On the banks of the North Santee River stands a moss-draped oak that was once entrusted with the dreams of three young girls. Into the tree’s trunk, they placed their greatest hopes, written on ribbons, for safekeeping–including the most important one: Friends forever, come what may.
But life can waylay the best of intentions….
Nine years ago, a humiliated Larkin Lanier fled Georgetown, South Carolina, knowing she could never go back. But when she finds out that her mother has disappeared, she realizes she has no choice but to return to the place she both loves and dreads–and to the family and friends who never stopped wishing for her to come home.
Ivy, Larkin’s mother, is discovered badly injured and unconscious in the burned-out wreckage of her ancestral plantation home. No one knows why Ivy was there, but as Larkin digs for answers, she uncovers secrets kept for nearly fifty years–whispers of love, sacrifice, and betrayal–that lead back to three girls on the brink of womanhood who found their friendship tested in the most heartbreaking ways.
This week on my Tempted by…. feature, in which I showcase books I have bought after being lured into desiring them by the honeyed words of my beguiling fellow book bloggers, I have Dreams of Falling by Karen White, as reviewed here by Amy on her blog, Novel Gossip.
You will all know by now that I love any book set in the USA, particularly the Southern states with the Carolinas being particular favourites, so this book was always going to be appealing. Then the story, with its mixture of relationships and a hint of mystery sounded like exactly the type of story that I love. Amy’s description and praise of the book made me sure it was one that I should be adding to my TBR, and I decided to but a physical copy because I just love the cover too, and those can only truly be appreciated on a physical book.
Do make sure you visit Amy’s blog and have a look around. It is one of my favourites because, firstly, it is just so pretty and I’m a sucker for a pleasing aesthetic. Hers is the blog where, oddly, the physical appearance of her blog echoes most strongly her personality as I have come to understand it from her posts and interactions on social media, if that makes any sense at all (I’m not sure it even makes sense to me to be honest, but I know what I’m trying to say!) Secondly, she similarly has a very individual way of expressing herself, and I always enjoy her reviews, especially her three word summaries at the end. Thirdly, she is just a lovely and very supportive member of the book blogging community, which is something I greatly appreciate.
If you are tempted, as I was, to buy a copy of Dreams of Falling, you can get a copy here.