I received this book for free from St. Martin's Press in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Fly Away by Kristin Hannah
Published by Macmillan on 2013-04-23
Genres: Contemporary Women, Family Life, Fiction
Source: St. Martin's Press
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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.
Kristin Hannah delivers another emotional read for her readers in “Fly Away.” I just want to start out by saying how much I absolutely love this cover. It is gorgeous. “Fly Away” gets deeper into Tully’s Story. “Fly Away” would be a sequel novel to “Firefly Lane.” I was very excited to read “Fly Away” but I soon discovered that it was going to be a very depressing journey. There were a few times that it was very slow to get through but if the reader will tough it out; I don’t believe they will be disappointed. If you want to read a story about life, love, and forgiveness this would definitely be a great read. Kate and Tully were the best of friends and it was difficult for Tully to move on after Kate died of cancer. “Fly Away” gives the read a chance to learn more about Tully after Kate. Tully had so many issues in her life. She had a very troubled childhood and a lost TV career.
I have to comment on Hannah’s character development. This is the first time I have read one of her books and I think her character development is amazing. Hannah does a great job at bringing the characters to life for the reader. This was the first time that I am getting to know these characters because I didn’t read “Firefly Lane.” I don’t know how the grieving process of losing someone to cancer should go, and honestly everyone deals with things differently so I don’t think there is a set plan or schedule to follow. I know there is a book or manual or something that is called the 9 stages of Grief or something like that and I don’t think it is that simple but the way Kate’s daughter Marah was not okay. I honestly thought Marah was more of a drama queen than anything else. I don’t think that can be blamed on just the grief. Most of the time she just had a very bad attitude.
As this book touches on the lives of everyone in Kate’s life it really explores Tully’s past and present. Kate was a major part of Tully’s life and with her gone, Tully has to find herself again in a way. Along the way Tully discovers how powerful redemption and forgiveness can really be. I like when I get to see the characters grow up some by the end of the book. Based on what I heard from others you should read “Firefly Lane” before you read “Fly Away” but like I said I didn’t read “Firefly Lane” first and I felt like I could read and understand the story just fine.