Monday, April 29, 2013

A Soft Place to Fall by Liz Flaherty - REVIEWED

About the Book: (from Pelican Group)
Early McGrath didn’t want freedom from her thirty-year marriage to Nash, but when it was forced upon her, she did the only thing she knew to do—she went home to the Ridge to reinvent herself. Only what is someone who’s taken care of people her whole life supposed to do when no one needs her anymore? Even as the threads of her life unravel, she finds new ones— reconnecting with the church of her childhood, building the quilt shop that has been a long-time dream, and forging a new friendship with her former husband. 

The definition of freedom changes when it’s combined with faith. Can Early and Nash find a Soft Place to Fall?

My Thoughts:

He’d been a soft place to fall long before it had become wither a popular phrase of the name of a quilt shop.” 

Liz Flaherty has written a tender story that will rock your heart to the core and cause you to consider the soft place to fall in your own life.  The story of the McGrath family begins at a very broken point.  Divorce after many years of marriage becomes rather like trying to untangle the threads of – well, of a quilt for instance.  The stitches of your life are so blended that its hard to determine a good or right place to begin pulling it apart.  Early and Nash McGrath have grown children, grandchildren and aging parents to care for, and they are finding it difficult to move in separate directions with so many threads binding their hearts and minds.  Nash has declared his intent, and Early finds herself in a home of her own, running a business and caring for her parents.  Is this the new direction of her life?

Direction is something that both Nash and Early are seeking, and both of them can’t seem to find anyone to point the way.  And then….life takes unexpected and alarming twists and turns, and the entire McGrath family must make profound decisions that will change the course of their lives forever.

Flaherty’s novel is a magnificent portrait of family, mercy and unfailing grace.  This novel kept me glued to each page, and left me challenged and changed.  It has mounting tension, realistic emotion and family dynamics that will make your heart ache.  I laughed. I cried. I was left a different person than when I began the journey.  I enthusiastically recommend this novel!!

About the Author:
Liz Flaherty stays active in her retirement from her day job by quilting, traveling, and volunteering to do things she didn’t used to have time for. She spends time with Duane, her husband of forever, and devotes 15 minutes a day to housework whether she needs to or not. She’d love to hear from you at


Liz Flaherty said...

Thank you so much for this review! I am so happy you liked the book.

Maria Michaels said...

What a great review!