Today is the WYSK stop on the Blog Tour for Rebecca Coleman’s latest novel Heaven Should Fall. Here’s an excerpt from the book, followed by our review, to whet your literary appetites:
“Cade, whose ambition for an elected office made him ultraparanoid about getting a DUI, spent so much time on that futon that he actually kept a toothbrush in Stan’s medicine cabinet. It hadn’t seemed like much of a stretch, then, to ask to borrow the place for the night when Cade got the call that his brother was coming home and wanted to spend a day hanging out before making the trek back to New Hampshire.”
Intrigued? Or maybe you need a little more go on? Every day during the month of October, each participating blog on the tour is posting a different excerpt from Heaven Should Fall. If you read the excerpts in order, you will get the full first chapter of the book. So click over to the Book Trib site and you can catch up on the days/excerpts you missed and then follow along with the remaining days.
We were very fortunate to have been sent an advance copy of Heaven Should Fall. This is what one of our WYSK writers had to say about it after reading it from cover to cover over the course of a single Saturday.
This is a story about relationships and how they can make or break us, heal or destroy us. It’s also a story about family and the drama that often comes with it. While I initially felt like things got off to a bit of a slow start, complex layers of storyline were revealed and I understood why the methodical character development and detailed, contextual seed planting was absolutely essential to what was to come.
As it plays out, you are witness to the different and shifting dynamics between interconnected individuals, who are all broken in their own ways… some more deeply than others. Rebecca Coleman takes you into each of their heads as they attempt to confront, ignore or simply bear their respective issues, fueled by desperation, acceptance, guilt, paranoia, vengeance or sacrifice. In fact, each chapter is told in the first person by a different character, whose individual accounts of and perspectives on the past, present and future carry the story along. So, if you like psychology and enjoy exploring why certain people are how they are or do what they do, then this is the book for you.
The story builds like a strengthening tornado of chaos, drama and tragedy on its way to potentially wiping out an entire family. At the eye of the storm is love in almost every form: young, old, tough, sympathetic, unrequited, lustful, obligatory, inappropriate, unconditional, obsessive, etc. And for Rebecca’s cast of characters, love brings with it varying degrees of pain.
For me, this was one of those books that I could not put down, especially when I hit the last 100 pages. Heaven Should Fall is a really good read.
Alone since her mother’s death, Jill Wagner wants to eat, sleep and breathe Cade Olmstead when he bursts upon her life – golden, handsome and ambitious. Even putting college on hold feels like a minor sacrifice when she discovers she’s pregnant with Cade’s baby. But it won’t be the last sacrifice she’ll have to make.
Retreating to the Olmsteads’ New England farm seems sensible, if not ideal: Jill and Cade will regroup and welcome the baby, surrounded by Cade’s family. But the remote, ramshackle place already feels crowded. Cade’s mother tends to his ailing father, while Cade’s pious sister, her bigoted husband and their rowdy sons overrun the house. Only Cade’s brother, Elias, a combat veteran with a damaged spirit, gives Jill an ally amidst the chaos, along with a glimpse into his disturbing childhood. But his burden is heavy, and she alone cannot kindle his will to live.
The tragedy of Elias is like a killing frost, withering Cade in particular, transforming his idealism into bitterness and paranoia. Taking solace in caring for her newborn son, Jill looks up to find her golden boy is gone. In Cade’s place is a desperate man willing to endanger them all in the name of vengeance… unless Jill can find a way out.