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Title: The House on Firefly Beach
Author: Jenny Hale
Published: June 5th 2020
I have very happy memories of reading the first book set in Firefly Beach – Summer at Firefly Beach – and jumped at the opportunity to read this sequel. This story also concerns the Flynn family, with single Mum Sydney as the main female character. Sydney returned to her childhood family home, Starlight Cottage, but she never anticipated the return of her teenage love, Nate Henderson. He left her heartbroken when he unexpectedly left to pursue his dreams of being a songwriter, something he’s been highly successful in achieving. Is this a second chance for these two? Can Sydney forgive him and learn to trust him again? As if that isn’t enough of a quandary, just how can she help protect the area around Starlight Cottage from developers who seem intent on making it a huge carpark and public access to the beach?
This is a heartwarming family drama with hidden motivations, secrets needing sharing, a beautiful community and superb setting. As usual with stories by this talented author, the characters are believable, their backgrounds complex and the whole story is packed with incidents and laugh out loud moments. It is a delightful read and brilliant to escape into. I would love to join this fantastic community and really hope she’ll be taking us there again in future. It is another emotive, enthralling romantic read, just what I eagerly anticipate when I know the book is written by Jenny Hale. Whilst it is the second book it is also easy to read as a standalone, a heartwarming family story that I loved reading and, just like the first book, I have absolutely no hesitation in highly recommending and if I could give it more than 5* I would!
I requested and was gifted a copy of this book via NetGalley. This is my honest review after choosing to read it.
Nothing beats falling in love under the sun, with the sand beneath your feet. This gorgeous, feel-good, and heartwarming summer escape from the bestselling author of The Summer House is perfect for fans of Mary Alice Monroe, Susan Mallery and Nancy Thayer.
For Sydney Flynn, her treasured family home, Starlight Cottage, is her sanctuary. The house on the beach, surrounded by glittering turquoise waters, is the perfect place for her fresh start, piecing her life back together after it fell apart. That’s until her knees almost buckle at the sight of Nate Henderson.
As teenagers, Sydney and Nate spent their summers whispering sweet nothings and promising “forever” to each other. Sydney never imagined that her childhood sweetheart was going to break her heart, driving away from her and Firefly Beach, never looking back.
Now, when Sydney spots him at her sister’s wedding, their eyes meeting across the rows of guests, she barely recognizes him. The down-to-earth son of a fisherman, forever in beach t-shirts and flip flops, is replaced with a successful songwriter in a designer suit, a superstar in the country music scene. Yet despite everything, his dazzling blue eyes and easy smile stir up all the feelings she thought she’d left behind.
Nate is back to make it up to Sydney, but can she forgive him for all the heartbreak he caused? And it’s not only about her – Sydney is a single mother to Robby, her whole world, and she won’t let just anyone into their lives. Can she trust that Nate has really changed?
As if worrying about Nate wasn’t enough, a new development threatens Starlight Cottage, the safe haven that saved her when she had nothing else. Can Nate and Sydney overcome their past to save Firefly Beach and the house that holds so many memories for them? Or will the town they adore, and the love they have for one another, be lost forever?
When I graduated college, one of my friends said, “Look out for this one; she’s going to be an author one day.” Despite being an avid reader and a natural storyteller, it wasn’t until that very moment that the idea of writing novels occurred to me.
Sometimes our friends can see the things that we can’t.
While I didn’t start straight away, that comment sowed a seed and several years, two children, and hundreds of thousands of words later, I completed a novel that I felt was worthy of publication. The result was Coming Home for Christmas, a heart-warming story about the magic of love at Christmas, and 2017 TV movie on The Hallmark Channel.
The rest is history.
When I’m not writing, I’m a mother of two boys and a wife to a very supportive husband.
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