Dreams of Falling by Karen White
I believe in dreams. I believe that some dreams have significance. When I finished reading Karen White’s latest novel, Dreams of Falling, I think I felt like the dream was reaching a closing state, but it’s one of those books, you don’t want to end.
When Larkin Darlington is pulled away from her copywriter job in New York to assist with finding her missing mother, Ivy, her life begins to unravel. Ivy has a history with dreams. Her mother died in a fire when Ivy was two and decades later, her daughter, Larkin, will still attempt to interpret her mother’s dreams. But her mother has disappeared and Larkin has many unanswered questions.
In addition, Larkin is coming home to face or ignore her own experiences that have haunted her since high school. Larkin left Georgetown, SC nine years ago to escape her past and the person her therapist has worked to erase. Too many young women ‘self-judge’ to the point of never accepting themselves for the woman they grow into; Larkin fits this mold. Returning home brings back all the naivety that went with growing up in a small town. Unbeknownst to Larkin, her two best friends have always accepted her for herself and never judge. But getting Larkin over that hump will require she defeat her own fears and question family who made her the self-conscious, misguided, naïve woman she has become. And the main person responsible for that is her mother, Ivy and Bitty, and Ceecee – the two women who practically raised Larkin.
Secrets will be discovered that could break the family, but working through them and learning not to run away can only bring healing.
Once again Karen White has written a brilliant book on family. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.