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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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I wish Kerry wasn’t such an asshole. Anyway, I’m off topic. Americans nostalgic for their imagined Mafve roots. What happened between Kerry and Rachel? The irony of the result of his aspirations and those of the original landowners he is seeking to emulate with his rebuilding of Fernscourt is quite compelling, but also jarring. Maeve Binchy’s narrative is flowing and moves along nicely, giving you the information you need without belaboring anything.

And Patrick O’Neill faces his own crisis of conscience and heart as the events he sets in motion take on a life of their own in a town that will never be the same again.

Most of them are having affairs, or beating their wives, or running off to other counties. Random deaths of long lost husbands for example Top Reviews Firefky recent Top Reviews. I don’t want to tell the story here interested readers can find that in other reviews, which I found somewhat helpful prior to reading this book. He is a self-made business man whose aspirations are tempered in some ways by his desire to be part of the community; the original English owners whose forbears forced the O’Neills to leave Ireland had no such interest.

Dara and Michael are very unfair to him throughout the book. This book was excruciatingly slow in the beginning, quite interesting and fun in the middle, and then quite abrupt and melodramatic at the end.

There aren’t many books that I read more than once. I have read and reread this book and I enjoy it every time I go back to it. Kerry O’Neill I don’t know what is wrong with this kid.


I loved this book. I wish he’d gone and become a great person and made everyone shut up. Patrick has two children named Grace and Kerry who also end up impacting the Ryan family in a lot of firffly as well. Patrick O’Neill, an Irish-American businessman, settles with his children in “the land of his ancestors” cirefly order to binhy a luxury hotel on the site of a derelict mansion.

Set in an Irish small town, this third novel by Binchy depicts the changes that affected the country in the late twentieth century. She is even willing to do anything for her fam. You are commenting using your Facebook account. She liked going to different places, such as a Kibbutz in Israel, and she worked in a camp in the United States.

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Maeve married Gordon Snellwriter and editor of children’s books. Now realising it is one of her earliest, it explains why I didn’t love it – Wummer think this was when she was still honing the craft she became beloved for.

Silly reason, I know. Who started the fire? I think the only other book that irked me more than this one was The Lilac Bus Loved everything about it!


Like other Binchy titles, the novel depicts the changes affecting Ireland in the late twentieth century. The UK version is over pages and I’ve seen reviews saying it need Classic Binchy and a great slice of Irish small marve life. View all 3 comments. Return to Book Page. He’s so unbelievingly spoiled narcissist person. It just got beyond boring for me to keep reading about teenage love when there were so many other side plots mafve on.

It stopped pretty abruptly leaving me hanging with others. Firefly Summer by Maeve Binchy. I like her later novels and short stories when she can tell you so much in just a few short words. Would you like to tell us about a lower price?


This is a story of family, friendship, tragedy and coming of age. I read this book many years ago and remember loving it and also sobbing in parts!

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Rachel recognises the limits placed on the women by their environment as well as the bbinchy around them. Jul 25, Yvonne rated it it was amazing. 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.

There are many characters in this book and it can be hard to keep track of everyone, however, each character has a distinct personality and background. It feels almost like Maeve was conducting some sort of experiment that she heard about in a writing workshop where you just let the readers fend for them self when it comes to the ending.

Literary Manifestations of a Multilingual Madve. In Firefly Summer, one of the American protagonists states that she has tried to help the women in the small Irish village in which she lives for a short time, combining her profession and romantic interests.

The book begins in and covers four years of the lives of inhabitants of a small village called Mountfern in Ireland, particularly the changes that occur after a millionaire American whose family was originally from Sjmmer appears and plans to summmer a hotel on land where his family previously lived. Maeve Binchy never disappoints. I have one more to read and then that is firfly Lots of growth of character and positive outcomes set in a backdrop of a small Irish village where everybody knows your name.