Book Review for DREAMS OF FALLING by Karen White

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My Highly Caffeinated Thought: A heartfelt tale of generations of women, their secrets, their regrets, and the memories that bind them all.

DREAMS OF FALLING is a story where the reader can so easily be swept up in the lives of the women. Their emotions, histories, and most importantly, relationships define who they are. While reading White’s latest, it has made me realize just how much I enjoy reading family sagas. The stories crossing decades, the characters, and the secrets hidden pull me in.


What I loved about this book is how well crafted and eloquent the prose was. It flows seamlessly from past to present as each work together in unraveling the mystery of Larkin’s Grandmother’s death. Also, the dynamics of the mother and daughter relationship are explored as both Larkin and her mother Ivy have more than one mother figure in their lives. The women in this book are strong and willful, but love fiercely more than anything else. They are where this story shines.

From beginning to end, DREAMS OF FALLING captivated me as it sent me down to South Carolina with these amazingly diverse, smart, and at times humorous ladies. I came to think of Larkin, Ivy, Ellis, Ceecee, and Bitty more as long lost friends than characters in a novel. It is truly a wonderful read.

Reviewer Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


New York Times bestselling author Karen White crafts evocative relationships in this contemporary women's fiction novel, set in the Lowcountry of South Carolina, about lifelong friends who share a devastating secret.

On the banks of the North Santee River stands a moss-draped oak that was once entrusted with the dreams of three young girls. Into the tree's trunk, they placed their greatest hopes, written on ribbons, for safekeeping--including the most important one: Friends forever, come what may.

But life can waylay the best of intentions....

Nine years ago, a humiliated Larkin Lanier fled Georgetown, South Carolina, knowing she could never go back. But when she finds out that her mother has disappeared, she realizes she has no choice but to return to the place 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 badly injured and unconscious in the burned-out wreckage of her ancestral plantation home. No one knows why Ivy was there, but as Larkin digs for answers, she uncovers secrets kept for nearly fifty years--whispers of love, sacrifice, and betrayal--that lead back to three girls on the brink of womanhood who found their friendship tested in the most heartbreaking ways.

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About the Author: Karen White is the New York Times bestselling author of twenty previous books, including The Night the Lights Went Out, Flight Patterns, The Sound of Glass, A Long Time Gone, and The Time Between, and a coauthor, with Beatriz Williams and Lauren Willig, of The Forgotten Room.

Book Details:

Hardcover: 416 pages
Publisher: Berkley (June 5, 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0451488415
ISBN-13: 978-0451488411

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