Amazon • Narrator: Susan Ericksen
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. Tully and Kate. 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.
This was an excellent sequel. I initially decided I wouldn’t read it because I thought the author was going to try to “fix” things from book 1. For instance, I thought she would put two of the main characters together to help the cope their loss, and then a romance would blossom.
Thank goodness the author wasn’t so cliché. Instead she took us on the journey of how loss can break you down and eventually you can climb that mountain of depression until you get to the other side. I am glad we saw how traumatic a loss can be and showed us how each character could get lost in grief. What I loved was the foundation of family gave everyone something to come back to. It was like the centerpiece they all rallied around as they started accepting life without their loved one.
I have to tell you. I couldn’t stand Tully much in book 1 and most of this book. But Mara, though she was sixteen is the one who really grated my nerves. I tried to make allowances for her age, but she was a brat in book 1 as well so her behavior was par for the course. The second half is when Tully and Mara hit rock bottom and then the narrative of their life started changing. I appreciate characters that evolve as the story develops and I was able to end this book liking both characters a little bit. Tully’s rock bottom was a doozy. I was feeling uncomfortable for her. It was actually heart-rending.
Mara’s father, Johnny, was the character I related to the most with because he had a lot to balance. He also stayed true to his wife and I respected him so much for that. His mother Margery and Dorothy’s friendship was almost like a Kate and Tully, the Senior citizen’s edition. I liked it because this friendship formed between women who had been through some things and the support they gave each other was phenomenal. Dorothy (Cloud) was victimized repeatedly and couldn’t be there for her daughter. Dorothy got her second chance and she took it. Bravo!
The writing in this book was remarkable. I couldn’t stop listening to this audiobook. Kristin Hannah is one of the best writers I have ever read. This book played like a movie in head. I love her work. I didn’t cry in this book, but I definitely experienced more emotion in this book. I am glad I did read this sequel because it really highlighted the need for a good support system or family.