It’s been nine years since Larkin fled Georgetown, South Carolina, vowing never to go back. But when she finds out that her mother has disappeared, she knows she has no choice but to return to the place that she both loves and dreads–and to the family and friends who never stopped wishing for her to come home. Ivy, Larkin’s mother, is discovered in the burned-out wreckage of her family’s ancestral rice plantation, badly injured and unconscious. No one knows why Ivy was there, but as Larkin digs for answers, she uncovers secrets kept for nearly 50 years. Secrets that lead back to the past, to the friendship between three girls on the brink of womanhood who swore that they would be friends forever, but who found that vow tested in heartbreaking ways. (From Goodreads)
Thank you to Berkley Pub for gifting me a copy of this book, in exchange of an honest review. All opinions are my own.
I rate this book a 4.5 out of 5 stars.
This was my first Karen White book, and I am so impressed with the quality of her writing. It comes across so realistic. Typically I don’t read a lot of Womens Fiction, or Contemporary because sometimes it tends to be overly dramatic, and smooshy. While reading this, I felt like this could be an average family, living down the street from me. I loved the alternating chapters/years/characters, they were done so well that you don’t get confused, and it’s easy to follow along.
During the first half of the book, I couldn’t help but being reminded of “Secrets Of The Ya-Ya Sisterhood” and “Golden Girls” I’m not 100% sure why, but that was just the vibe I was getting. I loved CeeCee and Bitty, I loved the snarkiness between them, and they way their 50 years of friendship just shone through the pages. I also really loved Larkin, she was fierce, and strong, and she knew when she was needed and came home. I enjoyed watching her reclaim her life, her friends, and rekindling with her family.
The story of CeeCee, Bitty, and Margaret about broke my heart. The drama that unfolds with these three women is gut wrenching. In the 1950’s the way things were then, are so different from what hey are now. They didn’t really think about what the heart wanted, it was just what you should and should not do, how other people will see you.The things these girls have to keep secret are so sad. What they lose, and what they have to give up is what makes this book so emotional and endearing.
You can tell that Karen White did a lot of research about the location “Dreams Of Falling” took place in. It was so vivid that I felt I was living in Georgetown, and living in Ceecee’s house. I am just head over heels in love with this book, and I look forward to reading many more of Karen Whites books!
Dreams Of Falling is out on June 5th. I have included some helpful links below.