Book Review: Falling Together by Marisa de los Santos

Title: Falling Together
Author: Marisa de los Santos
Genre: Contemporary fiction
Publisher: William Morrow
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Source: Review copy from the publisher for blog tour with TLC Book Tours
First line: Pen would not use the word summoned when she told Jamie about the e-mail later that night.

Goodreads blurb: 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.

I adore Marisa de los Santos. Her writing is simply indescribable. At the risk of sounding totally hysterical and hyperbolic, I’m going to say that her writing is transcendent. There were many people who were disappointed in this book after the glories that were Love Walked In and Belong to Me, but I am most certainly not one of them. I loved this book.

Let me explain what I mean when I say her writing is transcendent. There was a certain point in this book that had me in such an emotional state, feeling so overwhelmed with love for some of the people in my life, that I put the book down and prayed for them. There is something about the way she writes relationships that makes me want to hug everyone I love, hold them close to me, and tell them how dear they are.

I loved the college trio of Will, Pen, and Cat. (They settled on the term “trio” because “threesome” was too gross.) There are certain friends who you just get, and who get you right back. I was fortunate enough to be part of a trio like that when I attended community college, a three-corded friendship that had its own language and in-jokes. (I’m tempted now to explain the “Wayne’s World Scholarship Fund” and “Bogsno RuckSto,” but will refrain, as it would simply take too long.) For years after college, I lost touch with these two friends, but we have since re-connected on Facebook, something I am eternally grateful for.

Reading about the entwined friendship of Will, Pen, and Cat had me remembering my own college days, but it also had me feeling so blessed because of the friends I have in my life now, friends who know me as an adult with all my faults and failures but love me anyway, friends who love my kids as much as they love me, friends who would drop anything if I needed help.

Only the best books can make you feel like your world is expanding as you read, and that’s definitely the way I felt as I read Falling Together. As I read, I found myself frequently smiling, laughing, and crying – completely lost in these people’s stories and love for each other. I would love it if she wrote a sequel, as I would jump at the chance to spend more time with these characters.

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20 Responses to Book Review: Falling Together by Marisa de los Santos

  1. bermudaonion(Kathy)
    Twitter: bermudaonion

    I read one of her books and loved it and really need to get to the rest of them. Fabulous review!

  2. Marg
    Twitter: MargReads

    I do love this author’s writing. This book didn’t quite do it as much as her previous books for me. To be honest though, the only thing I really wish when it comes to Marisa de los Santos’ books is that they came out quicker. The gap between each one seems so long.

  3. Beth Hoffman says:

    I’m so glad you enjoyed this book! I think Melissa is a terrific storyteller and writer and always look forward to reading her offerings.

  4. Sandy
    Twitter: youvegottaread

    I agree she is transcendent. I love this woman, through her books. I WAS a little disappointed though. The book was wonderful, don’t get me wrong, but I think it lacked a little bit of the magic that was in the other two. But with that, it still is better than 98% of books out there.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Sandy – yes, it was – even a “not her best” book from her is better than most other stuff I’ve read lately. 🙂

  5. Kristen
    Twitter: booknaround

    I have a bunch of her books on my shelves but never seem to get to them. Sounds like I should stop missing out!

  6. Melissa
    Twitter: myeclecticbooks

    This is one author that I really need to check out! Great review!

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Melissa – thanks – I hope you get a chance to read something of hers. 🙂

  7. Susan says:

    5 out of 5 stars, wow! I’ll check it out

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  9. Wow, I love that she inspired you to pray for your family/friends – what a wonderful thing for an author to do.

    Thanks for being on the tour! I’m featuring your review on TLC’s Facebook page today.

  10. Colleen
    Twitter: booksnyc

    what a fabulous review! I can feel in reading it how much you enjoyed this book. I read Love Walked In and thought it was great so I am excited to get to this one!

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