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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Read!
As an avid fan of all Maeve Binchy's novels, "Firefly Summer" has to be my favourite. Written with the trademark warmth that has earned her such a special place in the hearts of so many readers, this book takes you on an emotional journey that will have you laughing and crying in turn.

In the sleepy Irish town where this story is set, it is easy to forget the...
Published on 19 May 2008 by Jamie Deacon

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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!
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...
Published on 26 Jan 2001


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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Read!, 19 May 2008
This review is from: Firefly Summer (Paperback)
As an avid fan of all Maeve Binchy's novels, "Firefly Summer" has to be my favourite. Written with the trademark warmth that has earned her such a special place in the hearts of so many readers, this book takes you on an emotional journey that will have you laughing and crying in turn.

In the sleepy Irish town where this story is set, it is easy to forget the outside world and to imagine life will stay the same forever. Kate and John Ryan will continue to run the local pub, while their children enjoy an idyllic childhood having their run of the town. Then, the arrival of an American Patrick O'Neill and his two beautiful children, changes everything. He has a dream to restore the run-down hotel to its former glory, but in doing so stirs up some very strong feelings amongst the local residents.

Follow along with these immensely vivid and likable characters as they experience a good deal of tragedy and hardship, overcome great difficulties and fall in love. By the end, Michael and Dara are no longer the carefree children they once were and Patrick O'Neill realises the true price of fulfilling his dream.

A truly wonderful read!
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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
This review is from: Firefly Summer (Paperback)
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
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A. L. Rutter "Floor to Ceiling Books" (Portsmouth, UK) - See all my reviews
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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.

Binchy is the forerunner of such authors as Sheila O'Flanagan, Patricia Scanlan and Marian Keyes - showcasing Irish life with gentle humour and understanding. I love her books and they are ideal for those times when you require something easy and undemanding. I would recommend these on a winter's afternoon, when you're tucked next to a roaring fire with a hot chocolate - the feel of the novel is exactly right for those moments. Enjoyable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars firefly summer, 30 Aug 2011
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Jeffrey A. S. Fidgett (ESSEX UK) - See all my reviews
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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
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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
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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
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars A great book for holidays, 1 Jun 2014
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this is the wonderful meave binchy at her very best ...great story unexpected twists a great read I highly recommend it.
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