Heaven Should Fall
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA
Release Date: September 25th 2012
Rating: 3 stars
Alone since her mother’s death, Jill Wagner wants to eat, sleep and breathe Cade Olmstead when he bursts upon her life—golden, handsome and ambitious. Even putting college on hold feels like a minor sacrifice when she discovers she’s pregnant with Cade’s baby. But it won’t be the last sacrifice she’ll have to make.Retreating to the Olmsteads’ New England farm seems sensible, if not ideal—they’ll regroup and welcome the baby, surrounded by Cade’s family. But the remote, ramshackle place already feels crowded. Cade’s mother tends to his ailing father, while Cade’s pious sister, her bigoted husband and their rowdy sons overrun the house. Only Cade’s brother, Elias, a combat veteran with a damaged spirit, gives Jill an ally amidst the chaos, along with a glimpse into his disturbing childhood. But his burden is heavy, and she alone cannot kindle his will to live.
The tragedy of Elias is like a killing frost, withering Cade in particular, transforming his idealism into bitterness and paranoia. Taking solace in caring for her newborn son, Jill looks up to find her golden boy is gone. In Cade’s place is a desperate man willing to endanger them all in the name of vengeance unless Jill can find a way out.
Heaven Should Fall is an engrossing tale that left me slightly confused from a very talented writer. Essentially this book was a bit of a mix for me – I enjoyed it immensely, yet I finished with my thoughts not completed wrapped up.
The story is very intricately woven. Heaven Should Fall jumps between several different points of views, which was nice, but sometimes I had to remind myself whose head I was currently in. Heaven Should Fall deals with a lot of heavy subject matter and the way Rebecca Coleman chose to tell the story was perfect. The part that really left me in a bit of confusion was the last quarter of the book, it seemed very off from the path the rest of the story had been going down.
All the characters were flawed and Rebecca Coleman portrayed this very well. I loved the use of multiple points of views to see the different characters from others eyes and how they all fit into the story.
Heaven Should Fall by Rebecca Coleman was an interesting mix for me. There were so many elements I really liked, yet there was enough I wasn’t as crazy about to keep me from completely loving it. That aside, Rebecca Coleman is one talented author, and is an author I will be sure to be picking up more from in the future.
Now here is a mini excerpt:
I braced the dowels of the two miniature American flags against my lap, but they barely shivered. Cade and his little white Saturn coupe were like a boy and his dog. He spent half his life in the thing, and there was no reason to doubt his skill at handling it.
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