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Firefly Summer
Firefly Summer
Author: Maeve Binchy
It was a summer of warmth ... Kate Ryan and her  husband, John, have a rollicking pub in the Irish  village of Mountfern ... lovely twelve-year-old  twins ... and such wonderful dreams ... It was a summer  of innocence ... but all that is about to change  this fateful summer of 1962 when American...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780440204190
ISBN-10: 0440204194
Publication Date: 7/1/1989
Pages: 672
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.

3.8 stars, based on 232 ratings
Publisher: Dell
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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ccwriter avatar reviewed Firefly Summer on + 186 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
Nothing bad to say about Maeve.
partysachs avatar reviewed Firefly Summer on + 15 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
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.
Shellaree avatar reviewed Firefly Summer on + 270 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
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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boomerbooklover avatar reviewed Firefly Summer on + 430 more book reviews
This was one of my Mother's favorite authors. I am reading her books in order, and find them enjoyable, easy reads. This one is about a family supported by their tavern in the expectation of major competition when an American returns to renovate his family mansion into a resort hotel.
tranquility avatar reviewed Firefly Summer on + 25 more book reviews
This book was really interesting, although I enjoy all Maeve Binchy books...she wrote a fascinating story about a group of young people and how they all related to their families and the small community they grew up in there in Ireland. It had a surprising conclusion and although the story is lengthy, it is well worth your time spent reading this book.
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wow. this was a great book took me a long time to read it as my life has been busy but I was so glad when I got back to the book it had so many things going on and they were all so realistic it was a heart breaker yet it was very mesmerizing I had to finish it and was very pleased with this one
23dollars avatar reviewed Firefly Summer on + 432 more book reviews
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.