Love Gently Falling  -     By: Melody Carlson
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Rita is living her dream of working as a hairstylist in Hollywood when her father calls with news that her mother has suffered a terrible stroke. When she gets home to Chicago, she finds her mother is healing but will need a lot of time to recover. Worse, without being able to run their family-owned salon, her mother could lose the business. Determined to help, Rita realizes what the struggling salon really needs is a complete make-over.

Rita is determined to get the salon back to its former glory by Valentine's Day, which happens to coincide with the reopening of the nearby skating rink that she loved as a child. She only has her small personal savings and a short amount of time off of work to get the job done. But she also has the help of old friends, including Johnny, a former classmate who now works for Jolly Janitors, the company that cleans the salon. Rita is surprised at how well they connect and how much he is willing to do to help her. Though Rita believes Johnny is only being kind, with romance in the air their friendship may just fall into something more.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 160
Vendor: Center Street
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 8 X 5.25 (inches)
ISBN: 1455528102
ISBN-13: 9781455528103
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Rita Jansen is living her dream as a hairstylist in Hollywood when her father calls with news that her mother has suffered a stroke. When she gets home to Chicago, Rita finds her mother is healing but facing a long recovery. Worse, without being able to run their family-owned salon, her mother could lose the business. Rita decides to help, but she only has until Valentine's Day to come up with a plan.
As Rita takes her mother's place at work, the nearby skating rink she loved as a child brings back fond memories. Rita also finds herself renewing friendships with her childhood best friend, Marley, as well as her classmate Johnny. Although they now lead such seemingly different lives, Rita is surprised by how well she and Johnny connect and how far he will go to help her. Though Rita believes Johnny is only being kind, with romance kindling in the air and on the ice, their friendship may just fall into something more.


Author Bio

Over the years, Melody Carlson has worn many hats, from pre-school teacher to youth counselor to political activist to senior editor. But most of all, she is a writer who loves to write! She is a bestselling and award-winning author of more than 200 books for children, teens, and adults--with sales totaling more than six million. Carlson's passion for 'true to life' fiction has had great success for both the young adult and women's markets. Informed and aware of the challenges and struggles facing teens today, she writes young adult novels that she hopes will change lives and women's fiction to which women of all ages can relate. Her popular series, Diary of a Teenage Girl (Multnomah), has sold more than 775,000 copies and her popular Christmas novellas have sold over 590,000 copies combined. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband. They enjoy skiing, hiking, gardening, camping and biking in the beautiful Cascade Mountains.

Editorial Reviews

"Ms. Carlson pens an uplifting tale of love, family and courage."—RT Book Reviews
"A sweet, quick read that celebrates love's beginnings as well the spirit of Valentine's Day."—Serena Chase, USAToday.com on Once Upon a Winter's Heart
"A delightful story about the loss and recovery of romance, love and hope. . . .ONCE UPON A WINTER'S HEART will revive anyone who's given up on romance and wants a happy ending."—Family Fiction on Once Upon a Winter's Heart
"A sweet love story, Once Upon a Winter's Heart is a beautiful picture of the joy of being swept off your feet."—Melanie Dobson, award-winning author of Love Finds You in Mackinac Island, Michigan andWhere the Trail Ends on Once Upon a Winter's Heart
"Melody delivers all that is sweetest and best about love in this Valentine's novella and does it with a tasty dash of Italian spice. Now that's amore!"—Robin Jones Gunn, bestselling author of Sisterchicks in Gondolas on Once Upon a Winter's Heart

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  1. Missouri
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    engaging story of communication and love
    February 7, 2015
    Kathleen
    Missouri
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Friday, February 6, 2015

    Love Gently Falling by Melody Carlson, 2015

    Melody Carlson has been a favorite author of mine since reading her Back Home Again, the first book in the Grace Chapel Inn bed-and-breakfast series, and then on to her stand-alones. I like that she writes wholesome stories for a wide variety of age groups.

    Love Gently Falling is a novella, shorter than Melody's novels, but just as absorbing. Rita Jansen is flexible and organized at the same time. In the opening, I like how she interacts with her roommate, Aubrey, and the relationship she has with others. Eager to help her, Aubrey makes arrangements for Rita's travel back home upon hearing of the illness of her mother. Rita is a giver too, and flows from a heart of respect and honor for others. The story is very fluid, as if you are there with their conversations. Flying from California's mild weather to opening the door to Chicago's windy city, is just the beginning of changes ahead for Rita. She sets herself aside to help her family. A very engaging story of communication and love that will be an encouragement to any day! What I liked most is the conflict resolution.

    Also included within is the first chapter of Once Upon a Winter's Heart, for a further Valentine's Day read!

    ***Thank you to Hachette Book Group Faith Words for sending me a copy of Love Gently Falling for review. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***
  2. a sunny island
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Love Gently Falling
    January 28, 2015
    sunny island breezes
    a sunny island
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Rita has to take a leave from her job working with stars and celebrities to return to Chicago until her mother's health improves. While waiting for her mother to finish rehab, Rita is helping out at her mother's hair salon.

    Rita discovers that her mother's business is in worse shape that her mother. While looking at some pictures of the salon's early days and then while cleaning out the storage room there, Rita has a brainstorm. She comes up with a plan to revive the salon's business before heading back to L.A. Her goal is to have a grand reopening to coincide with the opening of the skating rink in the center of the mall where the salon is located.

    During all this makeover, Rita finds herself falling for one of the janitors who cares for the salon. Will a janitor keep her in Chicago? Get real. She has her dream job waiting for her.

    I've always enjoyed Melody Carlson's books. This one was no exception. Thank you, Ms Carlson. I'm looking forward to your next book.

    ***A special thank you to Katie Connors for providing a review copy.***
  3. Victorville, CA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    It's never to late to fall in love!!!
    January 18, 2015
    Heart2Heart
    Victorville, CA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Just when Rita Jansen thinks she finally has the perfect life all figured out, tragedy strikes with one phone call from her dad. Her mother has had a stroke and they aren't sure if she will recover but it doesn't look good. Now she will leave her life as a hair stylist in Beverly Hills to face the cold winter of Chicago to help her mother for the next two weeks. Her passion for hair began working with her mother at her salon Hair and Now, and it was her mother who funded the money to send her to school to get her license even though it was in California. Her mother had always been there to support her, now it was Rita's turn to help in any way she could.

    When she arrived at the airport intending on finding her own transportation to get to the hospital, she is more than surprised when an old friend from school, Johnny Hollister, is there to pick her up. This way her family can stay at the hospital and not have to worry about Rita. They share a great reunion in the drive there and she learns that Johnny has added her mother's salon to his growing number of clients for his janitorial company. She also learns that her childhood best friend has opened her own shop in the same mall as the salon.

    When Rita arrives, she learns that her mother's recovery and stroke was worse than she imagined and it will take about six months to get her back on her feet again. Until then, it's long hours of physical therapy to get her speech and movement back. Rita vows to spend those two weeks renovating her mother's outdated salon to something she would be proud of. But how will she be able to manage it with only two weeks and a very limited budget. All she knows is she has to try because by the looks of things if she doesn't her mother may be out of business before she can return to the salon again.

    I received Love Gently Falling by Melody Carlson compliments of Center Street Publishing, a division of Hachette Book Groups for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review and the opinions contained here are strictly my own. This is such a beautiful contemporary romance perfect for Valentine's Day! The love that abounds not only for Rita's family and friends but even for her own childhood skating rink comes full circle by the conclusion of this book and teaches us that it's never to let to find love in the places we might least expect it. This one is worthy of 5 out of 5 stars.
  4. West Monroe, LA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Lovely Story
    January 6, 2015
    Barb
    West Monroe, LA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Love Gently Falling is a lovely story. The author wrote a book of a child helping a parent in need, which I found to be heartwarming. The book held my attention from the beginning to the end. If you want a clean, cute book that's fast to read, I believe you will like Love Gently Falling.

    I received a complimentary copy from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. This review is one hundred percent my opinion.
  5. Indiana
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Gently falling
    January 2, 2015
    lcjohnson1988
    Indiana
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Melody Carlson shares a tale with readers about a young woman who works hard and looks like she has achieved success, so why does Rita still feel empty? Then Rita receives a call that her mother in Chicago is in the hospital. With the help of a roommate, travel plans are made and by that evening Rita is back in the cold of Chicago from her warm California condo. What starts as a hard couple of days concerning her mother actually starts Rita down memory lane when she assumes responsibility for her mothers failing hair salon.

    Now, let me assure you that I have not divulged much of the story. It is the proverbial tip of the iceberg as there is a lot more readers will discover! I sat down one afternoon simply enjoying this story of a young woman who finds enjoyment in being back in Chicago helping her family. The author writes in such a way that the interaction between characters is engrossing with easily believable situations and redemption. It took me a couple of hours just to curl up, read and thoroughly enjoy the novel! I hope you enjoy reading your own copy too!
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