July 10, 2017

The Cottage at Firefly Lake by Jen Gilroy

I received this book free from the publisher

Book details:
Series: Firefly Lake (Book 1)
Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Hachette Book Group, Grand Central, Forever

About this book:
~ “In the tradition of New York Times bestselling authors Susan Wiggs and RaeAnne Thayne comes an emotional second chance love story about redemption and finding your way home, the first in a new series by debut author Jen Gilroy” ~

Some mistakes can never be fixed and some secrets never forgiven . . . but some loves can never be forgotten.

Charlotte Gibbs wants nothing more than to put the past behind her, once and for all. But now that she’s back at Firefly Lake to sell her mother’s cottage, the overwhelming flood of memories reminds her of what she’s been missing. Sun-drenched days. Late-night kisses that still shake her to the core. The gentle breeze off the lake, the scent of pine in the air, and the promise of Sean’s touch on her skin . . . True, she got her dream job traveling the world. But at what cost?

Sean Carmichael still doesn’t know why Charlie disappeared that summer, but after eighteen years, a divorce, and a teenage son he loves more than anything in the world, he’s still not over her. All this time and her body still fits against his like a glove. She walked away once when he needed her the most. How can he convince her to stay now?

“Gilroy’s debut contemporary is packed with potent emotions…[the] protagonists tug at the heartstrings from the beginning of the story and don’t let go. Long on charm, this story invites readers to come in and stay a while.” –Publishers Weekly

“Memories, regrets and second chances are front and center in Gilroy’s fantastic debut.”–RT Book Reviews

The Cottage at Firefly Lake is the first book in the Firefly Lake series. The next book, Summer on Firefly Lake,comes out on July 25, 2017


Purchase Links
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Meet the author - Jen Gilroy:
Jen Gilroy lives in a small town in Ontario, Canada. She’s worked in higher education and international marketing but, after spending too much time in airports and away from her family, traded the 9-5 to write contemporary romance and women’s fiction to bring readers’ hearts home. Jen likes ice cream, diners, vintage style and all things country. Her husband is her real-life romance hero, and her teen daughter teaches her to cherish the blessings in the everyday.

The Cottage at Firefly Lake, the first book in her Firefly Lake series, was a finalist for Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart® award in 2015. It was also shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association Joan Hessayon Award 2017.
Connect with Jen
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My thoughts;
This is the first book by this author and I chose to read as it sounded like a good summer book. I loved the author's writing style and could almost smell the pine trees and see the lake as I was reading this book. The characters were fun to get to know. It felt like she wanted to make them real and she did a good job with that.  This was especially done as she used real life issues and you followed along as the characters worked through them. This story is proof that if you are willing to work and be patient there is happiness out there with second chances. I am looking forward to more books in this series and meeting even more characters.


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Friday, June 23rd: Books a la Mode – author guest post
Monday, June 26th: A Chick Who Reads
Monday, July 3rd: Books and Spoons
Wednesday, July 5th: Books and Bindings
Monday, July 10th: A. Holland Reads
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Wednesday, July 19th: Suzy Approved


  1. I loved reading The Cottage at Firefly Lake. Jen Gilroy tackles some serious issues that make the characters look deep inside themselves and this creates not just well-rounded, believable characters but also a compelling, thought-provoking plot. Moreover, the setting is beautifully described. Like you, I could smell those pine trees! I am looking forward to reading the sequel, which is published later this month.

    1. Susanna - the author wanted to post a thank you to you for reading her book and was happy that you enjoyed it but she was having trouble accessing my blog. I just wanted to convey her message and to thank you for stopping by my blog as well.

  2. I love when an author is able to convey the setting so well that it feels like the reader is right there!

    Thanks for being a part of the tour.