Emmy is in her forties, facing down an empty nest and a floundering marriage in the suburbs of Boston. Duncan is an Australian film star with a difficult past. When Duncan’s desire for a happier life leads him to Emmy’s counseling practice, sparks fly between the two and their futures hang in the balance.
In WE COULD FALL, Moschandreas crafts a realistic portrait of a woman at a crossroads. Emmy is approaching mid-life and her training in psychology has made her hyper-aware of her thoughts and feelings regarding her children, her marriage, and eventually her attraction to Duncan. Her recognition of her physical body is deeply realistic for her stage in life, and for someone faced with the prospect of a relationship with an attractive, younger man. Moschandreas writes, “Through the bath’s suds she examined her 42-year-old body, the constellation of spider veins on her upper left thigh, the shiny stretch marks around her belly button. She was old; she was a mom; she was a woman whose own husband barely loved her. Why had she thought Duncan Grier would?” Her inner monologues reveal much about her self-image as well as her deepening desire for a relationship with Duncan.
The romance between the two lead characters, while seemingly inevitable, is never painted as a given. Emmy is wracked with guilt over her professional obligations to Duncan as a patient as well as her continuing marriage. Duncan feels similar unease at initiating a relationship with a married woman, even more so with someone in whom he has confided his deepest secrets. Still, the attraction between the two yields an eventual relationship and all of the worries and self-examination on the part of both parties make this development all the more rewarding. By creating flawed, deeply human characters, Moschandreas leads the reader to invest fully in their journey.
WE COULD FALL is a beautiful portrait of a woman at a crossroads in her life, and the rewarding human connection she finds along the path.