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Fly Away

(Firefly Lane #2)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  51,515 ratings  ·  4,568 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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Madison Gentry You MUST read the first book! It is truly so much better than this book, and I still loved this book! You will understand TullyAndKate so much better,…moreYou MUST read the first book! It is truly so much better than this book, and I still loved this book! You will understand TullyAndKate so much better, and you will actually know Kate. You know the ending is coming awhile before the book ends, so honestly it is so worth the read, even knowing some spoilers.(less)
Shari You have to read this book after Firefly Lane. It ties up the loose ends and it is wonderful. If you have not read the first book, you won't get it!
You have to read this book after Firefly Lane. It ties up the loose ends and it is wonderful. If you have not read the first book, you won't get it!

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 Gigi Ann
Dec 08, 2012 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 rated it liked it
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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
Mar 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Jenna Cantino
Jan 29, 2013 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
Dee Handley
Apr 26, 2013 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. ...more
Nov 08, 2012 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 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 08, 2012 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
PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
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
Nan Williams
Jun 30, 2013 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
After a tragic accident, the lives of three women are brought together. They have each made decisions in the past that put their lives in misguided directions. As they experience tragedy, they each have the opportunity for redemption.

Tully is at a loss after her best friend, Kate, dies. She promised Kate she would be there for her children, but falls short with that promise. Marah is Kate's teenage daughter. With her mother gone, Marah's life starts floundering and she needs someone to love her
Fred Shaw
Mar 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes when I finish a book i feel so many emotions that I don’t know where to start a review. This is a story of 2 families who struggle at the loss of Kate to cancer: Johnny her husband, Mara, Lucas and Will her children, her parents and Tully, her BFF. Kate was the center of their world and the author artfully tells of their journeys of how each learned to live with their loss. It is a powerful and emotional novel and worth the read.
Nov 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
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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
May 08, 2013 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 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2013, donate
Just ok for me. Felt the first third of the book just dragged on and on, and there was a lot of repeat dialog when the plot went from past to present, but I struggled through it because I have really enjoyed all of KH's other books.

Although this one was a disappointment, I will still look forward to and read future books by this author.

Jun 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
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This is a companion novel to Firefly Lane and I suggest you read that one first before you read this one. There is not a lot I can say without giving the story away. But this story deals with grief, all types of relationships, drug abuse, alcohol abuse and etc. I enjoy kristin Hannah and her writing thank you for another story with these characters.
Jul 25, 2013 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
Leanne Whistance-Smith
Jun 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
I had pretty low expectations going into this book as the first novel in the series (Firefly Lane) was good, but not great. I bought them as a pair, so I thought I guess I might as well read it... but WOW. This book was everything I needed and brought all kinds of emotions, and I seriously was not expecting to be so touched and blown away.

It was so powerful, and the messages will definitely stay with me for a long time. The flawed characters and their growth + development was exceptional as wel
Aug 04, 2013 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
Apr 29, 2013 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
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 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
Jun 16, 2015 rated it it was ok
I read the first book. It was less than delightful, but I was still disappointed by this book.

There are spoilers from here on but it doesn't exactly matter

Most of it turned out to be flashbacks of Tully's where living through that would have been just fine. Here we learned a lot about Dorothy, or Cloud, or whatever she's called at the moment, but here we also realize that Tully and everything in her life is just bad. I don't even think horrible or awful work quite as well as bad. Cliche after cl
Jan 27, 2013 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
May 02, 2013 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.
May 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, fiction
Fly Away deals with grief, forgiveness, mental health, addiction, and most of all love. I didn’t enjoy it as much as Firefly Lane, but I think it’s just because I missed Kate’s character so much. A key part of this story is learning Tully’s mother’s backstory and it was heartbreaking and cruel and gave us all the answers we needed to understand her choices. It’s going to be a while before my heart leaves Firefly Lane.
Malina Skrobosinski
Oh Kristin Hannah, why do you do this to me? 😭
Maureen Ann
Apr 25, 2013 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.
May 21, 2014 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
Feb 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaways
** 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
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Kristin Hannah is the award-winning and bestselling author of more than 20 novels including the international blockbuster, The Nightingale, which was named Goodreads Best Historical fiction novel for 2015 and won the coveted People's Choice award for best fiction in the same year. Additionally, it was named a Best Book of the Year by Amazon, iTunes, Buzzfeed, the Wall Street Journal, Paste, and Th ...more

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