Love Gently Falling

Love Gently Falling

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by Melody Carlson
     
 

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Rita Jansen is living her dream as a hairstylist in Hollywood when her father calls with news that her mother has suffered a stroke. When she gets home to Chicago, Rita finds her mother is healing but facing a long recovery. Worse, without being able to run their family-owned salon, her mother could lose the business. Rita decides to help, but she only has until

Overview

Rita Jansen is living her dream as a hairstylist in Hollywood when her father calls with news that her mother has suffered a stroke. When she gets home to Chicago, Rita finds her mother is healing but facing a long recovery. Worse, without being able to run their family-owned salon, her mother could lose the business. Rita decides to help, but she only has until Valentine's Day to come up with a plan.
As Rita takes her mother's place at work, the nearby skating rink she loved as a child brings back fond memories. Rita also finds herself renewing friendships with her childhood best friend, Marley, as well as her classmate Johnny. Although they now lead such seemingly different lives, Rita is surprised by how well she and Johnny connect and how far he will go to help her. Though Rita believes Johnny is only being kind, with romance kindling in the air and on the ice, their friendship may just fall into something more.

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"Ms. Carlson pens an uplifting tale of love, family and courage."—RT Book Reviews"

A sweet, quick read that celebrates love's beginnings as well the spirit of Valentine's Day."—Serena Chase, USAToday.com on Once Upon a Winter's Heart"

A delightful story about the loss and recovery of romance, love and hope. . . .ONCE UPON A WINTER'S HEART will revive anyone who's given up on romance and wants a happy ending."—Family Fiction on Once Upon a Winter's Heart"

A sweet love story, Once Upon a Winter's Heart is a beautiful picture of the joy of being swept off your feet."—Melanie Dobson, award-winning author of Love Finds You in Mackinac Island, Michigan andWhere the Trail Ends on Once Upon a Winter's Heart"

Melody delivers all that is sweetest and best about love in this Valentine's novella and does it with a tasty dash of Italian spice. Now that's amore!"—Robin Jones Gunn, bestselling author of Sisterchicks in Gondolas on Once Upon a Winter's Heart

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781455528103
Publisher:
Center Street
Publication date:
01/06/2015
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
192,626
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Over the years, Melody Carlson has worn many hats, from pre-school teacher to youth counselor to political activist to senior editor. But most of all, she is a writer who loves to write! She is a bestselling and award-winning author of more than 200 books for children, teens, and adults—with sales totaling more than six million. Carlson's passion for 'true to life' fiction has had great success for both the young adult and women's markets. Informed and aware of the challenges and struggles facing teens today, she writes young adult novels that she hopes will change lives and women's fiction to which women of all ages can relate. Her popular series, Diary of a Teenage Girl (Multnomah), has sold more than 775,000 copies and her popular Christmas novellas have sold over 590,000 copies combined. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband. They enjoy skiing, hiking, gardening, camping and biking in the beautiful Cascade Mountains.

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Love Gently Falling 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
arlenadean More than 1 year ago
Book Description.... "Rita Jansen is living her dream as a hairstylist in Hollywood when her father calls with news that her mother has suffered a stroke. When she gets home to Chicago, Rita finds her mother is healing but facing a long recovery. Worse, without being able to run their family-owned salon, her mother could lose the business. Rita decides to help, but she only has until Valentine's Day to come up with a plan. As Rita takes her mother's place at work, the nearby skating rink she loved as a child brings back fond memories. Rita also finds herself renewing friendships with her childhood best friend, Marley, as well as her classmate Johnny. Although they now lead such seemingly different lives, Rita is surprised by how well she and Johnny connect and how far he will go to help her. Though Rita believes Johnny is only being kind, with romance kindling in the air and on the ice, their friendship may just fall into something more." Title: Love Gently Falling Author: Melody Carlson Publisher: Center Street Reviewed By: Arlena Dean Rating: 5 Review: "Love Gently Falling" by Melody Carson What I liked about this novel.... This was a good read of how one family member really makes a difference in her life after her mothers has had a stroke. I loved how this author show such affection that she [Rita] had for her family. We find that Rita was a hair stylist in Beverly Hills and has come back home to Chicago to be with the family due to the fact that her mom has had a stroke. What I especially liked about this read was after seeing how the bad conditions were in her mom's hair shop Rita decides to do something about it in just the few weeks Rita was to stay in Chicago. I liked how Rita felt that since her Mom had supported her dreams it was now her turn to help out. Now, what do you think Rita was wanting to do? Now, this is the part where I say you will have to pick up "Love Gently Falling" to see what all Rita has in mind to do and will she be able to do it? It was a great story interest in how Rita was able to get the tasked done in just the short time she was there in Chicago. I found all the the characters for the most part were all well developed, defined, well portrayed and very believable giving the reader a well told and written storyline. The story will also dwell on old friendships...well this is the part that gets somewhat sticky for me. Were these really all her friends? There was one that seemed sort of flaky at times, Johnny was a likable person ... [could Rita find love with him?] and then their was another one that wasn't really a pleasant person. Now, what was really going on in all of this? Were there some fences that needed to be mended and if so by whom? All I will say is that you will have to pick up the read to see for yourself who really was Rita's friends. By the end of "Love Gently Falling" will Rita be able t get her Mom's shop 'Hair and Now' in top shape? Will she renew old friendships and possibly get a different future than she had planned? One thing for sure you will get a ending that will have you wondering...at lease it was for me? What else I liked... I found this author wrote a quick, very sweet light hearted love story that was in time for the Valentine Holiday that really fitted very well with the story. Also I liked how including the return of the skating Ice Ring that had reopened after all these years that was located outside the 'Hair and Now' hair shop...would this be there for Rita to find love? If you are looking for a clean read where loyalty to the family comes first then you have come to the right place for good read "Love Gently Falling" that I would recommend as a good read.
Lane_Hill_House More than 1 year ago
Friday, February 6, 2015 Love Gently Falling by Melody Carlson, © 2015 Melody Carlson has been a favorite author of mine since reading her Back Home Again, the first book in the Grace Chapel Inn bed-and-breakfast series, and then on to her stand-alones. I like that she writes wholesome stories for a wide variety of age groups. Love Gently Falling is a novella, shorter than Melody's novels, but just as absorbing. Rita Jansen is flexible and organized at the same time. In the opening, I like how she interacts with her roommate, Aubrey, and the relationship she has with others. Eager to help her, Aubrey makes arrangements for Rita's travel back home upon hearing of the illness of her mother. Rita is a giver too, and flows from a heart of respect and honor for others. The story is very fluid, as if you are there with their conversations. Flying from California's mild weather to opening the door to Chicago's windy city, is just the beginning of changes ahead for Rita. She sets herself aside to help her family. A very engaging story of communication and love that will be an encouragement to any day! What I liked most is the conflict resolution. Also included within is the first chapter of Once Upon a Winter's Heart, for a further Valentine's Day read! ***Thank you to Hachette Book Group for sending me a copy of Love Gently Falling for review. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Rita has to take a leave from her job working with stars and celebreties to return to Chicago until her mother’s health improves. While waiting for her mother to finish rehab, Rita is helping out at her mother’s hair salon. Rita discovers that her mother’s business is in worse shape that her mother. While looking at some pictures of the salon’s early days and then while cleaning out the storage room there, Rita has a brainstorm. She comes up with a plan to revive the salon’s business before heading back to L.A. Her goal is to have a grand reopening to coincide with the opening of the skating rink in the center of the mall where the salon is located. During all this makeover, Rita finds herself falling for one of the janitors who cares for the salon. Will a janitor keep her in Chicago? Get real. She has her dream job waiting for her. I’ve always enjoyed Melody Carlson’s books. This one was no exception. Thank you, Ms Carlson. I’m looking forward to your next book. ***A special thank you to Katie Connors for providing a review copy.*** Posted by sunny island breezes
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
Just when Rita Jansen thinks she finally has the perfect life all figured out, tragedy strikes with one phone call from her dad. Her mother has had a stroke and they aren't sure if she will recover but it doesn't look good. Now she will leave her life as a hair stylist in Beverly Hills to face the cold winter of Chicago to help her mother for the next two weeks. Her passion for hair began working with her mother at her salon Hair and Now, and it was her mother who funded the money to send her to school to get her license even though it was in California. Her mother had always been there to support her, now it was Rita's turn to help in any way she could. When she arrived at the airport intending on finding her own transportation to get to the hospital, she is more than surprised when an old friend from school, Johnny Hollister, is there to pick her up. This way her family can stay at the hospital and not have to worry about Rita. They share a great reunion in the drive there and she learns that Johnny has added her mother's salon to his growing number of clients for his janitorial company. She also learns that her childhood best friend has opened her own shop in the same mall as the salon. When Rita arrives, she learns that her mother's recovery and stroke was worse than she imagined and it will take about six months to get her back on her feet again. Until then, it's long hours of physical therapy to get her speech and movement back. Rita vows to spend those two weeks renovating her mother's outdated salon to something she would be proud of. But how will she be able to manage it with only two weeks and a very limited budget. All she knows is she has to try because by the looks of things if she doesn't her mother may be out of business before she can return to the salon again. I received Love Gently Falling by Melody Carlson compliments of Center Street Publishing, a division of Hachette Book Groups for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review and the opinions contained here are strictly my own. This is such a beautiful contemporary romance perfect for Valentine's Day! The love that abounds not only for Rita's family and friends but even for her own childhood skating rink comes full circle by the conclusion of this book and teaches us that it's never to let to find love in the places we might least expect it. This one is worthy of 5 out of 5 stars.
Barb00 More than 1 year ago
Love Gently Falling is a lovely story. The author wrote a book of a child helping a parent in need, which I found to be heartwarming. The book held my attention from the beginning to the end. If you want a clean, cute book that's fast to read, I believe you will like Love Gently Falling. I received a complimentary copy from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. This review is one hundred percent my opinion.
GHott More than 1 year ago
“We know that for those who love God all things work together for good” The plaque has been on her mother’s fridge for as long as Rita Jansen can remember. She knows that this is a good and reliable promise, but she also knows that God never says how long we’ll need to wait for the good. In recent years, her brother was hurt on the playing field and lost his scholarship, her father lost his lucrative career and is making do with a low paying job, and now, Rita is racing from her Southern California home across the country to help after her mother’s stroke. There’s not much for Rita to do at the hospital so she takes over her mother’s biggest stress – Hair and Now. The family business is their only stable source of income and by the looks of things it’s not quite so stable. The place looks shabby, the appointment books are empty, and the hairdressers are ready to retire. Luckily, Rita’s been dressing hair for the stars since she left and knows how to bring this place around… but will her mother even be able to recover enough to enjoy it? Hott Review: Love Gently Falling is a very sweet romance, but the romance takes a complete backseat to the growth of Rita. What I liked: I really enjoyed Rita. Watching her grow and learn – about herself and others – was really a lot of fun and quite interesting. The journey of the family through the stroke recovery process is very accurate – if a bit easier than I remember :) – and gives a good look at the process for anyone unfamiliar. What I didn’t like: Nothing. This is appropriate for everyone, but, I believe, will be most interesting to older teens and young adults. More… Author: Melody Carlson Source: Center Street via Netgalley Grade: A Ages: 15+ Steam: Nada Setting: Chicago, IL