4 Stars for Falling Down by Eli Easton

Review by Cia

Family isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be for many people, and sometimes the world isn’t all that kind. Homeless, just eighteen, Josh has reached the end of his ability to withstand the knocks life keeps throwing at him. Losing his mom was traumatic, but he has a way to be close to her again. First he has to get to New England to see the leaves change for her.

Then he’ll just let go.

Mark’s alone, not because he has to be, but because he needs to be. He’s scarred, mentally far more than physically, by his experiences as a soldier. He’s not the man his family thinks he is, and he needs some space. An isolated cabin just big enough for him, a business using his hands… and he’s satisfied with his life, if not happy.

But the dead look he sees in a man’s eyes strikes him hard, and when that same man appears under a bridge across the lake, he can’t help but reach out. Falling Down is a story about the challenges these men face and how they cope. Each with their own strengths and weaknesses, the story Mark and Josh take a reader on is one that tugs at the heart and makes the book impossible to put down. Eli Easton is a master at crafting characters who feel so real you ache for their pain and cheer for their joy, and Falling Down is no different. Five stars all the way.

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