Series: Firefly Lake, #1
Published by Forever on January 31st 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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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. 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?
Jen Gilroys’ The Cottage At Firefly Lane is a heart-stirring debut centering around forgiveness and second chances. Charlotte “Charlie” Gibbs returns home to sell her mothers cottage and is almost immediately faced with her past, her first and only love Sean Carmichael. Their deep but long ago connection, one that is nearly beyond repair, forms the basis for the story line but the story is not limited to these two characters and the past. The family interactions that Gilroy paints shows the intensity and significance in these relationships and the far reaching impacts of one families decisions on this community.
Both Charlie and Sean captured my interest from the start. They are both flawed but highly likable. As they begin spending time together they recognize their past and the mistakes they made. It’s pretty clear who did the leaving and how that felt like an all out rejection, but there’s family history and secrets that must be shared before either can move forward, together or separately. One thing I really liked about this story was how honest and real it felt. When we are in Sean’s head, we feel the conflict he has over Charlie just being around, his natural draw to her. But Sean has a hard time letting go of the past. As for Charlie, she has every intention of returning to her real life after she and her sister complete the sale of their summer cottage so she tries to keep her distance. One thing she does really well is keeping her guard up. I felt equally sympathetic for both of them but it’s clear neither plan to take their re-connection further. It’s definitely got a shelf life neither want to expand on. Plus as secrets start to get out, they find there is much more to contemplate and to hang onto. But ultimately, this is a story about forgiveness and leaving the past behind.
Obviously since this is a debut, this is the first book by Jen Gilroy that I’ve read. I do plan on reading the follow-up to this so that tells you that I really enjoyed the writing and all the characters. I found myself invested in Charlie’s sisters family, her sister Mia and her niece Naomi greatly influence Charlie’s life. As well, Seans’ son Ty and his interactions with Naomi added another level to the dynamics. All in all, Gilroy weaves a delightful story and I’m happy to recommend this book!
~Review by Cyndi
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