Rita Jansen is living her dream as a hairstylist in Hollywood when her father calls with news that her mother has suffered a stroke. When she gets home to Chicago, Rita finds her mother is healing but facing a long recovery. Worse, without being able to run their family-owned salon, her mother could lose the business. Rita decides to help, but she only has until Valentine's Day to come up with a plan.
As Rita takes her mother's place at work, the nearby skating rink she loved as a child brings back fond memories. Rita also finds herself renewing friendships with her childhood best friend, Marley, as well as her classmate Johnny. Although they now lead such seemingly different lives, Rita is surprised by how well she and Johnny connect and how far he will go to help her. Though Rita believes Johnny is only being kind, with romance kindling in the air and on the ice, their friendship may just fall into something more.
A phone call can change your life, which is exactly what happens in Love Gently Falling by Melody Carlson. For Rita Jansen, everything was going smooth until her father called her up with horrible news regarding her mother having a stroke. Her father made it clear that he wasn't sure if she would make it and Rita needed to come immediately. Rita leaves California in a flurry much to her surprise when arriving at the Chicago airport to find Johnny Hollister waiting to bring her to the hospital. During the drive, Rita learns a lot about her mother's salon and the clientele. She has also learned that Johnny has opened his own business.
Upon arriving at the hospital, she learns more about the recovery process for her mother's stroke than anticipated. Rita decides while she is in town, she will help her mother out by making some renovations to the salon or soon her mother may lose her source of income, which will be detrimental to her mother's lively hood and ability to heal faster. Will Rita be able to pull off getting the Salon done in two weeks? Or do past relationships put a halt to the salon efforts? Is Johnny the love of her life or just some man she liked the idea of being in love with?
Overall, this book is a fun read that is light-hearted, romantic, but also has some serious moments when necessary. It is the perfect Valentine's Day read, and the author leaves you with a surprise, so don't forget to check it out!
Thank you to Center Street Publishing for providing me a complimentary copy for my honest opinion. I was not compensated for a positive review but was given a copy for review purposes. This book is 4/5 stars for me. I have given this rating because it ended rather stark and I would have liked to see Melody tie the ending up better. She left us with some loose ends, which might be strategic for another book in the future, which I'd love to see.