FALL TO PIECES by Shari J. Ryan
Release Date: December 7, 2020
Cover Design: MadHat Studios
Photographer: Reggie Deanching - R+M Photography
Models: Cody Smith & Elizabeth Babcock
Genre: Women's Fiction
In an instant the word pain was redefined...
August Taylor thought she could manage the weight of the world on her shoulders. Forcing a smile, she hid the secrets of the man she loved and pretended everything was okay. Until she found him unconscious, having chosen his addiction over her ... one last, fatal time.
Unable to understand the sickness that consumed him, grief rivets through August’s body. As she spirals into self-destructive behavior, she finds her life mirroring what she despises.
Chance Miller wants to make a difference. After witnessing the death of his parents at a young age, he longs to help others as he was helped. He thought that path was leading him to adopt a child, but he’s not sure his heart can take another rejection.
Then, he saw August. From a distance Chance watched the sweet woman transition into a shadow of her former self. Now, despite her resistance, he feels compelled to step in and pull her back from the precipice of pain and darkness.
Can August and Chance find a way to help each other put their lives back together? Or are the scattered pieces of their broken hearts shattered beyond repair?
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Shari J. Ryan is USA Today bestselling author. She lives in Massachusetts with her wicked awesome husband, and two wild sons who fill her life with non-stop comedy.
With a life full of love, writing, drawing, TV binging, reading, and Starbucks, Shari is living her best life.
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My rating: 4 of 5 stars - Would Recommend to a Friend
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One thing I truly enjoy about independent authors is that they aren’t afraid to take chances and try something different. In Fall to Pieces, Ms Ryan definitely does something different. Is there a romantic story here - yes, but it takes a back seat to other issues being dealt with.
Our leading lady, August, was prickly and hard to get to know at first. But, the more time I spent with her, the more I wanted to just wrap her up and hug her. I found myself rooting for her and hoping she would find her path.
Chance, our appropriately named hero, was easy to like from the beginning. I did find myself worrying about him several times as he appeared to have a bit of a hero complex.
Fall to Pieces isn’t always a comfortable read. It deals with some hard topics and doesn’t pull a lot of punches. Having never dealt up close with addiction issues, I hope that this gave me a better sense of just how slippery the slope can be - and hopefully a better chance at being empathetic going forward.
Something subtle in this story was how entwined August and Chance were before they realized it - almost as if fate was pulling them together. The time line of this story feels fairly short, which bothered me a bit at first, but as the story unravels and we learn more about what August was really dealing with it makes more sense. The epilogue also helped with the feeling that lessons had been learned and caution taken to not rush too much.
The more of Ms Ryan’s books I read, the more I enjoy the variety of subject matter in her catalogue. I am looking forward to see what she comes up with next.
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