Published June 5, 2018
Dreams of Falling
Available June 5, 2018 in Hardcover
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New York Times bestselling author Karen White crafts evocative relationships in this contemporary women’s fiction novel, set in the Lowcountry of South Carolina, about lifelong friends who share a devastating secret.
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.
“Southern Fried Fiction at its tear-jerking finest…[t]he author’s amazing empathic ability to decipher the human condition through her storytelling amazes once again.” —4 1/2 stars TOP PICK, RT Book Reviews
“This wonderfully woven novel has it all – intrigue, romance, echoes of lingering regrets – and the pages are brimming with compelling characters. Dreams of Falling is the best kind of novel – it’s a past-and-present love story expertly wrapped in mystery. Karen White never fails to deliver.” —Susan Meissner, bestselling author of As Bright as Heaven
“Three lifelong best friends. One dark secret that will reverberate for generations to come. Told in multiple timelines of the present and the past, this is Southern fiction at its best. A novel about dreams, friendship, and family, Dreams of Falling will make you long for home.” —Popsugar
“A multi-generational novel of friendship, second chances, betrayal, and long-held secrets…a poignant piece of Southern fiction.” —Historical Novel Society