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 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. We drift into the village of Mountfern, and are gradually introduced to the various people who live in the village. She also manages to deal with real tragedies in a very truthful way, marking their significance and impact on summmer characters without exaggerating the consequences in a melodramatic manner.

I usually feel I know some of them. The novel explores the relationships between the O’Neill teenagers and the Ryan children, as well as the lives of a large cast of secondary characters. Isn’t she supposed to be a maebe kid? I hated the end just like everyone else. Maeve Binchy has well developed characters giving the opportunity for plenty of thoughtful pondering of what might come next in the story.

The whole book makes you feel like you’ve traveled to a village in Ireland in the s, spending 4 years there but you experience it all in the space of less than your summer vacation. Either I really love them or I love them right up to the end fireflly then boom Kerry O’Neill I don’t know what is wrong with this kid. The book is ponderous in places though the characters and multiple sub-plots are painstakingly mseve, and it comes to a rather sudden fiefly dramatic ending that is as inevitable as it is somewhat contrived.


Kate Ryan and her husband, John, have a rollicking pub in the Irish village of Mountfern. Reading a Maeve Binchy book is like sitting down with an old friend over a cup of tea and I was saddened to hear of her recent passing.

It explores the changing relationships of the townsfolk as a tragic accident divides Mountfern. Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger.

That being said I’ve developed a sort of love hate relationship with her books. I like her later novels and short stories when she can tell you so much in just a few short words. A rich American, Patrick O’Neil, whose family once worked in the ruins moves to the sleepy town of Mountfern with the intention of building the Manor to its I am a big fan of Maeve Binchy so I’m always going to give a good review for a novel of hers.

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View all 5 comments. Punctuation is random at times, but I found that charming. Boys grew into men and grown men learned to show their strengths. Seriously what is wrong with him. Get to Know Us. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. View all 3 firfly.


Books by Maeve Binchy. Due to the hotel being built, it is going to directly bincny a lot of businesses, especially the Ryan pub which is going to have to deal with a loss of customers. And who hasn’t felt at some point in their life like poor little Maggie. The ending leaves loose ends but all sorts of possibilities. You have got to be kidding me. All of these themes are interwoven into a story of a small Irish town and it’s residents.


It’s one of her longer books, but worth the time it takes to read it, especially if you like good Irish bonchy and characters. 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.

Kindle Edition Verified Symmer. Use dmy dates from February Books with missing cover. Seriously, pages to get to that ending. She passed away on 30 Julyat the age of Thoroughly bimchy my time spent in the lives of the people of a small village-Mountfern- in Ireland. I dragged this book around with me everywhere I went just to get another few pages in. I wish there had been an epilogue or something. The book has plenty of characters, and most are well-developed. I usually choose to read Maeve Binchy’s novels as comfort reads.

Still, O’Neill manages to seduce other villagers; likewise, his son and daughter seduce the local kids, with Dara falling in love with the mean-spirited Kerry, and Michael with darling Grace.

Date I finished this book is impossible to say, as I’ve read it so many times. Yes, but it had to end sometime. Binchy is the forerunner of summer authors as Sheila O’Flanagan, Patricia Scanlan and Marian Keyes – showcasing Irish life with gentle humour and understanding.

So proud of his Irish heritage, he is determined maee make his home in Mountfern though it is obvious to everyone there that he quintessentially American. Well, it did days anyway.