Kristin Hannah can do now wrong in my world. I have loved everything I have read that she has written. Clocking in at 479 pages, this book is a big one, but it didn’t feel like it.
Right away I was drawn into Kate and Tully’s friendship. They say opposites attract, and that couldn’t be more true with these friends. Tully is the outspoken one, the pretty one with nobody to depend on but herself until she meets Kate. Her mom is an addict and always leaves her with her grandma while she runs off. Meeting Kate was her saving grace. Kate has the home life that Tully always wanted and Kate thinks Tully has the life she always wanted.
The girls are inseparable after Kate’s family takes Tully in. I really enjoyed reading about the girl’s friendship through the years, and I was happy when Kate came out of her shell and out of Tully’s shadow. There were moments when I wanted to strangle Tully more so than Kate. Then I would remember Tully’s upbringing and justify her actions.
This book is full of laughter with small moments of heartbreak thrown in. The ending brought tears to my eyes, but I find that when I’m reading a Kristin Hannah book there are always moments like this. She does such a good job of grabbing hold of her readers and making them feel like they are on this journey. This is why the joyous moments are so good and the heartbreaking moments are so shattering. I can not wait to watch the Netflix series next month!
Book Rating: 5/5
Wine Pairing: Francis Coppola Diamond Collection Cabernet Sauvignon
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.
So begins Kristin Hannah’s magnificent new novel. Spanning more than three decades and playing out across the ever-changing face of the Pacific Northwest, Firefly Lane is the poignant, powerful story of two women and the friendship that becomes the bulkhead of their lives.
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.