Firefly Summer is a novel by the Irish author Maeve Binchy. Set in an Irish small town, this third novel by Binchy depicts the changes that affected the. It was a summer of warmth. Kate Ryan and her husband, John, have a rollicking pub in the Irish village of Mountfern lovely. Editions. Firefly Summer. Paperback Firefly Summer . Maeve Binchy · Paperback · Ebook. View more editions. Buy from Buy from.
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Firefly Summer by Maeve Binchy. It was a summer of warmth Kindle Editionpages. Published September 4th by Dell first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Firefly Summerplease sign up. I’m asking this question for my mother–I havent’ read the book — who read the book and doesn’t have access to a computer.
What happened between Kerry and Rachel? Did he rape her? LuLu No, he didn’t. He gave the impression that she came on to him to get her out of his father’s’ life. Who started the fire? Gillian This answer contains spoilers… view spoiler [Nobody in particular started the fire – a cigarette blown from an ashtray set the drapes alight.
See all 3 questions about Firefly Summer…. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. I seem to be having issues with really getting into Maeve Binchy’s earliest works. This one, “Firefly Summer” went on forever. There were way too many characters to keep track of, lack of character development though some characters reach epiphanies, an overall plot, and several side plots, and an abrupt ending to the whole thing.
Starting inthe main focus of “Firefly Summer” is the Ryan family living in the Irish village of Mountfern. Parents John and Kate have five children Twins Dara and Michael, Eddie and Declan and are doing their best running their family owned pub. Things change for the family and village when American Patrick O’Neil decides to build a hotel in Mountfern.
Due to the hotel being built, it is going to directly impact a lot of businesses, especially the Ryan pub which is going to have to deal with a loss of customers. Patrick has two children named Grace and Kerry who also end up impacting the Ryan family in a lot of ways as well. Instead we get everyone’s POV in this book and the whole thing feels so jumbled. I also kept getting people mixed up here and there, but just went with it because I wasn’t in the mood to go back and re-read where they first got introduced.
I will say that my favorite characters in this would be Kate Ryan and Rachel Fine. I loved their friendship and thought it was interesting that Ms. Binchy would include a Jewish character in her book in order to showcase how America in the s was prejudiced against those of a different religious background than Catholic.
Kate Ryan was definitely the heart of this story for me. She loves her family and wants to do everything she can to see them all safe and happy. When an accident happens that impacts her family you get to see how the village pulls together to take care of one of their own.
Rachel has put up with not being able to really be with Patrick like she wants because she has to deal with knowing her religion keeps Patrick from being officially “seen” with her as anything but her boss. Towards the end of the book we get Rachel finally seeing Patrick as he is and she realizes that she needs to move on.
Of firefl it took like another pages firefoy she did. I have to say the characters I found the most frustrating were the Ryan twins. I thought they were both beyond self absorbed and obsessed with Grace and Kerry O’Neil respectively.
It just got beyond boring for me to keep reading about teenage love when there were so many other side plots going on. Anytime we switched to Dara and her obsessing over Kerry the book dragged. Same issue with Michael and Grace. The writing is not typical Binchy to me. This whole book felt very long-winded.
I like her later novels and short stories when she can tell you so much in just a few short words.
Everything in this book sujmer over explained summrr described. The flow was terrible. An event would be brought up and we would get six people’s POV on it. The whole book just lumbered until we got almost to the end. The setting of Mountfern didn’t really come alive for me in this book like in previous Binchy novels. I would be able to tell you about all of the people, places in her other books and this one I am still confused on the layout of the town and other people’s homes.
The ending was abrupt and the whole book comes to just a stop. I wish there binchu been an epilogue or something. After trudging through plus pages I felt cheated that we really don’t get an idea of what happened to characters.
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I can guess, but it be nice to have it confirmed. View all 5 comments. This book was excruciatingly slow in the beginning, quite interesting ibnchy fun in the middle, and then quite abrupt and melodramatic at the end. It’s as if she didn’t know how to end the book so she just had a huge catastrophe happen and then bang, it was over. Definitely my least favorite Maeve Binchy so far.
View all 3 comments. Thoroughly enjoyed my time spent in the lives of the people of a small village-Mountfern- in Ireland. The novel spans about 4 years starting from the time Patrick O’Neill from the U.
Most of her novels, including this one, are set in Ireland in the midth century and have a slew of well developed characters. There is a whole town full of characters, yet you get to know each one and have no trouble keeping them straight, which I often find challenging in novels with so many people.
I will admit I lost several hours of much-needed sleep toward the end of this book. The ending was not at all what I expected yet after reading it, I could imagine no other ending.
I wanted to read a Maeve Binchy book and picked this one off the library shelf because it had the neatest title. I almost quit reading after the first chapter because Binchy’s punctuation is random at best, but I kept reading and ended up enjoying the book pretty well. Binchy creates a huge cast of amazingly real and quirky characters who populate a small Irish town and then shows all the effects that ripple through their lives and relationships when a rich American comes to build a hotel th I wanted to read a Maeve Binchy book and picked this one off the library shelf because it had the neatest title.
Binchy creates a huge cast of amazingly real and quirky characters who populate a small Irish town and then shows all the effects that ripple through their lives and relationships when a rich American comes to build a hotel there. A good vacation read. Firefly Summer tells the story of the sleepy town of Mountfern, as an American, Patrick O’Brian, comes home to find his roots and build a huge hotel on the ruined location of the old house.
It explores the changing relationships of the townsfolk as a tragic accident divides Mountfern.
There is not masses of plot in the book; rather, it builds a picture of Irish village life in the s as we spend a few years with the family of Ryans who own the public house. Maeve Binchy’s books are incredibly Firefly Summer tells the story of the sleepy town of Mountfern, as an American, Patrick O’Brian, comes home to find his roots and xummer a huge hotel on the ruined location of the old house. Maeve Binchy’s books are incredibly easy reading – a little old-fashioned and incredibly gossipy.
We drift into the village of Mountfern, and are gradually introduced to the various people who live in the village. Binchy has such a deft touch in showing each of the characters through random encounters and conversations, so that we are able to discover them without any resort to the dreaded info-dump.
It genuinely feels as though a friend is having a coffee with you and telling you about mutual friends’ lives. I like the fact that Binchy doesn’t flinch away from presenting the horrors of a mundane life – those firsfly that anyone could be afflicted by, such as adultery, alcoholism and disability. It gives the novel a sense of realism. Binchy’s true strength is dialogue and human relationships – she has a unique understanding of women and their friendships.
In fact, the only element of the book that I found slightly dissatisfying was the fact that Binchy doesn’t show men in the best light. Most of them are having affairs, or beating their wives, or running off to other counties. There are some decent men, but it is extremely noticeable that there are more bad men than good. Binchy is the forerunner of such authors as Sheila O’Flanagan, Patricia Scanlan and Marian Keyes – showcasing Irish life with gentle humour and understanding.
I love her books and they are ideal for those times when you require something easy and undemanding. I would recommend these on a winter’s afternoon, when you’re tucked next to firefpy roaring fire with a hot chocolate – the feel of the novel is exactly right for those moments. In Binchy’s novel, an American moves his family to the rural Irish town of Mountfern. Maeve Binchy never disappoints. I loved this book.
Classic Binchy and a great slice of Irish small town life. Reading a Maeve Binchy book is like sitting down with an old friend over a cup of maevee and I was saddened to hear of her recent passing.