"Firefly Summer is warm, humorous, sad and happy. Reading it is a joy" (
Irish Independent )
In the summer of 1962, an American millionaire arrives in a small, sleepy Irish town with far-reaching consequences.
For the children of the Ryan family, the long hot summers are usually spent playing in the ruins of a large, abandoned house. But when the American, Patrick O'Neill, buys the ruins, dreams are made and broken and secrets which should never be revealed are betrayed.
Firefly Summer tells interlocking stories of love lost and won during four fateful years in the life of a close-knit Irish community.
"Totally engrossing....Unforgettable....An absolutely grand story....A lyrical and compelling family drama....Mountfern and its residents come vibrantly alive." (
The 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 the people....One of those good, old-fashioned stories that are as comfortable and comforting as home itself." ( The Philadelphia Inquirer)
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Firefly Summer - A Must Read
- Elaine Calderwood
Vintage Maeve Binchy
I think the audio edition is a perfect way to enjoy this book which has many characters and spans four years.
My favourite character in the book is Mrs Ryan who is a hard working republicans wife with four young children. As the story develops she has to deal with and overcome many problems.
Kate Binchy's narration is excellent. She has a broad Irish accent but is very easy to follow. She develops each individual character well.
This is a long book so took me a while to finish but I always looked forward to getting back to it.
If you are a Maeve Binchy fan you won't be dissapointed, and if you have not read her books before give this one a try.