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Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah


Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah

Synopsis - In the turbulent summer of 1974, Kate Mularkey has accepted her place at the bottom of the eighth-grade social food chain. Then, to her amazement, the “coolest girl in the world” moves in across the street and wants to be her friend. Tully Hart seems to have it all---beauty, brains, ambition. On the surface they are as opposite as two people can be: Kate, doomed to be forever uncool, with a loving family who mortifies her at every turn. Tully, steeped in glamour and mystery, but with a secret that is destroying her. They make a pact to be best friends forever; by summer’s end they’ve become TullyandKate. Inseparable.
From the beginning, Tully is desperate to prove her worth to the world. Abandoned by her mother at an early age, she longs to be loved unconditionally. In the glittering, big-hair era of the eighties, she looks to men to fill the void in her soul. But in the buttoned-down nineties, it is television news that captivates her. She will follow her own blind ambition to New York and around the globe, finding fame and success . . . and loneliness.
Kate knows early on that her life will be nothing special. Throughout college, she pretends to be driven by a need for success, but all she really wants is to fall in love and have children and live an ordinary life. In her own quiet way, Kate is as driven as Tully. What she doesn’t know is how being a wife and mother will change her . . . how she’ll lose sight of who she once was, and what she once wanted. And how much she’ll envy her famous best friend. . . .
For thirty years, Tully and Kate buoy each other through life, weathering the storms of friendship---jealousy, anger, hurt, resentment. They think they’ve survived it all until a single act of betrayal tears them apart . . . and puts their courage and friendship to the ultimate test.

Thoughts - This was an epic saga.. a beautiful story of friendship between women. I related with Kate on so many levels and I have had my fair share of bright and shiny Tully's in my life. I don't want to give anything away but if you can manage a long book than I would highly recommend it. This was my first Kristin Hannah book. I have heard good things about her other books as well and have added them to my TBR list as well.. Have you read Firefly Lane? Are you a Kate or a Tully? 


I read two other books this last month. One a quick page turning thriller from James Patterson Women's Murder Club series.. and another less intriguing book The Keeper by Jessica Moor.. I almost did not finish it many times and I wish I hadn't.. I finished it over the weekend and it had no clever ending to redeem itself. Oh well.  
  
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31 comments:

Jennifer said...

That book sounds really good! Sorry the Keeper sucked. I've read books like that before.

Jennifer
Curated by Jennifer

Jeanie said...

Thanks for a good review. I loved "The Nightingale' by Hannah. Nie to hear more of her other work.

karen said...

I'm wondering if this is on my shelves virtually anywhere....Sounds like a good book!

Kelly said...

This sounds like a really good book. When I just looked it up on Amazon, it says there's a sequel. I've read two other Kristin Hannah books (The Nightingale and The Great Alone) and I think she's a good writer. I'm going to see if my library app offers this one.

Carol said...

I really love Kristin Hannah's books. Well except for her latest one, "The Great Alone". Just my opinion though. Way too long and too much of the same thing throughout the story. I've enjoyed all her others though. I think I've read all but four of her books.

Another author you may like is Karen White. She also has stand alone books and book series. I enjoy the way she writes. Again just my opinion though.

Polyester Princess said...

I've actually read that book not all that long ago, and I liked it very much. I might be more a Kate than a Tully ;-) xxx

Stefanie said...

Intriguing and I found your review interesting of how it related to you.

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer said...

This looks good. The last book I read by this author left me in a puddle of my own tears on the floor.

Elephant's Child said...

I hadn't heard of the author or the book. Thank you for the tempting review.

Red Rose Alley said...

I really admire how you find a good book and spend time reading it. I must get back to reading!

~Sheri

Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom said...

Kristin Hannah is one of my fave authors. I read that book awhile ago and loved it.

Carrie
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Jodie's Touch of Style said...

I feel like I have read other Kristin Hannah books, and this one sounds fabulous. Thanks for the recommendation.
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Laura B said...

This sounds like a book that would really suck me in! Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

Veronica Lee said...

Sounds like a book I would enjoy. Love the cover.

I've just finished reading The Japanese Wife by Kunal Basu today. Loved it!

Kathrine Eldridge said...

This book sounds amazing! Need to add it to my list.

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Rowena @ rolala loves said...

So funny, a friend of mine also recently read Firefly Lane and was raving about it. I need to add this one to my reading list.

Emmylou said...

Firefly Lane sounds like a good read, Hena! Thanks for the review:)

Rach said...

I've heard so many great things about Kristin Hannah's book! Firefly Lane definitely sounds like a book I would love to read.

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Sparkles and Lattes said...

This book sounds really good and something I want to add to my to be read list.

Debbie said...

i have mentioned to you before that i am not a reader, i wish i was. firefly lane has such a pretty cover and i know i would enjoy it if i had the memory to follow it!! i enjoyed your review, and it's nice that you enjoyed it!!

we had a fire at our business park and i have been so behind on everything. i know you visited a while back, i hope things are good and that all those boys are healthy!!

ALLIE NYC said...

Oh this sounds like a great read. It was like this in the 70s and to a degree in the 80s. Young woman today don't have to worry about choosing between career and family. Hell, a lot of them don't want careers their influencers LOL.


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Suzanne @ The Bookish Libra said...

I actually just finished Firefly Lane a couple of days ago and agree with you on every point. It was such a beautiful story and I bawled like a baby at the end. I need to grab the next book soon since it focuses even more on Tully.

Jo Rashi said...

This sounds like an interesting book.. thanks for sharing dear :-)
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R's Rue said...

I want to read Firefly Lane.
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The Liberty Belle said...

I'm intrigued to find out what impacted Tully and Kate's friendship after so many years.

Shauna Crymble said...

That sounds great! Thanks for your review!

Aidan Brogan said...

Thank you for the review post! They sound like interesting books!

Doused in Pink | Chicago Style Blog said...

I'm a fan of Kristin Hannah and need to add this to my library list! Thank you for sharing your review!

Jill - Doused in Pink

R.ChamberofBeauty said...

This book sounds really great. Thanks for sharing this review <3
Have a great day <3
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awhite said...

This sounds like a beautiful read!

-Ashley
Le Stylo Rouge

Mica said...

Firefly lane sounds really interesting! Thanks for sharing it! It's a shame you didn't enjoy the other book but nice you liked this one so much! :)

I've been reading a lot more and I'm really enjoying it, it's nice to have a little quiet time at night!

Hope you are having a lovely weekend :)

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