Overall Grade: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
If you aren’t reading A.L. Jackson’s Falling into You, then you are not living. It’s really quite simple. This is the fourth book in her Falling Stars series, and like its predecessors, is an angst-driven, beautifully drawn story of second chances. Page after page finds gorgeous prose, a quickened heart-beat of a story, and a couple so fated for each other that you cannot breathe deeply until their happy ending is wrought on the page. That’s really the essence of Jackson’s writing: she crafts this quiet spirited story and causes you to incrementally hold your breath until the story’s revelation is brought forth. Over and over again, with this series, you find yourself lost in the secrets of her fictional band, Carolina George. Each book holds its own secrets, and there is no peace until her heroes and heroines realize that hidden secrets are a detriment to true love. Once the secrets are revealed, the beauty of the love articulated on her pages is heightened to a fever pitch, and you honestly believe that you’ve never read anything like it. Reading Falling into You felt like I was sitting on a beach, sinking deeper in the sand with the waves crashing over me. However, a hand reaches out and pulls me from the gravity of the moment and places me in the brightest sun spot where I warm myself in the light of it. Overwhelmingly beautiful, emotionally satiating, Falling into You reveals Jackson’s deftness at creating characters and a story that feels timeless.
The big reasons for why you should run and grab A.L. Jackson’s newest book:
- Richard Ramsey is a revelation. Like I said at the beginning of this review, as is the case with the other books in this series, Richard is holding onto secrets. We believe we know those secrets, but carefully and craftily, Jackson exposes them slowly. You think you know Richard, but you have absolutely no idea. In his characterization, you are met with a brute force, a warrior, and a broken man. Even more, through Ramsey, Jackson illustrates her greatest flex: the ability to unravel a story that has been growing since the men and women of her Bleeding Stars series. When you realize the depth of her ability to thread a story through multiple books, you find yourself astounded by it. She uses Richard’s character to progress and end it in Falling into You. It illustrates her profound ability as a writer to create story.
- Her heroine, Violet, is the type of heroine you can’t help but fall in love with. She falls in line with Mia and Emily, women who have endured the worst of life and yet prevailed. As a woman, it’s important to read the resilience of a woman such as Violet.
- The family is all here. My favorite moments in this book are the moments of community. Those are also my favorite moments in the Bleeding Stars books as well. When the community isn’t right, Jackson builds a discord, and you can feel the brokenness. When the community comes together to show Violet their willingness to protect her at all costs, the beauty of this story is overflowing. My most favorite moments are the ones with Emily, Violet, Maggie, and Melanie. When these women are together, they elevate each other. Violet’s parents, Richard’s mother, and little Daisy add these layers of love to an already overflowing story of passion and adoration. It draws you in as the angst of the story tries to push you away. I love this dissonance, and it once again illustrates Jackson’s capacity as a writer.
- The story is the driving force of Falling into You. It’s captivating and entrancing. As Richard and Violet struggle to right the wrong of their past, the suspense of a bigger story keeps you turning the page. Richard and Violet’s adversity can be difficult to read especially if you pine for their reconciliation. However, the underlying story, the reasons for Richard’s choices, drive you forward until its dramatic conclusion.
- Once again, Jackson’s prose is poetic. I haven’t read another romance writer where the writer’s syntax, diction, and phrasing feel as though you are reading a book of poetry. Over and over again, Jackson’s words pull at your heart and soul, and you feel awed by her ability.
Falling into You holds special moments of a heart-wrenchingly, beautiful love affair. It overwhelms you as you read, but it feels like it whispers out to your heart even in its moments of ugliness. I felt this push to finish it, while a pull to stop prolonged my reading. This tells you that A.L. Jackson’s aptitude as a writer transfixes you as a reader. She takes the trials of her characters, and she emotionally invests you in them even if your life experiences are at odds with theirs. Time and time again, Jackson reminds you why you can’t stop reading her books. Simply put, she holds you captive to the idea that love, no matter the circumstances, will prevail.
In love and romance,