Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Falling Together

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Book Description from Amazon
It's been six years since Pen Calloway watched Cat and Will, her best friends from college, walk out of her life. Through the birth of her daughter, the death of her father, and the vicissitudes of single motherhood, she has never stopped missing them. When, after years of silence, Cat—the bewitching, charismatic center of their group—urgently requests that the three meet at their college reunion, Pen can't refuse. But instead of a happy reconciliation, what awaits is a collision of past and present that sends Pen and Will on a journey around the world, with Pen's five-year-old daughter and Cat's hostile husband in tow. And as Pen and Will struggle to uncover the truth about Cat, they find more than they bargained for: startling truths about who they were before and who they are now.
I liked Marisa de los Santos's previous 2 novels, LOVE WALKED IN and BELONG TO ME. Her writing style is rather flowery, or poetic to some. She is a poet after all.

The theme once again is relationships, friendship, and family. Although all 3 main characters, Pen, Will, and Cat are flawed and a tad annoying, I still liked the book. The last third is almost like a travelogue describing in detail the places they went to trying to locate the missing Cat who actually didn't want to be found. There's also a lot of Filipino food and family traditions in the last third.

The author's Amazon page has a few photos of the Philippine tourist spots mentioned in the novel and she explains why she made her characters travel to the Philippines.

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