Publish Date: June 5th 2018
Genres: Women's Fiction
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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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My Review Of
Dreams of Falling by Karen White
When Larkin’s mother Ivy vanishes, Larkin returns home to South Carolina for the first time after nearly nine years. As Larkin, CeeCee and Bitty frantically search for Ivy long buried questions want answers. The story alternates between 1951 and 2010. In 1951, Bitty, CeeCee and Margaret are on the brink of womanhood but still so young when they go on an adventure to Myrtle Beach that will change their lives forever and set in motion the events that lead up to Ivy’s disappearance in 2010. When Ivy is discovered near death at her family’s old burnt ruin of a plantation house Larkin wants answers. Larkin discovers two ribbons that wishes were written on inside the tree of dreams, a moss-draped oak, that was once a secret hiding place where Margaret, CeeCee and Bitty placed ribbons with their dearest wishes written on them. Larkin has a lot to deal with in this story, she was humiliated by Jackson, her crush, when she was a teenager. Now Jackson wants to date the new Larkin and I could not stand Jackson and was literally telling Larkin do not trust him! I did not understand why Larkin could not see Jackson for the slime he was. In addition to the Jackson drama, Bennett, her childhood bestie, brother and twin to Mabry her other bestie, is perfect for Larkin. I was so rooting for Jackson to skulk away and for Bennett and Larkin to get together.
Meanwhile Ivy lies in a coma but can hear every word her visitors are saying. We get to know Ivy’s backstory ans little by little the story
and secrets fall into place. We learn about Mack, husband to Ivy and father to Larkin, the mistakes he has made, I was hoping that Larkin
could forgive him.
This book is full of southern wit, charm and plenty of drama. It is a wonderful tale of friendship and forgiveness.
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