Title – When Fall Breaks
Authors – Julie Solano & Tracy Justice
Publication Date – March 5, 2015
Series – Seasons of Jefferson #1
Kaitlyn Woodley is a beautiful, determined, high school senior, who embraces her small-town roots and country life. She’s studious, musically gifted, and headed for a successful career in swimming. Aside from a catty group of jealous girls, who taunt her mercilessly, Kaitlyn’s dreams are well within her reach. That is, until she becomes tangled up with the handsome Pistol Black, a rodeo cowboy, who not only turns every girl’s head in the county, but also turns her perfect world upside down.
Kaitlyn’s overprotective twin brother and best friends, begin to see signs that make them question Pistol’s subtle control over her. As secrets are unveiled, they intervene to save her from a possible path of destruction. To their surprise, when best friend Brody steps in to protect her, newly discovered feelings complicate an already volatile situation. Soon, everything begins to change. Old feelings die, new feelings emerge, and the once beautiful path they had traveled over summer, begins to alter with the season.
Will Kaitlyn’s closest friends be able to pull her from the destructive path she’s been led to follow? As the winds of time blast through their lives, the loyalty toward their best friend will remain stronger than ever. They are determined to protect her, even if one of them ends up getting hurt in the hunt for safety. One thing is for certain, none of this close group of friends will be left untouched when fall breaks.
One of my favorite things about being a reader is that I can always discover someone new simply by scrolling randomly through Goodreads. After opening the book, if I’m lucky, I can feel the author’s passion flow through my veins with the words they write. This weekend, I picked up When Fall Breaks by Julie Solano and Tracy Justice, and let me tell you, feeling their heart and soul would be an understatement. This book was surprise after surprise, and nothing like I expected, but everything I could have hoped for.
“I don’t take risks like this Caden…I’m not scared of the swim; I’m scared of the fall.”
With When Fall Breaks, Solano and Justice reminded me why I delve into the young adult genre. I loved the anticipation of a first kiss, that build up and development of butterflies in my own stomach. The way that these two authors were able to deliver these scenes of romantic notions and first love was such an art form. The innocence and fierceness of that relationship between Kaitlyn and Brody was so visually captivated that it transported me to that time in my own life. Furthermore, the characters were ones that made it fun to relive. Kaitlyn was a personality that I could see myself in; she was strong and a peacemaker. She wanted success for those around her, but at times found it hard to see her own worth. So often we hear about sibling rivalry, so it was refreshing to see Caden and Kaitlyn thrive more together than apart. That protectiveness and closeness is what I’d wish for in every sibling relationship. Brody, their best friend, was a special one from the beginning and that immediately shone through the pages. There was just something about him that felt like the one waiting in the wings for his chance to save the princess. This group of friends is the very definition of tribe and it made me happy to see that being promoted so strongly in a young adult book.
“If fate had allowed us to be more than best friends, I would wrap you up in my arms right this second and carry you out of this gym to the magical ballroom you deserve.”
I must say that I deeply, profoundly respect these two authors for writing about the subject matter that they did. Here is where I should give the warning that there are some abuse issues. In high school, people can so often get lost in what the “cool” thing is, or give in to peer pressure just because of the perceived notion that they should. This book takes that to a new level and I never saw it coming. While Kaitlyn is able to stand on her own two feet in every aspect of her life, there was one place she couldn’t – in the relationship she was in for a good portion of the story. My heart absolutely cracked and wept when Kaitlyn was being emotionally manipulated. The subject matter that drives the second half of the book is intense and rough, but I believe that it is SO important to be talked about. The way it’s written, discussed, and handled honestly elevated When Fall Breaks for me and gave it a special place in my heart. The novel took on a life of its own and that’s not something you come across very often.
“My vision is a reminder that everything changes, and even things that were once brilliant and lovely, fade away, fall off, and sometimes break.”
Every once in a while, I stumble across a book that leaves me feeling like I just don’t know what happened – in the best way. This first book in the Seasons of Jefferson series was certainly that. I went in blindly, not sure what to expect, because sometimes I think those end up being the best reads. It turned out that was the best decision I could have made. I received friendship, romance, suspense, and an all-around unforgettable read. These two authors, who write seamlessly together, have delivered a phenomenal novel and I’m ecstatic to dive into the second book right away!
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Don’t Miss the Others in the Series!
Dead of Winter (Seasons of Jefferson #2)
Secrets of Spring (Seasons of Jefferson #3)
Julie Solano has lived in far Northern California, nearly her entire life. She graduated from CSU, Chico, where she majored in Psychology and minored in Child Development. She later went on to Simpson University where she obtained her multiple subject teaching credential. Julie enjoys life in the “State of Jefferson” where she lives with her husband and two children. As a family, they spend their time tromping around the Marble Mountains and Russian Wilder-ness. They also take pleasure in rafting, skiing, snowmobiling, off-roading, campfires, and living it up in the great outdoors. When she’s not with her family, Julie spends her days teaching next door to her co-author, fellow prankster, and partner in crime, Tracy. The most recent of their crazy adventures was to take on the challenge of writing this silly, little novel about life in their neck of the woods. They hope you have fun reading this story which was inspired by their small town, rural upbringing, and the personalities of their four children.
Born and raised in Northern California, Tracy Justice is a wife, mother, and full-time teacher. She graduated from CSU, Chico with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Liberal Arts. One of her fondest memories growing up was herding cattle in the Marble Mountains with her family. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, riding horses, running, hiking, swimming, and of course reading. After some encouragement from Julie, she decided to add “Coauthor” to her ever growing bucket list. She never knew how much fun it would be to write a book with her best friend. She hopes you enjoy reading this story as much as they enjoyed writing it.