Review: Falling Into You by Jasinda Wilder

Posted March 23, 2013 by Yesi in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

falling into youTitle:  Falling Into You
Author:  Jasinda Wilder
Genre:  New Adult/Contemporary Romance
Reviewer:  Yesi Cavazos
Rating:  4 out of 5 Stars

~ Synopsis ~
I wasn’t always in love with Colton Calloway; I was in love with his younger brother, Kyle, first. Kyle was my first one true love, my first in every way.
Then, one stormy August night, he died, and the person I was died with him.

Colton didn’t teach me how to live. He didn’t heal the pain. He didn’t make it okay. He taught me how to hurt, how to not be okay, and, eventually, how to let go.

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Nell Hawthorne is in love with her life-long best friend, Kyle Calloway. Their young love is invincible and life is full of promise; then one night Kyle dies suddenly in a tragic accident and Nell is forever changed. She meets Kyle’s older brother Colton for the first time at the funeral. They both struggle to move on with life as best they can. Years later, they meet again in New York City, and Colton realizes that Nell has never really gotten over Kyle’s death. She seems to be harboring a deeply rooted pain, a heavy weight of guilt and regret. He knows he shouldn’t get involved, but he can’t help himself. Trust doesn’t come easily for either of them, and they both have demons. Together, they learn the purpose of pain and the meaning of healing, and the importance of forgiveness.

**Mature Content Warning** 17+ for language, and adult situations. HEA ending.

~ Review ~

“This book is for anyone who has ever lost a loved one, for anyone who has woken up crying and gone to bed the same way, for anyone who has had to learn that it’s okay to not be okay. Surviving isn’t strength, it’s continuing to breathe one day at a time; strength is learning to live despite the pain.”  ― Jasinda Wilder

It’s been a few days since I finished this book, and it has taken me that long to let it sink in.  At first I had mixed emotions about it, but as I sat and thought about what I would say, it came to me–this was two love stories in one book.

The dedication sets the mood and prepares you for what lies ahead. This book takes you on a roller-coaster of emotions, from the excitement of that first love to the pain and sorrow of losing someone who means the world to you. It’s about heartache and healing.

“…And now we’re learning to fall in love together. I don’t care what anyone else says. I love you. I’ll always love you, no matter what happens with us in the future.”

“That note would become my greatest comfort, and the reminder of my deepest heartache.”  

The first part, or the first love story as I see it, is about Kyle and Nell, two best friends who have grown up together, who have lived and experienced their childhood and adolescence together.  As their feelings grow from deep friendship to love, we experience the change with them.  The awkwardness, the shyness, the adjustment to all that is now new is brought forth in the most real way.  We feel their true connection, and it is as sweet as it is heartwarming. Then one fateful night it is all ripped apart. In probably the most horrific way, Kyle is gone (no spoiler here because it’s in the book blurb), and Nell is left to pick up the pieces.  She refuses to give in to her grief and completely shuts down.  Enter Colton, Kyle’s estranged, older brother and black sheep of the family.  What Nell doesn’t realize at the time is that he will be the one to change her life forever.

“You need to let yourself feel. Feel it, own it. Then move on.”

Part two, or again, the second love story, brings us to Nell and Colton seeing each other for the first time years after Kyle’s funeral. The instant their eyes connect, we feel the spark. From here on out, it’s about them helping each other heal, cope, let go, but mostly about them discovering that maybe life has another plan for true and ever-lasting love. They fight their feelings for each other because they are both haunted by a tragic past as well as the fact that Colton is Kyle’s older brother.

“We understand each other, Nelly. We’ve both lost someone we love. We both have scars and regrets and anger. We can do this together.”

Somehow it should be wrong that Nell and Colton fall in love, but the author does an excellent job of making you feel their struggle, their heartache, and their healing. She makes you see that they bring out the best in each other and that the heart wants what it wants.  I completely fell in love with Colton; his life was not an easy one.  With each revelation that came to light, you can’t help but feel for him.

During a particular scene with Nell and her college acceptance letter, we learn something absolutely heartbreaking about Colton, and it instantly brought tears to my eyes.  It made me love him that much more.  Ultimately, this book brought my emotions full circle, and it was done in such a way that it left me feeling just a little bit hollow but also hopeful that things have a way of working out.  It made me realize that we are not in control of our destiny.  This is Nell and Colton’s epic love story, and for whatever reason, right or wrong, it just works and feels right.

“All we can do is try, do our best. Give as much time as we have to give, one day at a time. One breath at a time.” 

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