Firefly Summer

Firefly Summer

eBook - 1988
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Set in the tiny Irish backwater of Mountfern, home to a handful of families and typical of hundreds of similar hamlets in the British Isles where life is lived to the rhythm of the seasons. Mountfern is the ancestral home of Patrick O'Neill, a rough, rich American whose wealth comes from bars and restaurants, and whose dream is to build a grand hotel in Mountfern. The consequences of Patrick's arrival there early in the '60s are often hilarious: the local aristocracy--especially the widows and spinsters--vie for his attention, while the villagers are beguiled by thoughts of the prosperity the hotel will bring. But tragedy strikes when a bulldozer working on the hotel site crushes Kate Ryan's spine. Her adaptation to life in a wheelchair is brave and touching. Kate and her husband own a pub that is bound to suffer when the hotel opens. Other characters all memorably portrayed come to be resentful of the "Yank's" money while they reveal their own cupidity. Patrick's joy at his homecoming is slowly eroded, and his teenage son Kerry breaks hearts, including his father's.
Publisher: New York : Dell Pub., c1988
ISBN: 9780440337591
0440337593
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Feb 24, 2017

One of my particular favourites of Binchy. While it is a lengthy epistle I had no difficulty getting through it. I think having it take place of a span of 4 years made it easily digestible. I had mixed feelings about some of the characters as is apt to happen in her writing. Wonderful character development. I was engaged throughout the whole book. The ending seemed a little abrupt.

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Aug 03, 2015

Once again Maeve Binchy does not disappoint. Great Characters Great Story!!

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AnamCara
Oct 29, 2007

I have read all of Maeve's books and her character development is terrific.

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