A Soft Place to Fall by Liz Flaherty

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Published:  Pelican Book Group
Date:  April 26th 2018
Format: e-ARC
Pages:  234
Genre: Christian Contemporary Fiction
Source: Publisher via NetGalley

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Early McGrath doesn’t want freedom from her thirty-year marriage to Nash, but when it’s forced upon her, she does the only thing she knows to do-she goes home to the Ridge to reinvent herself. Only what is someone who’s spent her life taking care of other people supposed to do when no one needs her anymore? Even as the threads of her life unravel, she finds new ones- reconnecting with the church of her childhood, building the quilt shop that has been a long-time dream, and forging a new friendship with her former husband. The definition of freedom changes when it’s combined with faith, and through it all perhaps Early and Nash can find a Soft Place to Fall.


Sometimes – just occasionally I pick a book by its cover. And A Soft Place to Fall was one of those, all because of the quilt on it. Reading the blurb the story sounded like I might enjoy it and so I went ahead and read it.

Its a gentle yet moving story of life in a large extended family. Early and Nash have just been divorced because Nash has a bit of the mid life crisis going on.  They are still the best of friends, care about each other and their family.  I liked them both and never at any time felt impatient with them. I liked that the divorce gives Early a chance to explore her new freedom and to take her life in the direction she would like it to go. Up until now she has been the chief caregiver, and although that doesn’t halt, she does have opportunities.

One opportunity is the chance to open a quilt shop called A Soft Place to Fall, its a good place where women gather, quilt, talk, heal and support one another. I liked this aspect of the book even though it was only a small portion.

There is tension as Early had a sister who died and Sarah her daughter was adopted by Nash and Early. Who is her father? As the search unfolds it brings both sadness and blessings.

The story ends in a way that was perfectly satisfying to me and I did enjoy this funny, caring family.

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