Emma Madison has worked her way to the top of her profession and her latest trial success has cemented her place as one of Boston’s most sought after attorneys.
While celebrating her success, Emma receives a call from a woman she has barely spoken to in twelve years, her cousin Samantha, once a dear friend and mentor. Samantha’s news is not good – Emma’s father has suffered a heart attack and he needs her.
Promising her law partners she will only make a weekend visit, Emma returns to Juneberry, South Carolina, the place she lost her mother and the one place she thought she would never return to.
Pierced by her father’s pain caused by her self imposed estrangement, Emma extends her stay for a few more days and begins to re-evaluate her life. Challenged by the warmth and friendship she rediscovers in Juneberry, including that of the man she left behind, Emma faces a dilemma for which she has no answer.
A Beautiful Fall is an aptly titled novel as it is a beautiful story of a woman forced to face the past in order to determine her future. Chris Coppernoll has done a sterling job with engaging prose and charming characterisation. Emma is an interesting woman, struggling with her past choices, highly successful yet uncertain, compassionate yet removed from the pain she has caused to others. The lives of Emma’s Juneberry family and friends are in contrast to her somewhat selfish choices but Chris doesn’t fall into the trap of making them them saccharine, giving them all stories of substance and poignancy.
Appealing by reason of its simplicity, Chris still infuses his characters with the perfect balance of complexity and authenticity. Combining three different love stories, Chris delves into the challenges, heartache and joy that falling in love creates. A Beautiful Fall is a tender and moving tale of lifelong devotion, sacrifice, forgiveness and the freedom of second chances. I’ll certainly be seeking out Chris’s first novel, Providence, and his future offerings.
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