Falling Like a Rock

Falling Like A Rock

By Bonnie McCune

Prism Book Club

July 2014

Trade paperback, 267 pages

For Elaine Svoboda, life was becoming a series of dead ends. First, she loses her comfy job at Cincinnati Memorial Health Center. Her boss tells her that her services are no longer needed as the hospital is experiencing major management changes.  He didn’t lose his job, so why should that affect her? Then he explains that she’s been laid off, not fired. Fired would at least allow for unemployment. Not having any choice in the matter, she’s pushed out the door in the “30 allowed minutes.”

Elaine packs her bags and heads to Colorado thinking that she’ll hook up with her boyfriend. That Dan will welcome her with open arms. The first part of the trip doesn’t turn out too well. After the usual interstate madness, she has car trouble. Miracles do happen and her’s comes in the form of a gorgeous hunk offering roadside assistance. All he asked in return was for her to go out to dinner with him, but she turns him down and moves on down the road toward her boyfriend. Unfortunately, that relationship no longer exists because there’s a new woman in his life. The problem is he forgot to tell her. So now she has to find another place to stay and create a new life for herself. The only friend she can turn to agrees to let her stay over until she can get another place to live. Her life back on track will definitely take a little longer.

Now comes paving the way to possibilities that will allow for her continued independence. Going home isn’t an option. She doesn’t want her parents and siblings to think she’s a failure. That means she has to find a job as soon as possible. Thanks to her friend Merrill, she has a chance to not only find employment, but navigate and motivate the community toward a healthier lifestyle. She does this with the assistance and sometimes a verbal push by the mayor and his sister.

“Falling Like a Rock” is a slice-of-life novel. Several of the characters are difficult to get along with, but I think it’s justified because of previous relationships and the barriers we create to protect ourselves. They were acting like human beings, which means they are not perfect. I liked that the storyline concerned more than the protagonist. It takes skill and it’s more interesting to focus on several people’s conflicts, goals and achievements. Also, briefly introducing a character’s background without going back and forth with flashbacks is less distracting. I thank Bonnie for that. As for quality, I would have had several people read the book before it was printed. There were typos.

Three and a half bike rides out of five

Denise Fleischer


October 24, 2015