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“Motherhood at time like this – most times – was about the steel in your spine, not the bend.” – Kristin Hannah
My heart felt so heavy as I finished this novel for the second time. I purchased this book years ago when I was in high school, and it sat on my dresser for probably a year. I never picked it up. Eventually, I donated it to Goodwill and forgot all about its existence. But then I read The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah, and I knew I needed more of her writing in my life. Naturally, I gravitated back to Firefly Lane, the book I never started so many years ago.
In hindsight, I am happy that I didn’t read the book when I originally bought it in my late teens. It means so much more to me now in my mid 20’s as a mother and a friend. I feel like I relate on so many levels to Kate’s character – the good girl, the rule follower, the one who seems to always have bad things happen to her despite every effort to live life as wholesomely as possible.
TullyandKate’s story is turbulent and action packed, and the characters are really brought to life with their witty dialogue and jokes they make between each other. I found myself wishing I could be a fly on the wall during their conversations so I could see how best friends of so many years act around one another. Their chemistry seemed so natural and strong, the kind of best friends everyone hopes they can have at some point in their lives.
By the end of the novel, I loved Kate and hated Tully. Kate was the strong mother that was dealing with real life scenarios – as a stay at home mom, I feel her feelings on so many levels. Tully, while originally bright, funny, and kind, turned out to be nothing short of a backstabber by the end. While she did eventually come back around, I found myself wanting to scream at Kate, “What are you thinking? She was so awful to you!”
But this is what a good book does. It evokes emotions you didn’t know you could feel, it makes you think about things that may scare you. Firefly Lane did all of those things and more. Definitely recommend.
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