About the Book
Strong-willed Adri Rivera nearly achieved her goal of being a professional mixed martial artist, but then she fell in love with a man who knocked all the fight out of her. When their abusive, tumultuous relationship finally comes to a head, Adri flees with their young daughter to her small hometown in the mountains of Pennsylvania. There, she must face the people she left behind and put her broken life back together again.
A hardened Max Lyons can’t believe Adri is back in town after abruptly cutting him and everyone else off years ago. Despite the distance that grew between them, he feels compelled to help her regain her independence and offers her a job at his gym. But regaining each other’s trust is another matter, made even more complicated by the lingering spark between them. As Adri dares to pursue her dream again, she trains for a big tournament with Max’s help, but they’ll both have to confront their own doubts in order to rise victorious.
“Anyone who has watched a sports movie knows that the underdog will prevail, romance readers know that love wins, and Christian fiction readers know that God is bigger than any problem; Schober’s debut novel is unique for being blend of the three.”—LIBRARY JOURNAL
In My Opinion
I wasn’t sure going into After She Falls by Carmen Schober how much I was going to like the book. Sure, MMA fighting is a unique twist (especially in the Christian fiction market), but it’s not something I’m into at all.
Well, I’m happy to say that I loved this one. I even enjoyed the fights (which aren’t even in the first half of the book but by the time they arrive, you can’t help but root for Adri). I really connected with Adri as she makes the hard decision to leave her abusive relationship and put her life back together. She flees to her uncle who took her in as a daughter and the small town where she grew up.
This novel is one hundred percent Adri’s journey from a pit of despair and hopelessness to one of fulfillment, belonging, and realized dreams. There’s a lot of push and pull between Adri and Max because there’s a lot of history and hurt (past and present hurt).
I highly recommend putting this on your Christmas wish list or your tbr because you do not want to miss Schober’s debut.
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