I was so excited when bestie, Liz Flaherty, told me she was rereleasing her inspirational romance, A Soft Place to Fall, because it is one my very favorite of her books. I knew I had to have her stop by and tell you all about it!
USA Today bestselling author Liz Flaherty started writing in the fourth grade when her Aunt Gladys allowed her to use her portable Royal typewriter. The truth was that her aunt would have let her do anything to get her out of her hair, but the typewriter and the stories it could produce caught on, and Liz never again had a day without a what if… in it.
She and Duane, her husband of at least forever, live in a farmhouse in central Indiana, sharing grown children, spoiled cats, and their grandkids, the Magnificent Seven. (Don’t get her started on them—you’ll be here all day.) To find out more about her, stop by http://lizflaherty.net/ or any of the other places she hangs around by visiting linktr.ee/LizFlaherty
Liz, my dear friend, the floor is yours…
One thing I’ve learned in the decades I’ve been married to Duane Flaherty is that you absolutely cannot be in love every day. Truth? You can’t even be in like every day. There have been numerous times I’ve preferred my cat’s company to his. There have been a couple of years in the aforementioned decades that I wouldn’t live over for any amount of money. My kids have never invited me for a year-long visit, but surely they wouldn’t turn me away. Maybe.
All that being said—and I’ve said it often, just turning the words this way and that—there’s another thing I’ve said just as often. My worst day with him is better than my best day without him.
We are so lucky to have each other. Especially on most days, when we fall in love again. Sometimes it’s harder than others, but we manage it.
But it doesn’t work out for everybody. Sometimes couples can’t make it through. Early and Nash were one of those in A Soft Place to Fall. They were married for a long time, one of those couples even their best friend didn’t think would stay together. She got pregnant while she was still in high school and they got married when she was 16 and he was 18. They both worked nearly all the time and got Nash through medical school and raised four children. Thirty years after they got married, they’re living in a pretty gated community in Lexington, Kentucky, enjoying grandbabies and freedom from debt and…
And maybe not enjoying anything at all. At least, Nash isn’t. And, in the end, their best friends were right.
Divorced and in search of herself, Early moves back to the Ridge in rural Kentucky. She takes care of Nash’s father after he has heart surgery, of her mother when she breaks her ankle, and…finally…of herself, too. As she builds a quilt shop named A Soft Place to Fall, she also creates a life for herself.
But then there’s Nash.
A Soft Place to Fall was first released in 2013. Nine years later, with a few changes, it still feels relevant. I hope you find it so, too.
A Soft Place to Fall
Only what is someone who’s spent her life taking care of other people supposed to do when no one needs her anymore? Even as the threads of her life unravel, she finds new ones – reconnecting with the church of her childhood, building the quilt shop that has been a long-time dream, and forging a new friendship with her former husband.
The definition of freedom changes when it’s combined with faith, and through it all perhaps Early and Nash can find a Soft Place to Fall.