Book Review and Giveaway: Fear of Falling

Synopsis according to Goodreads 
"When Matt and Sarah Woodson take a much-needed vacation with their ten-year old son, John, their intention is to find a relaxing, remote spot to take a break from the artificial stimulation of their busy world back in Jacksonville, Florida. What happens within hours of settling in to their rural, rustic little cottage in a far-flung spot on the coast of Ireland is an international incident that leaves the family stranded and dependent on themselves for their survival. Facing starvation, as well as looters and opportunists, they learn the hard way the important things in life. Can a family skilled only in modern day suburbia and corporate workplaces learn to survive when the world is flung back a hundred years? When there is no internet, no telephones, no electricity and no cars? And when every person near them is desperate to survive at any cost?"

Note: Fear of Falling is now called Free Falling.

What would you do if you were trapped in a cottage in Ireland for months, without power or technology, while society began crumbling around you? Susan Kiernan-Lewis asks this question through the lens of a high-strung mother to a teen boy. And the answer is pretty much what you'd expect: you survive, you learn how to homestead, you build community with your neighbors, and you sprout some impressive tactical skills when it comes to protecting your own.

I am frustrated to report that I didn't relate to any of the characters in the book, which made it difficult to get into. Maybe I'm unique in that- I'm not a mom, I'm not a Christian, I'm not high-strung or tech-dependent, and I'm not savage and ruthless like the bad guys in the story. I do appreciate the level of detail she put into it, with regard to all the multiple aspects of homesteading, with the chickens and goat and sheep and horses, especially the small things like how do you make wool, and oh yes, winter is brutal. The main character's letters home read like actual diaries from the 1800s pioneer women, which I'm sure was intended.

While it didn't grip me or give me new ideas, it did make me long for a homestead of my own (with a Joy of Cooking book and a sourdough starter, of course).

Want to check it out for yourself? Get it now on Amazon (in paperback or ebook format), or get it on Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, Apple, etc, starting in mid-June.

And don't forget to check out Susan's blog for news, stories, and a peek inside the life of an awesome woman and author.

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I received a copy of this book from the author, for the purposes of reviewing on this blog. All opinions are 100% mine.

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