Review: Dreams of Falling by Karen White

Dreams of FallingDreams of Falling by Karen   White
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Part mystery, part coming of age story, part "you can't go home again" (or can you?) story, Dreams of Falling had me enthralled from beginning to end.

The story shuttles between 1951 and 2010 and centers on Margaret and her friends CeeCee and Bitty in 1951 and Margaret's granddaughter Larkin in 2010. Larkin left Georgetown, South Carolina, right after her high school graduation nine years earlier because of an embarrassing moment involving the school's star quarterback and her best friends, twins Mabry and Bennett. For all intents and purposes she never looked back until her mother disappeared.

She finds her mother Ivy unconscious at her family's dilapidated mansion. As Larkin, CeeCee, Bitty and others wait for Ivy to regain consciousness they also revisit the past, remembering and/or discovering what brought them to where they are now.

I loved or liked most of the characters -- and I'm sure no one else will like Jackson Porter either. Well, maybe some unrepentant high school jerks.

I also loved White's description of the scenery and atmosphere of the Lowcountry in South Carolina, as well as Myrtle Beach.

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