Softly Falling

Softly Falling

by Carla Kelly


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Softly Falling by Carla Kelly

Lily Branson learns that her wayward father has lost his Wyoming cattle ranch in a card game—and to handsome cowboy Jack Sinclair, no less.

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ISBN-13: 9781462113958
Publisher: Cedar Fort, Incorporated/CFI Distribution
Publication date: 11/11/2014
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.90(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Carla Kelly is a veteran of the New York and international publishing world. The author of more than thirty novels and novellas for Donald I. Fine Co., Signet, and Harlequin, Carla is the recipient of two Rita Awards (think Oscars for romance writing) from Romance Writers of America and two Spur Awards (think Oscars for western fiction) from Western Writers of America. She is also a recipient of a Whitney Award for Borrowed Light and My Loving Vigil Keeping.

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Softly Falling 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lily has spent her entire life trying to feel like she fits in. Her mother is black and her father is white and in the 1800s in England, that isn't a great combination to be. Lily's father seems like a nice man, yet he spends all his money on liquor and fails at every endeavor he embarks on because of this vice. When Lily's uncle ships her off to Wyoming to live on her father's big ranch, she finds that not much has changed--her father is the same as ever...and has lost the ranch. The life that Lily builds that winter really tells of her character. She's used to feeling inferior and works hard anyway. Lily is such a great character! I love how she doesn't let prejudices get her down. She finds that the ragtag ranch people are made up of all kinds--from mixed races to good ole Southern boys to Indians to uppity women who look down on everyone. Lily makes the best of her situation and pulls her resources together to make things work. I love the way the characters rely on one another and use their strengths to overcome trials. Of course, Jack is awesome. Right away, he admires Lily's tea/coffee colored skin and accepts her for who she is, really focusing on the beautiful parts to her--her voice, her kindness, her soul. He's a great advocate for Lily and her father. The way the characters learned to pull together and the way the story gently progressed were my favorite parts. Nothing is glossed over--the details are real. I love a good, clean romance, but romance wasn't the main focus--and I still really appreciated the story. Content: Clean! *I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an excellent book. I have collected all, and read (over and over), Carla Kelly's books. She has a wonderful talent of drawing the reader into the story being told, whether a full-length book, novella or short story. The characters in her books are drawn very well. I recommend reading several of her books from different time periods. She is truly a gifted writer.
WonderousReviews More than 1 year ago
Softly Falling was a beautiful story that brought the hardships of the newly settled North America to life. I like learning about history, but through fiction is, by far, my favorite way because good books transport readers into the story; and that's just what Softly Falling did. I was right there shivering in the cold, learning about my new Wyoming surroundings, the people, perseverance, love, leadership, and life. The characters were easy to like and relate to. Lily was so kind and caring, always knew the right thing to say or do, and possessed the determination to make it through whatever life threw at her. She had a special quality about her (reminded me of Elizabeth Thatcher in When Calls The Heart, or Where Courage Calls), that made everyone like her. Then there was the hardworking, kind, strong, Jack always with a plan, eager to learn, and a true leader. Each of the children were wonderful, and so were the other characters - Pierre, Preacher, Fothering, Mrs. Sansever, Will, her father, Franci aka, Freak (the cat), etc. They all had their own personalities, stories, and depth, and they all find a way into the readers heart. They definitely brought in some laugh out loud moments to shove out the seriousness of massive blizzards. I could tell you all about the characters, but I think you would learn so much more from them if you read the book yourself! This book had layers and layers of depth, which I loved. There was a slow beginning, but the plot speeds up and it was a quick, captivating read with danger (life or death meets survival of the fittest), sweet romance, and fantastic themes. I want to be a teacher someday and I can only hope to be half as good a teacher as Miss Carteret! I received a free copy of this book in exchange of an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are solely my own.
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WishEnd More than 1 year ago
This is the third book from this author I've read and I've enjoyed them all. I'm so glad that Softly Falling did not disappoint. It was a sweet story about hardship, finding ones backbone and self, second chances, learning to forgive, and finding love in unexpected places. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and would definitely recommend it to sweet romance readers. I appreciated that the romance wasn't the focal point of the story, although it definitely help drive it. I enjoyed the historical setting with its tidbits of information here and there from the time period. I also really loved so many of these characters, especially Lily and Jack! I loved the friendly and protective ranch hands, the feisty cat named "Freak," the four children taught by Lily, and the helpful and rather humorous butler. There were several sweet, humorous, and endearing moments. Lily and Jack are first and foremost friends. I loved how Jack feels so protective of Lily while also encouraging her to spread her wings. There was enough romance, tension, and danger for the plot to engage me while also building a strong story. It wasn't fast-paced, but I enjoyed how the plot slowly develops and how I really got to know these characters. There were several heartbreaking and tender moments that touched my heart and made me smile. I'm looking forward to seeing what Kelly writes next! Content: Clean Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, which did not affect my review in any way.