SYNOPSIS: Married for more than twenty years, and with her children out of the nest, Ali Timberlake has come to Eternity Springs alone. She’s looking for answers to heartbreaking questions and searching for something that’s missing deep within herself. Taking a lease on the Bristlecone Café in pursuit of a lifelong dream, Ali feels revitalized as she becomes part of this charming mountain town. But a big piece of her is still back in Denver with her husband, Mac, a successful judge—and a man who isn’t going to let the woman he loves leave without a fight.
When Mac shows up in Eternity Springs—sexy, seductive, and determined to win his wife back—he experiences the wonder of the place that has given Ali such feelings of happiness and belonging. He wants that for her, but even more, he wants that with her. Ali has found a special place for her heart. But is there still enough room left in that heart for him?
Heartache Falls, nicely written by Emily March is an enjoyable Contemporary Romance read. I enjoyed this book a lot more than I was expecting. Most Romance novels have the tendency to be predictably cliché and this one was, but somehow it worked itself out in the end. I would mark this towards the top in this genre.
I far enjoyed the first half better than the latter half. March packed a great and heartbreaking punch within the first chapters. I felt the emotions of Ali and Mac as they realize their marriage may not be fixable. The middle and end parts is where this story gets too clichéd for me. The first half is what makes Heartache Falls worth the read.
As in most CR books, the character point-of-view switches between Ali and Mac so each voice is heard. At first, I enjoyed hearing from Ali more than Mac. Call it female sticking up for female, but I felt connected to her within the first few pages. Ali’s story just about ripped my heart out. March did a fantastic job with spelling out the emotional battle Ali was suffering. Her marriage is failing, her children are grown, and here she just wants someone to need her. I loved being able to witness her story in its raw form.
Mac, on the other hand, was a little harder for me to swallow. After connecting so deeply with Ali, I really wanted to hate him; however, his voice and his heart shines through and I wound up feeling just as much for him. Overall, March scores big for writing two sides to the Timberlake’s marital demise.
The remainder of Heartache Falls details the up-and-downs of the Timberlake family; especially as they try to cope with the huge elephant between Ali and Mac. This part of the book lacked significantly for me. Both Ali and Mac annoyed me with their childish behavior and I wanted to slap some sense into both of them.
Overall, Heartache Falls was enjoyable; however, I wish March would have given more life and voice to the mid-to-late plots. It seemed like the ending was rushed; plus there was too much drama and not enough details to make the ending believable. With that being said, most fans of Contemporary Romance will enjoy this.