What I Loved:
One Woman Falling was such an emotionally impactful book, it almost hurt to read. I am so impressed with Melanie Campbells’s ability to write about the topic of domestic violence with such beautiful words. I was so drawn into this book and it deeply touched me.
How I Felt:
The characters felt so real in this story. Melanie Campbell created Cassie Peterson, a woman living a life filled with domestic abuse and made her come to life on the pages. Her story takes the reader through the emotional impact domestic abuse has on a person. Cassie comes to realize that she is worthy of love and that this relationship is not a loving one. Her faith helps to guide her to understand her own strength and empower her to make a change.
The writing was done so well. One Woman Falling is the kind of book that will have you up late trying to get in just one more chapter, which turns into three, and then four…fair warning. Melanie Campbell’s real-life events helped to shape this book, and I think that made it more impactful for me. Even though the story itself is fictional, these are real events that happen every day. Her story flowed beautifully and created a heartbreaking, yet uplifting story.
Content Warnings: Domestic violence and alcoholism.
Overall: I have a hard time saying I enjoyed a book that is filled with such terrible events, and yet I did enjoy this story. One Woman Falling will bring out all the emotions for you, going for sadness, to outrage, to understand, and then relief. It is a beautiful story that readers will love.
To Read or Not To Read:
I would recommend One Woman Falling for readers that enjoy an emotional read. This is a Christian-based book, but I think that all readers can enjoy this.
Where to Find This Book:
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Cassie Peterson lives in an invisible prison of fear, chained by self-doubt and guarded by a relentless warden—her husband. Derrick’s verbal abuse as well as his alcoholism have left Cassie alienated from her family, without friends, and certain she can’t survive on her own.
After an unexpected police visit, Cassie realizes the survival of her four-year-old daughter, Renee, depends on Cassie’s courage to leave. What she doesn’t plan on is Derrick’s vengeful custody fight.
While walking through the treacherous world of divorce, Cassie is encouraged by her spunky new friend, Missy Langdon, to pursue her love of waterfalls. Cassie finds solace in the waterfalls on the agonizing weekends she’s forced to hand Renee over to Derrick. Meanwhile, unexpected help comes in the form of Brian Sutton, an attorney at the firm where Cassie works—but what price will she ultimately pay for his assistance?
As Derrick’s threatening behavior escalates, Cassie questions her choices. How long will her daughter suffer before the custody case is resolved? Why is she drawn to waterfalls during this chaotic time? And who will stand with her when everything comes crashing down?
Just the Facts:
- One Woman Falling by Melanie Campbell
- Genre: Christian Fiction
- Page Count: 350 pages
- Publisher: Mountain Brook Ink
- Pub Date: August 1, 2019
I was provided an advanced reader’s copy of this book for free. I am leaving my honest, unbiased review voluntarily.