Friday, May 17, 2013

re·view : Fly Away by Kristin Hannah

Fly Away (Firefly Lane #2) by Kristin Hannah 


Once, a long time ago, I walked down a night-darkened road called Firefly Lane, all alone, on the worst night of my life, and I found a kindred spirit. That was our beginning. More than thirty years ago. TullyandKate. You and me against the world. Best friends forever. But stories end, don’t they? You lose the people you love and you have to find a way to go on. . . .

Tully Hart has always been larger than life, a woman fueled by big dreams and driven by memories of a painful past. She thinks she can overcome anything until her best friend, Kate Ryan, dies. Tully tries to fulfill her deathbed promise to Kate--to be there for Kate’s children--but Tully knows nothing about family or motherhood or taking care of people.

Sixteen-year-old Marah Ryan is devastated by her mother’s death. Her father, Johnny, strives to hold the family together, but even with his best efforts, Marah becomes unreachable in her grief. Nothing and no one seems to matter to her . . . until she falls in love with a young man who makes her smile again and leads her into his dangerous, shadowy world.

Dorothy Hart--the woman who once called herself Cloud--is at the center of Tully’s tragic past. She repeatedly abandoned her daughter, Tully, as a child, but now she comes back, drawn to her daughter’s side at a time when Tully is most alone. At long last, Dorothy must face her darkest fear: Only by revealing the ugly secrets of her past can she hope to become the mother her daughter needs.

A single, tragic choice and a middle-of-the-night phone call will bring these women together and set them on a poignant, powerful journey of redemption. Each has lost her way, and they will need each one another--and maybe a miracle--to transform their lives.

An emotionally complex, heart-wrenching novel about love, motherhood, loss, and new beginnings, Fly Away reminds us that where there is life, there is hope, and where there is love, there is forgiveness.


First of, thank you Goodreads for the book, which I got in a giveaway. The book is totally out of my comfort zone, completely.
Yet, I loved it so much.

The story is told so beautifully, the writing is amazing. I really like the way it changes perspective. I also didn't mind the flashbacks, where you are able to move to when the kids are small and then back to the present. Kristin still managed to make the story flow effortlessly.

There is also the fact that this is suppose to be book number #2, but I didn't feel like I was missing anything. I shouldn't stop anyone from picking this book up in a book store.

The characters are written in a way that is so easy to identify with them one way or the other. And when that happens, the reader gets so invested, cares so much about those people. I caught myself crying more than once. I also could not put the book down until I was finished.

It is, sometimes, a very sad story, but at the same time, its not overly dramatic. Everything in the writing has such good taste. A story about finding yourself in the middle of the cracks that grief gives you.

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