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Firefly Summer

Firefly Summer [Kindle Edition]

Maeve Binchy
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)

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"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 is warm, humorous, sad and happy. Reading it is a joy' Irish Independent

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 997 KB
  • Print Length: 928 pages
  • Publisher: Cornerstone Digital; New Ed edition (30 Sep 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0041OT99Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,921 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Maeve Binchy was born in County Dublin and educated at the Holy Child convent in Killiney and at University College, Dublin. After a spell as a teacher she joined the IRISH TIMES. Her first novel, LIGHT A PENNY CANDLE, was published in 1982 and she went on to write over twenty books, all of them bestsellers. Several have been adapted for cinema and television, including TARA ROAD. Maeve Binchy received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the British Book Awards in 1999 and the Irish PEN/A.T. Cross award in 2007. In 2010 she was presented with the Bob Hughes Lifetime Achievement Award at the Bord Gáis Irish Book Awards by the President of Ireland. She was married to the writer and broadcaster Gordon Snell for 35 years, and died in 2012.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good read 17 Dec 2008
Binchy starts off by giving us a detailed view of Fernscourt and the first few chapters give us a good discription of the characters living in the quite Irish village so that when the drama begins you actually feel like your part of the village yourself.

This book is about the Ryan family who own one of the three pubs in the town. On the arrival of the American family the O'Neils, the towns opinion is divided in two when Patrick ONeil gives his plans to build a hotel in the town, with one half believing the town will profit and the other believing it will put them out of business. The arrival of Patrick O Neil and his children Grace and Kerry cause a lot of changes in the village and there energy certainly brings the village to life.

Theres quite a few suprises in this one and a really unexpected twist at the end.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect reading during cold weather! 22 Dec 2010
Firefly Summer tells the story of the sleepy town of Mountfern, as an American, Patrick O'Brian, comes home to find his roots and build a huge hotel on the ruined location of the old house. It explores the changing relationships of the townsfolk as a tragic accident divides Mountfern. There is not masses of plot in the book; rather, it builds a picture of Irish village life in the 1950s as we spend a few years with the family of Ryans who own the public house.

Maeve Binchy's books are incredibly easy reading - a little old-fashioned and incredibly gossipy. We drift into the village of Mountfern, and are gradually introduced to the various people who live in the village. Binchy has such a deft touch in showing each of the characters through random encounters and conversations, so that we are able to discover them without any resort to the dreaded info-dump. It genuinely feels as though a friend is having a coffee with you and telling you about mutual friends' lives.

I like the fact that Binchy doesn't flinch away from presenting the horrors of a mundane life - those issues that anyone could be afflicted by, such as adultery, alcoholism and disability. It gives the novel a sense of realism.

Binchy's true strength is dialogue and human relationships - she has a unique understanding of women and their friendships.

In fact, the only element of the book that I found slightly dissatisfying was the fact that Binchy doesn't show men in the best light. Most of them are having affairs, or beating their wives, or running off to other counties. There are some decent men, but it is extremely noticeable that there are more bad men than good.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars firefly summer 30 Aug 2011
Most excellent service, arrived exactly as promised, well packed and at an ideal price. this is Amazon service at it's very best.Thank you
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 28 Nov 2009
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Great story with very likable characters that allows you to feel a part of the scene.
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27 of 34 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More of the same - great if you like it! 26 Jan 2001
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Maeve Binchy has her style and she's sticking to it, or was until she retired last year, and why not? After all her winning formula has gained her fame, fortune and fans worldwide. This book sticks to the formula, with the usual array of stock characters, the drunk, the repressed religious nutters, the villain who's name always ends with a Y, and of course the village wise woman who knows all but says nothing. This book centres around the Ryan family who own a pub in the village. Their livelyhood looks like being snatched from them with the arrival of an American business man set to avenge his ancestry and build a hotel. Once his children fly out to join him it becomes apparent the business isn't all he's taking from the Ryans. If you already know and love Maeve Binchy then I'm sure you will relish another dip into her glossy green Irish views, but if you've tried her before and not enjoyed it then I wouldn't bother with this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as interesting as her other books. 21 Jun 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Unfortunately, have not been engaged with this book. I usually love Maeve but not in this case. It is a bit drawn out and I am just popping in and out of it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars firefly summer 1 July 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
loved listening to this story and as usual maeve binchy never disappoints in her story line for us all to enjoy
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love Maeve Binchy 27 Jun 2014
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I love Maeve Binchy books they are so enjoyable to read you really get into her stories and get to know how the familys live.How sad there will be no more .
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Enjoyed this and teh characters in it.
Published 18 days ago by Angie
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Book in great condition and for only 1p where else would you buy a book
Published 24 days ago by robert reid
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book for holidays
this is the wonderful meave binchy at her very best ...great story unexpected twists a great read I highly recommend it.
Published 3 months ago by bookworm
5.0 out of 5 stars Firefly Summer.
Everything you need for a really good read. Maybe Binchy at her best, wonderful characters to enhance with and lots of romance and drama
Published 3 months ago by swansong
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant, a real page turner
As always a great insight into the human state and how people interact. A great story and the best writing.
Published 4 months ago by Agetmum54
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor dramatisation
Very disappointing. Only a small part of book dramatised. Would prefer unabridged audio CD of book . Not truly representative of maeve binchy's talent.
Published 4 months ago by Andrea Clarke
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally fabulous
First book i ever read by Maeve Binchy and i was hooked forever, I love her way of writing she really draws you into the story and i wanted it on kindle so that i would always have... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great read
Great book - almost at the end and don't want it to end - recommend it! Will be downloading another Maeve Binchy asap
Published 5 months ago by patricia joyce cross
5.0 out of 5 stars Ups and downs.
Amazing story with twists and turns to keep you on your toes. It's a big read but a good warning to be careful what you wish for.
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