My Review: Falling to Pieces by Leddy Harper

My Review:  Falling to Pieces by Leddy HarperFalling to Pieces by Leddy Harper
Series: Fate and Circumstance #1
Publication Date: November 17, 2015
Genres: Second Chance Romance, Student Teacher
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How do you repair a broken life?

Home is a dark place of anguish and pain for seventeen-year-old Bree Jacobs, forced to endure emotional and physical torment daily at the hands of a violently unstable mother. Bree’s only escape is high school, particularly her history class taught by young, handsome, kind and caring Axel Taylor. Mr. Taylor becomes Bree’s dearest friend, a sympathetic ear and a shoulder to cry on, and soon their shared affection grows into something greater. But by reaching out to protect her—to mend her breaks and soothe her wounds—Axel has crossed a dangerous line, resulting in two shattered lives instead of just one.

Six years later, they will meet again: Bree, still battling the demons that continue to possess her, and Axel, reduced to taking work as a substitute teacher wherever he can find it. Once again he will feel compelled to rescue her. But this time it will be different, because now the yearnings of a loving heart won’t be silenced by suspicious minds. And now there’s more than one life that desperately needs saving.

My Review


Falling to Pieces by Leddy Harper is a student/teacher romance and second-chance-at-love novel.
I love student-teacher romance. I also LURVE when the first chapter/prologue of a books yanks me into a story. This story fabulously met both criteria.

…all that remained was the sad fact of my reality. No one could help me. It only made things worse.

Aubrey lives at home with her mom and lives day-to-day in a precarious situation, constantly tip-toeing around her mom’s unobtainable expectations and demands.

“I want to be seen. I want to be loved. And it’s hard not to grow attached to the only person in my life giving me all that.”

When Aubrey meets Mr. Taylor, it really throws her world off of its axis. He is kind, caring, understanding, and…her teacher. She knows that any type of relationship they would have outside of the classroom would be, at the least, frowned upon. But, he is the only person who gets her and believes in her.

“I’d rather endure this pain with the memory of you, than to feel nothing at all.”

This story took so many turns that I did not expect. Spanning numerous years in time, there was such change and growth in the characters, which was reflected in the variations in setting and in their dialogue. Some parts of the story did seem to go a little slower than others, but as a whole, I really enjoyed it. The ending was warm and filled with a love that made my obsessive reader heart happy.

“We may never be rich with money, but I can promise you, we will always be rich in love.”


4 Stars

About Leddy Harper

Leddy Harper had to use her imagination often as a child. She grew up the only girl in a house full of boys. At the age of fourteen, she decided to use that imagination and wrote her first book, and never stopped.

She often calls writing her therapy, using it as a way to deal with issues through the eyes of her characters.

She is now a mother of three girls, leaving her husband as the only man in a house full of females.

The decision to publish her first book was made as a way of showing her children to go after whatever it is they want to. Love what you do and do it well. Most importantly Leddy wanted to teach them what it means to overcome their fears.

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