Goodreads: Dreams of Falling by Karen White
Rating: Very Good
Description: It's been nine years since Larkin fled Georgetown, South Carolina, vowing never to go back. But when she finds out that her mother has disappeared, she knows she has no choice but to return to the place that she both loves and dreads--and to the family and friends who never stopped wishing for her to come home. Ivy, Larkin's mother, is discovered in the burned-out wreckage of her family's ancestral rice plantation, badly injured and unconscious. No one knows why Ivy was there, but as Larkin digs for answers, she uncovers secrets kept for nearly 50 years. Secrets that lead back to the past, to the friendship between three girls on the brink of womanhood who swore that they would be friends forever, but who found that vow tested in heartbreaking ways.
Why I Picked This Book: I've been wanting to read this author for awhile so when this was offered there was no way I could resist it!
My Impression: Oh this was good! It's always a trick in dual timeline books to keep each time line equally compelling but this was done so effortlessly here that I didn't even realize it had been done until I had finished the book.
There's so much to cover here but I don't want to go to much into details as part of the fun is seeing just how the secrets and past threads unravel. I enjoyed the friendship between Ceecee, Bitty, and Margaret and really appreciated that this wasn't a flawless relationship. There's bits of envy and jealously and resentment mixed in with all the love and friendship which added to the authenticity of the book. I loved Larkin and can relate to her wanting to separate herself from who she was when she was growing up. The characters aren't perfect but I did feel like their flaws were relatable. I recognized bits of myself as I was reading which wasn't always comfortable but did help with the connection to the characters and the story itself.
I could feel that heavy sticky summer heat (and not just because it's a very real thing right now here in Alabama) while I was reading and this was one of those books where it felt like the characters sprang to life on the page. I'm glad I finally managed to pick up a Karen White novel and I can guarantee it won't be last!
Would I Read More of this Series/Author? Absolutely! I'm already trying to decide what book I want to read next - thinking I might try the audio version.
Would I Recommend this Book? Yes absolutely - especially if you enjoy Sarah Addison Allen and Beatriz Williams.