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California born Marisa Oldham, now resides in Arizona where she practices her love of photography in both a leisurely and professional fashion. Writing is a new passion of hers and she plans to continue with The Falling series with two other novels for the series already in the works. Marisa finds inspiration for writing her novels in her family, friends, and the world around her. She currently plans on at least four more novels.
Danielle Tara Evans
on July 02, 2013 :
The Falling of Love centers around Grace, a teenage girl, who falls in love with Ian, a boy with a troubled home life. The author did a great job capturing young love and showing how exciting and beautiful a new romance can be. The beginning brought back memories of when my husband and I first started dating as teenagers. Just like Grace and Ian, we fell for each other very hard and very fast. When Ian ends up living with Grace's family, I could relate to that as well because I had lived with my husband's family during my senior year of high school (prior to being married of course). Grace and Ian were then out on their own at a young age just as we were so I really felt for them and for their struggles. It is tough having to grow up so soon, and this book shows that very well. Things get dramatically worse though as Ian embarks on a dangerous lifestyle in L.A. The love they have for each other is strong, but their relationship gets heavily tested.
While the content is intended for mature readers only, the writing style would have otherwise led me to believe it was geared towards a younger audience. Despite that, this book has a really good story that is painfully realistic at times. There are some explicit scenes, but they do not take over. They are used to enhance the story, and they are placed at appropriate times rather than being thrown in constantly for no reason other than to have lots of graphic sex.
It was a book that kept my interest the whole way through, and I couldn't wait to see what would happen. The dialogue really brought the story alive, and the characters seemed very real. I often found myself angry, sad, or hopeful. It was definitely an emotional ride. I'm looking forward to book two!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on June 15, 2013 :
This is a great book. It was easy to read and one of those that you just can't put down. I really fell in love with all of the characters in this book, not jut the main ones. The story starts out as a story of teenage love but when the book ends the characters are young adults. I was leery about reading a teen romance book but trust me this book IS NOT for teens. The story is great! There were a couple of errors I guess cause it's independently published, but nonetheless it's a fantastic story and gets 5 stars from me!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
R. Lynn Archie
on June 07, 2013 :
The story starts out with teenagers Grace Hathaway and Ian Taylor, a miss matched couple as seen by their high school peers. Grace is a gentle beauty who’s sweet and on the cheerleading squad where newcomer Ian is the new “rocker” boy in school, and not kindly welcomed. Regardless of what everyone’s thinks the two grow to love each other very much.
Their feelings for each other are bottomless, and you would think that it would soar high from there, but it doesn’t, and that’s because there are undisclosed family circumstances that Ian has found hard to share with Grace. When she’s finally informed of his troubles, she sheds new light onto his problem and finds a solution that makes their days happy again. Sadly, it’s short lived due to their nonstop longing desire. An emotional pull that interrupts their fairytale world, and forces them to delve into adulthood sooner than later.
From there it only plummets downhill due to a new location and Ian’s constant tug of war. On one hand, he has Grace, the love of his life whom he declares he would do anything for; but then, on the other hand, he’s fighting an enormous battle for another love that he’s finding difficult to end.
The story contains a lot of in-depth situations that will pull at your heart. There are also other noteworthy characters that play significant roles throughout the plot. I find it to be an enjoyable read, and an emotional wrenching love story that will be hard to put down.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)
on Jan. 22, 2013 :
It had a few rough spots but overall a good story. I like Grace she may come across as naive but she is very young and had to grow up very fast. Looking forward to the conclusion.
(review of free book)