Out now from Bethany House Publishing is After She Falls by Carmen Schober. Strong-willed Adri Rivera nearly achieved her goal of being a professional mixed martial artist, but then she fell in love with a man who knocked all the fight out of her. When their abusive, tumultuous relationship finally comes to a head, Adri flees with their young daughter to her small hometown in the mountains of Pennsylvania. There, she must face the people she left behind and put her broken life back together again.
A hardened Max Lyons can't believe Adri is back in town after abruptly cutting him and everyone else off years ago. Despite the distance that grew between them, he feels compelled to help her regain her independence and offers her a job at his gym. But regaining each other's trust is another matter, made even more complicated by the lingering spark between them. As Adri dares to pursue her dream again, she trains for a big tournament with Max's help, but they'll both have to confront their own doubts in order to rise victorious.
My Opinion: A wonderfully written book with an interesting storyline and well-developed characters; the main character is in a fight to overcome her past, and to become a champion again. It’s a real page-turner; I did not want to put it down. I can feel the lumps in my throat when Adri is going through pain, I can feel relief when she feels it. The writing is so descriptive and fluid. I feel like I’m in the story! The author seamlessly blends the thrill and sexiness of romance with the theme of reconciliation with God and in our relationships which can be hard to do!
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