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If you love the emotionally complex novels of JoJo Moyes and the dramatic books of Jodi Picoult, you won’t want to miss this newest book about second chances, redemption, and the power of hope from USA Today bestselling author of Shelter Me, Juliette Fay. On her own since the age of eighteen, Cass Macklin dated brilliant, troubled Ben McGreavy, convinced he was the smartest If you love the emotionally complex novels of JoJo Moyes and the dramatic books of Jodi Picoult, you won’t want to miss this newest book about second chances, redemption, and the power of hope from USA Today bestselling author of Shelter Me, Juliette Fay. On her own since the age of eighteen, Cass Macklin dated brilliant, troubled Ben McGreavy, convinced he was the smartest person she’d ever known. They partied their way through their twenties, slowly descending into a bleak world of binge-drinking and broken promises, inebriated for most of a decade. Now Ben is dead, and Cass is broke, homeless, scared…and pregnant. Determined to have a healthy pregnancy and raise Ben’s baby, Cass has to find a way to stop drinking and build a stable life for herself and her child. But with no money, skills, or sober friends or family, the task seems insurmountable. At wit’s end, Cass turns to the only person with the means to help her: Ben’s brother Scott, third basemen for the Boston Red Sox, a man with a temper and problems of his own. The two make a deal that neither one of them is sure they can live up to. As Cass struggles to take control of her life and to ask for help when she needs it, Scott begins to realize there’s a life for him beyond the baseball diamond. By turns heartbreaking and humorous, with its message that change is not impossible, that forgiveness can be freely given, and that life, though imperfect, is worth embracing, Catch Us When We Fall is a novel you will never forget.


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If you love the emotionally complex novels of JoJo Moyes and the dramatic books of Jodi Picoult, you won’t want to miss this newest book about second chances, redemption, and the power of hope from USA Today bestselling author of Shelter Me, Juliette Fay. On her own since the age of eighteen, Cass Macklin dated brilliant, troubled Ben McGreavy, convinced he was the smartest If you love the emotionally complex novels of JoJo Moyes and the dramatic books of Jodi Picoult, you won’t want to miss this newest book about second chances, redemption, and the power of hope from USA Today bestselling author of Shelter Me, Juliette Fay. On her own since the age of eighteen, Cass Macklin dated brilliant, troubled Ben McGreavy, convinced he was the smartest person she’d ever known. They partied their way through their twenties, slowly descending into a bleak world of binge-drinking and broken promises, inebriated for most of a decade. Now Ben is dead, and Cass is broke, homeless, scared…and pregnant. Determined to have a healthy pregnancy and raise Ben’s baby, Cass has to find a way to stop drinking and build a stable life for herself and her child. But with no money, skills, or sober friends or family, the task seems insurmountable. At wit’s end, Cass turns to the only person with the means to help her: Ben’s brother Scott, third basemen for the Boston Red Sox, a man with a temper and problems of his own. The two make a deal that neither one of them is sure they can live up to. As Cass struggles to take control of her life and to ask for help when she needs it, Scott begins to realize there’s a life for him beyond the baseball diamond. By turns heartbreaking and humorous, with its message that change is not impossible, that forgiveness can be freely given, and that life, though imperfect, is worth embracing, Catch Us When We Fall is a novel you will never forget.

30 review for Catch Us When We Fall

  1. 4 out of 5

    Katie B

    Rather than write a long-winded review, I'm gonna try and keep it short and simple for a change. Catch Us When We Fall is a novel featuring Cass Macklin, an alcoholic. Her long-time boyfriend, Ben, recently passed away due to his drinking problem. Cass is pregnant with his child and needs help in more ways than one. Ben and his brother, Scott, had a rocky relationship, but he's the only person she knows with the means to help her. They strike up a short term deal with the hope Cass will take con Rather than write a long-winded review, I'm gonna try and keep it short and simple for a change. Catch Us When We Fall is a novel featuring Cass Macklin, an alcoholic. Her long-time boyfriend, Ben, recently passed away due to his drinking problem. Cass is pregnant with his child and needs help in more ways than one. Ben and his brother, Scott, had a rocky relationship, but he's the only person she knows with the means to help her. They strike up a short term deal with the hope Cass will take control of her life. Cass's journey affected me on an unexpected emotional level. To say I felt invested in her seems like such an understatement. This is a story that really just grabbed my heart and will stick with me for a long time. It was a powerful read and one that I highly recommend checking out. Thank you to William Morrow for providing me with an advance copy! All thoughts expressed are my honest opinion.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Larry H

    Boy, I loved this. One of my favorite books of the month! Thanks to Get Red PR, William Morrow Books, and Juliette Fay for the complimentary advance copy of Catch Us When We Fall in exchange for an unbiased review!! Cass and Ben have been together for 11 years, since she was 18. She loves him fiercely and thinks he’s the smartest man she’s known, but they spent most of their time together drunk, barely eking out an existence and trying to make ends meet, and periodically finding themselves in Boy, I loved this. One of my favorite books of the month! Thanks to Get Red PR, William Morrow Books, and Juliette Fay for the complimentary advance copy of Catch Us When We Fall in exchange for an unbiased review!! Cass and Ben have been together for 11 years, since she was 18. She loves him fiercely and thinks he’s the smartest man she’s known, but they spent most of their time together drunk, barely eking out an existence and trying to make ends meet, and periodically finding themselves in dangerous situations.⁣ When Ben dies, Cass finds herself alone and broke—and pregnant. She’s determined to do the right thing for the baby and stop drinking, but with no money, no real skills, and no friends who don’t drink, the prospects for sobriety don’t look good. That’s when Cass reluctantly turns to Scott, Ben’s brother, who plays for the Boston Red Sox. She asks for his help to get sober and get on her feet, and they make a deal that neither really believes will come to fruition. As Cass struggles with trying to stay sober and starting to think about a life for her baby, she deals with her unresolved feelings about her relationship with Ben and starts to open up to Scott, even though he keeps waiting for her to backslide. She also develops some strong friendships with others in recovery, which puts her in more stressful situations but also helps her realize her capacity to love and care for others—and be loved and cared for by them. This is a beautiful, emotional story about embracing your vulnerability and the possibility of a future when you never thought there was one. Juliette Fay did a great job of keeping the book from getting too melodramatic—there were a few times I hoped over-the-top things wouldn’t happen and they didn’t. Definitely one I’ll think about for a while!! See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com. Follow me on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/the.bookishworld.of.yrralh/.

  3. 5 out of 5

    MicheleReader

    Cass Macklin, a twenty-nine-year-old woman, has spent the last ten years in the depths of alcoholism with boyfriend Ben McGreavy. Both victims of difficult childhoods, their life of partying comes crashing down when Ben dies. Cass finds herself alone and pregnant. She reluctantly turns to Ben’s brother Scott, who is a mid-level baseball player on the Boston Red Sox. Scott has little faith that Cass will be able to get clean and sober but agrees to help the young, homeless mother of his future ni Cass Macklin, a twenty-nine-year-old woman, has spent the last ten years in the depths of alcoholism with boyfriend Ben McGreavy. Both victims of difficult childhoods, their life of partying comes crashing down when Ben dies. Cass finds herself alone and pregnant. She reluctantly turns to Ben’s brother Scott, who is a mid-level baseball player on the Boston Red Sox. Scott has little faith that Cass will be able to get clean and sober but agrees to help the young, homeless mother of his future niece or nephew. Catch Us When We Fall is an emotional book which tells the journey of a woman struggling each day with her desire to use alcohol to deal with her devastating loss and her fears, with a new child on the way. She seeks treatment and support in AA on her long road to sobriety. Scott, who has dealt with his own childhood trauma in different ways, has to navigate through his new living situation. A wealthy neighbor also battling alcoholism and a friend who has been abused complicate things for Cass as her due date nears. Author Juliette Fay has sensitively presented a story filled with despair, redemption and hope. I was very touched by this story of one woman’s struggle to find her way out of such a dark, deep hole. This is not a light read but amid the heavy subject matter, there is some humor and a real sense of humanity. Review posted on MicheleReader.com.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sandra Hoover

    In earlier days, lovers Cass Macklin and Ben McGreavy often hung out with Ben's older brother Scott, but when Cass and Ben's partying turns into full-blown alcoholism Scott backs away. He's the third baseman for the Boston White Sox and can't allow his brother's issues to mess with his head and game. When Ben dies from alcohol poisoning, Scott meets Cass again as they're the only two people at the gravesite. Cass is homeless, penniless and pregnant. She wants Ben's baby and vows to give it a cha In earlier days, lovers Cass Macklin and Ben McGreavy often hung out with Ben's older brother Scott, but when Cass and Ben's partying turns into full-blown alcoholism Scott backs away. He's the third baseman for the Boston White Sox and can't allow his brother's issues to mess with his head and game. When Ben dies from alcohol poisoning, Scott meets Cass again as they're the only two people at the gravesite. Cass is homeless, penniless and pregnant. She wants Ben's baby and vows to give it a chance in life by getting sober and providing stability for them both. With no means of her own, she turns to Scott and offers him a deal. Give her shelter for a month until she can get back on her feet, and she'll be out of there. Meantime, she'll attend Alcoholic Anonymous, clean his house and get her life in order. Scott reluctantly agrees, but little does he know how this woman with all her issues will turn his life upside down. Catch Us When We Fall is the story of Cass and Scott with all the highs and lows of learning to let go of the past and live for the future. Catch Us When We Fall is an authentic, heartbreaking story of loss, grief and forgiveness. A story that delves deeply into the lives of alcoholics and those who love them. I found it interesting to follow Cass in her struggles to survive the disease - overcoming the many temptations and pitfalls in day to day living - at first for her unborn child and later for herself. The author does an excellent job of tackling the issue with realism and empathy through emotionally complex characters trying to do the right thing while overcoming their demons. I also enjoyed Scott's journey as he struggles to lay his heartbreaking past to rest and allow himself to give and accept love freely. Although frustrating at times, both characters are easy to pull for. While most of this story is carried by Cass and Scott, I really enjoyed a couple of support characters - Laurel and Kate. Both are also suffering from alcoholism and their lives intertwine in both good and bad ways with Cass's which complicates things. While the tone of this story is dire, there's always a tiny spark of light, of hope they'll make it past the grief, pain, guilt, loneliness and hopelessness to a better life - hope they'll find new, better ways of coping with all life throws at them. Juliette Fay delivers big time in Catch Us When We Fall. I was so engrossed in this story that I read it in one sitting and then sat there and thought about it for awhile. This is a beautiful story of love, loss, forgiveness and finding oneself in the darkness of addiction. It's a story of hope for all who have ever fallen and for all who have been there to catch them when they fell. Highly recommended to everyone! Thank you Avon Books for a paperback arc of this book. Review posted at Cross My Heart Reviews

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Strawser

    A redemption story if ever there was one: Juliette Fay’s CATCH US WHEN WE FALL gives us a character who seems almost beyond help, beyond reach, even to herself—but finds ways to prove us all wrong, one baby step at a time. A beautiful look at the strength it takes to save ourselves, the love it takes to save each other, and the hopeful truth that it’s never too late to start over.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Anne OK

    CATCH US WHEN WE FALL is a story about embracing the storms of life. The subject matter equals a difficult read. The story is filled with characters suffering life-changing and heartbreaking problems. At times you’ll find some humor, but the message is perfectly on point that people can change -- and forgiveness is possible – but it’s not easy and needs lots of understanding, handholding and help along the way. The road to recovery may be paved with good intentions, but it’s a long haul. At age CATCH US WHEN WE FALL is a story about embracing the storms of life. The subject matter equals a difficult read. The story is filled with characters suffering life-changing and heartbreaking problems. At times you’ll find some humor, but the message is perfectly on point that people can change -- and forgiveness is possible – but it’s not easy and needs lots of understanding, handholding and help along the way. The road to recovery may be paved with good intentions, but it’s a long haul. At age twenty-nine, Cass Macklin is left alone, penniless, homeless, pregnant and an alcoholic when her long-time boyfriend Ben McGreavy, an alcoholic himself, dies of alcoholic poisoning. Scott McGreavy is a baseball player with the Red Sox and Ben’s brother. He and Cass were also high school classmates and good friends. For years, the brothers have shared a difficult relationship for many reasons and their parents were at the center of their problems, along with alcohol and Cass. With Ben gone, the only person Cass can turn to for help is Scott. And he’s got a whole lot of foot-dragging reluctance to overcome before becoming fully immersed in the situation. Addiction and Redemption play major roles in this book, as well as Alcoholics Anonymous. Therein is a strong support cast that adds its own level of interest to the storyline in this regard. Of course, there’s plenty of drama, heartache and sorrow – along with the long journey to healing. A slow moving love story emerges in a tremendously moving story that will elicit tears in some places and laughter and cheers in others. All the characters are sensitively portrayed, as is the realistic recovery process, and the relationship that comes full-circle between Cass and Scott. The resilience, strength and survival is uplifting and full of hope. Not only is there recovery for Cass, but for Scott as well. A new-to-me-author that covered some hard topics with grace and a wonderful and beautiful ending. This won’t be my last book written by her as I plan on checking out any backlist or future books.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Allison Larkin

    When I'm done reading one of Juliette Fay's books, her characters always exist in my memory like people I've actually met. Catch Us When We Fall is full of hope and heart and genuine love. I already miss checking in with these beautiful people who are trying their hardest to heal and connect. When I'm done reading one of Juliette Fay's books, her characters always exist in my memory like people I've actually met. Catch Us When We Fall is full of hope and heart and genuine love. I already miss checking in with these beautiful people who are trying their hardest to heal and connect.

  8. 5 out of 5

    ABookwormWithWine

    I loved reading Juliette Fay's novel The Tumbling Turner Sisters, and while Catch Us When We Fall is a completely different story, I loved reading this one too. This is full of painful, heartbreaking topics all the way through and it is a very emotional read. I teared up more times than I could keep track of while reading it, and it is pretty heavy while also providing a strong dose of hope. It was so hard to watch Cass struggle with her alcoholism, and while I have a family member who is a reco I loved reading Juliette Fay's novel The Tumbling Turner Sisters, and while Catch Us When We Fall is a completely different story, I loved reading this one too. This is full of painful, heartbreaking topics all the way through and it is a very emotional read. I teared up more times than I could keep track of while reading it, and it is pretty heavy while also providing a strong dose of hope. It was so hard to watch Cass struggle with her alcoholism, and while I have a family member who is a recovered alcoholic, I wasn't there to watch everything they had to go through to get to the point they are today. I can't imagine trying to help someone struggling with addiction, and I hated it but could also relate to some of the ways Scott struggled with Cass and how to treat her. I was glad that Fay shared where she got the idea from as well as a few other things about her life at the end of the book, and I would highly recommend having a copy to look at just for that alone. I started off by reading this, but thanks to how incredibly slow I am at reading anything these days, decided to switch to the audiobook. The audio is narrated by Piper Goodeve and I quite liked her narration for Cass. Her voice fit Cass very nicely, and her narration itself was smooth and easy to listen to. I've listened to a couple of other books she has narrated and really enjoyed her every time, so if you enjoy audiobooks you shouldn't be disappointed with the audio for Catch Us When We Fall. I recently read a real downer of a book, so I really appreciated the way this novel ended even though it has its own very hard moments. So much of it will break your heart, but it will also leave you feeling optimistic and reassured that things can still work out for the best. Thank you to the publisher and Get Red PR for my free copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Wow this was one powerful read. I knew from the description that it would be heavy but I didn’t realize just how emotionally charged it would be. Right from the start you’re thrust into the lives of Cass and Scott on one of the worst days of their lives as they’re burying Scott’s brother and Cass boyfriend, Ben. So it gets you right in the feels immediately and it truly never lets up once. It’s very character driven and the author crafted these people who seem so real, especially in their strugg Wow this was one powerful read. I knew from the description that it would be heavy but I didn’t realize just how emotionally charged it would be. Right from the start you’re thrust into the lives of Cass and Scott on one of the worst days of their lives as they’re burying Scott’s brother and Cass boyfriend, Ben. So it gets you right in the feels immediately and it truly never lets up once. It’s very character driven and the author crafted these people who seem so real, especially in their struggles. Cass is truly a wreck, a broken soul and seeing her journey was heartbreaking but ultimately inspiring. Her strength comes through over and over as she battles her addiction and comes into her own and it was a beautiful story. She was the kind of character that you develop and attachment to and I was sad to finish this one up. I do want to add that I had planned on switching between the print and audio but the audio was so well done and compelling that I listened to the majority of this so if you like audio this is the way to go. Recommended for fans of emotional, character driven books with strong writing!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Christi Flaker

    It's been a bit since I've finished a book in one day but Catch Us When We Fall gripped me from the start and held me through until the end. If you love stories of redemption and troubled characters with a past I whole-heartedly recommend this book. Cass Macklin and Ben McGreavy fell in love in high school and thought themselves the perfect match. Ben was an intellectual who didn't trust anyone and grew up in an abusive home. Cass was in foster care after losing her mother until she aged out and It's been a bit since I've finished a book in one day but Catch Us When We Fall gripped me from the start and held me through until the end. If you love stories of redemption and troubled characters with a past I whole-heartedly recommend this book. Cass Macklin and Ben McGreavy fell in love in high school and thought themselves the perfect match. Ben was an intellectual who didn't trust anyone and grew up in an abusive home. Cass was in foster care after losing her mother until she aged out and found herself on the streets at 18. The trouble with Cass and Ben is that they lived their lives in the bottle and have been unable to provide stability for themselves. We begin our story just after Ben has died of alcohol poisoning. Cass shows up graveside drunk with only Ben's judgmental brother, Scotty, there beside her to say goodbye. Fast forward a month and we find Cass waitressing and trying to clean up her act when she runs into the Scotty. Scotty is the third-basemen for the Boston Red Sox and wants nothing to do with his brother's girlfriend. When she drops in his lap the why behind her attempt to clean up her act Scotty finds out she is carrying his nephew he agrees to foot the bill for rehab to help her out. He then grudgingly allows her to live with him as she tries to get herself set up for success after rehab. Scotty comes from the same abusive home as his brother and found his own way out (sports instead alcohol) but is dealing with demons of his own from his childhood. Can he actually trust Cass to stay clean? Can he keep the drama from his home life out of his professional life on the field? We also have a cast of side characters who I found myself caring a lot about throughout the book. Even characters who made such a brief appearance left a mark on this book and my heart. I can't tell you the number of times my eyes welled up as I felt the struggle of the individuals in this book. I have not ever had any experience with addiction personally so I cannot speak to whether or not this was a good depiction of the process but to an inexperienced eye it felt so real and raw. I found myself cheering so hard for everyone's development and hoping for everyone to find their path forward.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Nursebookie

    Emotionally Charged Powerful Hopeful This is a beautifully written character driven story about Cass Macklin. Cass just hit rock bottom - she is a wreck, now homeless, an alcoholic, and someone who just lost the father of her unborn baby. In her desperation to turn things around to raise her baby, she reaches out to Scott, Ben's brother who is a major league baseball player. This was a compelling and emotional read that was hard to put down. The scenes in this story were so heartbreaking and the wr Emotionally Charged Powerful Hopeful This is a beautifully written character driven story about Cass Macklin. Cass just hit rock bottom - she is a wreck, now homeless, an alcoholic, and someone who just lost the father of her unborn baby. In her desperation to turn things around to raise her baby, she reaches out to Scott, Ben's brother who is a major league baseball player. This was a compelling and emotional read that was hard to put down. The scenes in this story were so heartbreaking and the writing so heartfelt. It has been a while since I was so emotionally connected to the characters that made me tear up. This book certainly did that. Juliette Fay did an awesome job writing this intense story that brought hope and inspiration to the story.

  12. 5 out of 5

    ☕️Hélène⚜️

    A book about forgiveness and trust. A heavy book to read with the subject of alcoholism. I didn’t love the book it was just nice.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jamele (BookswithJams)

    This was not what I expected as I went into it blind, and it turned out to be such a great read! The overall theme is about alcoholism and its destructive effects, both to those that live with this disease as well as those that live with loved ones who suffer from it. Cass Macklin is struggling with recovery as she has just learned she is pregnant with her dead boyfriend’s baby, and she is broke, homeless, and scared, but equally determined to leave her drunken past behind and raise a healthy ba This was not what I expected as I went into it blind, and it turned out to be such a great read! The overall theme is about alcoholism and its destructive effects, both to those that live with this disease as well as those that live with loved ones who suffer from it. Cass Macklin is struggling with recovery as she has just learned she is pregnant with her dead boyfriend’s baby, and she is broke, homeless, and scared, but equally determined to leave her drunken past behind and raise a healthy baby. Enter Scott, Ben’s brother, who has reluctantly decided to give her a chance, but knowing how she and his brother used to be, does not do so easily and as the two make a deal that seems the best for the baby, they both realize that maybe there is more to life than what they originally thought. I really enjoyed this one and thought the author covered addiction very well, even though the characters frustrated me at times. I also loved how baseball was woven into the storyline, and that we got the perspective of a few alcoholics and their families, not just Cass. This is a slower paced story with many trigger warnings, but worth the read if you can handle it. Life is almost always messy and forgiveness is needed many times, and I thought this book covered each of those stages as well as the slip ups very well. Thank you to GetRedPRBooks WilliamMorrow Books and Juliette Fay for the free copy to review.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Hanes

    I don’t think that I’ve ever been more attached to characters in a book the way that I was with Cass and Scott in Catch Us When We Fall. The storytelling was absolutely remarkable in this book! I was gripped from the first page until the very last. This story is so real and emotional, it’s hard not to become attached to this book. I feel that many people will be able to resonate with this story and with each of the characters. I wish I had the words to describe how much I adore this book. Even th I don’t think that I’ve ever been more attached to characters in a book the way that I was with Cass and Scott in Catch Us When We Fall. The storytelling was absolutely remarkable in this book! I was gripped from the first page until the very last. This story is so real and emotional, it’s hard not to become attached to this book. I feel that many people will be able to resonate with this story and with each of the characters. I wish I had the words to describe how much I adore this book. Even though this book is a break from my usual genre of thrillers, it ended up being just what I needed! I would also like to thank Harper Collins/William Morrow for an advanced review copy of Catch Us When We Fall. I am also very grateful for the opportunity to read this moving novel by Juliette Fay, as I am now a devoted reader of hers.

  15. 4 out of 5

    She Said Yes to Books

    Not gonna lie, the story felt a bit too long for me. A book is too long when you get tired of it and you feel like you read again what you read a few chapters ago. Still, the author delivered a beautifully well written story. One about hope, healing and forgiveness. She covered alcoholism very well. The struggle, the recovery, and the constant fight against the addiction. It was raw and genuine. Overall, a slower paced story with many trigger warnings, but a beautiful one and well worth a read. Not gonna lie, the story felt a bit too long for me. A book is too long when you get tired of it and you feel like you read again what you read a few chapters ago. Still, the author delivered a beautifully well written story. One about hope, healing and forgiveness. She covered alcoholism very well. The struggle, the recovery, and the constant fight against the addiction. It was raw and genuine. Overall, a slower paced story with many trigger warnings, but a beautiful one and well worth a read. I absolutely loved the ending.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Susan Peterson

    Catch Us When We Fall is an emotionally riveting novel of second chances, redemption, and hope. Cass Macklin has just lost Ben, the brilliant man she's been with since she was a teenage. She is also pregnant, homeless, and an alcoholic. Desperate, she turns to Ben's brother Scott, a major league baseball player, who is suspicious and wary, but takes Cass in. Cass's journey is fraught with tension and temptation, but also with determination to stay sober for the sake of her unborn baby. Her relat Catch Us When We Fall is an emotionally riveting novel of second chances, redemption, and hope. Cass Macklin has just lost Ben, the brilliant man she's been with since she was a teenage. She is also pregnant, homeless, and an alcoholic. Desperate, she turns to Ben's brother Scott, a major league baseball player, who is suspicious and wary, but takes Cass in. Cass's journey is fraught with tension and temptation, but also with determination to stay sober for the sake of her unborn baby. Her relationship with Scott is shaky and tenuous and sometimes combative, but there is also warmth and humor and kindness. There are wonderful supporting characters as well, who add layer upon layer of emotion to a story that is compelling and heartfelt. I grew to care about Cass and Scott, as they worked through a lifetime of pain and disappointment to get to a place of trust and forgiveness. This book is raw and intense and honest, hurting my heart at times, making me laugh at others, and bringing tears to my eyes.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Eileen Goudge

    Page turner with heart Loved his book! It’s about a seemingly hopeless alcoholic, Cass, who finds redemption…and ultimately love…one day at a time. It’s got heart and soul and grit. The characters ring true, and I say this as someone who knows a lot about addiction. I couldn’t put it down and it stayed with me after I finished it. Highly recommended.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Donna Lewis

    Very compelling book about alcoholism and how it not only affects drinkers but how it affects friends, lovers, children, and neighbors. It is so destructive, and it’s the gift that keeps on giving. This book does a good job looking at all the roadblocks to recovery. It highlights the necessity of having a strong extensive support system. Unfortunately, most recovery is not smooth or long-lasting, and rarely does it end quite so happily as in this book. It is still a good read and the reader does Very compelling book about alcoholism and how it not only affects drinkers but how it affects friends, lovers, children, and neighbors. It is so destructive, and it’s the gift that keeps on giving. This book does a good job looking at all the roadblocks to recovery. It highlights the necessity of having a strong extensive support system. Unfortunately, most recovery is not smooth or long-lasting, and rarely does it end quite so happily as in this book. It is still a good read and the reader does become invested in a positive outcome.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jenny Nafziger

    This was my first time reading a book by Juliette Fay and I wasn’t disappointed. The book was really good. It kept me wondering what was going to happen next. The story is based around alcoholism and trying to overcome it. I enjoyed reading it because it made me think about what it might be like for someone in that situation and how difficult of a journey it is to get sober and stay that way. I definitely be reading other books by her!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Mary G.

    Thank you to @letstalkbookspromo, @getredprbooks, and @williammorrowbooks for having me on the tour of Catch Us When We Fall by @juliette_fay! I love the yellow detail on the cover, so I had to match it to these flowers! Pub date: September 21, 2021 In one sentence: When alcoholic Cass finds herself pregnant and alone, she turns to the baby's uncle Scott, a Red Sox baseball player, to help her get and stay sober. I enjoyed this book, but be advised that it is a darker read than the cover suggests. Thank you to @letstalkbookspromo, @getredprbooks, and @williammorrowbooks for having me on the tour of Catch Us When We Fall by @juliette_fay! I love the yellow detail on the cover, so I had to match it to these flowers! Pub date: September 21, 2021 In one sentence: When alcoholic Cass finds herself pregnant and alone, she turns to the baby's uncle Scott, a Red Sox baseball player, to help her get and stay sober. I enjoyed this book, but be advised that it is a darker read than the cover suggests. Fay portrays Cass' alcoholism in a brutally honest way, and we see how she has hurt herself and others for so many years. Scott was an excellent counterpoint to Cass - although he seems to be keeping it all together, there's trauma in his past that he hasn't addressed. The power of friendship is a key theme in this novel - we see how Cass' daily AA meeting supports her and helps her develop deep connections with others in recovery. Cass' redemption arc and journey of self-discovery were very powerful. If you like a redemption story and can handle the tough subject matter, this is a good one to add to your TBR! When discussing the book with the other tour participants, lots of us thought it would make a great Lifetime movie. Review posted to Goodreads and Instagram on September 19, 2021.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    First of all, thank you to William Morrow Publishing for sending me a copy of Catch Us When We Fall by Juliette Fay. Cass has been on her own since the age of eighteen. Her boyfriend is now dead from alcoholic poisoning, and she finds herself once again homeless, broke, pregnant and fighting an alcohol addiction. Cass is scared but determined to make changes in her life to have a healthy pregnancy. This means fighting demons everyday not to drink. Cass turns to her dead boyfriend's brother, Scott First of all, thank you to William Morrow Publishing for sending me a copy of Catch Us When We Fall by Juliette Fay. Cass has been on her own since the age of eighteen. Her boyfriend is now dead from alcoholic poisoning, and she finds herself once again homeless, broke, pregnant and fighting an alcohol addiction. Cass is scared but determined to make changes in her life to have a healthy pregnancy. This means fighting demons everyday not to drink. Cass turns to her dead boyfriend's brother, Scott to help her turn her life around. Both Cass and Scott have their own problems to deal with, and I often found myself cheering them both on to a better life. This is a story about determination and the courage to get through each day without drinking. When I received this book, I was prepared not to like a book about alcoholism. It is a hard topic to read about, but I came away with a better understanding along with compassion for anyone coming from a broken home, the foster care system, abuse, and homelessness. I really became invested in Cass and Scott. Childhood abuse and trauma is real and has been proven to lead to a life time of addiction as a way to cope. Catch Us When We Fall is an emotional book that contains topics that are often hard to read about so it may be a trigger for some readers. This is a story about second chances in life...who doesn't like that!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Cindy Roesel

    Let me start by saying I absolutely loved reading, CATCH US WHEN WE FALL (WilliamMorrow) by Juliette Fay. It has everything a reader can hope for in a novel. It's an interesting compelling story with really developed characters and it touches on a subject that many readers have been impacted by. Eighteen year old Cass Macklin and Ben McGreavy partied their way through their twenties. They were drunk most of the decade. Cass wakes up one morning to find Ben dead and she's broke, homeless, frighten Let me start by saying I absolutely loved reading, CATCH US WHEN WE FALL (WilliamMorrow) by Juliette Fay. It has everything a reader can hope for in a novel. It's an interesting compelling story with really developed characters and it touches on a subject that many readers have been impacted by. Eighteen year old Cass Macklin and Ben McGreavy partied their way through their twenties. They were drunk most of the decade. Cass wakes up one morning to find Ben dead and she's broke, homeless, frightened and pregnant. Cass having lost her mother to alcohol poisoning is determined to get sober and have this baby. But she has no family, friends, money, skills or hope. In desperation she turns to Ben's brother, Scott, Red Sox third baseman who has watched them struggle for the past decade. He has a temper, problems of his own and he begs her to have an abortion, but she refuses. He sends her to rehab and when she returns, they make a deal neither one is sure they can live up to. CATCH US WHEN WE FALL is about hope and embracing the imperfect. It's heartbreaking and at times, humorous but it's message that people can change and forgiveness is possible, will resonate with all readers.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Janis Daly

    Take a stroll down suburban neighborhood sidewalks in Anytown USA. What do you see? Who do you meet? Could there be, hiding behind the manicured lawn and neatly trimmed bushes, a person just like you? Just like me? There are. And, they’re also characters found on the pages of Juliette Fay’s newest novel, Catch Us When We Fall. The keyword, “when” in the title sets the premise for the story. For it’s not a matter of “IF” we fall, but when, and we do. We fall in love with the complex and flawed ch Take a stroll down suburban neighborhood sidewalks in Anytown USA. What do you see? Who do you meet? Could there be, hiding behind the manicured lawn and neatly trimmed bushes, a person just like you? Just like me? There are. And, they’re also characters found on the pages of Juliette Fay’s newest novel, Catch Us When We Fall. The keyword, “when” in the title sets the premise for the story. For it’s not a matter of “IF” we fall, but when, and we do. We fall in love with the complex and flawed characters of Cass and Scott, along with Laurel, Kate, and Drew. We fall into the intensity of the influence of alcoholism which walks throughout Anytown USA with nary a care whether you drive a Lexus, cut the lawn, or take refuge in a guest bedroom. We cling to the hope that the humanity buried deep inside us will battle the inner evils of destruction and unite us rather than splinter like fragments of a shattered dream. Fay delivers emotionally packed extra innings of swings and misses as Cass and Scott circle the bases to find redemption and love waiting at home base. I received a free advance copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for my honest review.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Holy intense but beautiful story. This was the kind of stay up late to find out what happens kind of book. And brought a few (sad and happy) tears to my eyes. A sorry about an Alcoholic woman whose boyfriend died of a alcohol poisoning. Only a month later she finds out she’s pregnant and her boyfriends brother swoops in to help her out. It’s their journey of becoming better people together and her recovery as an alcoholic and trying to be a mom. She works so hard to be a better person and create Holy intense but beautiful story. This was the kind of stay up late to find out what happens kind of book. And brought a few (sad and happy) tears to my eyes. A sorry about an Alcoholic woman whose boyfriend died of a alcohol poisoning. Only a month later she finds out she’s pregnant and her boyfriends brother swoops in to help her out. It’s their journey of becoming better people together and her recovery as an alcoholic and trying to be a mom. She works so hard to be a better person and create a better life with her boyfriends brother. (I did kind of see it coming that they would fall in love) but it definitely made sense and was worth it. It makes you want to root for her the entire time! I loved how Cassy and Scott were open and honest about their hopes and fears and the love they felt for each other. And how she admitted that her baby wouldn’t be there if the BF was still alive because he loved her but was also toxic. She made a beautiful, if not difficult, mindset transition to love herself and live life differently. You could feel her struggle each and every day but she put in all the tools and support to help make her succeed (and sometimes that wasn’t enough to make her step off the crazy train) other bigger interventions happened where she allowed others to support and help her. A great story to all who struggle throughout life. And If being an alcoholic is anything like the author has written I commend any and all whose journey is that.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Curran

    Catch Us When We Fall by Juliette Fay Thank you to @getredprbooks and William Morrow Books for this gifted copy in exchange for an honest review. This was the deeply moving story of Cass Macklin, a young woman trying to deal with an unexpected pregnancy in the wake of her boyfriend Ben’s death and years of alcoholism. She turns to Ben’s brother, Scott for help to get sober and start over. This was such an emotional story that gripped me from the first chapter. I was always rooting for Cass and he Catch Us When We Fall by Juliette Fay Thank you to @getredprbooks and William Morrow Books for this gifted copy in exchange for an honest review. This was the deeply moving story of Cass Macklin, a young woman trying to deal with an unexpected pregnancy in the wake of her boyfriend Ben’s death and years of alcoholism. She turns to Ben’s brother, Scott for help to get sober and start over. This was such an emotional story that gripped me from the first chapter. I was always rooting for Cass and her unborn baby. This story made me feel so much empathy for what people go through in terms of alcoholism and substance abuse. This story was raw and real, but filled my heart with hope and love. These characters will stay with me for a long time. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

  26. 4 out of 5

    Gabby S.

    I think I’m a glutton for punishment when it comes to reading emotional books. I’ve been gravitating towards more somber books lately with heavier content & I’m not exactly sure why. I just can’t stay away from them, including Catch Us When We Fall. As weird as this may sound, I enjoyed reading about Cass’ life and her struggles. At times, she made me roll my eyes at her, but she also made me silently cheer for her with how strong and determined she was. I loved the relationship & friendship she I think I’m a glutton for punishment when it comes to reading emotional books. I’ve been gravitating towards more somber books lately with heavier content & I’m not exactly sure why. I just can’t stay away from them, including Catch Us When We Fall. As weird as this may sound, I enjoyed reading about Cass’ life and her struggles. At times, she made me roll my eyes at her, but she also made me silently cheer for her with how strong and determined she was. I loved the relationship & friendship she had with scott, even though at times his extremely guarded behavior made me annoyed with him. This one was not only enjoyable, but an emotional ride. 4 ⭐️s A big thank you to Let’s Talk Books, Netgalley, the publisher, and Juliette Fay for my gifted e-arc!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lian Dolan

    Catch Us When We Fall really caught me off guard-- a novel about recovery, hope and family-- which is both dark and hopeful. Juliette Fay gets us in deep with her characters, three women bonded by addiction who become supportive friends. Their journey to recovery is slow, complicated and realistically portrayed. . The main character Cass, a self-described drunk for a decade' is the heart of the story. When She loses her boyfriend to alcohol poisoning and finds herself pregnant, she turns to the Catch Us When We Fall really caught me off guard-- a novel about recovery, hope and family-- which is both dark and hopeful. Juliette Fay gets us in deep with her characters, three women bonded by addiction who become supportive friends. Their journey to recovery is slow, complicated and realistically portrayed. . The main character Cass, a self-described drunk for a decade' is the heart of the story. When She loses her boyfriend to alcohol poisoning and finds herself pregnant, she turns to the brother of her boyfriend for help. Scott, a professional baseball player is a wonderful character and I was happy to see this sort of stand up guy portrayed in women's fiction. If you have addiction in your circle of friends or family, you will see some familiar scenes and patterns. If you don't, the insight will be real. Plus, a wonderful story.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Nance

    This was such a powerful but painful read! At times I had to put it down just to catch my breath. The power of addiction affects everyone, not just the addict. It really takes a toll emotionally and physically. It's heartbreaking to watch. It's agonizing to live through. That temptation? It’s always there. Lurking. The inability to stop at just one drink. And, unfortunately as time goes by, it eventually all comes crashing down. You need professional help, and that’s a hard truth to admit. Once This was such a powerful but painful read! At times I had to put it down just to catch my breath. The power of addiction affects everyone, not just the addict. It really takes a toll emotionally and physically. It's heartbreaking to watch. It's agonizing to live through. That temptation? It’s always there. Lurking. The inability to stop at just one drink. And, unfortunately as time goes by, it eventually all comes crashing down. You need professional help, and that’s a hard truth to admit. Once you’re in recovery, it’s still a struggle every day, some more so than others. I would say that this was a pretty accurate depiction of an alcoholic, but of course, everyone’s story is different. So pick up Cass and Scott’s story. It’s a mind-opener to say the least…

  29. 4 out of 5

    Stacy

    4.5 stars, rounded up This story begins with two characters on the worst day of their life. Cass is burying the love of her (troubled) life, Scott's brother. The two cross paths two months later, when Cass realized she needs help, turning to Scott. You may have heard the Alcohols Anonymous phrase "one day at a time" but author Juliette Fay brings this to life through Cass's story. Some days are "normal" events that most people live through without a second thought, like a July 4th BBQ or attending 4.5 stars, rounded up This story begins with two characters on the worst day of their life. Cass is burying the love of her (troubled) life, Scott's brother. The two cross paths two months later, when Cass realized she needs help, turning to Scott. You may have heard the Alcohols Anonymous phrase "one day at a time" but author Juliette Fay brings this to life through Cass's story. Some days are "normal" events that most people live through without a second thought, like a July 4th BBQ or attending a baseball game, some are more challenging traumas that would drive anyone to drink. If you know, love or want to empathize with an addict's journey, I think this book can help shed light on what so many go through. This book will hit you in the gut, but in a beautiful way--if that makes sense! I may be a Yankee fan, but I absolutely loved the baseball and Boston references throughout. I switched between enjoying this in print and on audio, which runs for 12 hours, 51 minutes and is narrated by Piper Goodeve, who has such an enjoyable voice and cadence. Thank you to William Morrow & Harper Audio for an advanced copy of this and the opportunity to share my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Carrie

    Lovely, inspiring, feel-good story. I loved it.

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