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I have heard how good of an author she is but until you picked ...
Reviewed in the United States on July 5, 2017
“One thing I can tell you for sure is this: we only regret what we don't do in life.”
I have only one word to describe Kristin Hannah's work: POWERFUL.
Over the years, I have heard how good of an author she is but until you picked and read one of her books, you really don't have ANY idea.
Firefly Lane is my first book by her (sad, isn't?) and I will never forget it. In my honest opinion, it's a powerful (there goes that word again) display of women's fiction.
Firefly Lane tells the story of two girls, both dealing with their own pain, who bring their guard down long enough to become best friends. This friendship continues through their ups and downs over the span of three decades.
Kate Mullarkey is the shy girl, with thick glasses and a retainer. She feels lonely and uncool. She wishes things were different. Her mother seems overbearing and things at school couldn't be worse. Her closest friends have moved forward to boys and parties, leaving Kate behind.
Tully Hart has had her heart broken by her mother Dorothy "Cloud" too many times to count. When she was just a small child, Cloud dropped her at her grandmother's house and didn't return for years. At fourteen, Tully has become a beautiful and popular girl and Cloud is back to take Tulla with her. This time, they made it all the way to Firefly Lane where Tully will have to start a new school and make new friends. But, Tully is starving for the real thing, she wants to feel loved. She wants to matter. She doesn't want to be left behind again.
Kate and Tully's world come together just when they needed each other the most. From the moment they promised to be friends, they are part of each other's lives. Through high school, dating, college, work, marriage and tragedy, they will be each other's support system. The reader follows them throughout the 70's, 80's, 90's and 2000's with the (amazing
“To make real friends you have to put yourself out there. Sometimes people will let you down, but you can't let that stop you. If you get hurt, you just pick yourself up, dust off your feelings, and try again.”
I will say that the last part of this book made me a sobbing mess but I couldn't put this audio down. Through cleaning, shopping, and driving, Kate and Tully followed me. I was right there with them. I felt their pain and sorrow.
With Firefly Lane, Kristin Hannah has made me a fan for life.
“Dying was a lonely business.”