The Cottage at Firefly Lake
by Jen Gilroy
Series: Firefly Lake (Book 1)
Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
~ “In the tradition of New York Times bestselling authors Susan Wiggs and RaeAnne Thayne comes an emotional second chance love story about redemption and finding your way home, the first in a new series by debut author Jen Gilroy” ~
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. But 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?
“Memories, regrets and second chances are front and center in Gilroy’s fantastic debut.”–RT Book Reviews
“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
Words were her business. Why was it sometimes so hard to find the right ones?
Uncle Trevor said you were all over her like a bad case of poison ivy.
You ever think you’re telling other people’s stories because you can’t face your own?
The Cottage at Firefly Lake was a fairly realistic and thoughtful story with real-life issues and small-town family concerns familiar to many. The characters were relatable and not always likable and sometimes frustrating, just like most people I know. The story line see-saws between hopefulness and angst and was packed to the brim with old and new secrets, lies, missed opportunities, distrust, greed, cowardice, regrets, small-town thinking, betrayals, clouded family histories, a second-chance romance, young love, and meddlesome family members. I was quickly enveloped in Ms. Gilroy’s narrative and was soon emotionally invested in the characters. I remained curious and eager for each tidbit I learned about their backstory as it was slowly revealed layer by layer to the very end. I kept flip-flopping in my opinion about the motives and intentions of several characters; Ms. Gilroy is a cagey one and I would bet she would be an ace poker player. I was even more impressed when I realized this was her debut novel. I was hopeful for a positive result while holding my breath throughout for Sean as, by their history, Charlotte and her family had proven themselves to be untrustworthy. I am looking forward to a return visit with book two, Summer On Firefly Lake.
About Jen Gilroy
Jen Gilroy lives in a small town in Ontario, Canada. 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 contemporary romance and 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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