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Firefly Beach (Wheeler Romance) [Large Print] [Hardcover]

Luanne Rice
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Sep 2001 Wheeler Romance
Under the summer sky, anything is possible....

Author of the acclaimed novels Cloud Nine and Follow the Stars Home, Luanne Rice returns with another moving portrait of a family in crisis—as three sisters come face-to-face with the past and find in each other the courage to go on.

Coolly sophisticated and steadfastly single, Caroline Renwick has always been the sister everyone could count on. As she and Clea and Skye gathered at Firefly Hill, their childhood home, Caroline thought that they had all put the past behind them. But as summer gets under way, a mysterious man arrives—a man who has the power to bring it all back....

Joe Connor was only six when his father died at Firefly Hill. Though he and Caroline had never met, the five-year-old girl reached out to him. They became pen pals and friends, until a teenaged Joe finally learned the truth about what had happened to his father that night. Now, after years of silence, Joe is suddenly here ... and Caroline still feels a connection. But she can't help but wonder if this handsome man holds the key to her family's healing—or its destruction. And in his presence, how long will she be able to guard her heart?
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  • Hardcover: 469 pages
  • Publisher: Wheeler Publishing; Lrg edition (Sep 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1587241005
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587241000
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.8 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An engrossing story 27 Jan 2009
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An engrossing story of how the relationship and love between parents can affect their children and the dynamics of family life into the children's adult years.

Hugh Renwick is a renound artist and larger than life figure; hard drinking, womanising, partying lifestyle. However, he loves his wife and three daughters. Yet the actions he takes affect his daughters, Caroline, Clea and Skye, into their thirties.

His wife, Augusta, loves her daughters, but is madly in love with her flamboyant husband and wishes to keep him and their flamboyant lifestyle, at all costs, despite an affair he has. Her way of dealing with that and other problems is denial.

The book starts with a prologue which sets the scene for a tradegy which happened when Carolyn was 5, Clea 3 and Skye yet to be born. This tradegy colours their lives from that moment on and Hugh's method of dealing with it leads to further tradegy later in their lives.

Chapter 1 then starts when Caroline is 36 years of age. Clea is happily married to a vicar and has 2 children. Skye, an artist, is married to an unstable artist who likes to think that he emulates her father. He has currently left her for another woman and Skye drinks heavily to forget both that and something that happened when she was 17, which has affected the rest of her life. Caroline is not married. She is the sophisticated owner of a local artists inn and determined never to marry.

Hugh died of cancer several years ago and Augusta still lives at Firefly Hill, the family home, revering her husband's memory. Skye now lives with her.

Caroline is the "go too" girl of the family. The family's mainstay and "rock". The one who was always there for her sisters and for her mother. She is more the family mother than her mother.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wish I read this one first! 8 Dec 2002
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In the past two years I've become a big Luanne Rice fan. Each of her books has bylines connecting it to another of her books. "Firefly Beach" ties in the charactes from the her others books, namely "Safe Harbor", "Follow the Stars Home" and "True Blue".
"Firefly Beach" sets the background information for the rest of the books she's written. It explores the life of the Renwicks, who are the focal point of Hubbard's Point and mentioned in the other stories. I actually think I enjoyed this book the most, as it most closely resembles my (lack of) love life!
This is classic Luanne; it will make you angry, happy and cry.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rich family loyalty and deep understanding. 30 April 2002
By Denise Bentley - Published on Amazon.com
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Caroline Renwick has been the strength that held her family together. The oldest of three daughters of a famous artist whose life was riddled by sadness and alcoholism, Caroline has been the foundation her mother could never be.
As a very young girl, a terrible tragedy has changed the direction of her life, and the person at the center of it is back on the scene. Will it spell trouble by dredging up old hate and angers not yet faced by those that have carried them for years like an old skin, uneasily shed? Will tragedy bring all of these characters closer?
This is a well written book that flows easily leaving you with likable characters that you can't help but wish the best for. I did enjoy the read though it is predictable. I already have another Rice book waiting in the eves to be read, titled BLUE MOON. Kelsana 4/29/02
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Break out the prozac 24 July 2001
By Margaret Stock - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is the first book I have read by this author. I have to say that Luanne Rice knows how to depict the tragedies of life. All good stories need conflict and sometimes tragedy is a conflict. This story was dripping with it. Page after page, each character seemed to be drowning in despair. Even the dog (an old forlorn golden retreiver who had one paw on a banna peel and the other in a grave) seemed to have emotional issues to deal with. I wondered how many times was he going to go into the forest to die. In all honesty, this author can truly write about human error and loss. She has a knack for analysing and potraying her character's thoughts and behavior. This book is well written, it was just a downer for me. I invest in a book to make myself feel better. I was glad to put this one down. This lady writes well enough though, that I will try another book and hope it isn't the pattern of all her books.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Was this book not edited??? 21 July 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I am a hardcore Luanne Rice fan. Home Fires is my favorite, but Summer Light was excellent, too!
First of all, why is this book a paperback? Why was it not released as a hardback? Could it be because it was poorly edited?
Pages 15 and 16, for example, make no sense. I was on my lunch hour reading, and I must have read that passage six times! You are led to believe that it is Caroline talking, but then the narrator says she failed a test "even though Caroline had helped her with her homework." Huh???
Next paragraph says, "no matter that she was her sister". Her who???? What the heck is Luanne talking about.
Then, still thinking the person narrating is Caroline, it talks about how it feels to kill another human. In the next chapter, the reader discovers that it was Skye who killed someone. Did the reader miss something here? Was something left out? Did NO ONE proofread this book?
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not What I Expected 16 Mar 2005
By jladdwallace - Published on Amazon.com
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If you'd asked me, before Firefly Beach, I would have told you I'm an unequivocal Luanne Rice fan. I've particularly liked her beach books and the way characters from one pop up on the fringes of another. I guess that's what I was expecting here...one of her beach books. And...while it DID take place by the shore...and featured the Renwicks...the book, the characters, the story...they just never grabbed me. I really didn't care what happened to anyone. In fact, I found the whole group of characters just frustrating, and never even finished this book. Other Rice novels...Dance With Me, Beach Girls, The Perfect Summer...have kept me up all night to finish them...but this one quickly found its way, half- read, into the "drop off at the club" pile. However...that won't stop me from reading the next Rice novel on my list...True Blue...or from looking forward to Summer of Roses. Given her talent, and the enjoyment she's given me over the years, I guess I'll just have to give Luanne Rice a "bye" on this one.
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