Next month, Melanie Campbell will be releasing her debut novel, One Woman Falling. I’m honored to be able to share an early glimpse of the cover, an excerpt, and a description with you. It is available now for pre-order on Amazon.
When I read the description of One Woman Falling, I was fascinated and requested a copy to review. I was granted that opportunity and was also given the invitation to share a limited number of advance copies with readers willing to read and review it on Amazon close to the release date, August 1, 2019.
Before you shake your head “no” because you don’t think you can write an impressive review, this isn’t required. What the publisher and the author want is your honest opinion of the book in a sentence or two. Something that will tell readers looking for a book to buy what your thoughts were. Even something as simple as “I loved this book!” “It made me cry, but in a good way.” works (assuming this was your reaction, of course!)
If you are interested in this opportunity, an application to review is below, following the book description.
One Woman FallingPublished by Mountain Brook Ink
by Melanie Campbell
Publication Date August 1, 2019
Genres: Christian Fiction, Woman's Fiction
Setting: Oregon Contemporary
Written for: Adults
Who will stand with her when everything comes crashing down?
Cassie Peterson lives in an invisible prison of fear, chained by self-doubt and kept guard by a relentless warden—her husband. Derrick’s physical and verbal abuse as well as his alcoholism have left Cassie alienated from her family, without friends, and certain she can’t survive on her own.
After an unexpected police visit, Cassie realizes the survival of her four-year-old daughter, Renee, depends on Cassie’s courage to leave. What she doesn’t plan on is Derrick’s vengeful custody fight.
While navigating the treacherous waters of divorce, Cassie is encouraged by her spunky new friend, Missy, to pursue her love of waterfalls. Cassie finds solace in the waterfalls that she can’t explain. Meanwhile, unexpected help in her divorce case comes from Brian Sutton, an attorney at the firm where Cassie works—but what price will she ultimately pay for his assistance?
As Derrick’s threatening behavior escalates, Cassie questions the choices she has made. Why is she drawn to waterfalls during this chaotic time? How much will her daughter suffer through the custody battle—and can she ever find her way back to forgiveness and a loving God?
Before the waterfalls, the dream was all I had.
I stood near the base of high-desert mountains similar to the ones where I’d lived as a child. Sharp peaks of gray against a cloudless sky stretched before me as far as I could see. Grandpa was in front of me, wearing his old brown cowboy hat. He was fit, strong and determined—untouched by the cancer that took his life.
A path behind Grandpa curved into one of the mountains and disappeared around a distant corner. The only sound was a faraway roar, as ominous as the doom and uncertainty that fell over me. Choking back tears, I pleaded with Grandpa. “I can’t do this alone.”
Grandpa shook his head. “Cassie, you have to go.”
“Can’t you go with me?” I felt like a little girl, certain my plea would spur Grandpa into action. The darkness that lurked around the corner of the trail ahead couldn’t harm me if Grandpa was at my side.
“I’ll always be with you.” Grandpa’s soft blue eyes penetrated my soul with love.
How could he leave me alone in this desolate place with nothing but a narrow path to guide me? I was too weak, too naïve, and too afraid of being alone.
As if hearing my thoughts, Grandpa reassured, “Cassie, I’ve given you everything you need. Remember what I taught you.”
Then he vanished. There was no place to go but forward. And I would go alone.
I didn’t realize a dream could alter the course of a life. Sometimes change begins when we least expect it, in quiet whispers on the darkest nights.
What do you think? Is this now on your to-be-read list, too?!