Tuesday, October 30, 2012

On Tour and a Giveaway: Falling Together by Marisa de los Santos

From their first day of college orientation, Pen, Cat and Will seemed born to be close friends. Eventually though, Cat's decision to marry an unpleasant mate had loosened their magical bond and without its center, the group had drifted away from each other.

Now, six years later, when Cat emails her former cronies, asking them to join her at their college reunion, they cannot resist. Whatever nostalgic dreams the pair nurtured, however, dissolve when they are forced to confront a dangerous situation in which everything they believed about themselves and each other is brought into question.

With its vividly drawn characters; plausible plot developments, another triumph for the author of Belong to Me. ~~ synopsis from Goodreads

My thoughts about Falling Together ~~

Oh - my - goodness! What a beautiful book this was to read!

I have been wanting to read Falling Together for quite awhile and when I saw that it was on tour, well .... that was the perfect opportunity to make it a 'must-read'. This is a story about three college friends who had a falling out and who have not seen each other for six years. A reunion pulls them back together. I love books that deal with relationships and all that goes into tearing them apart or bringing them back together.

I thought this would be an easy, fast read. Well, I was totally wrong about that! This is a book so beautifully written that I was going back to reread parts that went by too quickly. And then I started reading each page slowly so that I could savor every word.

'... when the three of them parted ways, first Cat leaving, then Will, they had agreed to make it final, to never get in touch, not years later, not ever.'

What tore this close friendship apart? And what makes them come together again after not being in each other's lives for six years? The story flows very gently from the present to the past as we come to understand Pen, Cat and Will. Has the past changed them? And can they recapture the closeness that they once had?

'I don't know how to be with you without her.'

Can just two of the three be friends if the other one is not there? Does this once fabulous friendship only work if all three of them are together?

As you can tell, I love Falling Together and I love the story of Pen, Cat and Will. Marisa is such a beautiful writer and I can't wait to read more of her books. I actually have one of her other books, Belong to Me, on my shelf already. What am I waiting for?

About the author

Marisa de los Santos was a poet for a very long time, with an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and a Ph.D. from the University of Houston. Her first book, FROM THE BONES OUT, a collection of poems, was published in 2000.

She and her husband, writer David Teague, lived in Center City, Philadelphia for a number of years before moving to Wilmington, Delaware in spring of 2003. That summer, Marisa began writing what would become her first novel LOVE WALKED IN (Dutton, 2006). LOVE WALKED IN was translated into fourteen languages, was optioned by Paramount pictures, and was a trade paperback bestseller. William Morrow published her second novel BELONG TO ME in April 2008, and it was an instant New York Times Bestseller.

Marisa, David, and their two children, Charles and Annabel, live in Wilmington, where Marisa takes as many ballet classes as she can, volunteers at her kids' school, and is working on her third novel.

Connect with Marisa

I received a copy of this book from TLC Book Tours
in exchange for an honest review.

Enter the giveaway for a chance to win
a copy of Falling Together!


  1. This sounds so good!! Loooove the fall leaves on the cover, although it sounds a bit more intense than the cover shows :)

  2. What a beautiful review! I am adding this one to my TBR list, especially since I see The Language of Flowers on your sidebar, which I absolutely LOVED!

  3. I've been following reviews of this book. Sounds good. Thanks for the giveaway.

  4. Oh my gosh! This book sounds so interesting! I'd love to read it! Thank you so much for this amazing giveaway. :D (Angie Edwards)

  5. This is the kind of book you really have to savor because each page is so amazing. I'm glad you took the time to really enjoy it!

    Thanks for being on the tour.

  6. My friends and I just graduated from college- seems like a good time to read this, eh?


  7. Thank you so much for the book! I look forward to reading it.


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