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The Trouble with FallingThe Trouble Series #4
Published by Rachel Morgan
Publication Date April 19th 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Clean Romance
Setting: South Africa Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 18-25
Written for: High School/Young Adult, Adult
Also in this series: The Trouble with Falling
After the heart-shattering ending of her first serious relationship, eighteen-year-old Sophie has sworn off love. Now that school is behind her, she plans to travel the world and form as few attachments as possible. The only exception: Lex, the artist on the other end of the Internet who chats to her almost every day. A guy she can never lose--since she doesn't actually have him to begin with.
Sophie's plan can start as soon as she's faked her way through her sister's wedding. Pretending to be happy and excited for the next week or two should be easy, right? But that was before Caleb walked onto the scene ... Best man to Sophie's almost-brother-in-law, Caleb is infuriatingly friendly and determined to get a real smile out of Sophie. Forced together through dance classes and wedding-related disasters, Sophie is determined not to like him. And terrified when she ends up failing.
Then Lex suggests he and Sophie should meet, and all Sophie's careful plans for the future begin to unravel. Now the girl who was never meant to fall for anyone must figure out what to do with the two guys tugging at her heart.
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The Trouble with Falling is a sweet, clean contemporary romance that can be read as a standalone novel.
The Trouble with Falling takes place in South Africa and is written by a South African author which makes for a fun contrast to the millions of US-centric books that are available. There are a handful of phrases and terms that are used that are different than the ones we use here in the US (which I consider a plus.)
The story has as its background the preparations for Sophie’s sister’s wedding (this is the fourth book of the series, the series is all about this family.) While there is a little bit of family drama, the story is about Sophie and how grief and depression have touched her life, and how she learns to overcome them.
In addition to the phrases and terms that we don’t use in our everyday speech, there were also some small details that provided clues that this was written by someone from a different culture. Talk of the automatic gates in front of the houses was just one of these examples. I was in South Africa a year and a half ago and experienced the gated dwellings personally. With the unrest that nation experiences, having this kind of security measure is considered normal and necessary.
Overall, I enjoyed the story and am glad that I read the book. There were discussions related to a bridal shower and details from the shower itself where references to body parts better left unmentioned that detracted from the story and caused me to give it a lower rating than I would have otherwise given. That also has me hesitant to recommend this to my nieces.
If you would like to read the first line of the story, I featured it on First Line Friday last week and you can read the blog post here.