This book was sent to Traveling With T in exchange for a fair review.
** FLY AWAY is the sequel to the wildly popular FIREFLY LANE, an earlier book of Kristin Hannah’s. While it’s not necessary to read FIREFLY LANE first, reading FLY AWAY will reveal spoilers about the first book.
Fly Away picks up 4 years after Kate’s death. Tully, her best friend, life has completely changed. She was once on top of the world- with her talk show, with her extravagant lifestyle, with her best friend. Now, all that is gone and Tully is a shell of her former self. When she sees an article about her in a gossip magazine, with a quote from her goddaughter, Marah, Tully hits rock bottom. Because of this, because of Tully’s accident- it reunites the people she was once closest to and shows how life has changed for them all after the death of Kate.
When Johnny finds out that Tully is in the hospital, he’s unsure what to expect. He hasn’t seen Tully in some time, so when he catches sight of this broken woman- physically broken (as well as emotionally broken) he knows he failed her. Knows he failed in one of Kate’s last wishes. He’s not sure if he’ll get a chance to try again, but he hopes. Tully has also failed Kate- Kate wanted her to be there for her kids, but Tully trying to be there led to disagreements and misunderstandings.
Marah, though, might be the most broken of them all. Having lost her mom, dealing with the reality of how she treated her in her teenage years, and feeling so much pain and grief- and having no one to turn to. Except for the handsome, dark and mysterious guy she meets in grief therapy- a man who has the tools to help Marah forget her pain- if she is willing to follow him to the darkest depths.
Tully’s mother, Cloud, is another broken soul. Seeing her daughter laying in the hospital bed, not knowing what will happen next, has her wanting a drink. But a drink is how Cloud spent most of her life- and she is determined to stay sober and be there for Tully now. Because Cloud knows that is all she can be- she can’t change their past- no matter how much she would like.
Each character is lost in their own grief, the ways that life happened, mistakes made. Each one wants to do better, to be better. Is it too late? Told in current time and flashbacks- FLY AWAY is a story that, even though it will deeply sadden you, it begs to be read.
Traveling With T’s Thoughts:
Oh. My. Gosh. FLY AWAY is an one-two sucker punch of emotional baggage, of grief, of life falling apart. This is not an easy read- these characters are filled with grief and sadness over the choices, over Kate dying, over many things. However, it is good. It’s just not an easy read.
Confession: This is my first Kristan Hannah book. Ok, I know, I know- I should have read FIREFLY LANE first. I know! But, this book stands on it’s own- even though it’s a sequel. There is enough flashbacks and telling of important things so you don’t feel like you have missed out- although, I do think a read of FIREFLY LANE is in order (at some point) for me.
I was emotionally wrung out when I finished FLY AWAY. The things these characters experience- the heartbreaking sadness, oh my stars- I just sat there after reading and felt like I’d been through the wringer. But, and this is a big but, even through all that- I did enjoy this.
Recommending for book clubs and for people who like highly discussable characters- characters that are incredibly flawed, unlikeable at times; but heartwarming and enjoyable over-all.
*This book was sent to Traveling With T in exchange for a fair and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are mine alone.
Pssst…. Are you just so eager to read FLY AWAY but more of an audio book fan? Or want to hear a sample of the audio before you pull the wallet out? Fear not, friends, Traveling With T (thanks to a contact) has a sample of the first chapter of FLY AWAY for you audio lovers! Here is the FLY AWAY- First Chapter Audio for your listening pleasure!
Happy Reading and Bookishly Yours,
T @ Traveling With T