Book Review, Giveaway: Back Home at Firefly Lake (Firefly Lake #3) by Jen Gilroy 8

 Back Home at Firefly Lake (Firefly Lake #3):

by Jen Gilroy


Genre: Contemporary Romance / Women’s Fiction

Release Date: December 5, 2017

Publisher: Forever – Grand Central Publishing

Series: Firefly Lake

Print ISBN: 9781455569618

Digital ISBN: 9781455566938


She has a million reasons to leave. Can he give her the one she needs to stay?


Cat McGuire’s return to Firefly Lake is turning into much more than she bargained for. Sure, she missed the crisp pine-scented air and the comfort of having her family around her. But being home makes her feel less like the successful single mom she is–and more like the awkward teen who never fit in. It doesn’t help that hockey-pro Luc Simard is back in town, too. Luc was her childhood crush, the hometown hero who never noticed her, and yet somehow he still makes her heart skip a beat.

Luc’s homecoming has been bittersweet. He’s lost his wife and his career, but there’s no better place to start over than Firefly Lake. Coaching the local kids’ hockey team makes him feel alive again, and he thinks his life is complete–until Cat arrives. The shy girl he always wanted to protect is now the gorgeous woman who’s stealing his heart and making him believe in second chances. But how can he convince Cat that Firefly Lake is where she truly belongs?

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My Rating:


Favorite Quotes:


Stephanie’s voice had the same smug tone as in first grade when she’d told Cat the whole class had seen her underwear.


“Cat’s the only person I know who can get hurt even watching sports. Remember when she went to get snacks at Nick’s high school basketball game and tripped over Mom’s purse? She fractured three toes.” She flashed her sister a teasing grin. “That kept her out of gym class for the next month, which, for Cat, was a good thing.”


You need to smile more. It’s not good to be so serious. Besides, smiling makes good wrinkles.


The truth reverberated in Luc’s head like the big Chinese gong in the party room at the Pink Pagoda.


My Review:


Firefly Lake appears to be populated with a bevy of unique and interesting inhabitants, as well as the usual petty and narrowed minded small-town residents, sadly, I remember the later all too well from my uncomfortably restrictive formative years. Unfortunately, no one of any note, talent, or intelligence ever sprang from the soil there as famous as the engaging and endearing characters Ms. Gilroy has featured in her entertaining tales. In this installment, a struggling single mother is returning to her small hometown to find her now famous childhood crush has also returned after a career-ending injury forced his retirement from the NHL, and wouldn’t you know, her learning disabled and trouble-prone daughter excels at hockey. While the anxious single mom had been gifted in school and even skipped a few grades, her daughter was impulsive, lippy, more than a bit bratty, and just not the sharpest tool in the shed. The storyline was realistic, relevant, and multi-faceted with a large cast of characters carrying over from the previous books. While the tone was considerably angsty and heart-squeezing, there were also amusing bits of humor and insightful observations periodically tossed in like life-rafts that helped fight the pensive undertow of the forlorn and despondent and kept me engaged.




Praise for Back Home at Firefly Lake:

When these two broken souls come together, magic happens.” – Publishers Weekly

Back Home at Firefly Lake is a charming small-town, second-chance story. With well-written and relatable characters, readers both new and old to the series will enjoy it.” – Harlequin Junkie



Luc’s heart squeezed. [Cat] was embarrassed to ask her family for help, like he’d have been embarrassed asking his. Except, that would never be an issue because he had more money than he could spend in one lifetime. Money to finance the creamery expansion his dad had talked about for years, and to send his folks on that cruise they’d hankered after but could never afford because of the cost of raising four kids and putting most of them through college. Money for everything except what mattered most—taking care of his wife and their child like he’d planned.

Pay for the hockey registration when your grant comes through.” He tried to smile. “I know you’re good for it.”

Thanks.” Cat’s voice cracked and she took one hand away from her bag to rub it across her face. “Hockey means everything to Amy. I want her to be able to play, but she’s growing so fast right now.”

Hockey’s an expensive sport.” He slid an arm around her shoulders and gave her a little squeeze. The same kind of friendly squeeze he’d given her all those times back in high school when she’d saved his butt in chemistry. Before today, however, his fingers had never tingled when he’d touched Cat. His body had never heated, either.

Cat started and pulled away at the same instant he did. “Hockey can be a dangerous sport too, and now Amy will be playing with boys. She hasn’t played with boys since she was seven. She could get hurt.

Like he had, hurt so bad it had ended his career. “Amy’s playing minor hockey. At her age, there is a rule about no body checking.” He tried to make his tone reassuring. “I promise I’ll keep a close eye on her.” It was his job as her coach, and he’d do the same for any kid. It had nothing to do with the strange and unexpected attraction he all of a sudden had for this woman he’d known his whole life, who he’d never really looked at until today.

A woman who wasn’t Maggie. Luc’s stomach clenched in a tangled lump of guilt and grief, tied tight with a slippery ribbon of disloyalty. Maggie was never coming back, but that didn’t mean Luc could forget her. Or that he wanted to.

Copyright © Back Home at Firefly Lake 2017 by Jen Gilroy

Other Books in the Firefly Lake Series:

The Cottage at Firefly Lake

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Some mistakes can never be fixed and some secrets never forgiven … but some loves can never be forgotten.

Charlotte Gibbs wants nothing more than to put the past behind her, once and for all. Yet now that she’s back at Firefly Lake to sell her mother’s cottage, the overwhelming flood of memories reminds her of what she’s been missing. Sun-drenched days. Late-night kisses that still shake her to the core. The gentle breeze off the lake, the scent of pine in the air, and the promise of Sean’s touch on her skin…True, she got her dream job traveling the world. But at what cost?

Sean Carmichael still doesn’t know why Charlie disappeared that summer, but after eighteen years, a divorce, and a teenage son he loves more than anything in the world, he’s still not over her. All this time and her body still fits against his like a glove. She walked away once when he needed her the most. How can he convince her to stay now?


Praise for The Cottage at Firefly Lake:

Gilroy’s debut contemporary is packed with potent emotions…[the] protagonists tug at the heartstrings from the beginning of the story and don’t let go. Long on charm, this story invites readers to come in and stay a while.” – Publishers Weekly

Memories, regrets and second chances are front and center in Gilroy’s fantastic debut.” – RT Book Reviews


Summer on Firefly Lake

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Sometimes love is better the second time around.

Mia Gibbs spent her marriage putting her husband’s needs before her own. And now, after a painful divorce, she’s building a new life for herself and her two daughters back home at Firefly Lake. The last thing she needs is a man to complicate things. But former bad boy turned friend Nick McGuire—and the one kiss they’ve shared—has turned everything upside down.

Attorney Nick McGuire wasn’t meant to be a family man. His career has always been his focus, and after taking time out to help his mother, he’s ready to get back to the city…until Mia and her daughters arrive at Firefly Lake. Mia is beautiful and intriguing, and it doesn’t take long to realize being “just friends” will never be enough. As the summer nights turn colder, Nick will have to choose between the life he’s always wanted…and the woman he can’t live without.



Has charm to spare… The delightful supporting cast and expertly plotted story add depth and richness to this tale, leaving readers eager for another visit to Firefly Lake.”—Publishers Weekly

4 stars! Gilroy’s second Firefly Lake novel encapsulates the quaint, busybody small-town feel and the slippery slope of friends becoming lovers quite well… Engaging…[a] fast-paced page turner.”—RT Book Reviews



About Jen Gilroy:

Jen Gilroy lives in a small town in eastern Ontario, Canada where her Irish ancestors settled in the nineteenth century. She’s worked in higher education and international marketing but, after spending too much time in airports and away from her family, traded the 9-5 to write romantic women’s fiction to bring readers’ hearts home.

Jen likes ice cream, diners, vintage style and all things country. Her husband is her real-life romance hero, and her teen daughter teaches her to cherish the blessings in the everyday.

The Cottage at Firefly Lake, the first book in her Firefly Lake series, was a finalist for Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart® award in 2015. It was also shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association Joan Hessayon Award 2017.

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8 thoughts on “Book Review, Giveaway: Back Home at Firefly Lake (Firefly Lake #3) by Jen Gilroy

  1. Reply Cia Black Dec 7,2017 4:53 am

    Here covers all make me just want to jump right in. I believe I have book 1 of the Firefly lake on my kindle perhaps it’s time that I actually read it.

  2. Reply terriluvsbooks Dec 7,2017 6:00 am

    I’m new to this whole series is based on everyone in a certain town thing. I’m liking it so I need to check these out.

  3. Reply Heidi Dec 7,2017 2:32 pm

    Such a cute cover! You are always on top of all the Christmas stories!

  4. Reply Swibells Dec 7,2017 7:37 pm

    International giveaway! Thank You! <3
    Love the review too!

  5. Reply Caroline Dec 7,2017 8:47 pm

    Sounds adorable. I’ve read a lot of hockey themed books recently…. hockey players, hockey fans…. 🙂

  6. Reply Megan @ Ginger Mom Dec 7,2017 9:34 pm

    This looks like an amazing series!

  7. Reply stacey37 Dec 8,2017 12:51 am

    Lovely review. Love that cover too.

  8. Reply Wynne Katherine Dec 8,2017 12:57 am

    Very well written review! I have never heard of this author, but it sounds like it’s an enjoyable read

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