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Fly Away (Firefly Lane #2)

3.94  ·  Rating Details ·  29,562 Ratings  ·  3,071 Reviews
Once, a long time ago, I walked down a night-darkened road called Firefly Lane, all alone, on the worst night of my life, and I found a kindred spirit. That was our beginning. More than thirty years ago. TullyandKate. You and me against the world. Best friends forever. But stories end, don’t they? You lose the people you love and you have to find a way to go on. . . .

Hardcover, 400 pages
Published April 23rd 2013 by St. Martin's Press (first published April 13th 2013)
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Crystal Jade Basically, yes. :) If you want to know how Tully and Kate were before Kate died. Ops! This book is about Marah, though. So, might as well have this…moreBasically, yes. :) If you want to know how Tully and Kate were before Kate died. Ops! This book is about Marah, though. So, might as well have this and the book 1.(less)
Douglas Boren Ms. Hannah was asked this in the afterwards of this book and she answered, "I hope not!" This was a difficult book to write for her, and she doesn't…moreMs. Hannah was asked this in the afterwards of this book and she answered, "I hope not!" This was a difficult book to write for her, and she doesn't really like to write sequels.(less)

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 Gigi Ann
Dec 08, 2012 Gigi Ann rated it it was ok
I don't know where to began...Kristen Hannah is one of my favorite authors, and I've read many of her books (Firefly Lane included) being one of them and I liked most of her books I've read over the years. I read so many 5 star reviews of people who loved this book "Fly Away" that I couldn't wait to read it.

After I started reading this book I had to make myself continue to read it. It just didn't draw me into the story. I realized if I didn't keep reading I would never pick it up again and fini
Mar 13, 2013 miss♥k rated it liked it
Shelves: audio

Pure emotional torture !!! That about sums it up.. Firefly Lane is one of my favorite books and I couldn't wait to get my hands on Fly Away, I mean to hear from Tully and Mara and Cloud again. Amazing right? No!! The first quarter of the book describes and stretches every agonizing detail the moments after Kate's death. It revisits, and revisits, and revisits, the first book exhaustingly. I understand, this was maybe made to be a stand alone book. But give me a break. What about the rest of us f
Jenna Cantino
Jan 29, 2013 Jenna Cantino rated it really liked it
First I want to thank Goodreads for selecting me as a winner of an advance reader's copy of Fly Away. Winning and getting to read a Kristin Hannah book before it has been released really made my year!

With that said.... it wasn't my favorite. I hate to even say that because I love Kristin Hannah's books so much, especially Firefly Lane. Firefly Lane was the very first book I read by her. To be honest, I only picked up because I really liked the cover. Who knew that I would fall in love with her s
Nov 08, 2012 Amy rated it really liked it
Fire Fly Lane is one of my favorite books. Kate and Tully had an epic friendship between two completely different young women that lasted a lifetime. After the first book I had so many questions about Tully and her Mother Cloud. There were several places in the first book that eluded to a story line to explain how Cloud could leave her own daughter. I was so pleased with the detail and depth that Kristin Hannah used in this book to reveal the True Cloud...a.k.a. Dorothy. I wondered how Kate's fa ...more
Dee Handley
Apr 26, 2013 Dee Handley rated it it was ok
I generally like Kristin Hannah's books... Fly Away annoyed me & took me forever to read! I felt like I was reading the same paragraphs over & over. This book is a sequel to Firefly Lane. I think Kristin Hannah was wrote this book backwards making sure the readers that didn't read the first book knew everything. It picked up in the last few chapters.
Mar 11, 2013 Amy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reread
I purchased an ARC copy of this book on eBay.
If I could give this book 6 out of 5 stars, I would.
This sequel to FIREFLY LANE exceeds the original story of TullyandKate. I read the book in one sitting, accidentally. I wanted to stretch my reading time out for days, but couldn't do it.

I encourage readers to peruse FIREFLY LANE before beginning this book, although FLY AWAY is also a stand alone novel.
The story begins four years after Kate's death from breast cancer. Told primarily from Tully's PO
May 08, 2013 Britany rated it really liked it
Fly Away takes us back to Firefly Lane, a book that I found relatable, but not as profound as many others. Best friends, TullyandKate, meet on a dark night and quickly become closer than sisters, until Kate gets cancer and leaves her best friend, Tully to take care of her family.

Fly Away picks up after Kate has passed on, and it seems that everyone has taken a turn for the worse. Kate has left behind a grieving husband, Johnny, and 3 children, sully Marah and twin boys Will and Lucas. Tully can'
Nov 08, 2012 Cassie rated it it was ok
*sigh* Ohhh...the disappointment. I'm well aware my opinion is going to be an unpopular and rare one. But, oh, this was so not what I was expecting or wanting out of this book. My least favorite part of any sequel is the the recap. Yes, I understand the need for the recap, but that doesn't mean I have to like it. And the way this book was written was just one recap after another. I feel like so much time was wasted rereading each scene from a different perspective. That there could have been so ...more
PacaLipstick Gramma
Jan 27, 2013 PacaLipstick Gramma rated it did not like it
Sometimes there should not be sequels to books. This was one of them.

What did I like about the book? It finally ended! Maybe a little that Cloud aka Dorothy had some redemption.

The first 300 pages just dragged on and on and on and forever. Finally, a real story was beginning to take shape. I was getting so frustrated with the story that I wanted to just quit. How many times can we go back and forth about how Tully was so unloved, that Marah was a brat, that Tully missed Kate, that she was unlove
Nov 13, 2012 Maureen rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
Well, I have been so excited to read this book. I just re-read Firefly Lane to refresh my memory and I cried my eyes out all over again even though I knew the ending. I bought Fly Away on Friday and kept looking at it thinking I wanted to read it, but wanted to wait to b/c then it would be over. My excitement got the best of me, so I started it Saturday night and finished it at 1 Am this morning. I just could not put it down. I have never felt so connected to characters, as I do with Kate, Tully ...more
Nan Williams
Jun 30, 2013 Nan Williams rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one - no one at all
Shelves: quit
I've thoroughly enjoyed Kristin Hannah's books in the past and have loved her characters. I loved Tully and Kate in Firefly Lane and rejoiced with them when they overcame the circumstances of their very unfortunate childhoods.

This book is a slap in the face to their successes. In the beginning of this book, you have Kate reaching out to Tully to make amends for whatever caused a 2 year rift in their 3 decade old friendship. Additionally, Kate is pictured as the ultimate loving mom who is most co
Rob Slaven
To begin with, I received this book free via a giveaway from GoodReads. Despite that my opinions are unsullied by prejudice. Further, I have not read the book (or books) that precede this one so I'm viewing this title in isolation from others by this author.

Our story begins with an ending. Or, as they tend to put it in Hollywood, it begins as our protagonist hits rock bottom. Her life and career are in a shambles and her last chance at fixing any of it seems to have slipped away. When her car sl
Dale Harcombe
Dec 08, 2013 Dale Harcombe rated it liked it
Three stars I guess, though I don’t know that I can say I liked it but it was certainly readable. From the moment I started this I knew this was going to be an emotive novel, one could almost say a tear jerker. I kept thinking how I would feel if it was my best friend who died. It was an emotive read but not quite in the way I was expecting. The novel deals with loss. Kate, Tully’s best friend over thirty years, has succumbed to cancer.
I found this novel hard to read for several reasons. Firstl
Apr 29, 2013 Lesli rated it it was amazing
I was beyond excited when I read about this book coming out and bought it right away, which I rarely do now. Firefly Lane is one of my favorite books and even when I re-read it, I cry at the end. I had high expectations for a sequel and yet I knew they could be easily dashed. Although this was harder to get into than Firefly Lane, Hannah's ability to create life-like and timeless characters once again brought this story to life. While the first book ended at the funeral, this book picks up from ...more
Jan 27, 2013 Beth rated it it was ok

Didn't win but got it for mothers day 2013!

ok, so i was extremely excited about this book, because i loved the first one so much, but this book, it was so boring, hard to get through, i found my self reading it just so i could get through it faster and get it over with and i hate when that happens, i wanted to love this book so much because the first one was amazing!so, i
Aug 04, 2013 Lisa rated it really liked it
So, I have waited 24 hours to write this review. I did this because I was so overly emotional after I finished reading that I didn’t think I could write appropriately and objectively. But then I thought about it. It is impossible to be completely objective about a book, because our emotions will dictate how we respond, right? So here goes.

Fly Away is the Sequel to Firefly Lane. When I received Fly Away from St. Martin’s Press, I did not realize it was a sequel and so had to get the first one and
Maureen Ann
Apr 25, 2013 Maureen Ann rated it it was amazing
I love books that reunite me with old characters. The first Kristin Hannah book I had ever read was Firefly Lane, and that book made such an impression on me that I often catch myself wondering what happened to the characters. This book answered those questions.

The character development in this book is incredible. And I guess that is the thing that I most enjoy about books. If the characters are good, it can overcome a lot in the way if a shaky plot, though the reverse is not necessarily true.
Feb 01, 2013 Jg rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
** Disclaimer: I won this book for free via Goodreads First Reads. ** While I felt confident that I would like Fly Away (because I've enjoyed the other Kristin Hannah novels I've read), I wasn't expecting to be so absurdly touched and so emotionally blown away by this book. These feelings stemmed from me being a mother, having a mother, and having a best friend or two or three. :) So there were various viewpoints in Fly Away that I could easily identify with, and there were others that I could j ...more
Jul 25, 2013 Patty rated it it was amazing
Fly Away
Kristin Hannah

My " in a nutshell" summary...

KateandTully...sadly come to their ending and everything precious and dear comes to an end.

My thoughts after reading this book...

I know I read the book that came before this one but it's been a while. It was not an issue to pick this one up and start reading. I fell into the story and it's sadness almost right away. And there is no doubt about just how sad it is. Kate is gone and literally everyone falls apart. The things that the people who
Nov 17, 2015 Svenja rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eine sehr emotionale Fortsetzung.

Es war interessant zu sehen, wie sich die verschiedenen Lebensläufe, nach dem bedeutenden Ereignis aus Buch 1, entwickeln.

Toll fand ich, dass auch Platz für die tragische Geschichte von Tullys Mutter war. Das Unverständnis aus dem ersten Teil ist fast wie weggeflogen.

May 02, 2013 Beverly rated it it was ok
I got this book as I'm dealing with a family member with cancer. I thought this book would be uplifting for those left behind/dealing with the horrible disease. I had to force myself to continue reading the book just so I could see how it ended. This book doesn't pull you into the story. It's a very depressing book and only a scattering of happy moments throughout.
Jun 11, 2013 thewanderingjew rated it liked it
I won ten copies of this book for my book group from It is the second in a series. The first was Firefly Lane. The book stands on its own and does not need to be read as a sequel. It is about self discovery, reconciliation and redemption.
It covers many major issues: alcoholism, drug addiction, cutting, attempted suicide, troubled and deviant teens, runaways, Cancer, love and loss, mental illness, sexual abuse, racial and religious bias, interracial relationships, and even domes
♥Beauty With a Brain♥
Mar 11, 2013 ♥Beauty With a Brain♥ rated it it was amazing
We all know those books; the ones of which you cannot help but fall in love with because of the enchanting, yet far from complex, writing style and the lovely characters that surround the pages and twist the story until it is completely its own, and not about the past story of Firefly Lane. I can tell you, without a doubt, that this is certainly one of those books.

This isn’t one of those stories that you can easily place on the shelf or toss aside and just forget with a shake of your head. It is
Feb 04, 2013 Julie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: literary-fiction
4.5 stars

I want to first start off by thanking Goodreads and the stars that aligned for allowing me to win an ARC of this novel. I received this book, free, as part of Goodreads First Reads and was asked to provide an honest review.

To say this book was wonderful is an understatement...this book was stunning, gut-wrenching, poignant and tear jerking to the point where the sleeve of my shirt will take more than an hour to dry. I'm sure you're wondering, why it took so long for me to finish this bo
Feb 06, 2013 Sara rated it it was amazing
First off, I want to say thank you to goodreads, I received this book as a goodreads giveaway. I got an email saying I won this book, and was ecstatic. Fly Away by Kristen Hannah is the first book I have won on goodreads.

This morning, I got this book in the mail, and had to suffer all day before I could crack it open after dinner. (Biology homework, sadly, had to come first)I can tell you honestly: I was not disappointed and it was sooo worth the wait.

Fly Away moved me to tears, over and over an
May 21, 2014 Christine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
They met when they were very young--Tully Hart and Kate Mularkey--on Firefly Lane. They became tullyandkate, inseparable, even when their lives took them away from where they began.

But on a September night in 2010, Tully's world crashes...literally. And as her loved ones visit her in the hospital, and their stories play out for us from each of their perspectives, we see through flashbacks how time has taken its toll, starting four years before with Kate's death. Like a severing of a limb, the lo
G. Kretchmer
Dec 21, 2013 G. Kretchmer rated it it was amazing
Cancer. A wayward teenager. A grieving husband, A best friend. These are some of the elements that make Fly Away a poignant story that will resonate with many readers. I was particularly drawn to it because of some of the similarities to my debut novel (coming in 2014), The Damnable Legacy of A Minister's Wife:
a) A husband who makes a promise to his dying wife.
b) A cutting teenager
c) Views from the afterlife.

In addition to writing a compelling and heartwarming story, Ms. Hannah's strength lies i
Mar 20, 2013 Sharon rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013-read
I was lucky enough to win a Goodreads Giveaway of an Advance Reader's Copy of Fly Away, which is a wonderful way to get to know a "new to me" author. I've heard amazing things about Kristin Hannah and was eager to see what I thought for myself.

Most of my reading is done on my Kindle, so it was a bit odd for me to read a paperback after years of Kindle ownership. I figured... I'll read the beginning on paper and if I decide I want to continue reading - I'll simply buy the Kindle edition once Fly
Feb 13, 2013 Rita rated it really liked it
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First of, thank you Goodreads for the book, which I got in a giveaway. The book is totally out of my comfort zone, completely.
Yet, I loved it so much.

The story is told so beautifully, the writing is amazing. I really like the way it changes perspective. I also didn't mind the flashbacks, where you are able to move to when the kids are small and then back to the present. Kristin still managed to make the story flow effortlessly.

There is also the fact that this is
May 04, 2013 Sally rated it it was amazing
There are very few authors who can successfully jump from one character's point of view to another, let alone past to present. In fact, this style of writing done poorly is a major pet peeve of mine. On that note, I am happy to report that Kristen Hannah has mastered that technique...she should give a class!

Whether it was Cloud "talking" or we were seeing things through Johnny's pained eyes, hearing Marah's angry voice or getting Tully's skewed perception, it was done flawlessly - never losing t
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Kristin Hannah is the New York Times bestselling author of twenty-one novels, including the blockbuster Firefly Lane and #1 bestsellers Night Road and Home Front. She is a former lawyer turned writer and is the mother of one son. She lives in the Pacific Northwest and Hawaii with her husband.
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