Firefly Lane / Kristin Hannah

This book is on the older side, but came highly recommended from a friend so I decided to give it a spin. I read this book in August and it was such a perfect summer escape. Who doesn’t love a good beach read! While not profound or thought provoking, it is one of those perfect page turners that keeps you invested and along for the ride.

This story revolves around two friends with a deep history. Tully and Kate – BFF’s, sisters from other misters – this story takes us through their history from the 70s through the millennium.

It begins as a coming of age novel; cool girl befriends the nerd. Then it takes us through a whirlwind of events including love, marriage, career ambitions in a man’s world, sexual assault, children, illness – what ground doesn’t this book cover? These friends retain their wildly different personas and yet their friendship lasts the test of time.

This is chick-lit at its core. This story has all of the necessary ingredients for the female literary persuasion – romance, adventure, trying to break that glass ceiling, motherhood and friendship.

That was the thing about best friends. Like sisters and mothers, they could piss you off and make you cry and break your heart, but in the end, when the chips were down, they were there, making you laugh even in your darkest hours.

Kristin Hannah, Firefly Lane

The parts that really resonated with me were the parts that broke down how one can lose themselves in the rearing of children. I have two children under the age of nine, including a 5-year old that has never slept. Boy, do I know the days of dirty hair, mismatched clothes and straight up mom zombie living.

The downfall of this book for me was actually the characters. They all seemed a bit two dimensional and their actions were predictable. Honestly, a lot of this book was predictable. Though, if you’re okay with that sort of thing, its still highly enjoyable. Like an Adam Sandler movie – you know what you’re getting but you still show up and laugh anyway.

So while I could have guessed what was coming throughout the majority of this book, I still laughed and cried and felt all of the feelings. Which, isn’t that what a good story is all about? And seriously, I cried… I wept… like severe ugly cried. My husband was scared, even though full disclosure: this happens quite a bit when I’m reading, or watching movies, or listening to a song. What can I say, I’m bursting with empathy.

4 Stars – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – This was a good book, but had its issues. Still, if you’re looking for a page turning, lifetime movie loving, wind beneath my wings type of story, then I would recommend picking up this book.