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Overview Twelve years ago, Emma Madison left her family and her beau to start over. Now a successful Boston lawyer, she's summoned home to South Carolina when her father suffers a heart attack. She expects to put things in order and leave immediately---but will Michael, her former love, convince her to stay? 304 pages
High-powered Boston attorney Emma Madison is celebrating her latest courtroom victory when she gets a call from a number she doesn't recognize. Area code 803--home.
Home is Juneberry, South Carolina--eight hundred miles, twelve years, and a lifetime away from Boston--and Emma's father has had a serious heart attack. Emma rushes to his bedside, and a weekend trip threatens to become an extended stay. She has to work fast to arrange the affairs of his small-town law practice so she can return to her life and career in Boston.
And then Michael Evans shows up. They'd shared hopes, dreams, and a passionate love as young college students during a long-ago summer. But Emma walked away--from Michael and from Juneberry--to finish college and start a new life. Michael has never forgotten her.
Enveloped in the warmth of family and small-town life--and discovering that she still cares for Michael--Emma knows she'll have to make a choice between the career she's worked so hard to build and the love she left behind.
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Studio: David C. Cook
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.25" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.85" Weight: 0.83 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2008
Publisher David C. Cook
ISBN 143476852X ISBN13 9781434768520
Availability 0 units.
More About Chris Coppernoll
Chris Coppernoll is the founder of Soul2Soul Ministries, with radio programming heard in more than six hundred outlets worldwide. He has conducted hundreds of interviews on faith issues with personalities such as Amy Grant, Max Lucado, Michael W. Smith, and Kathie Lee Gifford. He also serves as a Deacon at The People's Church in Franklin, Tennessee, and is currently working toward a Masters in Ministry Leadership degree through Rockbridge Seminary. "Providence," his first novel, is his fourth book.
Chris Coppernoll currently resides in Franklin, in the state of Tennessee.
Reviews - What do customers think about A Beautiful Fall: A Novel?
A Beautiful Fall Jul 28, 2009
Twelve years ago, Emma Madison had everything going for her, a loving home, best friends and a summer romance, but she ran. Ran out of fear that she would be suffocated by small town living without the chance to reach for her dreams.
Now, working as a high rising Boston Lawyer, Emma wins her biggest court case yet. However, as soon as she leaves the courtroom, she receives a phone call that her father has suffered from a stroke. She drops everything to go back home--something that she had avoided doing for twelve years.
Emma assumes she'd go home to help her father and put things in order and quickly return to Boston, but her plans change when she once again falls in love with being home, with her high school sweetheart, family and friends. She needs to decide if she should fall for her successful career or rather for the love of all those she holds dear in her hometown.
Positive Elements: God is clearly at work through the faithful spiritual journeys of Emma's friends. I enjoyed seeing faith in action by the words and deeds of these characters.
Negative Elements: While this wouldn't stop me from recommending this book, I must say that I noticed that Emma was reconciled to her family, friends and sweetheart--but she was never clearly reconciled to God.
Heartwarming Mar 7, 2009
I picked this book because the setting is mostly in South Carolina and as always or in most books that I have read with the setting in SC - the book has a "Home" feeling - it is heartwarming, caring, and loving. I loved the characters in this book. Not just the main characters but the supporting ones as well. This book is definately a good book - a MUST read! I loved it all the way through!! The couple(s) in this books are unforgettable.
A pleasant and satisfying read Mar 4, 2009
At first glance, A BEAUTIFUL FALL appears to be that perennial staple of contemporary CBA fiction: the story of a successful young city woman who, in response to some emergency, temporarily returns to the small town where she grew up, only to discover her true home and the love of her life in the town she vowed she'd never see again. Thankfully, Chris Coppernoll handles this staple better than most.
Boston attorney Emma Madison is flying high from a major courtroom victory when she receives the news that her father has suffered a heart attack. Amid predictable objections from her law partners, she takes the next flight to South Carolina, where Noel, her cousin Samantha's too-good-to-be-true son, picks her up at the airport and escorts her to her father's bedside at the hospital.
What makes this especially significant for Emma --- and those she left behind in the small town of Juneberry --- is that this is her first return visit to her hometown in 12 years. For some mysterious reason, Emma had left town without explaining herself, not to her father, not to Samantha, not to her close friend Christina, and most significantly, not to her then-boyfriend Michael.
Her dread is that someone will ask why, and so she treads somewhat cautiously through her first few days back in Juneberry.
When Will Madison makes a swift recovery from his heart attack, Emma's law partners expect her to take the next flight back to Boston, but Emma has other plans --- plans that involve helping her father establish a home office for his own law practice. Helping her with the effort is Michael, the man she walked out on 12 years earlier. The former couple survives the initial awkwardness and ends up working well together in an effort to help Will recover.
Meanwhile, Emma's friends and colleagues in Boston --- in particular a fellow lawyer named Colin, whose interest is personal --- keep after her to return quickly, hinting that her standing in the legal community is in jeopardy. Ten days after she left the city, Emma returns to Boston and the life she thought she wanted.
A BEAUTIFUL FALL is truly one of those heartwarming stories that makes some readers long for a simpler way of life and a return to the small-town values that cities seem to lack. Coppernoll handles that theme in a believable way, avoiding the typical wistfulness that so often overtakes once-powerful women the moment they set foot back in their hometown. Emma maintains a measure of the woman Boston has made of her, even as she recognizes the advantages of small-town living.
Her story becomes intertwined with that of two other couples: Samantha and her husband, Jim, and Christina and her boyfriend, Bo --- Michael's brother and construction company partner. Throughout most of the book, the stories of these secondary characters fit well with the main plot, but later in the book each couple, in addition to Noel, gets their own vignette --- scenes that don't involve the main characters, don't move the story along and seem to be inserted simply to show how good God is. Coppernoll otherwise handles the faith element seamlessly and subtly.
Despite some minor incongruities and a dizzying, whirlwind wrap-up, A BEAUTIFUL FALL is a pleasant and satisfying read. Fans of contemporary Christian fiction will no doubt find this one to their liking.
--- Reviewed by Marcia Ford
Escape into a great book! Jan 1, 2009
I started and finished this book in the same evening (I was up much later than I had planned...). Chris Coppernoll does a wonderful job at developing both the characters and their stories. It is easy find yourself feeling as if you've escaped into Juneberry and are right there with Emma, Michael, and all of their friends, experiencing the ups and downs of their emotions and relationships. What a joy to find an author who writes in such a way as to make you anxious for the next book!
A Beautiful Book! Dec 28, 2008
I really enjoyed this heartwarming story of family and romance - set in the south. The setting and characters are so real you get involved in the story right away and care about what happens! I appreciate good clean stories that inspire.