images (4)Reviewed by Amanda Schafer

Kristin Hannah has a way of writing that just works its way into my heart and makes me want to read through the whole night. Her novels are rapidly becoming a close second-favorite to Jodi Picoult in the development of characters and story line  Hannah attacks a timely topic with a vengeance and keeps you waiting until the very end to see how it all works out. Fly Away is no different.

TullyandKate. That’s what everyone remembers. That’s what everyone knows. So how is Tully supposed to go on without Kate? When Kate dies from an aggressive cancer, the whole family completely falls apart, including her best friend Tully. John is left to care for his three children, but his oldest, Marah, is mad at the whole world and starts to self-destruct.

As the story unfolds we see how each person perceives other people’s words and actions and the way they are affected emotionally. More importantly, we see how a person’s past interactions with others affect how they react to things in present day. Tully’s relationship with her mother, or rather the non-existent relationship, has caused her to shut out all close relationships and go on her own path of destruction. Marah has always leaned on her mom and now that her mother isn’t there to guide her, Marah doesn’t know where to turn so she turns to drugs and alcohol and cutting. Johnny just doesn’t know what to do with anything so he makes rash decisions regarding children, work, where to live, and ends up alienating his daughter and his friends in the process.

What brings them all together in a very odd reunion is Tully’s car accident that puts her into a coma. Kate visits Tully and helps her work through her emotions and reasons for doing what she did. Unbeknownst to what is happening in the spiritual realm, John begins to see how he’s let everyone down and how sorry he is for his actions. Marah comes to the hospital and realizes that it was her actions that caused Tully’s accident. And in the middle of it all we find out the history of Tully and her mother.

When Tully wakes up and slowly begins to remember what put her where she is, she also remembers what happened to her while she was in a coma. Sharing that information with her mother and with John gives her strength and the will to continue in a new life of renewal.

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Amanda lives in Missouri with her engineering husband, two sons, and one daughter. In between homeschooling and keeping up with church activities she loves to read Christian Fiction, Women’s Fiction, and any Chick-Lit. She never goes anywhere without a book to read!

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by St. Martin’s Press. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.