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Review: Fall by Jennifer Hurst & Contest!

Thursday, September 8, 2011
3 Stars: A Good Read
Paperback: 298 Pages
Published July 26, 2011 by Jennifer Hurst

Women and construction shouldn't mix. At least, that is what the client; Mr. Blackwell thinks when Twenty-one year old Julia D. Halstead is promoted to project manager to remodel a turn-of-the-century schoolhouse into a bed and breakfast. However, the schoolhouse contains a dark secret that has been hidden for nearly a hundred years. A secret that will unleash the Furies of Hell and cause the Angels in Heaven to weep as ethereal brothers, Matthew and Nathan battle over Julia's very soul.

Fall is a bit of a crossover between the YA and adult genres, if you count twenty-one as somewhere in between. Plus, there are paranormal elements, which everyone has to love (at least, I do). JD, as Julia goes by, has been given her dream project of remodeling a schoolhouse into a bed and breakfast. Almost immediately, trouble appears in the form of Matthew, a handsome cowboy who is also head of demolition, adding tension to the story as their relationship progresses. If that’s not enough trouble, strange occurrences around the site generate suspense and intrigue.

I liked the characters, especially JD with her weird quirks and her determination to make progress in a male-dominated field. As for Matthew... well, there are times where his intentions are doubtful, but who can resist a handsome cowboy? There's a reason Western novels are so popular. Matthew's brother Nathan also won a place in my heart, but I won't go into spoilers. I also have to admit that I love the out-of-the-way setting. It’s true that too many paranormal stories take place in such settings, but Jennifer Hurst does such a wonderful job setting up the setting and cast of characters. To sum it up in two words, two sentences: Torrey, Utah. Must visit.

There are some mature themes, but you see so much more in many YA books today. Fall is an intriguing book. If you don’t mind somewhat older characters, check it out!


Contest time!

In conjunction with this blog tour, Jennifer is holding a contest. It will involve any of the blogs that Jennifer visits or where her book is featured and will close on December 31st, 2011. The entrants have to answer three questions about the book they’ve read (bought, borrowed, or stolen - shame on you) and post a link to Jennifer's website on their Twitter, Facebook, or blog (need link for verification).

Then the names will be entered in a random name picker generator and announced on Jennifer's website  on January 31st, 2012. The winner will receive a gift certificate for a night’s stay at the actual bed and breakfast where the story takes place.

Other prizes include: (1) an autographed copy of Fall, and (2) she will randomly select 3 contestants’ names to use in the sequel to Fall. Plus, they will receive a free copy of that book when it is published.

Each blog that Jennifer Hurst visits will have a different set of questions people can answer, and they may enter as many times as they want - but they can enter once per blog site that they visit. So the more sites you visit, the more you can enter your name, thus increasing your chances of winning.

Get the book, read the book, and then read over the questions below. Once you have your answers, e-mail them to Jennifer. fall.jenniferhurst(at)gmail(dot)com

Your privacy is respected and your email address will NOT be used for anything but the contest. Once the contest is over - your email address will be deleted from the database.

Here are the questions for you to answer:

  1. What color was Nathan's cowboy hat when JD first met him?
  2. What is JD's favorite treat?
  3. Who was the first person JD ever kissed?

Don't forget to check out the other blog sites participating in the tour!

1 comment on "Review: Fall by Jennifer Hurst & Contest!"
  1. Thank you kindly, Kris, for the great review. I really appreciated your comments. And, yes, the sequel is in the works.

    Jennifer Hurst


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