- Paperback: 928 pages
- Publisher: Arrow; New Ed edition (3 Aug. 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0099498669
- ISBN-13: 978-0099498667
- Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 3.9 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 133,894 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Firefly Summer Paperback – 3 Aug 2006
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"Maeve Binchy has a gimlet eye for the seething cauldron of emotions which lies beneath the surface of everyday life" (Irish Independent)
"An adept storyteller with a sharp eye for social nuances and a pleasing affection for her characters" (Sunday Times)
"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)
Firefly Summer is warm, humorous, sad and happy. Reading it is a joy' Irish IndependentSee all Product Description
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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.Read more ›
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.
The story is full of characters that take a while to get to know but once you get there and even after you finish this book will find yourself thinking back to the characters and wandering what has happened to them.
Maeve has a gentle and descriptive style - this book - in my opinion is one of her best. It was my first book I read from her work and have loved her other books since.
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Lovely long read, full of intrigue and twists , the late Maeve Binchy at her bestPublished 10 months ago by Valerie G. Eslick