WORTH THE FALL                                  CLAUDIA CONNOR
Posted:  July 14, 2014

 Prepare to be swept away by a talented debut author with a passionate, powerful story to tell.
They meet on a beach. . . . Abby Davis isn’t wearing a skimpy bikini or sipping umbrella drinks, not when she’s busy chasing around four little ones. And Matt McKinney isn’t looking for fun—he’s a Navy SEAL, a grown man with a long list of missions . . . and fallen brothers.
They only have a week. . . . Abby has brought her children to this beach to start over, to give them the enjoyable memories they deserve. Matt’s been sidelined by a combat injury, and haunted by the best friend he lost and the promise he made: to remain a SEAL—focused and dedicated. This leaves no time for what he’s always wanted: a family.
But a week is all it takes. . . . Matt opens her heart while Abby soothes his soul. And though they plan to say good-bye when the week is over, something magical happens on that beach, something neither can forget. Something utterly, completely worth falling for.

  Sometimes when we’ve been hurt and our hearts have been injured our spirits broken, we can close ourselves up.  That is exactly what Abby Davis has done her whole life or at least since the age of five.
     She has been let down, left behind, and made to feel like she’s just not enough to be loved and be around for.  She ended up married to Josh an older man who came family less like herself.  He was so wrapped up in making a buck he never noticed she would gladly give it all up to have him around for her and the family they had.  Four beautiful children later and one on the way he dies in a plane crash when her lawyer husband who would jet set off to work with the rich and famous clients he had.
     Seven months later it was summer and best friends Angie and Joe had bailed on coming with her and the kids to the beach resort they had made plans for with all their kids.  She, Annie her eldest, Gracie, 3 ½ and Charlie 2 ½ were all building a sand castle or at least trying.  Not Jack, he was going to be able to play football this year so he timed out of castle making to throw the football around alone.  At the same time out swimming to let off some steam is Matt McKinney, 34, a bachelor and a Navy SEAL.  As he is swimming, Jack, beans him square on the back, a total lucky shot.  Good shot thought Matt, Jack looking unsure waits to see what Matt will do.
     Matt gets out walks over to Jack and tosses him the ball.  It hits him in the chest and drops.  Matt thinks, “Butterfingers.”  Then gets mad at himself for thinking that but all the brothers he has it is natural to jab one another and throw out barbs.  When Jack looks up and says he can’t catch.  Matt says that’s okay his dad will teach him to throw and catch not to worry too much.  Jack looks up at him again and says, he can’t throw either he’s dead.
     Now Matt feels horrible so he says he’ll work with him for a little while and he tosses back and forth with Jack.  He is really bad at both throwing and catching but Matt loves that he’s got all heart for it.  Jack’s so excited that he yells to his mom to see she waves at him and Matt.  Matt waves at her but can’t really make her out for she is kneeing in the sand with her back to them but it’s weird he feels a spark.  He is caught off guard no one has ever given him that feeling.  Then she comes over to chit chat and he gets this overwhelming calm he has not had in almost two years.  He had only a week left on leave and planned on leaving but now he didn’t think so with her alone with the kids and this feeling of calm with her and the kids…
     I totally enjoyed this story.  The children steal your heart from the get go.  You will feel the anguish that little Annie feels from your heart to your toes and back again.  Jack was such a little GI Joe spirit who looks up to this hero from the sea he found.  Then there’s Gracie the free spirited love child who just tugs at your heart.  Matt is just this man that wants to love and be loved and this story tells that simple story of two people who find it when they were not looking and the pureness of it.
     The relationship between Matt and Abby was an interesting mix of trust issues, fear, unbelievable soul binding love, and friendship.  Promises made and promises broken.  I give this 5+ stars.  Provided by net galley.
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  1. Wow. I just stumbled upon your review on Goodreads and had to pop over to check out your blog. What an awesome thing you do here! And thank you from the bottom of my heart. Your review means the world to me. You nailed it wow did you nail each child. Thinking about Annie still brings tears to my eyes. Thank you again so very much!!


  2. Thank you so much for taking the time to reach out. I feel very honored. Your book had so much heart and I meant every word. There is so much I could say but do not want to give anything away. Just know you did a real special job of making this one solid family even before they figured it out. Thank you for the fun in reading it.


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