I have been anxiously awaiting Fallen Away by Jasinda Wilder since Ben Dorsey drove away from the Nashville city limits with a broken heart listening to "Let Her Go" by Passenger in Falling Under.
"Sometimes there is no where, there's only go."
And Fallen Away, the fourth and final book in the Falling series, did not disappoint. It's the perfect conclusion to this emotionally-gripping, and at times, heart-wrenching series, where the underlying theme is that love can mend a broken heart and heal all wounds, no matter how deep. Hope is such prominent part of each book and assures the reader that no matter what painful thing life throws at you, you can still pick up the pieces and find true love... and that love can heal.
At the beginning of Falling Away, Ben Dorsey runs away from his supportive family and life in Nashville, Tennessee and aimlessly wanders around the U.S. doing odd jobs and trying to come to terms that he lost his true love, the one woman he thought was made for him, the girl literally next door, Kylie Calloway. A year later he settles in San Antonio, Texas to play football because he feels it's the only tangible thing he has left. He is injured badly during a game and is told he will never play football again. He establishes a relationship with his physical therapist, Cheyenne, and that relationship is the catalyst for the tragic turn of events that affect both his life, as well as the life of Cheyenne's daughter, Echo Leveaux.
Falling Away is told in dual POVs of both Ben and Echo, and I think this helps the reader feel the emotions of each character. Both Ben and Echo are each fighting their own demons, and they don't always reveal to each other what they are, but the reader is drawn into their mind very easily. In addition, the book flows well with this combination.
Ben Dorsey is a fantastic hero. He is a young hero with an old soul in my opinion. He is shy, chivalrous and is willing to go the distance for his woman. He is a gentle hero, yet knows how to turn on the heat in the bedroom in a dominant way. It's a fascinating, heady combination.
I want to highlight how much music plays such an integral and pertinent part of each book in the series and Falling Away is no exception. The playlist for each book is very different and creates a "mood" for each installment. I love the country music Ms. Wilder chose for this book. It's perfect for the Texas and Nashville setting and sets the tone for Ben and Echo's relationship. In addition, music is very important to Echo. The songs in the book that are connected to her are emotional, raw and truly touching.
Fans of the "Falling" series will not be disappointed in this final installment. It's tender, gripping, and deeply affecting. Also, there are cameos from characters in the previous books that we all know and love.
A side note for anyone who chooses to read this book. When you finish Falling Away, I recommend you listen to the last song on Ms. Wilder's playlist. It is the perfect song that not only completes this book, but this entire series. I hugged my Kindle after listening to it. It's bittersweet that the series is over, but the best part is that these characters are always waiting there for me to pick up and visit again.
"There's a whole world of possibility out there for you, Ben, you just gotta figure out what you want. This is one closed door. There's countless others still standing open." - Jason Dorsey
"You can fall, Echo. I'll catch you. Because I'm falling too, and I need you to catch me too." - Ben Dorsey
"You're my everything, now and forever, come what may." - Ben Dorsey