I loved this book. I won’t lie, I love to read books with a happy ending. Ready to Fall definitely fits the bill.
This story is written with John Day, the neighbor in Geoducks Are for Lovers, as the narrator. Diane, a woman from the East Coast going through a divorce, moves into Maggie’s, main character from Geoducks, cabin for the winter. They start off on a bit of an uneasy friendship. They both are averse to relationships, but decide to do a little “dateless dating.”
These two have a very special relationship from the start, even if that hadn’t been their intention. We get to see John with a variety of other characters. His friend Donnely, his aunt and uncle, and a lady friend also make appearances, but mainly we get to see the friendship between John and Diane blossom.
I like that they ease into intimacy after being friends, and learning about one another. They aren’t just jumping into bed together. There are bumps in the road, but it’s not drawn out. I think we can feel the anxiety John feels. He hasn’t had an easy road, and while Diane hasn’t always either, she helps him see that to feel, to love is okay. It’s okay to be scared, it’s okay to not know what’s next, but most of all it’s okay to want love and go for it.
I thought the book was sweet and funny. I like John’s internal monologue very much as well. Pyramid! I sat down and read this within a day. I couldn’t put it down!
Highly recommend, even without reading Geoducks.
Also, the lumberjack comment comes from John’s appearance and profession. He works in timber and wears flannel. He’s tall, brawny, bearded, and has a dog named Babe. He’s been called Paul Bunyan, and is referenced as a lumberjack throughout both books.