Book Review: Fly Away by Kristin Hannah

Kristin Hannah delivers another emotional read for her readers in “Fly Away.” I just want to start out by saying how much I absolutely love this cover. It is gorgeous. “Fly Away” gets deeper into Tully’s Story. “Fly Away” would be a sequel novel to “Firefly Lane.” I was very excited to read “Fly Away” but I soon discovered that it was going to be a very depressing journey. There were a few times that it was very slow to get through but if the reader will tough it out; I don’t believe they will be disappointed. If you want to read a story about life, love, and forgiveness this would definitely be a great read. Kate and Tully were the best of friends and it was difficult for Tully to move on after Kate died of cancer. “Fly Away” gives the read a chance to learn more about Tully after Kate. Tully had so many issues in her life. She had a very troubled childhood and a lost TV career.

I have to comment on Hannah’s character development. This is the first time I have read one of her books and I think her character development is amazing. Hannah does a great job at bringing the characters to life for the reader. This was the first time that I am getting to know these characters because I didn’t read “Firefly Lane.” I don’t know how the grieving process of losing someone to cancer should go, and honestly everyone deals with things differently so I don’t think there is a set plan or schedule to follow. I know there is a book or manual or something that is called the 9 stages of Grief or something like that and I don’t think it is that simple but the way Kate’s daughter Marah was not okay. I honestly thought Marah was more of a drama queen than anything else. I don’t think that can be blamed on just the grief. Most of the time she just had a very bad attitude.

As this book touches on the lives of everyone in Kate’s life it really explores Tully’s past and present. Kate was a major part of Tully’s life and with her gone, Tully has to find herself again in a way. Along the way Tully discovers how powerful redemption and forgiveness can really be. I like when I get to see the characters grow up some by the end of the book. Based on what I heard from others you should read “Firefly Lane” before you read “Fly Away” but like I said I didn’t read “Firefly Lane” first and I felt like I could read and understand the story just fine.

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