Rita is living her dream of working as a hairstylist in Hollywood when her father calls with news that her mother has suffered a terrible stroke. When she gets home to Chicago, she finds her mother is healing but will need a lot of time to recover. Worse, without being able to run their family-owned salon, her mother could lose the business. Determined to help, Rita realizes what the struggling salon really needs is a complete make-over.
Rita is determined to get the salon back to its former glory by Valentine’s Day, which happens to coincide with the reopening of the nearby skating rink that she loved as a child. She only has her small personal savings and a short amount of time off of work to get the job done. But she also has the help of old friends, including Johnny, a former classmate who now works for Jolly Janitors, the company that cleans the salon. Rita is surprised at how well they connect and how much he is willing to do to help her. Though Rita believes Johnny is only being kind, with romance in the air their friendship may just fall into something more.
Bubby: First things first. You know that old saying “Don’t judge a book by its cover”? Well, that certainly applies here. The cover is meant to convey a happy couple lovingly skating about the ice rink inside the mall, not a homicidal maniac pushing over a perky blonde.
Sissy: This is one of those books where you know what’s going to happen from the very beginning but it’s so pleasant and agreeable that you want to read it anyway and you’re still happy with the ending. Without giving any spoilers, I must say that I knew what Rita should do concerning her career and romance but I had to wait for her to figure it out for herself, kinda like how it is with my adult children.
Bubby: I thought you were going to say it was kind of like when I was in college and you had all the answers, but I wasn’t asking you any of the questions!
Sissy: Basically, you are my first adult child so…
Bubby: I can’t really argue with that. There’s a delightful misunderstanding that occurs in the story that made me laugh and the relationship between Rita and her parents is very sweet and loving. Love Gently Falling is a perfect curl up on the couch with a cup of cocoa kind of book. Great for this next week when the kids (finally!) go back to school and the house is quiet again!
Sissy: Today at my house it is 12 degrees with a “real-feel” of -4 because of windchill. It is the kind of day where you get a blanket and read a good book like Love Gently Falling by Melody Carlson.
Bubby: Are you saying you want me to leave your house and go home so that you can read books in solitude?
Sissy: Yep. Get out.
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