Tuesday 21 June 2022

🌸 Catherine Bybee 🌞 WHEN IT FALLS APART πŸ’œ D'Angelos #1 πŸ’


when it falls apart
Catherine Bybee

• 21 June 2022
• standalone Romance
• Book #1 in the D'Angelos Series

4.5 Stars

 From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Catherine Bybee comes a bittersweet romance about the power of love in the face of heartbreak and loss.

Brooke Turner has always had a complicated relationship with her father. But when his health takes a turn for the worse, she drops everything to care for him. He’s her dad, after all, and he needs her. What Brooke doesn’t anticipate is the unraveling of her long-term relationship and a cross-country move to San Diego’s Little Italy.

Luca D’Angelo is the oldest of three children and a single father to a young daughter. When his mother rents the top floor of their house to Brooke, he’s angry. Who is this beautiful stranger with no ties to the neighborhood? Can she be trusted in such close proximity to his family?

As Luca learns of Brooke’s difficult journey with her ailing father, his heart softens. And Brooke, who witnesses Luca’s struggle as a single parent, develops feelings for him, too. But when it all falls apart, will love heal their wounded hearts?

Brooke + Luca

Brooke is 36 years old and she just broke up with her boyfriend and moved from Seattle to San Diego to be close to her sick father.
She found an assisted living place for her dad and for herself, she found a cute little apartment on top of an italian family restaurant.
Luca is the oldest of three kids of that italian family. He's also the cook in the restaurant and single dad to eight year old Franny.
Luca would love to find someone to be happy with and to maybe give his daughter some more siblings with. But Brooke is not looking, right?
And then there's the matchmaking grandma Mari who wants to see her family happy again...

Let the fun times begin...

That was so adorable!
I have to admit that this was my very first Catherine Bybe book!
And I loved it! I was a bit unsure at first. I kinda wanted to throw the book out the window after reading the first sentence. I don't know why, but I just don't love 3rd person POVs. I want to be in the story. I want to be the hero or heroine and that's just so much easier in first person. BUT - I still read this and I really enjoyed it!

This book was so sweet and adorable and so full of family and love and happiness. But of course we have some heartbreaking moments too.
I just adored that our couple didn't have those typical romance novel misunderstandings and lies and omissions and whatnots. It was so perfectly mature - they just talked about everything. I wish every romance book did that! LOL!
I loved reading this.
I loved the whole restaurant/neighborhood/community vibe - I soo need to see this on TV one day!
The people, the location. This just needs to be on a screen!
Can't wait to read Chloe's and then Gio's story!

WHEN IT FALLS APART was such an adorable + fun + sweet + foody + family-y + just beautiful love story - I loved reading it! Run to your nearest amazon for your own Luca - this one is mine!

ARC received for an honest review
When It Falls Apart is the wonderful start to a new series by Catherine Bybee (an author that hasn't let me down yet).

Brooke and Luca's story is a feel good, low angst story of moving on, starting over and finding love again.

Add in a scene stealer of a little girl and you will be left smiling.

It is not all easy going, as our lovelies deal with every day issues that could affect any of us, yet they do it all knowing they have each other's backs.

Then there is the wonderful D'Angelo family who will a) make you want to be part of them and b) make you put on weight just thinking of all the delicious Italian food they prepare.

I am looking forward to more of this series (and we have a bit of set up already for the sister's story me thinks!)

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New York Times bestselling author Catherine Bybee was raised in Washington State, but after graduating from high school, she moved to Southern California with hopes of becoming a movie star. After growing bored with waiting tables, she returned to school and became a registered nurse, spending most of her career in urban emergency rooms. She now writes full-time and has penned the International Bestselling Not Quite series, the MacCoinnich Time Travel series as well as the Internationally Bestselling Weekday Brides series.