Where We Fall by Rochelle B. Weinstein

Where We Fall

By all accounts, Abby Holden has it all. She’s the mother of a beautiful teenager and the wife of a beloved high school football coach. And all it took to achieve her charmed life was her greatest act of betrayal.Coach Ryan can coax his team to victory, but he can’t seem to make his wife, Abby, happy. Her struggles with depression have marred their marriage and taken a toll on their daughter, Juliana. Although this isn’t the life he’s dre...

Details Where We Fall

TitleWhere We Fall
Release DateApr 19th, 2016
PublisherLake Union Publishing
GenreFiction, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit

Reviews Where We Fall

  • Elyse
    THIS REVIEW contains ZERO SPOILERS......( I tell ya zilch) ....other that this is a TERRIFIC READ .....with powerful messages. It's been a few years since reading Rochelle's novels. "Where We Fall", has an elevated sophistication and depth, which slowed my reading downed -(purposely on my part). I wanted time to explore my thoughts - -specifically- through the characters eyes without judgement. At the start of "Where We Fall", the year is 1997. R...
  • Melissa
    4.5 starsThis is only the second audio book that I’ve listened to and I have to say, I was pretty impressed. My first audio experience was a letdown, so I wasn’t convinced listening was for me, but I decided to give it one more shot. I happened to stumble across this one, never having heard of the author or the book, and I’m so glad I did. This book was such a pleasant surprise.From the start, I was hooked. The story opens with Abby and Lau...
  • Myrna
    I really enjoyed Where We Fall. It has a good storyline, well written and liked the multiple characters’ perspectives. The main character, Abby, is not likable at times but I kept rooting for her. This novel also has a full range of emotions but love is definitely a strong theme felt throughout. I look forward to reading more by this author. I received this book in a Goodreads giveaway contest. Thank you Goodreads!
  • Judy Collins
    A special thank you to Lake Union and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Deeply psychological, beautifully written, with stunning metaphors of water, and mesmerizing lyrical prose, Rochelle B. Weinstein delves into her characters’ complex souls with, WHERE WE FALL a troubled family on the verge of collapse. Mental Illness. Guilt. Secrets. Pain. Lies. Betrayal. Darkness. Depression. Two parallels, a gripping, inspiring, e...
  • boogenhagen
    So I am not stupid, I get that depression is a serious thing. However I had no empathy for Abby at all. She was basically a narcissistic sociopath and that was being kind about it. Was I supposed to be happy that she pompously and magnanimously decided to end her marriage so that her husband could finally be with the woman he was supposed to be with? Was I supposed to be pleased that she decided she could move on to manipulate some other decent p...
  • Kendall
    I really enjoyed this book. Definitely see the struggle associated with mental illness and the unfortunate stigma that society has towards the mentally ill population.It was refreshing that Rochelle was able to show through Abby's character how strong this stigma is towards mental illness and the negative perceptions that society has. This novel was inspiring and emotional for me. I loved how Rochelle truly was able to define all of her character...
  • Regina
    Thank you Netgalley for this preview! Throughout this whole book, I kept thinking - I really want to like this more than I do. The small town setting, Friday night lights and buried secrets made for an intriguing storyline. The author did a good job describing one of the main character's mental illness, but most of the book fell flat. The female characters were wholly unlikable and the male protagonist was made to look gullible and clueless. The ...
  • Barbara White
    I finished reading this haunting novel several weeks ago, and I'm still thinking about the writing, the setting, and the characters. On one level, WHERE WE FALL is a simple story about three friends and a shocking secret that pushes them apart but also connects them forever. It almost freezes them in time. On another level, it's about the impact of mental illness on friends and family, and the struggle to treat and manage depression and anxiety. ...
  • Heather
    I really love books where you get different characters’ points of views, slowly gleaning the truth out of them all one by one–and this book does just that. In Rochelle B. Weinstein’s WHERE WE FALL , a marriage that is hanging by a thread due to a wife’s long term bouts of depression and the husband’s unwillingness to do anything but hold everything tightly together as best as he can out of obligation is shattered to pieces when his ex-...
  • Darlene
    This was another winner that I got for free from NetGalley.com.Picking up this book was therapy. I felt I could relate with the main character, Abby, who seems beset with depression and anxiety. These are disabilities that pulled me from the workforce and 14 years ago. I've been through the medication, and therapy routes. I finally gave up. For the same reasons that Abby did. But watching her try to find answers gave me hope that if I try I might...
  • Bethany Clark
    I just randomly went and picked a book off my shelf a few weeks back and I was so happy that this fall beauty fell into my hands.Such a sad, tragic love story that has its moments of pure joy along with its moments of utter misery when you see how the pain has hit each individual character of this book.Abby seems to have the makings of a perfect life - the handsome husband, the beautiful daughter, the house - basically the cookie cutter perfect l...
  • Jeanie
    Running from the truth has only exhausted and hardened me. What I see staring back is my solution. I am not willing to live the lie anymore. Anxiety occurs from threats of the subconscious. Own the real threat. Share it! If you step on them or push them down, they will manifest in some other way. Ahhh the drama on this one - centered on mental illness, friendship and betrayal. Abby suffers from mental illness and her husband Ryan a successful hig...
  • Maria Ryan
    Squeezing Toothpaste through a PinholeAn attempted suicide early in the story throws a tumultuous marriage into further turmoil. This marriage exists as part of a long ago started love story that has never been resolved. As one angle’s mental distress took precedence over this threesome critical secrets were buried deep and each of the three players went off to lick their wounds, each in their own way.Told in the alternating voices of the three...
  • Kristin (Kritters Ramblings)
    Abby Holden is a mother and wife, but she has been battling a secret that could tear apart her seemingly perfect life, but the secret is also tearing apart her. She must let this secret out and see where her world is after to get better. This book is told through her point of view, and her daughter, her husband and a college friend - all of them will be affected when the truth is released.I have critiqued quite a few books on how they handle ment...
  • Kelly
    I was pleasantly surprised by this family drama that definitely kept me reading. Abby, Ryan, and Lauren are a trio in college. Abby is Lauren's best friend and Ryan and Lauren are dating. We meet up with them year's later with Ryan and Abby surprisingly married with a teenage daughter. Abby is struggling with untreated mental health issues, and her family is struggling. This story is told from multiple points of view which I always enjoy. I found...
  • Lorrie
    Thank you Net Galley and Lake Union Publishing for the opportunity to read this ARC. I enjoyed this story because it dealt with mental illness and the possibility for the control/recognition of such illness. What I most appreciated about this read was the hope that the mentally ill can find their way out of/or at least learn to have a happy, meaningful life while living with their mental illness. I identified with the main character and the stren...
  • Mrs Mommy Booknerd http://mrsmommybooknerd.blogspot.com
    A solid 4.5 read.First, this cover is beautiful! I was drawn to it instantly! Where We Fall is a beautifully, almost poetic, look at the things that fracture the foundation of family. With heavy themes and told from various perspectives Where We Fall is a dynamic look into how depression, secrets, lies and guilt can tear at the seams of a family. A gripping and intense story worthy of any book club pick.
  • Lauren R.
    3.5 stars. This was kinda a tough read! Lots going on - drama, depression, first love, etc. I liked reading about these characters but I didn't really LIKE any of them, if that makes sense. Abby was incredibly hard to feel sorry for and connect with. I have mixed feelings about the ending but I think it's the best one. I'd recommend this overall!
  • Lisa-Books Smiles
    4.5 stars! Amazing story about love, betrayal, friendship, family, forgiveness and mental health. This is one of those books that will stick with you for a long time.
  • Christine
    Thank to NETGALLEY and LAKE UNION PUBLISHING for the chance to read and give an honest review. I loved this novel, the authors writing style drew me right into the story. I enjoyed getting to know the characters, I came to care for them all. Abby, Lauren and Ryan are college friends, Ryan and Lauren are so much in love, Abby is their best friend, it was always the three of them. Abby has always secretly has a crush on Ryan, and when Lauren leav...
  • Roxy
    *goodreads giveaway ARC*I would have rated it higher, but the thing that knocked it down for me was the character viewpoints. The story is told from 4 different characters, but there was no difference between their voices. It didn't make sense to me that a 16 year old would be talking as elaborately as the adult characters. Then again, I can't recall any average person thinking that way. It's beautifully written, but I think it would have been be...
  • Carrie
    I had a hard time following the story and felt Abby was more dramatic over small things than I could take. It was a Goodreads giveaway for me and I appreciate being able to see I am in a much better emotional state, than many.
  • Jackie Zydek
    Weinstein's quote "We are all imperfect people that cannot give up on one another. " Is a great reminder to us all. She portrayed mental illness/depression and those that are effected by it well through her cast of characters and the m realities they faced throughout the book.
  • Wendy Goldstein
    This book started off a little slowly for me. I think it took about half way through for the real drama to begin and the pace to speed up. While it was well written and entertaining, it was also not a happy book for me and I really disliked the main Character, Abby.
  • Beth Peninger
    Thank you to NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for this free readers edition. In exchange I am providing an honest review.This is Weinstein's third title but my first to read of hers. And it takes on a topic that I'm interested in, that I experience - although not to the level one of the main characters does in the book. Abby and Ryan have been together, as a couple, for 17 years. They have a 16 year old daughter, Juliana. Ryan is a hero footba...
  • Amanda
    I'll admit, I typically don't read books like this. I tend to stay closer to Horror, Thriller, Mystery, Historical Fiction, and certain genres of YA. However, I downloaded the Kindle version with Audio because it was free with my Unlimited subscription. I'm truly trying to give other genres a chance. While there are times I stray from my preferred genres and actually end up really liking the book, this is not one of those times. The characters we...
  • Brandie
    Abby and Ryan seem to have the perfect marriage. They went to college together, have a lovely daughter, Ryan is an amazing football coach.But what most don't know is that Abby suffers from debilitating depression and anxiety. It's something she's always struggled with and just can't manage to find the right kind of help - or maybe she doesn't try.Abby got exactly what she wanted in life. Except she got it through lies and betrayal and now can't l...
  • Jeremy Reppy
    One of the strengths of this book is the portrayal of mental illness. One of the main characters, Abby, experiences significant depression and anxiety and this has had a profound effect on her marriage and her relationship with her (now teenage) daughter. The author does a good job of realistically portraying how mental illness impacts the sufferer and loved ones, as well as the struggle to confront the issues that are contributing to the mental ...
  • Linda
    4.5 stars (rounded up to 5) on this beautiful novel by Rochelle Weinstein. The author did a great job weaving the story together. I was engaged from the very beginning, but about the half-way mark I couldn't put it down. It was well-written and made me feel like I was in the same room as the characters. In many cases, I went back to re-read sentences because they floored me. There's one scene in particular where someone comes back to town and vis...