To Fall in Love Again

To Fall in Love Again

by David Burnett

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To Fall in Love Again by David Burnett

Drew Nelson did not plan to talk with anyone that morning. He did not plan to make a new friend. He certainly did not plan to fall in love.
He resisted all of Amy's attempts to draw him out− at the hotel, at the airport, on the airplane− giving hurried responses and burying his face in a pile of papers. It was only when the flight attendant offered coffee, and a muscle in Amy's back twitched as she reached for it, and the cup tipped, and the hot liquid puddled in Drew's lap that they began to talk.
Earlier in the year, each had lost a spouse of over thirty years. Drew's wife had died of a brain tumor, Amy's husband when his small airplane nose-dived to earth, the engine at full throttle − an accident, it was ruled.
They live in the same city. Both have grandchildren. They are about the same age. Consciously, or not, they both are looking to love again.
But relationships do not exist in vacuums. Drew is wealthy, and Amy is middle class. Amy is "new" in town - she and her husband moved to Charleston twenty-five years ago - while Drew's family has lived there for three centuries. Drew lives below Broad, a code word for high society, old families, power, and money. Amy's home is across the river.
Class warfare may be less violent than it was in the past, but when Drew invites Amy to the St Cecelia Ball, battle lines are drawn. In a city in which ancestry is important, the ball's membership is passed from father to son, and only those from the oldest families attend.
Family, friends, co-workers all weigh in on their relationship and choose sides. Allies are found in unexpected places. Opposition comes from among those who were thought to be friends. Though they are gone, even their spouses − through things they have done and things they have said − wield influence in the conflict that follows.
Amy begins to suspect that Drew is one of them, the rich snobs who despise her, while Drew concludes that Amy neither trusts him nor cares for him. As each questions the other's motives, their feelings for each other are tested, and Drew and Amy are challenged to consider if they truly want to fall in love again.

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Drew did not plan to fall in love that morning. He did not plan to make a new friend. . He resisted all of Amy's attempts to draw him out. But when the flight attendant offered coffee, a muscle in Amy's back twitched, the cup tipped, and the hot liquid puddled in Drew's lap. Then they began to talk!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781503306455
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 12/05/2014
Pages: 270
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.57(d)

About the Author

CHRIS SALEWICZ has been writing on popular culture for more than 20 years. He wrote Bob Marley: Songs of Freedom. Salewicz edited the booklet contained in the 4-CD box set Tougher Than Tough: The Story Of Jamaican Music, and co-wrote the script for the 1999 movie Third World Cop, which broke Jamaican box office records.

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To Fall in Love Again 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
BookWormAndMore More than 1 year ago
I was really excited when I got the opportunity to review this book. I've read one of David Burnett's other books, The Handfasting, and loved it. This one did not disappoint. I love that the main characters in the book were older. You do not find many, if any romance books with older characters, and especially characters that are so realistic. While Amy and Drew have both lost their spouses, their lives and experiences are so different. They come from totally different worlds. I found it funny when I read how Amy's oldest daughter treated her. Just because you are older doesn't mean that you are dead or an invalid. I can just imagine if I said anything like Amy's daughter to my mom. My mom would laugh in my face. My mother is more active and has more of a social life than I do. I would never try to stifle my mother or tell her she couldn't do anything but I know some others that treat their parents that way. This is a truly unique romance story in that an author took the time to write about an older couple falling in love. It also shows that opposites do attract and that what is inside is more important than outward differences. This book will touch your heart. I love David Burnett's writing style and the way he approaches the story. I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.
beckvalleybooks More than 1 year ago
A lovely gentle romance which nicely focuses on a mature relationship and all the joys and negatives that this can bring.  It's a nice mellow read with delightful characters that you will want to relax with and enjoy. We start with such a sad beginning as before Drew's wife dies she makes him promise that he will remarry and be happy.  On the other side of the coin we have Amy whose cheating husband kills himself on the day divorce papers are filed.  Fates plays a heavy hand to steer them both onto the path of romance, with a little help of friends and family and of course Drew's adorable and funny grandson. Everything would be fine, if romance and their own personal feelings were all that mattered.  But Drew comes from what Amy feels is like another world, with money, extravagant houses and stature, how can she possibly belong?  Family are an important part in both lives and their children are obviously protective of their parents and questions are raised about the motives of the other half in the relationship. On top of which both have the grief of their loved ones.  They want to be in love but will all this baggage be way too much for them to deal with?  I have to say that at one point in the story I wasn't sure which way the relationship would go. A story of loss, betrayal, love and hope.  Another great read from this wonderful author.
Ladyinblack10 More than 1 year ago
When Cathy and Drew first meet it is by chance. Thereafter it seems as if their paths are fated to cross as all kinds of coincidences keep bringing them together. They are both widowed but with vastly different experiences of love and marriage. This is the kind of story which you start reading and think you know how it will end. That is until you add an interesting character like Cathy’s outspoken and protective daughter Elaine, romantic intrigue and you get yourself a lovely romantic page-turner. With each chapter Cathy and Drew discover more of who they are and what matters most to them. In doing so they learn to let go of the past to embrace a promising future. My least favourite character was Cathy’s husband, who dies very early on in the book. A true master of deception his selfish actions affected his family long after he was gone. Don’t be fooled by what seems like a predictable story with a predictable ending because there are enough surprises to keep you guessing all the way through. This is a beautifully told romantic tale.
libriamorimiei More than 1 year ago
The protagonist of this book is the real, mature, true love: the main characters are both over fifty, at this age you fall in love deeply, tenderly. Drew and Amy are both recently widowed and have no desire to fall in love again. Di, Drew's wife, shortly before her death, made him promise to remarry but he believes it's impossible to love another woman. Amy has loved all her life Jack, her husband only to discover that he for years had an affair with a colleague. Both have sons, grandchildren, their love is all they need. But fate decided otherwise. Amy and Drew live in the same city but have never met, perhaps because they belong to two different social classes. Amy has been to visit her sister and is returning home. Drew is going around to take pictures that are one of his passions. Staying at the same hotel, they meet in the elevator then take the same two planes and in both are sitting next to each other. Amy tries to engage Drew in a conversation, but the man is busy reading the last book wrote by his wife: the story of her illness. Amy accidentally throws coffee on him thus attracting his attention and begin to talk and get to know. But they lose sight of when they arrive at the airport .... Then fate intervenes again: Amy's youngest daughter must make the thesis and will help just by Drew .... They start dating but soon collide with their social differences and their sons's concerns to their relationship, especially Amy's eldest daughter. Will they build a new family? Will their love overcome their social differences? The story is narrated by alternating the point of view of Drew and Amy, so we can live better their feelings, their concerns, their desires. It's well-written, compelling pace and never boring. The characters are all well characterized and amazing. Drew is the perfect gentleman, sweet, polite, tries to make Amy feel at ease even in environments that she has never attended and where she can hear a fish out of water. Amy is a woman insecure, are influenced by what people may think of her relationship with a man very much richer than she, especially by her colleague, the perfidious Barb. The various grandchildren are adorable, especially Lucas, the troublemaker. I also really loved Cathy,  Amy's daughter eho acted as cupid. One other thing I love about this book is Charleston and its society and history, I can not wait to visit it. I recommend it to those who love romance.
wifetoalineman02 More than 1 year ago
Will falling in-love for the second time as sweet as your first love? Drew and Amy were brought by fate to fall in-love in unexpected places? They been through with loss and heartaches. Both are trying to enjoy life and move on after the pains they experienced.     This book is so beautiful to read. The title itself proves how falling in-love is not easy. When it happens between two people who are undeniable have feelings for each other, second chances are difficult not to give it a try. The characters are unique. They are both older which I love about it. Love has no limit. It does not choose if you are young or older. I was laughing, crying and cannot help falling in-love with Drew and Amy as well in their second chance journey of love. This book is one of the sweetest book I ever read.  
HeatherJG More than 1 year ago
This is a very nice story. I really liked that both of the main characters had been through a lot in life already. They weren't dealing with the typical issues in books based on younger characters. They are already grandparents. They have dealt with great loss, but they're both ready to move forward with their lives (and in love) even if they aren't quite sure about it yet. They come from different backgrounds but have suffered through similar pain and loss. That should be enough of a bond but there are other external factors at play. This is a very comfortable read, the kind you can just snuggle down with for the day. You really feel like you know the characters and feel like you're right there with them as they go through their journey.
TracyHelpsYou More than 1 year ago
I loved reading "To Fall in Love Again". I felt an immediate connection to both Drew and Amy, the main characters. I loved that it was a love story that revolved around two older, widowed adults. I enjoyed the pace of the story - it felt like they were my friends and I was living the story with them. It seems like their relationship was meant to be right from the start ... they "just happened" to be staying at the same hotel, they "just happened" to be on the same flight, they "just happened" to have seat assignments right next to each other ... sounds like fate to me. Both of them were dealing with the loss of their long time spouses, yet seemed to to be able to acknowledge their mutual attraction from the beginning of their friendship. Since they are a little older than the typical love story twenty-somethings, they have the life experience to know that their relationship isn't only about them. They are mature enough to know that their roles of parent, grandparent, and business professional will all come into play ... it's about their families and friends too. Trust me ... they all chime in with their opinions about this relationship. David Burnett does a great job of tying all these relationships together. I intend to read his other books and hope that he makes this story into a series. I would love to see how their relationship grows. I highly recommend this novel and give it 5 STARS :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"To fall in love again" is a truly love story. After having lost their spouses, Drew and Amy thought they would never find another person to share their lives with. They found themselves being dragged to each other by destiny, or perhaps by something bigger, and they had to face every obstacle in the way, their families, friends, co-workers, neighbors, and their own minds, trying to separate them. I loved the book, I have to admit that I didn't cry, but I was close. The way David Burnett described the characters made me hate, really hate Jack, Marci, Barb and even Elaine for a while. From the beginning I liked Drew, he is sweet and a gentleman, he loved his wife until death did them part and continued loving her even after that. He is honest and polite, my favorite character of the book. I could understand Amy trough the book, but somehow, I started to dislike her choices, maybe because I could read both sides of the story, while she only knew one. Her, daughter, Cathy, would be my favorite female character. I would read it again, without the stress of not knowing what will happen, it is a nice book to read at night and go to sleep making stories up in your mind I recommend it to all the romance readers, but be aware you might need a box of tissues close.
A_Gluten_Free_Mom More than 1 year ago
Oh my gosh! Make sure you have tissues close at hand. Every flick of the page brought out new emotions. Starts of strong and stays strong throughout. Drew is 90% of people on a plane, hiding in his work so he doesn't have to talk to strangers on the plane. Heck, Drew is me on a plane. Amy and Drew are from two different worlds even though they live in the same town. Old money vs. middle class values. Can they overcome their "differences"? Both Drew and Amy are older, widowed, grandparents, which is a refreshing change from the typical romance stories that feature 20 somethings partying it up. Can they overcome their "helpful" families? I needed to find out...Which of course led to a long sleepless night :)
MikiHope More than 1 year ago
Like " The Handfasting" this is a sensitive and realistic romance which will have you tearing up at several junctures but laughing at others. Families really do cause trouble without meaning to and little children do know what is real! Drew's wife died--Amy's husband cheated on her then committed suicide (probably). Could love come again-against all odds? Both Drew and Amy felt an instant connection when they met on an airplane and started "dating". Then his world and her hurt conspire to pull them apart. Can they forgive and forget?
JulieGB More than 1 year ago
Amy and Drew live in the same town, but have never met. The day that Amy files for divorce because of infidelity, her husband dies in a plane crash. On that same day, Drew’s wife dies from a tumor. Six months later, they accidently meet. They had been unknowingly staying at the same hotel, and then are randomly assigned side-by-side seats on the flight home, as well as on the connecting flight. Even though neither was looking for a replacement for their spouse, they still felt a bond. With outside influences drawing them together, as well as equally pushing them away, will they be able to overcome their differences and put the past behind them? I felt a connection with these two characters from the start. Each had heartbreaking occurrences to overcome. It seemed they were destined to be together. Like Drew though, I don’t know if I could have forgiven Amy for her degrading outburst. Also, I’m all for people getting their comeuppance, and Barb and Marci did not get theirs. That was disappointing. Maybe that could be addressed in a second book, because this would be a great series.
dedaDL More than 1 year ago
To Fall In Love Again is a novel about life after years of marriage.  Amy & Drew are older adults in need of finding each other. This book made me think about myself - what would I do if my husband passed. Being together for over 38 years - how would I handle life alone. What would I do - would I want to fall in love again.  Now I say "No" but if I was alone would I want love from another man? I really do not know.  Then there is Amy - she was betrayed in such a deep way. Would I ever be able to recover from such betrayal? I say "No" but then if I walked in her shoes - would I want love? I really do not know.   David Burnett did a excellent job in expressing the feelings and emotions of the characters.  I felt their pain and their joy. As a outsider looking into their lives I was able to clearly see the path meant for them to take. But all to often I know the hardship of following your heart to the right path. Something much harder to do if you are the one making the decisions verses being the one looking in.
eternalised More than 1 year ago
In To Fall in Love Again, we meet two characters who bought suffered through loss, and feel like they might not deserve a second change. On the one hand, we have Drew Nelson, who lost his wife due to a brain tumor, and Amy’s husband died in a plane crash. They went through similar ordeals, they’re more or less the same age, and although maybe not consciously, both of them are ready to fall in love again. They meet on an airplane while traveling back home to Charleston, and become friends. But there’s a world of difference between them as well. Drew is wealthy, Amy isn’t. She’s middle-class, which some of Drew’s snobbish, stuck-up friends find hard to deal with. Amy has lived in Charleston for twenty-five years (which some of the locals still consider as ‘being new in town’ while Drew’s family has been there for centuries. When their friends and family speak up against their relationship, Amy starts to believe Drew is a snob like his friends and thinks less of her, and then a shocking discovery drives the two of them even further apart. I liked how both characters were already grandparents in the book. Most books seem to feature young or middle-aged protagonists, and it’s rare that you see older protagonists. The differences between both of them were so enormous that it seemed they came from two different worlds – yet, when taking into account their personality, humor, and friendship, they didn’t seem so different at all. I loved Amy. She seemed so resilient, always ready to fight for her values. The story was heart-warming and touching and showed that differences don’t always have to be that important. I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.