Book Reviews of Firebird

Author: Janice Graham
ISBN-13: 9780425169872
ISBN-10: 0425169871
Publication Date: 1999
Pages: 335
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.

3.6 stars, based on 42 ratings
Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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Helpful Score: 4
An unusual setting for a lovestory.. Cottonwood Falls Kansas very close to my hometown lead me to open this New York Times best seller. It's a good read for a winter evening.
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Helpful Score: 3
Wow, is this book interesting. Not only is it engrossing, but there is now way that you could predict its twists and turns. Not only did I enjoy it but I also found it quite inspiring.
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Helpful Score: 2
A lyrical, moving account of the relationships between mother & child, father & daughter and a new love that brings life and blessings to them all.
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A concert violinist, she belonged on the stage. He belonged to the land he worked, and to another woman.
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Debut novel. Tells the story of the undying devotion between a mother & child... the bittersweet relationship between a father & daughter... and the tragic passion between a man & a woman --- a love that transforms the lives of those around them even after its embers have died down.
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Firebird is a romance with a love triangle like you've never read before. The story takes place in ranch country in the Flint Hills of Kansas. Ethan Browne, with a Ph.D. in English and a repertoire enabling him to recite great romantic literature on demand, chooses Katie Anne as his future wife. However, he doesn't love her. He just feels that it's part of his dream to have a wife, much like the chores he accomplishes on his cattle ranch. Believing that's all he needs, he sets out to win Katie Anne, and proposes marriage. Katie Anne is in love with Ethan and her love will go to any measure to keep him from being attracted to Annette, who's returned to town for her mother's funeral. Annette is a Kansas-born concert violinist in town from Paris.
This love triangle has its obstacles: Annette's aversion to the land Ethan loves, and Katie Anne's determination to hold onto Ethan though she knows he loves Annette (whose father will cast Ethan out of the ranching life if Ethan doesn't marry his daughter). Who will Ethan choose and what will his future hold?

This novel has been compared to The Horse Whisperer because it surprises readers at every turn, especially at the end.
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Firebird is an easy to read well- written and therefore fast page turning novel.
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A story of love that never dies! Great storytelling and character development. You'll identify with all the personalities and find it hard to put down.....may even bring tears to your eyes.
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An awesome story! Definately one you can't put down.
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This book is full of twist and turns. Just when you think you know were it is going it doesn't. A great love story.

Janice is a new author to me. I will be seeing what other books she wrote.
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Ethan Brown is a gentleman rancher and the sole attorney in Cottonwood Falls, but he's a lawyer with a heart: his office sign quotes WordsworthAa reference to his love of English poetry and to an academic career sidelined by his desire to stay on his home ground, where he and longtime girlfriend Katie Anne are taking their time tying the knot. Enter Annette Zeldin, a concert violinist in town from Paris with her young daughter, for her mother's funeral. Annette strikes most of the townspeople as foreign and haughty, but Ethan is smitten. In fact, he's so disturbed by Annette's presence that he firms up his wedding plans in an attempt to keep his life wrinkle-free. Predictably, Ethan and Annette fall in love, and Ethan tries unsuccessfully to break off his engagement. When a disastrous fire moves through the area, tragedy ensues and the lives of all the protagonists are irrevocably changed.

I thought this book was beautifully written, with a very different twist on a love story.