What do you do when your life is over before it even really began?
For Melody Bledsoe, the answer is to go home and lick your wounds.
A former child prodigy, Melody was always the best dancer in her class – in her town, even. All that changed when she won a scholarship to a prestigious performing arts school in New York and quickly learned what it’s like to be a little fish in a big pond.
For Jessie Cartwright, the answer is to survive.
Pregnant at sixteen – and on her first date no less – Jessie had no choice but to drop out of school and pour heart and soul into raising her daughter, even if it did come at the expense of her own happiness.
When Melody returns home wearing the new label of failed ballerina, she takes a job at a dance studio where she meets Jessie and her daughter, Ellie, a rising star in her own right. Melody is just trying to find a new purpose, and Jessie only wants to give her daughter the best childhood possible, but as their lives become entwined they begin to see a new life on the horizon… together.
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Praise for Falling Gracefully
“I’m a sucker for stories about broken people who are strong and willing to reinvent themselves, even more so if it’s love that makes them realize they are more than what they seem to be. I loved the characters and after I read the last chapter, I felt like a preschooler after eating only one pancake – I wanted more.”
“I truly enjoyed the story and how well the characters interacted with each other. The flow is well-paced and the dialogue is beautiful. I enjoyed how Ellie played a pivotal role in the journey of Melody and Jessie. Cara Malone has a way of implementing heartache and realization in the story with a happy ending.”
“One of the things I have come to love about Cara Malone’s books is that they are just a little bit different from your run-of-the-mill lesfic stories.”
“Cara Malone has written a very good love story that also has lessons of redemption for past failures or mistakes.”
“Cara Malone characters are fresh due to the issues they deal with. Her books may follow the traditional lesbian romance plot, yet readers can feel their anguish. Falling Gracefully deals with life choices, rather forced upon you or by accident. Cara has a way of picking out unusual items to propel the story forward.”
“The layers of harsh reality and love make this a gripping read.”