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.
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.
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