• When It Falls Apart

  • The D'Angelos, Book 1
  • By: Catherine Bybee
  • Narrated by: Devon Sorvari
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (779 ratings)

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When It Falls Apart

By: Catherine Bybee
Narrated by: Devon Sorvari
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Publisher's Summary

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Catherine Bybee comes a bittersweet romance about the power of love in the face of heartbreak and loss.

Brooke Turner has always had a complicated relationship with her father. But when his health takes a turn for the worse, she drops everything to care for him. He’s her dad, after all, and he needs her. What Brooke doesn’t anticipate is the unraveling of her long-term relationship and a cross-country move to San Diego’s Little Italy.

Luca D’Angelo is the oldest of three children and a single father to a young daughter. When his mother rents the top floor of their house to Brooke, he’s angry. Who is this beautiful stranger with no ties to the neighborhood? Can she be trusted in such close proximity to his family?

As Luca learns of Brooke’s difficult journey with her ailing father, his heart softens. And Brooke, who witnesses Luca’s struggle as a single parent, develops feelings for him, too. But when it all falls apart, will love heal their wounded hearts?

©2022 Catherine Kimmer. (P)2022 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Critic Reviews

“Sovari's command of the Italian language and expert vocal intonations transport the listener into the midst of a loving family of restaurateurs, providing an enjoyable listen.”Booklist

“With the type of hero every woman deserves in her corner and a heroine you’ll want to befriend for life, When It Falls Apart is a must-read. I have a feeling that whether this is your first Catherine Bybee book or if you’re a diehard fan, you’ll find yourself completely smitten with The D’Angelos.”Harlequin Junkie 

“This book is as much women’s fiction as it is romance…It is superbly portrayed and achingly real.”—TJ Mackay, Publisher & Editor-in-chief at Ind’tale Magazine 

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Great storytelling

I fell in love with the characters and family. Great story that kept me listening. I will definitely read or listen to another book by this author and would highly recommend both the author and narrator.

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When It Falls Apart - Book 1

Love this story of life's twisted tapestry, the ups and downs of life, learning the difference between settling and reaching for ones true desires, and weathering the curve balls life loves to throw at you! Highly recommend, great getaway reading! ❤ I got the audiobook as well and its superb narrator Devon Sorvari does an excellent job with the storytelling!

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Loved the narration

Great narration handling various Italian accents, males, a stroke patient and a child. Really brought the story to life. Likable characters except for the ex-wife! Only “closed door” love scenes. No cheating, and a cute HEA. Brooke moves to San Diego to be near her father after she has breaks up with her unsupportive bf to put her dad in assisted living and sell his home. While searching ads for housing, the owner of the Italian restaurant where she’s eating offers her a cute studio above the cafe - where the owner’s son and his cute 7 yo daughter also live. The whole family welcomes her and she is very attracted to the single dad. Enjoyed this story a lot and a chance at happiness for Brooke, Luca, and sweet Franny.

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Great Love Story

This is not my usual kind of book. I usually read mysteries and crime. This turned out to be a great story of love and the importance of family. I may have to open myself up to more of these.

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great story

this story keep my attention from the beginning to the end love this book

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When Brooke's life in left in shambles after life changing events, she finds herself in southern California. Luka discovers he can move on in life when he finds his new tenant snooping around. Together they find that family brings happiness to all. Devon Sorvari performs well as her Italian plays into the storyline. Catherine Bybee seldom leaves her readers unsatisfied with the endings to her romances. Enjoy!

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This is she....

I couldn't read this. On the first page when asked for herself by name, she responded, "This is her." How did this grammatical error get by her editor? It should've been 'she' not 'her.' This is she. Ugh. Removed it from my library.

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Great beginning to a series I know I'm going to laugh. Love the closeness of the D Angelo family and can't wait for the next book

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When It Falls Apart

Took me a bit to pull this one up as I have had it since release day but once I started it I could not put it down! It is that way with every book I start by this author. I think I have read everything she has published and will forever! This one hits close to home as I took care of my dad for a while until he passed. Brooke has to make some decisions when she gets the call that her dad is in the hospital and needs surgery. He suffered a stroke in the not to distant past and he has been on his own but now with this surgery her live-in boyfriend really shows his colors and it not supportive. When she packs for the trip, she packs for an extended stay and it is a good thing because once she is there she finds she is not going to be able to leave her dad alone. Life choices lead to a move from Seattle to San Diego and there she her friend from Seattle are having a meal at a wonderful Italian restaurant when a girl runs by and Brooke catches her. This meeting leads to their meal being comped by the chef and when she returns a couple weeks later meeting the matriarch of the family and being rented the upper floor. Luca is the father of the young girl who Brooke met that fateful day and the chef she also met. Their meeting seemed to be destined and when they meet again, yes there is so much chemistry but also so much more. These two seem to fulfill something that is missing in both of their lives. This story was perfection from the beginning and I cannot wait for more in this series and getting to know more of this family.

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Loved it

I love Catherine Bybee's books. I have listened to almost all of them. I am always hooked from the very beginning all the way to the end.

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  • 07-03-22

Lovely and heartwarming

Loved the pace of the book, always kept me wanting to press play again. Will defiantly read/listen more from author.