Title: Firefly Summer
Author: Maeve Binchy
Paperback; 768 pages
Published August 2006
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.
Maeve Binchy did a good job developing numerous characters, and anything that brings you to Ireland has a great setting. Patrick O’Neill definitely turned the town of Mountfern upside down..
This is my first Maeve Binchy read and it was quite a long story… Not crazy about the ending though.. The saving grace of the tale? the Twins!