Dreams of Falling by Karen White

June 5th, 2018 Kimberly Review 44 Comments

5th Jun
Dreams of Falling by Karen White
Dreams of Falling
by Karen White
Genres: Women's fiction
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New York Times bestselling author Karen White crafts evocative relationships in this new contemporary women's fiction novel about best friends who share a devastating secret, set in the Lowcountry of South Carolina.

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.

friends mystery ROMANCE Standalone

Dreams of Falling by Karen White shares the story of three women, their friendships and the men who love them. Told with multiple perspectives both past and present, Dreams of Falling, offered a mystery, family secrets, love, and romance.

Last year I tried White for the first time when I listened to The Night The Lights Went Out. White was a new-to-me author, and the novel ended up on my top ten list. I planned to wait for the audio, but temptation hit my Inbox and I couldn’t resist. I was delighted that I did as the tale that unfolded was rich, captivating and filled with southern charm.

White shares the story of two generations. Larkin’s mother goes missing and is later discovered injured in their burned out ancestral home. Our tale takes place in Georgetown, South Carolina, spanning two timelines over a  fifty-year period.

  • Past: Margaret, Ceecee, and Bitty are best friends. Margaret comes from privilege, Ceecee’s father is a minister and Bitty is just Bitty. The flashbacks share what happened the summer of graduation when they spent two weeks in Myrtle Beach and the consequences.  I loved getting to know each of these women and while I didn’t always love them, White fleshed them out, shared their emotions, strengths, and weakness allowing them to live and breathe within the pages of this tale.
  • Present Day: We meet Larkin first, who has moved away and lives in the big city. She hasn’t been back to Georgetown in over nine years. Her childhood friends, Mabry and Bennett still reside in Georgetown. White shares their friendship and the events that drove Larkin to leave and never look back. The present-day story shares healing, rekindling of friendships and the possibility for love.

These threads were woven together and wrapped around the mystery surrounding Larkin’s mom and their ancestral home and of what she had discovered. It brings the past into the present as it pulls the reader in emotionally.  The author did this while adding a layer of suspense to their stories.

I devoured this in a single afternoon, and love when an author can pull me into the story. I laughed, cried and went through a slew of emotions and opinions based on their actions. I genuinely cared about these characters and thought about them long after I closed the novel.

Dreams of Falling is the perfect read to toss into your beach tote this summer.

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About Karen White

Karen White

After playing hooky one day in the seventh grade to read Gone With the Wind, Karen White knew she wanted to be a writer—or become Scarlett O’Hara. In spite of these aspirations, Karen pursued a degree in business and graduated cum laude with a BS in Management from Tulane University. Ten years later, after leaving the business world, she fulfilled her dream of becoming a writer and wrote her first book. In the Shadow of the Moon was published in August, 2000. Her books have since been nominated for numerous national contests including the SIBA (Southeastern Booksellers Alliance) Fiction Book of the Year, and has twice won the National Readers’ Choice Award. Karen is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author and currently writes what she refers to as ‘grit lit’—Southern women’s fiction—and has also expanded her horizons into writing a mystery series set in Charleston, South Carolina. Her 22nd novel, THE GUESTS ON SOUTH BATTERY, was published January 10, 2017 by Berkley Publishing, a division of Penguin Random House Publishing Group. Karen hails from a long line of Southerners but spent most of her growing up years in London, England and is a graduate of the American School in London. When not writing, she spends her time reading, scrapbooking, playing piano, and avoiding cooking. She currently lives near Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and two children, and two spoiled Havanese dogs.

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44 Responses to “Dreams of Falling by Karen White”

  1. Ann Marie

    Great review, Kim, I haven’t read this author but I know she has a very loyal fan base and it seems there’s good reason for that!

    • Kimberly

      Happy Reading Mary. A few years ago I mastered the art of DNF and it really helped me avoid slumps and maintaining my mojo.

  2. Tyler Jolley

    This sounds great, I’ll have to share it with my wife.

  3. Nise'

    I love this author too and know when I pick up one of her books I won’t be putting it down anytime soon. So glad it was a great read for you.

    • Kimberly

      Yay. Welcome to the White fan club. You have to listen or read The Night The Lights Went Out. It was fantastic!

  4. Stefanie

    I haven’t read any of her original works; I need to move her up then. I read the book where she did a collaboration w/a few other, female authors. That book was okay as it was like a Kate Morton kind of plot.

  5. Lily

    going to have to see if I can get it on audio, been meaning to try her books for a while now

  6. blodeuedd

    I can not remember if I have tried her books, or if I am thinking of someone else…must investigate

  7. Heidi

    Happy to hear you enjoyed this one. I just got the audio today. I have read two other books by White and liked them both, so hoping this will be a win for me as well.

  8. Angie @ Ba_BAMB

    Surprise – I have never read this author. LOL But her book covers are always so simple but stunning.

    This one sounds a bit like The Divine Secrets of the Ya-ya Sisterhood. I always love the premise of going home again, especially when there’s a mystery involved.

    Great review!

    Angie @ Ba_BAMB recently posted: ARC Review | The Chateau by Tiffany Reisz
  9. Laurel-Rain Snow

    I have loved Karen White’s books since I first read her Tradd Street series. I try to grab every book she writes. I downloaded Dreams of Falling today…and can’t wait to immerse myself in this story. Great review. Thanks for sharing.

  10. Vanessa

    Multiple perspective both past and present?! Now that’s my kind of story. Adding this to my list 🙂

  11. ShootingStarsMag

    I’m glad to hear the characters were done well, even if you didn’t always love them. That’s great that the dual timeline worked well too, as that doesn’t always happen. Thanks for sharing!!

    -Lauren

  12. Suzanne @ The Bookish Libra

    I didn’t realize this was a dual timeline story. I love those! I haven’t read anything by Karen White but I think I’m going to try to read this one over the summer. That gorgeous cover just keeps calling me and now your review has given me the final push I needed to pick up a copy.

  13. Kathryn Trask

    High recommendation indeed. I can’t imagine sitting down and reading a book in one afternoon but when a book calls – it calls. I am in line for this book at the library, when they have purchased it, that is!

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