A MONO-TONED LOVE STORY!
Title: Falling into You (Book 1 Falling Series)
Author: Jasinda Wilder
Genre: New Adult – Contemporary Romance
I wasn’t always in love with Colton Calloway; I was in love with his younger brother, Kyle, first.
Kyle was my first one true love, my first in every way. Then, one stormy August night, he died, and the person I was died with him. Colton didn’t teach me how to live. He didn’t heal the pain. He didn’t make it okay. He taught me how to hurt, how to not be okay, and, eventually, how to let go.
Nell Hawthorne is in love with her life-long best friend, Kyle Calloway. Their young love is invincible and life is full of promise; then one night Kyle dies suddenly in a tragic accident and Nell is forever changed. She meets Kyle’s older brother Colton for the first time at the funeral. They both struggle to move on with life as best they can. Years later, they meet again in New York City, and Colton realizes that Nell has never really gotten over Kyle’s death. She seems to harboring a deeply rooted pain, a heavy weight of guilt and regret. He knows he shouldn’t get involved, but he can’t help himself. Trust doesn’t come easily for either of them, and they both have demons. Together, they learn the purpose of pain and the meaning of healing, and the importance of forgiveness.
Falling into You is a love story like no other – this is not your typical happy, warm and fuzzy love story that you get all excited over and involved in – No! This is a love story that is raw, emotional, deep and very touching. Based on two characters that connect through their shared emotions of grief and guilt to help each other heal, forgive themselves and allow them to be loved again.
Falling into You follows protagonist Nell Hawthorne, who’s boyfriend and first love Kyle dies tragically in an accident to which Nell is the only witness. Nell feels solely responsible for Kyle’s death and her guilt and grief consume her to the point where she is an emotionless empty shell, and her only release of emotions is by physically hurting herself. Colton, Kyle’s older brother can see the emotional and physical destruction that is going on within Nell, as his knows these emotions well. Colton is drawn to Nell and he wants to help her heal and grieve, which in turn helps to heal his open wounds from the past. As Nell and Colton help each other heal, grieve and forgive themselves they find they are beginning to fall in love with each other.
Jasinda Wilder has delivered a well written, unique spin on the love story with Falling in You. I like the way we got to know Kyle at the beginning of the story and learn of Nell and Kyle’s relationship growing from best friends to lovers, as it made his death more real and emotional. But it is Wilder’s character of Colton that stole this book for me. His story and life journey was heart breaking – tragic – way more tragic than Nell’s story, and the way his character viewed life after the hand he had been played is inspirational. While I did empathize with Nell’s character, there were times I just wanted to shake her for the way she was acting. In comparison with Colton’s story, the way Nell handles her emotions makes her look somewhat weak.
This is the first book I have read where I actually tried to keep my distance and avoid connecting with these characters. I did not want to feel the character’s negative emotions, like I was drowning in the grief and guilt that consumed them both. The cover illustration of this book definitely reflects the tone of this love story, the photo is monotone…no colour…which is exactly how I was feeling throughout this book. I was waiting for the burst of colour and even though there was a happy ending it was still in monotone, no a burst of colour for me.
Don’t get me wrong, this was a very good book to read, it was true to form in keeping with the way these characters should be portrayed but I am drawn to more bright and colourful love stories!
So if you don’t mind a different spin on a love story that leaves you feeling all shades of grey…this story is for you!