Title: Falling Down
Author: Eli Easton
Publisher: Pinkerton Road
Release Date: November 9th 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary/New Adult
Page Count: 2999 kindle locations
Reviewed by: Lili
Heat Level: 2.75 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Josh finds himself homeless at eighteen, but he has a plan. He’ll head north on the bus to New England and spend October there for his mother’s sake. She always talked about going to see the fall leaves someday. And when the leaves are done and the harsh winter comes, Josh plans to find a place to curl up and let go. It will be a relief to finally stop fighting.
Mark spent his life trying to live up to the tough swagger of his older brothers until he pushed himself so far against his nature that he cracked. Now a former Marine, he rents a little cabin in the White Mountains of New Hampshire where he can lick his wounds and figure out what to do with the rest of his life. One thing was clear: Mark was nobody’s hero.
Fate intervenes when Josh sets up camp under a covered bridge near Mark’s cabin. Mark recognizes the dead look in the young stranger’s eyes, and he feels compelled to do something about it. When Mark offers Josh a job, he never expects that he’ll be the one to fall.
The snow is coming soon. Can Mark convince Josh that the two of them can build a life together before the flurries begin?
Trigger Warning: Suicidal thoughts
Falling Down by Eli Easton is a gorgeous melancholy story of hope and love. The story starts with 18 years old Josh who has decided to end his life. He travels toNew England where he and his mom spoke of visiting one day. He figures that letting go in the snow will be a peaceful way to go. It’s by chance that he ends up at the bridge near 24 years old, Mark. Something about Josh calls to Mark, and the two begin a tenuous friendship that blossoms into more.
What I loved:
-Josh. Like, Mark, I was drawn to him. His story broke my heart, and the mother in me wanted to hug him tight and urge him to keep fighting.
-Mark. He wasn’t perfect, but his caring nature shone through, and I loved the care that he took with Josh.
-Relationship development. I love a great friend to lovers story, and Eli Easton delivered. It was a slow burn, and just lovely to see their feelings for each other grow.
-The tone of the story. The best way to compare it is a slow melancholy symphony that slowly turns into a happy melody.
-The secondary characters. Mrs. Fisher, Simon, and Donny were all great. **whispers**Eli Easton, please write a book for Simon. He deserves an HEA…**
-The angst. This is not a light story- it’s actually pretty heavy- it made me ugly cry. But it’s that pain that hurts so good. Angst junkies know what I’m talking about.
And the end. In the end, we’re brought full circle. This was a true hurt/comfort/healing story.
I’m going to give this beautiful, haunting story 5 Stars. HIGHLY RECOMMEND.
P.S. I know I mentioned a book for Simon… Can I throw Daniel’s name in there, too? I keep wondering what happened to him? Please tell me they’ll get their HEA.
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