and her parents are uncertain; however, they all know that she needs to take this first step.
Nate Preeter is entering freshman college life as an all-star baseball player. Nate picked McConnell so that he and his older brother, who is a sophomore, can attend the same college together. Nate lives and breathes baseball, a dream his brother once had. He knows his focus needs to be on being the best catcher that he can be. He has his goals and that is what he centers his vision on. That is until he meets Rowe. It all changes when this beautiful brown-eyed girl with shadows behind her eyes is all Nate can think about.
“And then it’s there – the smile. The same look she had on her face in that picture. It’s joy. And I just gave it to her. My god, do I want to give it to her again.”
“This is how a girl steals your heart.”
Nate and Rowe meet by chance, a cute encounter that is a whole lot of awkward. Nate can’t help but be attracted to Rowe who is as sweet as she is standoffish. She is such a conundrum to Nate, one minute she joking around and embracing her inner prankster and the next minute she is in this fight or flight mode turning him away. Rowe is everything Nate has ever wanted in a girl. He simply has to win her over with his boyish charms. Right? Nothing could really prepare Nate for all that Rowe has been through. But, he will take her any way he can get her just hoping that she will open up and let him in.
“It’s like I’m caught in an internal tug-of-war with myself- my heart begging to beat from thrill, but caged in fear.”
Rowe, for me, was a great character. This is a young girl who had experienced the unimaginable. She was broken, but not beyond repair. Rowe had such a hard time wrapping her brain around the fact that someone as perfect as Nate could want her, scars and all. Nate became someone who made Rowe feel alive for the first time in two years. With Nate Rowe was slowly learning how to be herself once again finally moving on the past. Nate was teaching her how to trust again, and how to fall.
“Yes, friends help you heal. But Nate is stronger than that. And he’s bringing back pieces of me that I thought were dead for good.”
This was such a sweet and lovely romance with two characters who I could not help but love. However, simultaneously, it was also a story about a girl who learns to embrace life again. Nate was simply the right guy to break through. This is definitely a story where the hero is too good to be true, particularly for a nineteen year old guy. With this being said though, for me this is what romance is all about. Was Nate a little too perfect? Possibly. However, I don’t really read romance novels expecting everything to be believable. I want to be transported into a fictional world where anything is possible. Ginger Scott certainly did an amazing job doing that!
All in all, This is Falling was a beautiful book. This is one of those books that touched my heart, made me smile and happily had me sighing. It is what a romance should be. I absolutely loved it and can’t wait for Ty’s story (Nate’s brother) which is coming up next.
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A Little About Me
I tell stories for a living. It’s a pretty great gig, actually. Each story has led to an amazing encounter, be it a new appreciation for the view from atop a polo horse to a deeper understanding of what it means to be the parent of a child with autism. I’ve told the stories of Olympians, comedians, doctors, teachers, politicians, activists, criminals, heroes and towns. You can check out a small sampling here or, heck, just Google me — my journalism work is usually under Ginger Eiden. I published my debut novel, Waiting on the Sidelines, in spring 2013, and in July 2014, I published my fourth novel, a new-adult romance about hard choices and second chances. My fifth book, a really raw college romance called This Is Falling will be out later this summer!
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