Welcome to my stop on the blog tour celebrating the paperback release of Dreams of Falling by Karen White! Thank you to Berkley Publishing for the invitation! Stay tuned for information on how to win a copy at the bottom of this post!

About the Book:

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.

My Thoughts:

Favorite author alert! Slipping into a Karen White book is a guaranteed inviting escape, and Dreams of Falling is Karen White at her best. 

Larkin left Georgetown, South Carolina nearly nine years ago. It’s complicated. When she learns her mother has disappeared, she has to return. 

Larkin loves Georgetown and her family. They anchor her. But she dreads so much about being there, and the past haunts her. Her family and friends have been waiting for her to come home ever since she left. 

Larkin’s mother, Ivy, is found in the family’s charred plantation home, unconscious and injured. 

The mystery is not just who did this to Ivy, or what happened, but why was Ivy at the rice plantation? 

Larkin searches for answers and unearths secrets that have been buried for a generation. These secrets are between friends; friends who vowed an oath to each other forever. 

This was a southern family saga with a mystery at its heart, and I ate it up! This saga is not heavy or overdone, as White covers generations of a family and its secrets in a mere 400 pages. 

All the ingredients of delectable southern stories are present here- quirky characters, southern charm, family secrets, quotes and one-liners for days, the food, and the history. There’s also a trip to Myrtle Beach in the 1950s that captured this Carolina girl’s heart in so many ways. 

Beautiful storytelling at its southern finest, do yourself a favor and carry this beauty with you to the beach or on vacation! Or read it at home when you want to drift away to South Carolina’s Lowcountry. 

I received a complimentary copy. All opinions are my own. 

About the Author:

With more than 1.8 million books in print in eight different languages, Karen White is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of 23 novels, including the popular Charleston-set Tradd Street mystery series.

Raised in a house full of brothers, Karen’s love of books and strong female characters first began in the third grade when the local librarian issued her a library card and placed The Secret of the Old Clock, a Nancy Drew Mystery, in her hands.

Karen’s roots run deep in the South where many of her novels are set. Her intricate plot lines and compelling characters charm and captivate readers with just the right mix of family drama, mystery, intrigue and romance.

Not entirely convinced she wanted to be a writer, Karen first pursued a career in business and graduated cum laude with a BS in Management from Tulane University. Ten years later, in a weak moment, she wrote her first book. In the Shadow of the Moon was published in August, 2000. Her books—referred to as “grit lit” (Southern Women’s Fiction)—have since been nominated for numerous national contests including the SIBA (Southeastern Booksellers Alliance) Fiction Book of the Year.

Karen’s latest novel, Dreams of Falling, was published in June, 2018 by Berkley Publishing, a division of Penguin Random House Publishing Group.

When not writing, Karen spends her time reading, scrapbooking, playing piano, and avoiding cooking. Karen and her husband have two grown children and currently live near Atlanta, Georgia with two spoiled Havanese dogs.

***Book Giveaway***

For a chance to win a paperback copy of Dreams of Falling, please visit my instagram page!  Giveaway generously sponsored by the publisher. 

Have you read Dreams of Falling, or is it on your TBR? Happy Reading! ~ Jennifer THR