She was afraid of it.
He was used to it.
There’s not much that MacKenzie Rivers is afraid of. In the small town of Windsor, Colorado, she is known for her easygoing, strong personality, some would even say she isn’t afraid of anything. But MacKenzie knows that’s not true. She’s afraid of losing those closest to her. Recovering from a family tragedy, Kenzie is fully aware of just how big an impact death can have on those it leaves behind. Seeing its effects on other people is something she just can’t quite handle. From now on, Kenzie is her own priority.
There are not many things that Jaden Hunter can make sense of. He doesn’t understand why it was his parents who lost their lives last year. He doesn’t understand why his friends don’t crack jokes around him any more. He doesn’t understand why his teachers still insist on letting him skip assignments. He doesn’t understand why MacKenzie, the girl he was falling for last year, has suddenly distanced herself from him.
Too afraid to get wrapped up in Jaden’s world as he deals with the tragic death of his parents, Kenzie has stayed away from him as best she can, until one night when they unexpectedly come face-to-face for the first time in months. As old feelings resurface and new memories are made, both MacKenzie and Jaden show each other how to appreciate the little things in life, the moments that are taken for granted. But will MacKenzie dare to fall for the one person she’s so afraid of growing close to?
This book will tug on your heartstrings like nothing else. Dare to Fall is a beautifully written, profound book that you absolutely have to read. Now I have to say I haven’t read Estelle’s first series the DIMILY books, but I know they’re very popular and have a big following. Dare to Fall caught my eye because of that beautiful cover and as soon as I read the blurb I absolutely knew I had to read it. Since finishing Dare to Fall I’ve ordered the DIMILY series online, because I need more of Estelle Markame’s writing!
The thing that struck me most if the beautiful and realistic writing of this book. The story very much focuses on the idea of grief, and how every person copes differently with it. The characters are all very realistically portrayed, and that’s something that I felt was really important for a book like this. From the outset I was rooting for Mackenzie and Jaden, wanting their relationship to succeed. The book touches on a number of difficult subjects – not just grief but also alcoholism as well, and it handles them in excellently. Dare to Fall is a fantastic read, that will make you smile and sob in equal measure.
I think the fact that Dare to Fall moved me to physical tears is a sign of how powerful this book is. The book certainly sucked me in right at the beginning, and I found it difficult to put it down. It’s a bittersweet story, but one which I think will appeal to lots of different people. There are a few twists that I didn’t see coming and that made me read the last section of the book in pretty much one sitting. If you’re looking for a powerful story that is bittersweet and moving, look no further than Estelle Markame’s Dare to Fall. I predict great things for this fabulous book.
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