Dreams of Falling by Karen White

Dreams of Falling

Karen White

Dreams of Falling follows a 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.

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New York Times bestselling author Karen White crafts evocative relationships in this contemporary women's fiction novel, set in the Lowcountry of South Carolina, about lifelong friends who share a devastating secret.

On the banks of the North Santee River stands a moss-draped oak that was once entrusted with the dreams of three young girls. Into the tree's trunk, they placed their greatest hopes, written on ribbons, for safekeeping--including the most important one: Friends forever, come what may.

But life can waylay the best of intentions....

Nine years ago, a humiliated Larkin Lanier fled Georgetown, South Carolina, knowing she could never go back. But when she finds out that her mother has disappeared, she realizes she has no choice but to return to the place 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 badly injured and unconscious in the burned-out wreckage of her ancestral plantation home. No one knows why Ivy was there, but as Larkin digs for answers, she uncovers secrets kept for nearly fifty years--whispers of love, sacrifice, and betrayal--that lead back to three girls on the brink of womanhood who found their friendship tested in the most heartbreaking ways.

Advance Galley Reviews

Another fabulous read by Karen White. This book is a tantalizing exploration of the depths of true friendship and the sacrifices and turmoil women will experience to save their friends from hurt and humiliation. Set in the majestic lowcountry of South Carolina, the story will keep you guessing until the very last page.

I have really enjoyed Mrs. White's Tradd Street series, as well as a few of her other books, but this one was a difficult read. I found it boring and, at the same time, over-dramatic. The characters were not likable and hard to relate to - they were living this soap opera that was so predictable and not fun to watch. There's a mystery to solve, a lot of lies to filter through, and the characters have to come to terms with their past decisions. I felt sorry at times for the daughter, because she didn't ask for that mess. It also shows just how much appearances really mattered in the mid-century...and not just in the South.

Dreams of Falling by Karen White is a delight to read. I am a big fan of Ms. White and have read many of her books (I’m still working on the rest). This book was one of her best. I love how she ties multi-generational stories together to show how the actions of one generation influence another. Every time I thought I knew where the story was going, there was a new twist. I highly recommend this book. Thank you First to Read for the opportunity to receive an advance copy of this amazing book.

I had mixed feelings about this book, the story was interesting but some the characters were lacking for me. The story spans three generations of women through their intertwined lives, secrets and mistakes. Starting with Larkin's mother Ivy's accident necessitating her return to her southern roots where she encounters family and friends she avoided. The South Carolina setting was lovingly portrayed and upped the enjoyment. Larkin was not my favorite character, but Ceecee and Bitty were fun to read. The jumps between story lines made it difficult to keep up the continuity for me, but was able keep up with story. The wishing tree tradition was an unusual element to the story. Overall the story kept me interested in finding out how the ladies weathered the pain, broken hearts, disappointments and betrayal throughout their lives. Recommend.


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