Falling Like A Rock
by Bonnie McCune
Unloved and unemployed. That’s Elaine Svoboda, after she’s sacked, then flees across country to her boyfriend who drops her flat. Teetering on the abyss of disaster, she calls an old friend who invites her to a tiny mountain town with fresh prospects. There she meets rugged, hunky Joe Richter-Leon, mayor of Falling Rock.
Before they can build a new life on the ashes of the old, she must overcome a few obstacles like a broken ankle, an eating disturbance, his stubbornness, her own fears, finally a forest inferno. Funny and frank, poignant and perceptive, when two people are “Falling Like a Rock,” they learn surrender sometimes means victory. Watch out for a falling rock! A mountain town and its rugged mayor captivate a woman in search of a new life and love.
Before they can build a new life on the ashes of the old, she must overcome a few obstacles like a broken ankle, an eating disturbance, his stubbornness, her own fears, finally a forest inferno. Funny and frank, poignant and perceptive, when two people are “Falling Like a Rock,” they learn surrender sometimes means victory.
“No one in Elaine’s circle favored her relationship with Dan Johnson, who was known as ‘CBD’ to the inner circle, or ‘cute-but-dumb’ in the family parlance.”
“I know he’s absolutely gorgeous, what with that blond mop and the spread of those shoulders, but as for me, I’d get tired of a guy who spent more time on personal grooming than I did.”
“I have a suspicion that you and he are like magnets. You’ll either attract or repel one another. As much as he denies an interest, you itch him where he can’t or won’t scratch.”
“Sparks flew every time they had a conversation – the kind that set off gunfire and warfare. They couldn’t agree on a single topic.”
Falling Like A Rock is an effusively detailed, clean, and inspiration romance that would be well suited for my mother and her church ladies book club. In other words, it is not my usual cup of tea, yet it provided moments of levity and insightful observations. The main character of Elaine is a remarkably shallow, immature, and insecure woman who suffers from significant feelings of inadequacy when she compares herself to her siblings and parental expectations. She expects perfection in herself and others, and despite her penchant for adages and affirmations, she tends to focus on the negatives since perfection is always an impossibility. When she loses her job, she has nightmares of homelessness and poverty, and impulsively sets off across the country to seek employment and live with her supposed boyfriend. Far away from her family and lacking a support system, Elaine is forced to deal with not only her poor decisions and personal shortcomings, but a natural disaster as well. The plot and problems she experiences are relevant and current to many women, and I cringe some to admit, I saw myself a few times in her struggle.
About the Author
Bonnie McCune lives in Colorado and is the author of novels, novellas and short stories. A writer since the fifth grade, her interest in the craft led to her career in nonprofits doing public and community relations and marketing. Simultaneously, she’s published news and features as a free-lancer.
Her civic involvement includes grass-roots organizations, political campaigns, writers’ and arts’ groups, and children’s literacy. For years, she entered recipe contests and was a finalist once to the Pillsbury Cook Off. A special love is live theater. Had she been nine inches taller and thirty pounds lighter, she might have been an actress. For reasons unknown (an unacknowledged optimism?), she believes that one person can make a difference in this world. Her entire family is book-mad.
Bonnie’s writing explores the highs and lows of everyday people and their unique lives with humor, close attention, and appreciation. Her blog addresses “ordinary people, extraordinary lives” and also features samples of shorter works. If you enjoyed this book, you’re invited to submit a reader review online and encouraged to let your friends know about her work. Visit http://bonniemccune.com/ to connect with her, or www.facebook.com/AuthorBonnieMcCune.