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Review: Catch Us When We Fall by Juliette Fay

Title: Catch Us When We Fall by Juliette Fay
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Genre: Contemporary, Women’s Fiction
Length: 416 pages
Book Rating: B+

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If you love the emotionally complex novels of JoJo Moyes and the dramatic books of Jodi Picoult, you won’t want to miss this newest book about second chances, redemption, and the power of hope from USA Today bestselling author of Shelter Me, Juliette Fay.

On her own since the age of eighteen, Cass Macklin dated brilliant, troubled Ben McGreavy, convinced he was the smartest person she’d ever known. They partied their way through their twenties, slowly descending into a bleak world of binge-drinking and broken promises, inebriated for most of a decade. Now Ben is dead, and Cass is broke, homeless, scared…and pregnant.

Determined to have a healthy pregnancy and raise Ben’s baby, Cass has to find a way to stop drinking and build a stable life for herself and her child. But with no money, skills, or sober friends or family, the task seems insurmountable. At wit’s end, Cass turns to the only person with the means to help her: Ben’s brother Scott, third basemen for the Boston Red Sox, a man with a temper and problems of his own.

The two make a deal that neither one of them is sure they can live up to. As Cass struggles to take control of her life and to ask for help when she needs it, Scott begins to realize there’s a life for him beyond the baseball diamond.

By turns heartbreaking and humorous, with its message that change is possible, that forgiveness can be freely given, and that life, though imperfect, is worth embracing, Catch Us When We Fall is a story of human connectedness and hope.


Catch Us When We Fall by Juliette Fay is an emotional novel of recovery, new beginnings and healing.

Twenty-nine-year-old Cass Macklin and Ben McGreavy have been together for eleven drunken years. After his death, she learns she is pregnant and she is struggling to get sober. Cass wants to provide a good life for her unborn child, but without any money or skills, she is barely eking out a living. She reluctantly turns to Ben’s brother Scott for help, but their agreement is dependent on her sobriety. With Scott just waiting for her to make a mistake, Cass finds comfort and friendship in unexpected places.

Cass grew up in foster care after the death of her mother. With Ben as her only source of love for the past eleven years, she is adrift and unbearably lonely after his death. Her pregnancy is an unanticipated lifeline for the opportunity for her to get sober. With sobriety comes clarity and Cass is confronted with uncomfortable truths about her relationship with Ben. Living with Scott is her only chance to get back on her feet and provides her with the chance to make concrete plans for her and her baby’s future. Cass is committed to her sobriety and she attends daily Alcoholic Anonymous meetings. Working up the courage to speak her truth takes time and an unexpected friendship is another step along her way to a better future.

Living with Scott is not always easy because he is a loner who is waiting for Cass to fail. She is shocked to discover Ben met with his brother on a regular basis over the years. Scott and Ben’s childhood was violent and Ben turned to alcohol to cope. Scott turned his athletic abilities into a baseball career but he maintains a distance from his teammates. He has low expectations for Cass’s ability to stay sober, and their arrangement provides an unanticipated opportunity to get to know each other better.

Catch Us When We Fall is a compelling novel that provides an authentic portrayal of addiction and recovery. Cass and Scott are complex characters who continue to carry the scars of their respective dysfunctional childhoods.  Cass’s journey is difficult but the lessons she learns as she fights to remain sober showcase her strength. Scott is gruff and prickly but living with Cass brings out the unexpectedly tender aspects of his personality. With a realistic storyline and winsome characters, Juliette Fay’s newest release is a heartwarming and uplifting novel of hope, grace and love.

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Review: City of Flickering Light by Juliette Fay

Title: City of Flickering Light by Juliette Fay
Publisher: Gallery Books
Genre:Historical (20s), Fiction
Length: 400 pages
Book Rating: B+

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Juliette Fay—“one of the best authors of women’s fiction” (Library Journal)—transports us back to the Golden Age of Hollywood and the raucous Roaring Twenties, as three friends struggle to earn their places among the stars of the silent screen—perfect for fans of La La Land and Rules of Civility

It’s July 1921, “flickers” are all the rage, and Irene Van Beck has just declared her own independence by jumping off a moving train to escape her fate in a traveling burlesque show. When her friends, fellow dancer Millie Martin and comedian Henry Weiss, leap after her, the trio finds their way to the bright lights of Hollywood with hopes of making it big in the burgeoning silent film industry.

At first glance, Hollywood in the 1920s is like no other place on earth—iridescent, scandalous, and utterly exhilarating—and the three friends yearn for a life they could only have dreamed of before. But despite the glamour and seduction of Tinseltown, success doesn’t come easy, and nothing can prepare Irene, Millie, and Henry for the poverty, temptation, and heartbreak that lie ahead. With their ambitions challenged by both the men above them and the prejudice surrounding them, their friendship is the only constant through desperate times, as each struggles to find their true calling in an uncertain world. What begins as a quest for fame and fortune soon becomes a collective search for love, acceptance, and fulfillment as they navigate the backlots and stage sets where the illusions of the silver screen are brought to life.

With her “trademark wit and grace” (Randy Susan Meyers, author of The Murderer’s Daughters), Juliette Fay crafts another radiant and fascinating historical novel as thrilling as the bygone era of Hollywood itself.


City of Flickering Light by Juliette Fay is an engrossing novel that takes place in Hollywood during the early 1920s.

Irene Van Beck, Millie Martin and Henry Weiss creatively leave behind their life in burlesque for the bright lights of Hollywood. All three have heartache in their pasts so none of them are in touch with their families.  Silent pictures are all the rage so this group of friends heads to Hollywood in hopes of hitting it big. Their close-knit friendship bolsters them  as they each endure highs and lows as they fight for their big breaks.

Irene is a former Vaudevillian who is the mastermind of their escape from the burlesque show.  She is rather serious, incredibly independent and extremely practical. Irene gives little away about herself, but she is fiercely loyal to her friend, Millie.

Millie is perpetually sunny, charming and a bit scatterbrained.  She lives in the moment and gives little thought to the consequences of her decisions.  In the aftermath of one of her choices, Millie turns to very unhealthy means to try to escape her feelings. Luckily for her, she has Irene and Henry to make she does not end up like some of the other women they meet in Hollywood.

Henry has the looks to be a star but initially, he relies on skills he learned at his beloved grandfather’s side. He is very responsible and he shares his good fortune with Irene and Millie. It is not until he begins working as an actor that Henry is willing to admit and accept the undeniable truth about himself.

City of Flickering Light is a truly captivating novel with a cast of endearing and lovable characters. Irene, Millie and Henry are vibrantly developed with fascinating backstories.  All three are courageous and determined as they work hard to turn their dreams into reality.  Juliette Fay’s impeccable research and uncanny ability to weave fact with fiction bring this entrancing novel vividly to life. An absolutely brilliant story that takes readers behind the scenes of the Roaring Twenties and  the Golden Age of Hollywood.

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