Fly Away by Kristin Hannah
Release Date - March 2014
St. Martin's Griffin
Book Review by Tracy Farnsworth
If you've read Firefly Lane, do not miss Fly Away. If you missed Firefly Lane, I recommend reading that book first. I didn't and really wish I had read the books in order.
One thing is true of any Kristin Hannah novel. It will draw you in. It will have you sniffling and shedding a number of tears. You will end up enjoying every second of the book. Fly Away is no different. It's honest, sometimes downright depressing, but you become embroiled in the characters and want to see if everything will work out for them.
Tully Hart is desperately grieving the loss of her best friend Kate. Kate lost her battle with cancer, and her death tore her family apart and left Tully feeling alone and uncertain. She made a promise to Kate that she would remain a solid part of Kate's family and offer Kate's children the support they need, but Tully is so caught up in her grief that she simply cannot do that.
Kate's husband shut Tully out after Kate's funeral. His desperation to start anew led him to accept a job miles away, but his plans went awry and eventually his 16-year-old daughter ran away. Now Marah is out there somewhere. Meanwhile, Marah believes she has fallen in love, but the guy she has chosen is not the right choice. He's leading her on a path to destruction.
Tully's mother was useless during Tully's formative years, but she's back and wants to start anew. This means revealing long hidden secrets.
Fly Away is never an easy read. Depression, grief, panic attacks... They are not fun things. They can be exhausting, frustrating, and leave you shaken. Hannah captures every second of that angst and doesn't hide from hit, she really delves into the affects it has on both the person suffering and those the person loves and is close to. I found a little of myself in some of the characters and often found myself nodding along as they struggled to overcome.
Now that I've finished this book, I am eager to find the first book, hopefully my library has a copy, and see how everything began!