About The Joy of Falling
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?
Release Date: April 14, 2020
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Lindsay Harrel is one of those authors where I just have to read everything she ever writes. Her books are SO good — and this one is no exception.
It certainly doesn’t hurt that The Joy of Falling splits time between NYC (one of my favorite cities ever) and New Zealand (a country I fully plan to visit #bucketlist). I caught myself fangirling constantly over location alone!
Harrel never shies away from difficult topics, either, and approaches several here with grace. Whether the death of a spouse or teenage angst, she faces the reality of each head-on and points characters and the reader alike back to Christ. Realistic character development, especially given the corresponding length of the book, pairs with an intriguing plot to create a winning book I like on par with “The Heart Between Us”!
I can’t say I’d want to do an ultra-marathon … I’m much more of a couch participant! But I so enjoyed following Angela, Eva, and Marc on, truly, the adventure of a lifetime. (And hmm … four months in New Zealand sounds right nice!)
I received a copy of the book from the publisher via Netgalley. All opinions are my own.
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 LindsayHarrel.com.