Title – Falling With Style
Author – CM Foss
Publication Date – March 29, 2016
Companion Novella to Swoon
Lawrence and Steph Brooks spent years fighting their love, and then they fought their way back to each other. After earning their happy, swoon-worthy ending, they were intent on keeping it.
But a few years, a fledgling business, and a couple of kids later, Steph and Lawrence learn that falling in love was the easy part and happily ever after isn’t for sissies. With life bearing down on them, they can’t always escape the fall, but they can do it with style.
Every so often, I’ll have a book sitting in my queue, and for one reason another, I just can’t get to it yet. No matter how badly I want to dive in, I’m in the middle of other obligations so starting it continues to be put off. However, when I finally do get that chance to sit and devour it, I become utterly lost in the pages. I start to believe in fate because the words that swallow me whole contain message after message that scream to the depths of my soul. They come at exactly the moment that I needed to hear them. Falling with Style by CM Foss was undoubtedly one of these books for me.
“I could have stayed there forever, the woman I’d fought for behind me and the lives we’d created in front of me.”
We’re pulled back into the lives of Steph and Lawrence, who we met and watched fall in love in Swoon. We’re way down the road after the wedding, after life sets in, and it felt so good to see that glimpse! I was reacquainted with characters I had missed, while also being introduced to an entirely new dynamic to their relationship. What surprised me the most, yet also what I appreciated deepest, was Foss’ depiction of happily ever after. So often we get tied up in this notion that the prince comes, kisses his heroine, and whisks her off to live in a castle where they never see any tumult or problems arise. Foss slams that theory and gives us a dose of what a real happily ever looks like; one where you have to fight for your marriage, and push through the downs to appreciate the ups. A happily ever after where people are constantly battling to maintain balance and not lose themselves. This is what I truly adore about Foss’ writing though. She’s humorous in her presentation, but she can also draw out these emotions in readers in a way that is so difficult to describe.
“It’s an easy downward spiral. The world is just aching to drag us down. We are all that couple – I can promise you that. We are all at risk of drowning. But we all have the chance to claw our way back if we want to.”
Falling With Style may be a novella, but the profoundness of it feels like a full-length novel. I’m sure that every reader will take away something different and relate to a different aspect – maybe some comedy, maybe a stubborn horse, maybe a wounded person searching for how to be whole again. But what I’m certain of is that everyone will come away from this book taking a big sigh of relief that they aren’t alone; that the problems we may face have been seen by others. I don’t think I’ll ever get enough of Foss’ writing, but I sure hope she never stops delivering!
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I live in beautiful Northern Virginia with my incredible husband, two awesome kids, three dogs, and two budgies. My husband and I both grew up riding and competing horses and have our own equestrian operation that we run together. In my spare time, I read through the hundreds of stories awaiting me on my e-reader.
My love of books started early, and my mom used to ration my reading time so I didn’t go through them too quickly. I love all things romantic, whether it’s dark or light or silly or dirty, but I really love a happy ending!
In my small moments of quiet time, you’ll find me sipping on wine and reading while any movie where people randomly burst into song or dance plays in the background.