Dreams Of Falling

By Karen White

ISBN: 9780451488411

Author Website: karen-white(.)com

Brought to you by OBS Reviewer jerjen


From the New York Times bestselling author of The Night the Lights Went Out comes an exquisite new novel about best friends, family ties and the love that can both strengthen and break those bonds.

It’s been nine years since Larkin fled Georgetown, South Carolina, vowing never to go back. But when she finds out that her mother has disappeared, she knows she has no choice but to return to the place that 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 in the burned-out wreckage of her family’s ancestral rice plantation, badly injured and unconscious. No one knows why Ivy was there, but as Larkin digs for answers, she uncovers secrets kept for nearly 50 years. Secrets that lead back to the past, to the friendship between three girls on the brink of womanhood who swore that they would be friends forever, but who found that vow tested in heartbreaking ways. (Goodreads)


Larkin lives in New York City, which is where she fled nine years ago from Georgetown, South Carolina.  She is happy here and does not even think about the life she left behind, nor does she plan to go back. But that all changes when she learns that her mother is missing.  When she learns this, she goes back to Georgetown to find her mother and figure out what is going on.  She will be confronted with her past, the people she left behind.  She will have to confront family secrets and relationships that she thought were lost forever.  Larkin will have to figure out why her mother was found where she was and what significance, if any, does it hold.

The characters are well rounded and well developed. The three best friends, Margaret, CeeCee and Bitty, have a long history that spans decades. They all have their flaws and their good points, and it was interesting to learn more about them. The story is set in two different times, the 1950’s and present time.  Although it gave us an insight into their past lives and all they went through, this is not my favorite writing style. That is only my opinion and others may not agree with me. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and these descriptions pulled me into the story from the very beginning.  

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted family saga.  It has mystery, romance and relationships that last for decades.  

*OBS would like to thank the publisher for a free copy of this title in exchange for an honest review*