"Firefly Summer" is a contemporary story involving four sisters whose lives were irrevocably changed by the tragic events that occurred in the summer of 1964.
Now, as they enter their twilight years, they find their lives are at crossroads, having suffered through failed marriages, illness, disappointments and loss.
As they gather around one another, they finally address the tragedy that has haunted them for so many years.
I love contemporary stories that feature ‘mature’ women, and enjoy seeing family come together to support each other and lift one another up through good times and bad.
This novel features four women who are facing challenges and changes and brings them back to their childhood home, to the memories they all share, and slowly releases the pressure they each feel, through emotional healing and hope.
Piper is the youngest, but the most stable of the sisters, but despite her solid, long-term relationship with Nat, the couple has never married.
Birdie, has some issues with alcohol and her marriage to David, a sweet, gentle, long suffering man, seems to have fallen into a rut.
Remy lost the love of her life many years ago, but has never been able to move forward with her life.
Sailor, survived cancer, but discovered her husband was unfaithful to her, so after thirty years of marriage, she is starting over again.
The story delves into the lives of these conflicted, sad, confused, and flawed women, examining their strengths and weakness, until finally the one thing that weighs them down finally breaks the surface, freeing them of years of pain, sorrow, guilt and regret.
This story is an enjoyable read and does provide some thought provoking scenarios, but the story is a little slow moving, slightly disconnected, and somewhat bland. The big secrets we are promised are not at all explosive, really, only revealing how the tragedy happened, which would explain the underlying tension and the guilt some of the characters having been living with for so many years. The internal dialogue may have stunted the character growth and prevented the character’s individuality from shining through.
I did enjoy the connection each sister had two animals or wildlife, which added a charming element to the story.
Overall, if you enjoy contemporary fiction, ala Debbie Macomber, for example, you might want to give this one a try.
A little light can guide you home…
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Nan Rossiter’s touching new novel reunites four sisters at their childhood vacation spot on Cape Cod—where they uncover the truth about a past tragedy to find their future as a family…
The close-knit Quinn siblings enjoyed the kind of idyllic childhood that seems made for greeting cards, spending each summer at Whit’s End, the family’s home on Cape Cod. Then comes the summer of 1964, warm and lush after a rainy spring—perfect firefly weather. Sisters Birdie, Remy, Sailor, Piper, and their brother, Easton, delight in catching the insects in mason jars to make blinking lanterns. Until, one terrible night, tragedy strikes.
Decades later, the sisters have carved out separate lives on the Cape. Through love and heartbreak, health issues, raising children, and caring for their aging parents, they have supported each other, rarely mentioning their deep childhood loss. But one evening, as they sit together at Whit’s End to watch the sun set, the gathering fireflies elicit memories of that long-ago night, and a tumult of regrets, guilt, and secrets tumble out.
Poignant yet hopeful, Firefly Summer is an uplifting story of the resilience of sisterhood and the bright glimpses of joy and solace that, like fireflies after rain, can follow even the deepest heartaches.