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Firefly Summer by Maeve Binchy

Firefly Summer (1987)

by Maeve Binchy

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Ryans + O'Neils - in Ireland good story old castle - innocent children hard work - great storyteller

Kate and John Ryan have four children, of whom the eldest are Michael and Dara. Their small town is peaceful and friendly, an unchanging background for a golden childhood. In long, hot summers Michael and Dara and their friends fish and swim or play in the ivy-clad ruins of Fernscourt, the great house burned down during the Troubles...

No one in Mountfern has the slightest inkling of what it will mean when the ruins are bought by Patrick O'Neill, an Irish American with a dream in his heart and a great deal of money in his pocket. It is not until the very end of this drama, with its interlocking stories of love lost and won, ambitions nurtured and secrets betrayed, that Patrick O'Neill will understand the irony and the significance of his great dream for Mountfern.
  christinejoseph | Sep 15, 2015 |
American man and his 2 beautiful children move to small Irish village where he builds a grand hotel. His children mix with the village youth and the entire tenor of the village changes. Filled with excellent characters, interesting incidents and outcomes - well told tale. ( )
  Jonlyn | Apr 16, 2014 |
slow to get started, storyline set in a small Irish village. A sleepy village woken up by the entrance of an American family aiming to settle in their ancestors home town. ( )
  AngieMargi | Feb 5, 2014 |
A saga. This is a saga of a family, of several families, of a town. Mountfern, Ireland is a sleepy, rural community. In the summer of 1962, the wealthy American Patrick O'Neill arrives in Mountfern trying to reconnect with his ancestral roots. He purchases the old O'Neill homestead and plans to develop it into a hotel. At the center of the story is the Ryan family; their pub stands to be rendered obsolete by the new O'Neill hotel. Over the next five years the entire village is changed by the O'Neill venture, none more so than the Ryans.

This is early Binchy, and the book is remarkable in its scope and scale. There are many characters and many strands of narrative. It has the Binchy touches of tone that will be familiar to her regular readers. The book took some time to get started. It took me some time to get invested, which I haven't found to be an issue in other Binchy works. I appreciated Binchy's willingness to take on what must seem to many Irish people as the absurdity of Americans coming back to "claim" their Irish heritage and expecting to be welcomed with open arms. Ultimately this book requires an investment of time. It's not the best example of Binchy's work, but it does serve the sort of comfort-read purposes that many find in Binchy. ( )
  lahochstetler | Jul 26, 2013 |
I read this book many years ago and remember loving it and also sobbing in parts! I just read on USA Today's site that Maeve Binchy passed just today from a brief illness. We have lost such a wonderful story teller, but are blessed for having known her books--she will be missed! ( )
  dragonflydee1 | Apr 3, 2013 |
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It was a summer of warmth.... Kate Ryan and her  husband, John, have a rollicking pub in the Irish  village of Mountfern... lovely twelve-year-old  twins... and such wonderful dreams.... It was a summer  of innocence... but all that is about to change  this fateful summer of 1962 when American  millionaire Patrick O'Neill comes to town with his  irresistible charm and a pocketful of money... when love  and hate vie for a town's quiet heart and old  traditions begin to crumble away.... It was a summer of  love that would never come again.... A time that  has been captured forever in Maeve Binchy's  compelling family drama... a novel you will never forget.

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One of the most popular authors in recent times, Maeve Binchy first drew reader's and critics' attention with Light a Penny Candle, then with Echoes. This newest bestseller tells about changes that take place in a charming Irish village when a stranger turns a local manor house into a luxury hotel. Firefly Summer will be followed by Delacorte's hardcover, Silver Wedding, in September.… (more)

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