About the Book
Book: Why They Call It Falling
Author: Christina Sinisi
Genre: Contemporary Christian Romance
Release date: June 7, 2022
Formerly the wild child of three sisters, Emma Marano grew up to be a single mom working two jobs, estranged from her mother, and lying to her friends. She’d told everyone that her daughter’s father wanted nothing to do with his child, but in reality, her own inability to deal with her mistakes and shame led to the biggest lie of her life. But her daughter, Haley, is all Emma has in the world, so how can she regret keeping Haley to herself? Emma’s struggling, though, and her life is slowly imploding.
Right after high school, Justin Lee broke up with Emma Marano and joined the Army, leaving her and all her drama behind. Years later, he stumbles upon her and what turns out to be a daughter he never knew he had. Angry and confused, he insists on having a relationship with his daughter, but to do so, he’ll need to rebuild some sort of relationship with Emma, too. As he gets to know his daughter—and Emma again—he soon realizes that his biggest mistake was leaving her all those years ago. What he dismissed as drama turns out to be a serious mental health issue, and Emma needs help. Now, Justin has to decide if he can see past her flaws and forgive her lies, and together, they’ll have to work to reclaim their love and a faith in each other and in God, or they risk losing something precious in the process.
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About the Author
A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Christina Sinisi writes stories about families, both the broken and blessed. Her works include a semi-finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest and the American Title IV Contest where she appeared in the top ten in the Romantic Times magazine. Her published books include Christmas Confusion, Sweet Summer, and Christmas on Ocracoke. By day, she is a psychology professor and lives in the LowCountry of South Carolina with her husband, two children and her crazy cat Chessie Mae.
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In Why They Call It Falling, the hero discovers he has a daughter he didn’t know existed when he sees his ex-girlfriend in a strawberry patch at Boone Hall Plantation (here in Charleston, South Carolina). In the book, the name of the plantation had to be changed to protect the innocent, but the recipe below doesn’t.
This recipe comes from a cookbook titled, Charleston Receipts Repeats. This book has modern recipes, as well as old-fashioned ones dating back through generations. It’s a perfect accompaniment to my Charleston-based romance.
Strawberry Pie I
1 9-inch pie shell, baked and cooled
1 cup sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1 cup water
1 3-ounce strawberry jello (delete 1 tablespoon)
1 pint strawberries
In a saucepan, combine sugar, cornstarch, water, and salt.
Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until thick and clear.
Add strawberry jello.
Pour half of mixture into pie shell.
Arrange strawberries in jello mixture.
Pour remaining mixture over strawberries.
Refrigerate until congealed.
Serve with whipping cream.
Serves 6 to 8. Chill 3 to 4 hours.
Enjoy, and think of the sweet taste of summer and the enduring love of fall. Second chances are often the most delicious!
I enjoyed the book and how the author takes a look at how one decision can change many lives. The story follows Emma as she struggles being a single parent. She works two jobs but tries to spend as much time as she can with her daughter. I thought their relationship was very special and admired Emma for the sacrifices she made to provide for her daughter. On the outside Emma seems to have it all together but she has a secret that no one knows about. On top of feeling guilty for her father’s death, she has been untruthful to everyone about the father of her child.
Justin right away became my favorite character in the entire story. He has worked hard all his life and never thought too much about Emma since high school. As you will find out in the story he runs into Emma and their world explodes from secrets that kept him from a daughter he didn’t know he had. I know Emma tried to explain her reasons for not telling him, but he has lost four precious years not being able to know her. His anger is real yet he also has grace towards Emma. I liked how he decided that getting to know his daughter was more important that fighting with Emma.
What I really liked about the story was how the author handled Emma’s struggle with depression. I know I try to hide my depression from others because I think it makes me feel weak. All this time Emma has suffered alone and hides things from her family. There is a scripture that says something like, “all things hidden will be revealed.” For Emma her lies about Justin come to the surface when everyone finds out she never told him about his daughter. It just seemed easier to her so she would not feel rejected again and as time went on, she made Haley the center of her life.
I love stories about second chances and this one is filled with an emotional rollercoaster as two people try to repair a relationship , have faith be their foundation and learn to not only forgive but trust each other. Justin’s parents add a little drama to the story as they see Emma for the first time after finding out about their granddaughter. At times I had mixed feelings about Emma but in the end, the author helps me see a different side of her that cried out for help. It is never too late to make amends and find peace when you give your burdens to God.
I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
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To celebrate her tour, Christina is giving away the grand prize package of a $50 Amazon gift card and a copy of the book!!
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Congratulations on your recent release of Why They Call It Falling, Christina, your book sounds like a wonderful romance for me to read and enjoy! Good luck with your book and the tour! Thanks for sharing it with me!ReplyDelete
Thanks for sharing your review, Texas Book-aholic!
Have a terrific day!
This sounds like a really interesting romance read-- I can't wait! Thanks so much for sharing it.ReplyDelete
Good book for Fall reading.ReplyDelete
Thanks for the contest.
This sounds like a great book.ReplyDelete
Sounds like a story that will help readers think of how things look from someone else’s view.ReplyDelete