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Firefly Summer
Firefly Summer
Author: Maeve Binchy
Kate and John Ryan have four children, of whom the eldest are Michael and Dara. Their small town is peaceful and friendly, an unchanging background for a golden childhood. In long, hot summers Michael and Dara and their friends fish and swim or play in the ivy-clad ruins of Fernscourt, the great house burned down during the Troubles... — No one i...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780739406120
ISBN-10: 0739406124
Publication Date: 8/1988
Pages: 645
  • Currently 3.1/5 Stars.

3.1 stars, based on 7 ratings
Publisher: Dell
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Nothing bad to say about Maeve.
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Binchy's typical story with intimate and intrinsic descriptions of characters and daily life. One of her longer books but will hold you til the end.
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Kate Ryan and her husband have pub in an Irish village with plenty of dreams but that all changes when an American millionaire comes to town with his irresistible charm.
Maeve Binchy always has such interwoven characters which are also beautifully drawn with great depth.
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As a long-time Maeve Binchy reader, FIREFLY SUMMER was in my TBR pile waiting to be read for many years, so I was glad to finally pick it up for a potluck activity in my online book club, The Reading Cove.

Unfortunately, it's downhill from there.

I know to expect a leisurely pace from a 650-page Maeve Binchy book, but this one wasn't leisurely - it was plodding and painfully slow. The narrative felt like it had nowhere to go but all day to get there.

The premise of a handsome American moving to Mountfern and shaking things up should've been engaging, but the characters and sloooow-moving events didn't hold my interest.

So after reading all of Part 1 and some of Part 2, I just had to give up and move on to another book - there are so many waiting for me.

FIREFLY SUMMER was definitely not one of Maeve Binchy's better books, it's a DNF for me. I cannot recommend it. But I do recommend others, like THE GLASS LAKE, CIRCLE OF FRIENDS, TARA ROAD, LIGHT A PENNY CANDLE, and HEART AND SOUL.