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Most Helpful Favorable Review

5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

Wow! What a powerful novel. Fear of Falling has the Woodson fa

Wow! What a powerful novel. Fear of Falling has the Woodson family going to Ireland for vacation. They are going to stay at a rental cottage and drive around Ireland for 10 days. They get to the rental cottage and an attack occurs knocking out all power and technolo...
Wow! What a powerful novel. Fear of Falling has the Woodson family going to Ireland for vacation. They are going to stay at a rental cottage and drive around Ireland for 10 days. They get to the rental cottage and an attack occurs knocking out all power and technology. Without the modern conveniences they are so accustomed to using and owning, how will they survive?

Fear of Falling tells the story of a vacation that becomes a survival life style. Matt and Sarah have allowed their relationship to diminish, putting their son and careers ahead of each other. Both hope this vacation will allow them to find the intimacy that has fallen away from them. Susan Kieran-Lewis focuses on both Matt and Sarah, with a little more emphasis on Sarah. She made me strongly identify with Sarah but I also saw Matt’s point of view, his questions, and doubts.

I loved John, their son. He views all this as a grand adventure--horses, puppies, goats, sheep, guns. Every thing that happens is new to him. He meets it with wide-eyed wonder. John wants to try it all because when they get home he will not be able to do these things because of the way they live. John is courageous and resilient. He also grows up and learns the importance of working together as a family. He learns what it is to worry and to have hope dashed. He learns to be strong for others.

Matt is a good foil for Sarah. He is calm. He is the voice of reason when her fears get the best of her. She has, in the past, either fallen apart or become a control freak when the going got rough. When she lets her fears run rampant it is Matt or the thought of Matt that brings her back to herself. As they realize they will not be going home for some time after the crisis, Sarah begins to work on how they will survive. Matt has the knowledge and skills necessary for him to survive and see that his family survives. Yes, he does have much to learn but he listens to others and tries to do what he is able to do. He learns what it means to help others and rely on others for their help or knowledge. He truly is a humble man.

Sarah has to discover what she has inside, not just the physical skills and knowledge but the emotional and spiritual skills and knowledge that lay buried in her. She is hesitant at first. She allows her fears to take over her life for a while at the beginning of the crisis. It is as she uses the skills and knowledge and learns to accept help from others that she discovers her need for God during these difficult times. Her acknowledgement of God and his help is done in baby steps. She starts praying more, working up to letting God do what He needs to do. She questions her relationship with God but finally gives up trying to run it and learns what His will is for her and her family.

Sarah learns that there are times when she must rely on others such as her neighbors Deidre and Seamus. They are an elderly couple who live several miles down the road and have much to teach her, Matt, and John. They are there for her in so many ways. She also learns to rely and trust Mike Donovan and his son Gavin and their extended family. While there is little humor in this tale, the scene between she and Mike when he discovers she really is like American movies that brought a smile to my face. I think it is true.

Fear of Falling also made me question myself. Could I be strong and resilient like Sarah? Could I do what I had to do to survive? Do I have the knowledge and skills needed to be like Sarah? Would I do what Sarah did to ensure her and her family’s survival? Fear of Falling made me think. Do I as a American think I am entitled to the best of everything? Is that part of what makes Americans American? There are a lot of questions that came to me as I read. I’m not sure I have the answers.

Fear of Falling is not a light read. It is not a book you can walk away from without, if not being changed, at least questioning what would you do. How would you feel? I suspect Fear of Falling will remain with me long after I have closed the cover and moved on to other reads. It is that powerful a work.

posted by smg5775 on August 2, 2012

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Most Helpful Critical Review

10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

This free 200 page book was pretty good.

This free book is part one of a three book series. It has 200 pages and the editing is pretty good. It is pretty violent, although not extremely graphic, the violence can be disturbing. There are no sexual descriptions, but sex is implied. There are a few curse words. T...
This free book is part one of a three book series. It has 200 pages and the editing is pretty good. It is pretty violent, although not extremely graphic, the violence can be disturbing. There are no sexual descriptions, but sex is implied. There are a few curse words. There is a lot of death of both humans and animals. At times, I found this book very sad. There are strong relationships forged out of need and genuine caring. There is no humor. It is more a suspense then a mystery. The other two books cost $3.99 each. This was a pretty good read. For adults.

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