You know when you read a book and you just feel so happy and fulfilled afterwards? I’ve definitely been feeling that quite a lot lately. With really good recent reads such as You and Me on Vacation by Emily Henry, I feel like I’ve been quite spoiled on the book front – and reading Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah has definitely added to that feeling of fulfilment and joy this week.
Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah Book Review
A book that I’ve been DYING to read since the TV Show came out was Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah – one of my TBR pile reads for February is Four Winds, another of her books that was released in February, so when I saw that the Kindle Book was available for 99p AND the audiobook was available to download as part of my Scribd subscription, I knew I had to get stuck in straight away. I started off listening to the audiobook as I worked and then ended up finishing the book through reading the Kindle edition- meaning I finished reading it very, very quickly. With everyone raving about how good the TV Show was, I made it my goal to finish ASAP – and I did that indeed.
Firefly Lane is the story of two best friends, Tully and Kate – they have come from incredibly different backgrounds and go on to live incredibly different lives, but their friendship survives every possible hurdle you can think of. Whilst Kate is quieter and much more mellow with a strong, loving family behind her, outgoing and ambitious Tully was brought up by her Grandmother after her mum abandoned her on multiple occasions. Tully gets a highly sought after role in television while Kate focuses on her family and her children – their lives and their decisions couldn’t be further apart. It seems as though nothing can possibly break them apart – until one day, something does, something seemingly unforgivable. I saw myself in both of the characters – whilst I’m quite reserved when I want to be and not particularly sociable, in the way that Kate is, I’m also ambitious and willing to go after what I want, where I need to. I feel like a lot of people will easily resonate with the characters as their problems are realistic and things that we all go through on a daily basis – insecurities, lack of confidence and disputes within our everyday relationships.
Beautifully written with a bittersweet ending.
Firstly, I’ll start by saying that the book is VERY different to what I’ve seen so far of the TV show – I do think the directors of the show have used a LOT of artistic licences and changed things up a little bit, which is absolutely fine, but irrespective; you should read the book as well. The story is beautifully written – The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah is one of my favourite books and this book is just as wonderfully done. You’re really able to fully immerse yourself into the story – not only is her writing very descriptive and visual, but it’s also exciting and intriguing and keeps you hooked from the word go. I believe that there’s actually a sequel to the book already published so I’ll keep an eye out for this being knocked down to 99p in the coming weeks and give that a go too.
A book I’m not likely to forget anytime soon – I may have even had a few tears in my eyes at the ending!