“Wow! What a powerful novel. Fear of Falling has the Woodson family going to Ireland for vacation. They are going to stay at a rental cottage and drive around Ireland for 10 days. They get to the rental cottage and an attack occurs knocking out all power and technology. Without the modern...”see full review » see other reviews »
“Wow! What a powerful novel. Fear of Falling has the Woodson family going to Ireland for vacation. They are going to stay at a rental cottage and drive around Ireland for 10 days. They get to the rental cottage and an attack occurs knocking out all power and technology. Without the modern conveniences they are so accustomed to using and owning, how will they survive?
Fear of Falling tells the story of a vacation that becomes a survival life style. Matt and Sarah have allowed their relationship to diminish, putting their son and careers ahead of each other. Both hope this vacation will allow them to find the intimacy that has fallen away from them. Susan Kieran-Lewis focuses on both Matt and Sarah, with a little more emphasis on Sarah. She made me strongly identify with Sarah but I also saw Matt’s point of view, his questions, and doubts.
I loved John, their son. He views all this as a grand adventure--horses, puppies, goats, sheep, guns. Every thing that happens is new to him. He meets it with wide-eyed wonder. John wants to try it all because when they get home he will not be able to do these things because of the way they live. John is courageous and resilient. He also grows up and learns the importance of working together as a family. He learns what it is to worry and to have hope dashed. He learns to be strong for others.
Matt is a good foil for Sarah. He is calm. He is the voice of reason when her fears get the best of her. She has, in the past, either fallen apart or become a control freak when the going got rough. When she lets her fears run rampant it is Matt or the thought of Matt that brings her back to herself. As they realize they will not be going home for some time after the crisis, Sarah begins to work on how they will survive. Matt has the knowledge and skills necessary for him to survive and see that his family survives. Yes, he does have much to learn but he listens to others and tries to do what he is able to do. He learns what it means to help others and rely on others for their help or knowledge. He truly is a humble man.
Sarah has to discover what she has inside, not just the physical skills and knowledge but the emotional and spiritual skills and knowledge that lay buried in her. She is hesitant at first. She allows her fears to take over her life for a while at the beginning of the crisis. It is as she uses the skills and knowledge and learns to accept help from others that she discovers her need for God during these difficult times. Her acknowledgement of God and his help is done in baby steps. She starts praying more, working up to letting God do what He needs to do. She questions her relationship with God but finally gives up trying to run it and learns what His will is for her and her family.
Sarah learns that there are times when she must rely on others such as her neighbors Deidre and Seamus. They are an elderly couple who live several miles down the road and have much to teach her, Matt, and John. They are there for her in so many ways. She also learns to rely and trust Mike Donovan and his son Gavin and their extended family. While there is little humor in this tale, the scene between she and Mike when he discovers she really is like American movies that brought a smile to my face. I think it is true.
Fear of Falling also made me question myself. Could I be strong and resilient like Sarah? Could I do what I had to do to survive? Do I have the knowledge and skills needed to be like Sarah? Would I do what Sarah did to ensure her and her family’s survival? Fear of Falling made me think. Do I as a American think I am entitled to the best of everything? Is that part of what makes Americans American? There are a lot of questions that came to me as I read. I’m not sure I have the answers.
Fear of Falling is not a light read. It is not a book you can walk away from without, if not being changed, at least questioning what would you do. How would you feel? I suspect Fear of Falling will remain with me long after I have closed the cover and moved on to other reads. It is that powerful a work.
“Review first published on my blog: http://memoriesfrombooks.blogspot.com/2012/06/fear-of-falling.html
Fear of Falling is a story of pioneers who are forced into that role. Sarah and Matt travel with their ten year old son John on a vacation to Ireland. Following a major worldwide disaster, they are forced to remain there. They learn to rely on themselves and each other, and they learn to survive without the technology and conveniences of modern day life.
The book does state that a terrorist attack as the cause. I wish it had not because the cause did not really matter. What mattered was how this family survived. The attack was a jarring note in the book, and brought the world into a story that was mostly about people being isolated from the world. Although it was the cause of this family's hardship, it did not feel like it belonged in the book.
There is a dichotomy to this book. Part of it is the positive experience of returning to a less-connected, closer-to-nature way of life. It is a commentary of the rush we all get into in our lives and the peace and simplicity that comes from slowing down. The other part is like a western novel. Good guys and bad guys. Shoot 'em up fights to the finish. It is the story of survival.
The book is a quick and easy read. I enjoyed the stark and sometimes startling contrast between the two aspects of the book because that is true to life - life comes with the good and the bad and there is no one easy way. What I liked best about the book was the development of Sarah as a strong character who adjusts to the changes in life and who does what is necessary to adapt and survive.
*** I received this book from the author for review through Goodreads. The book was a Kindle download. ***”
“I recently had won "Fear of Falling" from the author's site here on Goodreads!! Susan Kiernan-Lewis is one heck of a writer. Oh, I enjoyed reading this book so very much, a page turner, great characters and I want more, I want a 2nd book for this one. There are a few characters that I'd like to see how they made out in their lives.
The Woodson family is on vacation in the country side of Ireland when a nuclear bomb detonates in the atmosphere over the Irish Sea. Nothing works, no electric, no cars, no nothing, so they try to survive in a small Irish cottage. But there's trouble brewing, a mother's worse nightmare and courage she never knew she had, changes their lives forever. The country side is turning into kill or be killed, bad men killing people, animals, torture.......but can one mother/wife save her family? Oh, this is a must read!!!!!!
“Fear of Falling by Susan Kiernan-Lewis
When Sarah and Matt Woodson take their son John on vacation to rural Ireland they believe the slower pace will be a good break from their usual fast living, career driven American lifestyle….but… Just days after arriving at their one roomed, run down holiday home, World disaster strikes and the family find themselves with no electricity, no running water and the only food they have is what they can find on the land. Without phone service or news papers the locals are left wondering what’s happened and before long this simple life turns out to be very dangerous.
I could totally see the possibility of this happening if the worlds infrastructure was compromised and the thought of it has really unnerved me. When communication is lost, travel is impossible and no-one has answers to what is happening I would imagine peoples survival instinct would take over and it would become ‘everyman for himself’. With no-one to enforce the law we would all become prey for the undesirables who would be willing to steal and kill to get what they wanted and it is a very scary prospect!
Although there were some things that Sarah allowed to happen that I wouldn’t dream of in these circumstances, on the whole this was quite a believable story. I wouldn’t for instance allow my inexperienced child to go out riding alone……with no real knowledge of the area and no phones what would happen if her son had been thrown from his horse? I also wouldn’t be happy for my husband to work away for days on end when someone had just attempted to kill me. Personally it would be a case of when one travels we all travel, sticking together would be a priority for me……safety in numbers and all that!
This was definitely a well thought out story with an original plot, it was well written and well edited and gave me lots to think about. Lets hope we never have to experience this life for ourselves!
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“Fear of Falling revolves around a woman's ability to overcome paralyzing anxiety and do what she must for her family. As the family works together to survive after a global electrical outage, Sara comes to discover her inner core of steel where it comes to providing and protecting her family.
An enjoyable read but be prepared to suspend disbelief on a couple plot points. Well-edited and no formatting problems. 3.5 stars”