The next two books in my series of Summer Reading Reviews are probably my two favorites so far. One had me in tears by the end, while the other was really difficult to put down (a problem, since I started it on a busy weekend where I didn’t have time to just sit and read).
Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah
Title: Firefly Lane
Author: Kristin Hannah
Publication Date: February 5, 2008
Rating: 4 stars
I’ve never read anything by Kristin Hannah, but this book had intrigued me since it’s original publication. I think it was probably the cover that initially attracted me. (It’s just so pretty! And there are fireflies!). Overall, I really enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. I used to dismiss popular fiction – particularly women’s fiction like this – for no reason other than I believed it wouldn’t interest me. I’m quickly finding out I was very wrong in that assumption.
I loved the first half of the novel, then it seemed to drag just slightly during the second half, but by the end I was hooked again. And even with it’s slow parts, it’s just a beautiful novel of friendship – Kate and Tully have their share of ups and downs during the course of their friendship, but ultimately they’re always there for each other and that’s what friendship should be. Warning: I was definitely in tears by the end of this novel, so have some tissues ready.
Beach Read Rating:
While I loved this book, it felt more like a good spring/fall book to me – unless you’re the type who likes to have a good ugly cry at the beach!
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
Title: Big Little Lies
Author: Liane Moriarty
Publication Date: July 29, 2014
Rating: 4.5 stars
I’ve been wondering about this author for a while, as her books have become increasingly popular and I had no idea what the appeal was. Finally, I decided it was time to find out for myself, and I did not regret it.
This novel is full of materialistic, vain, petty elementary school mothers and to my surprise I loved every second of it. It’s exactly the kind of novel I thought I would never enjoy, but something about the over-the-top craziness of these moms and then the added mystery that’s foreshadowed throughout the entire novel just made this almost impossible to put down. I seriously loved this book so much I cannot wait to try another one of her novels.
Beach Read Rating:
This is exactly the kind of book I would like to have with me at the beach – it’s not too dark or deep but there’s plenty of juicy drama to go around.