Fear of Falling by Catherine Lanigan #Review

FEAR OF FALLING COVER BEST JPEGWas Olivia hearing this right? The one man in Indian Lake she’d found truly intriguing since, well, forever—the hopelessly handsome heir to the region’s most successful farming operation, Rafe Barzonni—was involved in horse racing? That made him, and her sudden attraction, downright dangerous. He wasn’t just out of her league. He was a gambler. Like her father. With the shame of her father’s racetrack betting addiction still haunting her, Olivia can’t be part of that world. Rafe’s world. She can’t trust him, or his magnetism. But there’s something deep in his incredible blue eyes that keeps drawing her closer

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“Fear of Falling” is the next story in the “Shores of Indian Lake” series by Catherine Lanigan,. This is the first story that I have read of Lanigan’s and in this series. I didn’t feel that it was necessary to read the prior books, but there are a lot of supporting characters that obviously had stories before and I did feel that I was missing a few details. Not enough to feel left out of the loop though. Olivia and her mother own and run a deli in a small town. Rafe and his family own and run a large farm and are beginning to race horses. Rafe and Olivia come together following the tragic death of Rafe’s father. Let’s start with the good stuff, Lanigan is a gifted story teller, giving a very descriptive portrayal of racing and the dynamic personality of “Rowan” whom was honestly the scene stealer of the book.  On the negative side; I had a hard time buying that Olivia and Rafe had never met. First the town seems very small, they own a deli that everyone seems to go to. Second, almost every one of Olivia’s friends is married or connected to his family. How could they never have met? My next problem is Olivia’s overwhelming fear of horse racing, or more specifically gambling. I get that her father abandoned her family because of his addiction, but I felt that her PTSD symptoms were way over the top and hindered the story. Also, if she was so drastically afraid of racing and all it entailed, how did she plan on working for a magazine that focused on racing? I really wanted to like this story because I love the subject matter, but I found my almost dislike of Olivia (more her drama) made me just “like” this story. Because of the descriptive writing and ease of flow in the story, I was still able to rate this book a 4 hearts.
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