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Fly Away: A Novel (Firefly Lane Book 2) Kindle Edition
The #1 New York Times bestselling author returns to the characters in Firefly Lane in her next blockbuster novel, Fly Away.
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. Told with her trademark powerful storytelling and illuminating prose, Kristin Hannah reveals why she is one of the most beloved writers of our day.
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- ASIN : B009LRWWD6
- Publisher : St. Martin's Press (April 23, 2013)
- Publication date : April 23, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 2437 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 413 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #6,798 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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By Harpchick on November 10, 2019
I can't find anything to say about Fly Away. For me it was pages about nothing. I finished the book yesterday and already the characters names are forgotten.
Perhaps this genre is written for a different type reader.
I LOVED this book so much! I found myself reading very slowly and savoring each moment and everything these characters were going through. This and Firefly Lane are absolutely in my top 5 reads - EVER! The way this Author writes is amazing and you feel the characters and you're right there with them in the story. I highly HIGHLY recommend this one! **Read Firefly Lane first**
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I read the first book Firefly Lane after watching the Netflix series of the same name, and purchased this sequel straight away as I wanted to know what happened next.... this is a great book which at times is hard to read through the tears it evokes - much as the first book.
It was a compelling read and this second book lets us in on the story behind Tully’s mom’s life and why she was an absent parent. The book examines diverse relationships and helps you understand why people might behave as they do - when nobody else realises the pain and the trauma that they are hiding from themselves as well as others.
I would definitely recommend reading this sequel to all those that have read Firefly Lane - but not to those who have just watched the Netflix series..... as the tv storyline is nothing like the actual story so it would make little sense to you! (The original book is way better than the dramatisation)
Make sure you have your tissues at the ready when you sit down to read this emotive story.
I gave it another chance a couple of months later when the sleepless nights eased off, and I've just finished it. It was still a little depressing to be honest - I can see that the author tries to inject an air of nostalgia in the book, but actually ends up injecting too much sadness into the lives of these characters. That said, the characters are well formed and you can relate to them, they are very believable.
As someone else has commented, there is far too much repetition of the first book, Firefly Lane, which I felt was unnecessary. The other thing that is really annoying in this second book is that the author flits back and forth from one era to another without much cohesion; this does make it a bit frustrating at times as you're not always entirely sure what point in time the characters are at.
Overall, this isn't a bad book, and I would read more by this author as she is very talented without a doubt, but it's not as good as Firefly Lane. If you want a tear jerker, then maybe give it a go... on the other hand if you want a cheery book of pure escapism, this isn't for you!
The characters are so likeable and the story is written so well from different points of view.
I would highly recommend and I am looking forward to reading more by this author.
The story starts in 2010 four years after Kate's death, but also moves back in time to show what has happened in the intervening years. We also meet Cloud again, Tully's mother, and finally we learn about her and what shaped her into the person she became. This was really good reading which I thoroughly enjoyed.
It is a very moving story, at times I had a few tears in my eye and, like the author's other books, is extremely readable with excellent characters that you can really relate to and care for. It was almost like meeting old friends again. As I said before, it is a more sombre read with a lot of heartache to be worked through and there is plenty of drama still to come in everyone's lives. A really good read - not the happiest of books certainly, it is very sad indeed, but one that will make you think about your relationships with your own loved ones, and appreciate what you have.
This was based around the family that Kate had to leave behind.
Johnny, her daughter and two young sons and her forever friend Tully.
As always, a poignant read from Kristen Hannah where you read with occasional lumps in your throat, tissues at the ready and an emotional mess at the end although a happy sad feeling.
I’m so glad I took the time to read this. I’ve been wanting to for ages.