Firefly Summer

Firefly Summer

Paperback - 1988
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Kate Ryan and her husband, John, have a rollicking pub in the Irish village of Mountfern . . . four lovely children . . . and such wonderful dreams. But all that is about to change one fateful summer when American millionaire Patrick O'Neill comes to town with his irresistible charm, and money to burn. As love and hate vie for a town's quiet heart, old traditions begin to crumble away. . . .

Patrick O'Neill builds the grand hotel of his dreams, with its promise of wealth and change. Loyalties are challenged, jealousies ignited, and tragedy strikes before the foundation is laid. Suddenly Kate and John Ryan's lives and family are bound up with the newcomer in ways they can never imagine. And Patrick O'Neill faces his own crisis of conscience and heart as the events he sets in motion take on a life of their own in a town that will never be the same again.

Praise for Firefly Summer

"The best Binchy yet." -- The New York Times Book Review

"Totally engrossing . . . unforgettable . . . an absolutely grand story . . . a lyrical and compelling family drama . . . Mountfern and its residents come vibrantly alive." -- Cleveland Plain Dealer

"The secrets hidden behind lace curtains, a young girl's first kiss, children's summer games, unexpected pregnancies, sudden deaths. She makes us feel as if we also know the place and its people. . . . One of those good old-fashioned stories that are as comfortable and comforting as home itself." -- Philadelphia Inquirer
Publisher: Dell, c1988.
Edition: ed.
ISBN: 9780440204190
0440204194
Characteristics: p :662 : paperback ; cm.

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matcat44
Jan 05, 2018

Unlike her later books I found this slow and characters not really that interesting. Wanted to love it but I couldn't even finish it.

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mogie
Feb 24, 2017

One of my particular favourites of Binchy. While it is a lengthy epistle I had no difficulty getting through it. I think having it take place of a span of 4 years made it easily digestible. I had mixed feelings about some of the characters as is apt to happen in her writing. Wonderful character development. I was engaged throughout the whole book. The ending seemed a little abrupt.

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star20rkb
Aug 03, 2015

Once again Maeve Binchy does not disappoint. Great Characters Great Story!!

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AnamCara
Oct 29, 2007

I have read all of Maeve's books and her character development is terrific.

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