Once a happy stay-at-home-mom of three, Alison Timberlake is having a mid-life crisis when her last child, daughter Caitlin, goes off to college. Her twenty plus year marriage to her college sweetheart is just a shell of what it used to be. Mac no longer sees Ali for herself, nor is he interested in making love with her. The final straw breaks when Ali finds that her husband has spent the night on the couch and seems more concerned with making an omelet for his breakfast then in listening to her telling him about a job offer she has. So secure in the fact that Ali is just pulling a drama queen scene, Mac doesn’t believe she is really about to walk out that door and accept the job in Eternity Springs. As Ali storms out her parting words to a shocked Mac, “Just f#*&ing watch me!”
Mackenzie Timberlake has finally achieved his lifelong goal, he has been appointed a judge. Getting all wrapped up in high profile cases, Mac begins to take Ali for granted. She’s always been there for his every need, taking care of his home, and his kids. When was the last time Mac had said “I love you” to Ali? When Ali leaves Mac to take on a job as a restaurant manager in the small mountain community of Eternity Springs, Mac is stunned! At first Mac lets Ali have her way, but after prodding from his kids, and realizing how much he loves and misses his wife Mac decides to go after her. Is it too late for Mac and Ali? Only time at Heartache Falls will tell.
The latest installment of Emily March’s divine Eternity Springs series is Heartache Falls. I had some issues with the story right from the get go. Ali was stiff, stubborn, and unwilling to try to meet her husband at least halfway. Mac has deep rooted problems stemming from a dysfunctional upbringing that he has never told Alison about. Mac does redeem himself by trying to compromise with Ali, and yet she still can’t let up on the poor guy. I still get a kick out of the marvelously constructed character of Celeste Blessing, and she is the one saving grace for this ho-hum tale.