A Beautiful Fall
Chris Coppernoll
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A Beautiful Fall
Chris Coppernoll
David C. Cook
298 pages
October 2008
rated 2 1/2 of 5 possible stars

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When attorney Emma Maddison exits the courtroom feeling high on her biggest high-powered success to date, it's with a nagging sense of foreboding that she takes an unexpected call from her hometown - a place full of memories and people who were her friends, family, and foundation in life. She simply walked away from it all, without ever looking back, in pursuit of a dream sixteen years ago. This one phone call becomes the precipice on which her life balances, and ultimately she will have to decide which way to fall.

Emma’s father has suffered a heart attack and is in emergency wavering between life and death. As she tangles with the thoughts and emotions unexpectedly released with this turn of events, the heartily warm welcome she receives is her undoing. Home…is always where the heart is. For Emma, the little reminders of love and friendship are truly moving and appreciated while she tends to the care and needs of her father. Her reunion with Michael, an old love, makes her thoughts begin to stray from Boston and more toward home.

With a career she's worked so hard and so long to succeed at, a boss and co-workers constantly reminding her of the mountain of responsibilities she has back at work, and the impenetrable barrier that keeps love and certain realizations from making their home within her, Emma stands at a crossroads. Through prayer, love, friendship, and acceptance, Emma must choose the course for her life and the people who will fill it.

Coppernoll succeeds in producing a fairly good plot for A Beautiful Fall, but there were lulls in the story that could have used a little more oomph to keep attention alive. The characters are likeable enough, their development the obvious point to a major part of the writing. However, unlike Jan Karon-type novels that are Christian-based but enjoyable to readers of all religious beliefs (or not), Coppernoll’s novel is pretty much specifically a Christian read. Heavy stress is placed on prayer, the importance of community, love, forgiveness, and living life in the now and not regretting what could have been, etc., but the presentation is not as moving as one would hope.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at www.curledup.com. © Sonia R. Polinsky, 2009

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