Fly Away by Kristin Hannah
(St. Martin’s Press, 2013, 400 pages)
As teenagers in the seventies, Tully Hart and Kate Mularky were inseparable. Tully, with her make-up and her halter tops, was the coolest girl in school. Kate, with her glasses and her high water jeans, was the geeky outsider. But chance and circumstance brought them together and through the decades they were devoted to each other. This was the story of Tully and Kate which began on a quiet street called Firefly Lane. Best friends forever.
But sometimes stories end, and we have to find a way to begin again.
Now, years later, Tully is a woman trying to deal with the loss of her best friend. She wants to fulfill her promise to Kate—to be there for Kate’s children, but it’s a promise she has no idea how to carry out. What does brash, lonely, ambitious Tully know about being part of a family?
Kate’s daughter, sixteen-year-old Marah Ryan, is as lost in her grief as Tully is… until she falls in love with a young man who makes her smile again and leads her into his dangerous, shadowy world.
Tully’s mother, Dorothy Hart, is an unstable woman who abandoned her child too many times in the past and ultimately broke her heart. Now, when Tully is in danger of losing everything and is more vulnerable and alone than she’s been since she put those rough childhood years behind her, Dorothy returns once more, desperate for another chance to be a good mother. But can she be trusted this time? To help her daughter, Dorothy must face her darkest fears and reveal the terrible secret in her past—only then can she become the mother her wounded daughter needs.
Tragedy will bring these three women together and set them on a poignant, powerful journey of redemption. Each has lost her way and they will need each other—and maybe a miracle—to transform their lives…
I was really looking forward to delving in to reading Fly Away, the sequel to Firefly Lane. It came highly recommended to me. When I read Firefly Lane I did enjoy it, but it didn’t wow me like I thought it would from what all of the reviews said about it. It was a good read, nevertheless. I do believe Kristin Hannah is a good writer. That being said, I have to admit, I was somewhat disappointed in Fly Away. I really wanted to know what happened to the rest of the characters in the story after losing their beloved Katie but it was like their lives just stopped.
Although I was determined to finish the book it was just so sad and depressing to me. Sometimes I found myself actually dreading having to pick it up again for fear of what depressing part was going to come next. Maybe it’s just me. Parts of the book described some events that have actually taken place in my life so that might be why I felt the way I did about it. It actually didn’t get better for me until towards the end of the book and that still didn’t thrill me all that much. Maybe I expected too much from all the hype it got. There just never seemed to be a part where everyone got back on track after the death of their dear Katie. Their lives just all spiraled down and didn’t show any hope. I’m one that likes to read books that show life struggles, but that also give you the belief and hope that one day things will be okay. I will continue to read books by this author because she’s a very good writer. These last two books just didn’t do that much for me. Out of five I give Fly Away three stars.