Reviewed by Poppy J.

As the story unfolds, Cassie, the main character of Falling Home, learns about love and about herself. After 15 years of living in New York City, Cassie returns home to her ailing father. She leaves behind a successful city life, complete with a fiancé and job she enjoys, to travel back in time to her childhood home in Walton, Georgia.

In Walton, Cassie renews a friendship with Sam, an old school friend, who has since become the town’s physician. Meanwhile, her relationship with her sister and extended family is sometimes strained, and she has to sort through her feelings before any real healing can begin.

Readers will relate to Cassie on many levels, since she doesn’t understand that she still bears the burden of her past until it is almost too late. Many of us hold onto old pain needlessly, and Cassie is no exception. As she gives in to her burgeoning feelings for Sam, she is forced to make tough decisions.

The characters in Falling Home are extremely believable and realistic. Cassie has to make difficult choices – and while she wallows in denial, her heart makes the decisions for her. Cassie makes a powerful personal journey from the pain of resentment, to joy then to pain again, and learns that she is strong enough to take it all – but in the end she finds out she may not be able to do it alone.

After a decade of working in several NYC law departments and teaching, Poppy decided she enjoyed writing full-time. She currently works as a freelance writing consultant, and lives with her husband and sons on the East Coast.

This book was provided free of any obligation by Joan Schulhafer Publishing & Media Consulting. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.