Heaven Should Fall
By Rebecca Coleman
(Harlequin MIRA, Paperback, 9780778313892, 368pp.)
Publication Date: September 25, 2012
Alone since her mother's death, Jill Wagner wants to eat, sleep and breathe Cade Olmstead when he bursts upon her lifegolden, handsome and ambitious. Even putting college on hold feels like a minor sacrifice when she discovers she's pregnant with Cade's baby. But it won't be the last sacrifice she'll have to make.
Retreating to the Olmsteads' New England farm seems sensible, if not idealthey'll regroup and welcome the baby, surrounded by Cade's family. But the remote, ramshackle place already feels crowded. Cade's mother tends to his ailing father, while Cade's pious sister, her bigoted husband and their rowdy sons overrun the house. Only Cade's brother, Elias, a combat veteran with a damaged spirit, gives Jill an ally amidst the chaos, along with a glimpse into his disturbing childhood. But his burden is heavy, and she alone cannot kindle his will to live.
The tragedy of Elias is like a killing frost, withering Cade in particular, transforming his idealism into bitterness and paranoia. Taking solace in caring for her newborn son, Jill looks up to find her golden boy is gone. In Cade's place is a desperate man willing to endanger them all in the name of vengeance unless Jill can find a way out.
Rebecca Coleman received her B.A. in English literature from the University of Maryland at College Park and speaks to writers' groups on the subjects of creative writing and publishing. A native New Yorker, she now lives and works near Washington, D.C. Visit her at www. RebeccaColeman.net.
"[An] enthralling read...recommended for fans of Jodi Picoult's realistic, ethics-driven novels." -Library Journal, starred review for The Kingdom of Childhood
"The Kingdom of Childhood raises messy and controversial questions, making it a natural pick for book clubs. Coleman does not demand sympathy for her main character, and in fact, Judy's break from reality and obscured moral barometer stokes the tension even further....Coleman writes with a flair for capturing the underbelly of the human psyche and the all-consuming nature of desire."--BookPage (5-star review)
"Coleman creates a stark psychological drama in this charged story...it's dark, fast-moving, and nicely creepy."--Publishers Weekly on The Kingdom of Childhood
"[A] sure-to-be-controversial...gutsy debut novel. Nimbly exploring such hot-button issues as the abuse of power, betrayal of trust, and predatory nature of sexual obsession, it is poised to generate major book-group buzz."--Booklist on The Kingdom of Childhood
"The Kingdom of Childhood had me hooked from the first line. It's gripping, upsetting, thought-provoking, and beautifully written, the kind of book you'll want to talk about with everyone you know."--Eleanor Brown, New York Times bestselling author of The Weird Sisters
"Wow, what a book! The story just spirals and I completely got caught up in the madness."--Carol Fitzgerald, BookReporter
"In Rebecca Coleman's entrancing debut, the scars of one woman are slowly revealed as she weaves memories from childhood over present day, like a stitch poorly attempting to sew over the truth of her own past. Intoxicating and surprising, Coleman has crafted a novel that is as astounding as it is unforgettable. This must-read will haunt the reader long after the story has leapt from the page."--Examiner.com