One of PureWow’s “Best Beach Reads of Summer 2018”
New York Times bestselling author Karen White crafts evocative relationships in this contemporary women’s fiction novel, set in the Lowcountry of South Carolina, about lifelong friends who share a devastating secret.
On the banks of the North Santee River stands a moss-draped oak that was once entrusted with the dreams of three young girls. Into the tree’s trunk, they placed their greatest hopes, written on ribbons, for safekeeping–including the most important one: Friends forever, come what may.
But life can waylay the best of intentions….
Nine years ago, a humiliated Larkin Lanier fled Georgetown, South Carolina, knowing she could never go back. But when she finds out that her mother has disappeared, she realizes she has no choice but to return to the place 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 badly injured and unconscious in the burned-out wreckage of her ancestral plantation home. No one knows why Ivy was there, but as Larkin digs for answers, she uncovers secrets kept for nearly fifty years–whispers of love, sacrifice, and betrayal–that lead back to three girls on the brink of womanhood who found their friendship tested in the most heartbreaking ways.
Praise for Dreams of Falling
“Three lifelong best friends. One dark secret that will reverberate for generations to come. Told in multiple timelines of the present and the past, this is Southern fiction at its best. A novel about dreams, friendship, and family, Dreams of Falling will make you long for home.”—PopSugar
“Intricate storytelling across generations and time periods, using eloquent language, makes for deep characterization alongside a brisk-paced plot. Full of family secrets and southern charm, Dreams of Falling serves equal helpings of drama and comfort to fans of Dorothea Benton Frank, Mary Alice Monroe, and Barbara Claypole White.”—Booklist
“This wonderfully woven novel has it all—intrigue, romance, echoes of lingering regrets—and the pages are brimming with compelling characters. Dreams of Falling is the best kind of novel—it’s a past-and-present love story expertly wrapped in mystery. Karen White never fails to deliver.”—Susan Meissner, bestselling author of As Bright as Heaven
Praise for The Night the Lights Went Out
“If Big Little Lies met To Kill A Mockingbird and had a compulsively readable love child, that book would be The Night the Lights Went Out. I couldn’t stop reading!”—New York Times bestselling author Lauren Willig
“One of [White’s] best books ever and it is as fresh as a new-mowed lawn. She gives her readers a little humor, a little drama, a little romance, and a little murder. Put them all together and they spell fascinating.”—Huffington Post
“Combines elements of Steel Magnolias with Gone Girl…touches all the bases of a chick-lit thriller, but White’s sense of history gives the narrative a perspective that few mainstream entertainments have anymore.”—StarNews (Wilmington, NC)
“Part Southern fiction, part women’s fiction, part psychological thriller, part sweet romance, and part historical mystery—White’s newest novel has it all….The deeper readers get in this story, the less they’ll be able to tear themselves away from the complex characters and exquisite prose.”—RT Book Reviews
“An atmospheric and entertaining look at the friends who keep your secrets—and the friends who keep you guessing until it’s too late.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Addictive, heartwarming, and suspenseful…a must read this summer! It is a read whose characters will stay with you long after the leaves begin to fall.”—Caffeinated Book Reviewer
“With well-developed characters, a strong sense of place, a suspenseful plot, and plenty of Southern axioms sprinkled in, this is a warm and engaging novel by prolific author White. Verdict: Recommended for readers who enjoy the stories of Beatriz Williams, Kim Boykin, and Mary Alice Monroe.”—Library Journal
“Part Liane Moriarty (for the gentle skewering of wealthy suburbia), part Kate Morton (for the connections between secrets of the present and the past), and part Mary Kay Andrews (charming and very Southern), White’s latest should find a wide readership.”—Booklist