Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah

Hi, it’s me. Insomniac girl again… I’m mostly blaming it on the book this time. My friend, Lori, book recommend-er extraordinaire, has been talking about this book for months. I decided to wait for paperback, or better yet, What a heck of a time to show will power! I should have bought this book ages ago! I really need to learn to just listen to Lori and be done with it. I’ve probably said that before… Yeah, that’s me. The slow learner.

I’m not really a romance reader. Some might say (heck, I would say) that I’m a romance snob. There are a handful of “romance” genre authors I will read. Some, like Hannah, Wiggs and Macomber, I would consider to fall under the sub-genre of “women’s fiction”. I don’t need to read about people knocking boots and getting funky with a monkey. I enjoy a good story. Realistically, I have five children and a messy house. I don’t have time to waste on a good story. I have a lot of books I want to read, so it really needs to be a great story.

Firefly Lane is one of the greatest stories I’ve read this year. Which isn’t saying a lot since it’s not March yet, but I will go out on a limb and say it’s the best I’ve read all year.

What’s it about? Two best friends and the 3 decades that span their relationship. How lucky these ladies were to have one another. That’s an incredibly simplistic synopsis, isn’t it? I would liken it to Beaches. One friend is the supporter, the other needs the limelight. Hannah does such a beautiful job capturing each decade from the 70’s through now. From clothes, to music, to the characters maturity level. It starts out as a coming of age novel, but becomes so much more as these women grow together and apart and back together as a result of their choices in life. Afterall, who knows how to hurt you more than the one person who knows all your secrets, promises, and flaws? And who knows better how to make the pain go away?

Yes, I cried at the end. I had the puffy eyes the next day to prove it, and that was okay. Kristin Hannah knows exactly how to touch your heart and soul.

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