Author: Rebecca Coleman
Page Count: 368 Pages
Release Date: October 2012
Then the door opened, and a great wave of a cheer rose up as the first soldiers started down the walkway. Among the colorful crowd, their tidy uniforms—buttoned and tucked, the digital camouflage in subtle shades of sage and moss—gave them gravitas and dignity. So many hands to shake, I thought, so many people to work through, when surely each one must want nothing more than to collapse in a recliner with a beer.
Jill Wagner is doing her best to succeed in life after a tragic accident took her mother away at a very young age. Going to a good college and getting an education and spending her summers working at a camp for children whose parents are battling addiction, similar to her mom who battled alcoholism and won, Jill has no one in her life except her friend Dave, who runs the camp she works at.
Cade Olmstead is the golden boy of Washington D.C. His goal in life is to get into the US Senate and he's doing his best to prepare for that by spending all his time volunteering with an up and coming senator while going to school. If he could guess, he'd say he was the one being groomed for a permanent position in this senator's office, which would jump start his career and land him where he truly wants to be in life.
That is, until Jill and Cade meet, in which everything they're working towards in their lives seems to suddenly stop and become about one another, especially in Jill's life since she has no one else.
Life for Jill and Cade comes to a screeching halt when she finds out she's pregnant with Cade's baby. After breaking the news, Cade does something he's never wanted to do--He takes Jill home to New England and to his family.
Things start off good and when tragedy strikes the Olmstead family, everything slowly but surely turns from being good, to bad, to ultimately corruption and desperation.
Will Jill be strong enough for herself and her young son to leave or will her devotion to Cade be her downfall?
I thoroughly enjoyed Rebecca's last book, The Kingdom of Childhood, so when I was contacted to review her latest novel, I jumped all over it!
One thing that I really like about this author is her writing style, which definitely catches your attention early on in the book-It's very easy to follow along, it's intelligent, and it has a underlying darkness to it that you just can't shake throughout the progressing storyline.
That and the fact that her stories always have a deeper meaning to them, which if you know me, you know I love meaning and symbolism behind a lot of things.
This book really does hit hard, especially for those people who have friends or family who are fighting, or who have every fought in a war and those who come back suffering from debilitating illnesses and conditions like PTSD.
Not only does this book have characters you can really relate to and an excellent plot line that has you hooked (I could barely put it down) and wanting more with each turn of the page, but it really makes you think. In my opinion, those are the best kinds of books!
This may just be the second novel of Mrs. Coleman's, but I have no issue saying that I've added her to my favorite author list :)
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Rebecca received her B.A. in English literature from the University of Maryland at College Park and speaks to writers’ groups on the subjects of creative writing and publishing. Her manuscript for her critically acclaimed first novel, The Kingdom of Childhood was a semifinalist in the 2010 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Competition.
A New Yorker by birth, Rebecca grew up in the close suburbs of Washington, D.C. in an academic family. After studying elementary education for several years, she graduated with a degree in English, awarded with honors.
Rebecca lives and works near Washington D.C. with her husband and their four young children.
**Disclaimer: I was provided an advanced copy of Heaven Should Fall by Rebecca Coleman in order to facilitate this honest review. All opinions above are 100% mine unless otherwise stated**