I loved the first book, but this sequel was a disappointment. My main complaint is that the entire first half of the book was depressing. We understand that losing the central person in our life is hard to overcome; it doesn't need to be drilled into us for an entire first half of the book. She could have laid this groundwork in the first 50-75 pages and it would have been just as effective, and a better story because she could spend the rest of the book exploring how the characters overcome their deep losses. This author is good at this, but didn't give us enough of it in this book. The only reason I made it to the 2nd half, which was more interesting because more complex character development actually happened, is because the author writes in a simple way which makes it a quick read. Whereas I have recommended Firefly Lane to a few friends, I would not recommend this sequel.