About the Book
Cassie Peterson lives in an invisible prison of fear, chained by self-doubt and guarded by a relentless warden—her husband. Derrick’s verbal and physical abuse as well as his alcoholism have left Cassie alienated from her family, without friends, and certain she can’t survive on her own.
After an unexpected police visit, Cassie realizes the survival of her four-year-old daughter, Renee, depends on Cassie’s courage to leave. What she doesn’t plan on is Derrick’s vengeful custody fight.
While walking through the treacherous world of divorce, Cassie is encouraged by her spunky new friend, Missy Langdon, to pursue her love of waterfalls. Cassie finds solace in the waterfalls on the agonizing weekends she’s forced to hand Renee over to Derrick. Meanwhile, unexpected help comes in the form of Brian Sutton, an attorney at the firm where Cassie works—but what price will she ultimately pay for his assistance?
As Derrick’s threatening behavior escalates, Cassie questions her choices. How long will her daughter suffer before the custody case is resolved? Why is she drawn to waterfalls during this chaotic time? And who will stand with her when everything comes crashing down?
In My Opinion
Before you read One Woman Falling, you may want to flip to the back of the book and check out the author’s note where she shares that she didn’t want to write this story and the reasons why.
When Cassie Peterson has had enough and leaves her verbally abusive husband, she goes on a painfully emotional journey of establishing her new normal. Melanie Campbell does a superb job of putting readers in Cassie’s head and allowing them to feel her fear, pain, and heartbreak.
This book was hard to read but it is full of truths that, unfortunately, many women (and even some men) need today. My heart hurt for Cassie and little Renee with the way her ex-husband manipulated them both. I was a little annoyed with the co-worker situation (you’ll know what I’m talking about when you read the book) but in the end, Cassie does prove her strength and resilience or greater than she imagined.
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