Summer at Firefly Beach by Jenny Hale is the perfect feel good book to fling in your beach bag. Or if you can’t get to the beach, then I can’t think of a better book to transplant you to a coastal setting.
Thanks to Bookouture for letting me participate in this blog tour, and for giving me the book for review consideration. As always, no matter what the source of the book, you get my honest, unbiased opinion.Summer at Firefly Beach by Jenny Hale
Published by Bookouture on June 17, 2019
Genres: Romance, Clean & Wholesome, Contemporary
Source: Blog Tour
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A totally emotional, gripping page-turner from the bestselling author of The Summer Houseabout the importance of family, re-discovering who you are, and the magic of finding true love under the summer sun. Perfect for fans of Mary Alice Monroe, Nancy Thayer and Susan Mallery.
Hallie Flynn’s favorite place in the world is her great Aunt Clara’s beautiful beachside house, with its inviting wraparound porch and enchanting views across the sparkling turquoise ocean. For Hallie, going to Firefly Beach, filled with magical memories, feels like coming home, but in one moment Hallie is left broken-hearted when her adored Aunt Clara passes away…
As always, Aunt Clara has thought of everything. In her last letter she included a bucket list Hallie wrote as a child, for Hallie to complete. Leaving her dead-end job and predictable schedule, Hallie returns to Firefly beach and embraces Aunt Clara’s words. All the time her childhood best friend Ben Murray, with his golden charm and infuriating ability to be right all the time, is by her side.
Spending the summer with Ben, as they enjoy drinks on the pier and endless talks stretched out in the soft sand, Hallie begins to remember the things that matter most to her. But following the bucket list isn’t an easy journey. It forces her to face the pain of her past as she starts to fall for the person who has been there for her all along...
Just as her heart is healing, an encounter with a newcomer to the beach town, wealthy and talented photographer Gavin Wilson, leaves her questioning her future and shows her she has to make a difficult decision that could mean losing everything.
Will Hallie be able to fulfil Aunt Clara’s last wish and change her life? Or will a secret she’s been keeping destroy her new beginning—and the chance to experience true love?
My Thoughts on Summer at Firefly Beach by Jenny Hale
One of my favourite things about this book was the fabulous sense of setting. You can smell the tang of seaweed in the air, feel the breeze and all but hear the sand crunch under your feet. I adore the beach, and this book filled up my senses with all the things I love about the sea.
The characters are ones that you take in to your heart and will them to achieve their goals. They are mourning the death of Aunt Clara, but even from beyond the grave, this loveable woman is still finding ways to lovingly steer them in the right direction. Hallie who has been left reeling since the breakup of her engagement is finding life hard, and dealing with the grief of losing her aunt is other setback for her.
However Clara left behind a list of instructions to follow. Watching Hallie tiptoe her way through the list, grasping new opportunities, and chasing a more creative career makes for a very emotional and inspiring read. And if you love friends to lovers themes, well then the romance will draw you in too. I really appreciated the sparks, and the deep emotional connection between them.
Basically I enjoyed everything, and I do highly recommend it next time you want a heart-warming read.