on August 29, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
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 a standalone in a three-part series that will focus on different characters. Each book can be read on its own.
A big thanks to the author, Ginger Scott, for providing me with an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review!
My thoughts. . .
This was the first book that I’ve read from author Ginger Scott and it is one that I immensely enjoyed. As a fan of New Adult novels, I was thrilled to learn about this one and even more so to have the opportunity to read an advanced copy of it. The writing and storyline was beautifully crafted & one that I found myself immersed in within the first few pages.
Rowe Stanton is entering in her freshman year of college and moving miles away from all she’s ever known. It’s a leap of faith for her to make such a drastic move, especially after the trauma she’s faced. When she meets freshman and big-time baseball player Nate Preeter, her world is once again turned upside down, but this time for the better.
Sure, it sounds like your typical New Adult romance, right? Damaged girl meets hot jock and BOOM insta-love. But no. That’s not how this story goes. There is so much more to it. So much more to both Rowe and Nate individually that just adds to the story. Trust me. This is one you do not want to pass by.
Oh how I admire Rowe! Sure, she seems weak at first, but she possesses this strength that makes her incredibly hard to dislike. She is overcome with all of these emotions – guilt, fear, and loneliness. She doesn’t understand why she survived such a traumatic event and why she gets this second chance at living. But there is one problem…she’s stuck in the past and struggling to move forward. I admire her so much for taking the leap and moving states away from her parents and all of the sadness she’s felt over the past two years to try and start over. It’s a scary decision for anyone, but it’s a decision that help start the process of peeling back the layers and beginning again.
Then there is Nate. Yes, he has the good looks & is the star catcher on the college baseball team, but there is so much more to him that what meets the eye. He is so genuine in he feelings for Rowe. It’s obvious in the way he speaks to her, touches her, and looks at her. He wants so badly to get to know this girl who seems so afraid and so closed in on herself. I love how they meet & the friendship that develops from then on. The pacing is perfect, both in regards to their love story & the story as a whole.
The story also possesses some amazing secondary characters. Ty, Nate’s brother, has his own unique story & one we were able to get just a small glimpse of in This is Falling. Paige and Cass, Rowe’s roommates, add spunk to the story each in their own unique way. Even Rowe’s parents, no matter how small their role was in the story, played a big part. Then of course, there is another presence in the story that is critical to the outcome. This presence is so delicately woven throughout the pages. It’s perfect in it’s own heart breaking way.
I can’t thoroughly describe just how much I enjoyed reading this story. And I am looking forward to reading more from Ginger Scott. She is an author that will continue to be on my radar & I hope you’ll consider adding This is Falling to your fall reading list.
Five out of five stars.