There is always something in Kristin Hannah’s novels that manages to touch the hearts of her readers. Firefly Lane, which recently turned into a Netflix series, is no different. Although the events in Firefly Lane and its continuation, Fly awayAfter a total of 30 years, it is a moment in the adulthood of Tully Hart and Kate Mularkey that worries us about Tully’s fate.
At the end of the second episode of the series, Kate and her daughter go to a funeral – but who died? We turned to the books for answers, and while events in the series may be different, this is what we found.
Well into adulthood, Kate and Tully find themselves in a love triangle that brings their friendship to the rocks. Kate learns that her love interest, Johnny, loved Tully first. Tully and Johnny had spent a drunken night together once, and while it really meant nothing to Tully, who believes she was unable to love, it meant everything to Kate. Despite marrying Johnny in a whirlwind romance and pregnancy, Kate never shakes the uncertainty that her husband might still be in love with her best friend, especially since he and Tully are journalists and get along a little too well for Kate’s taste.
Since Kate and Tully are equally stubborn, neither is willing to understand how or why the other is feeling uncomfortable. Tully acted without thinking how her spontaneous decision might affect Kate, and Kate responded with extremely harsh words. This dramatic argument lasts far too long, a decision they both regret when Kate is suddenly diagnosed with terminal cancer. Both Kate and Tully gain insight not only into their friendship, but also into their individual life choices. Constantly looking for fulfillment, be it from motherhood or from success, it takes Kate’s terminal illness so that each of them can find out what matters most in life.
Kate leaves Johnny and her three children Marah, William and Lucas when she dies. The continuation, Fly away, records right there Firefly Lane Tully started a new chapter in which she had fulfilled her promise to Kate to look after her children.