This novel is another of Aherns brilliant explorations into human life, taking on the tragic in How To Fall In Love, Ahern shows her skill at not only understanding people but also at being able to highlight the light in every awful situation.
Adam Basil and Christine Rose are thrown together late one night, when Christine is crossing the Ha’penny Bridge in Dublin. It is there that she spots Adam, poised, threatening to jump.
Adam is desperate and full of despair, but Christine makes a deal with him that she cannot possibly fulfil. His 35th birthday is looming and she bets him that she can show him a life worth living before then.
Despite her determination to save his life Christine knows what a dangerous game she’s playing. With only two weeks to fulfil her promise, Christine is up against a ticking clock.
Throughout the novel the two embark on wild adventures, romantic gestures and late-night outings that will make you laugh, cry and highlight the good things in everyone’s life.
While this book is filled with joy the overhanging reality of Adam’s suicidal thoughts is laced throughout, reminding us constantly that Christine may not be doing enough to save his life.
Ahern makes us question what we can do to save the ones we love from their deepest despair while reminding us of the beautiful, random and fantastic sides of life that we can all do with appreciating once in a while.
A great novel about humanity and will, How To Fall In Love is an excellent read from a talented author.
We Give How To Fall In Love Three Stars
ISBN - 978-0-00-735049-0 Cover price (hard back) - £16.99 Available as an eBook