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The Cottage at Firefly Lake

The Cottage at Firefly Lake

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by Jen Gilroy

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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


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?

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Publishers Weekly
Gilroy’s debut contemporary is packed with potent emotions. Worldly reporter Charlotte “Charlie” Gibbs is back in Firefly Lake, Vt., to sell her parents’ summer home after her mother’s death, and to try to heal from a devastating accident incurred in the line of duty. Sean Carmichael has never left Firefly Lake or gotten over his summer fling with Charlie 18 years ago, though she left him for reasons unknown. Now he’s a divorced father with a teenage son and is running Carmichael’s, the family’s long-established boating business. When a large foreign developer tries to buy the Gibbs cottage, Sean knows he’ll have to fight to preserve his way of life, but he can’t fight his feelings for Charlie. In the midst of this all, longtime secrets are revealed, bringing into question whether Charlie and Sean’s romance will flourish or remain a thing of the past. Gilroy’s protagonists tug at the heartstrings from the beginning of the story and don’t let go. The strong group of supporting characters includes Charlie’s sister, Mia, and her daughter, Naomi, whose stories are to be later told. Long on charm, this story invites readers to come in and stay a while. Agent: Dawn Dowdle, Blue Ridge Literary. (Feb.)
From the Publisher
"4 stars! Memories, regrets and second chances are front and center in Gilroy's fantastic debut. The first book in the Firefly Lake series is complex and mired in secrets. The Vermont setting adds a genuine feel to the story, and the co-stars are highly entertaining. The homebody hero and world-traveling heroine must travel a long and bumpy road to happiness."—RT Book Reviews

Product Details

Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
Firefly Lake Series , #1
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Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.20(d)

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Meet the Author

Jen Gilroy grew up under the big sky of western Canada. After many years in England, she now lives in a small town in eastern Ontario where her Irish ancestors settled in the nineteenth century. 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 to bring readers' hearts home.

A small-town girl at heart, Jen likes ice cream, diners, vintage style and all things country. Her husband, Tech Guy, is her real-life romance hero, and her daughter, English Rose, teaches her to cherish the blessings in the everyday.

You can learn more at:
Twitter: @JenGilroy1

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The Cottage at Firefly Lake 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
mamalovestoread22 4 months ago
Charlotte Gibbs walked away from Firefly Lake years ago with a broken heart and a plan in place for the future she had always dreamed about having. Walking away from the love of her life was hard, but with time her heart healed, and she found a way to achieve all she had set out to do, now she is living the life she always wanted... or is she? When she returns to Firefly Lake to tie up loose ends left behind by her parents, the memories start to assail her and she begins to doubt the decisions she made long ago. It's been a long eighteen years since Sean Carmichael lost the girl of his dreams, losing Charlie the way he did has always haunted him, she just walked away and never looked back, like what they had meant nothing to her. But now that she is back in town it's his turn to shut her out, but that little plan starts to go array when their paths continually keep crossing, as much as he tries to avoid her fate finds a way to putting her front and center in his life. The minute my eyes landed on the page and these two walked into my world I felt myself being drawn to them and completely captivated by their touching second chance love story. It was a addictive little read that was brimming with hope, undeniable chemistry, and just a touch of mystery that will keep you on the edge of your seat and flying through the pages! Definitely one of the most impressive first reads that I have had the pleasure of reading in a long time, highly recommend you meet these characters they are sure to treat you to an exceptional literary escape! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this title
AmyBosica 4 months ago
3.5 Stars!! The Cottage at Firefly Lake is the debut novel of author Jen Gilroy. Told from dual points of view, The Cottage at Firefly Lake follows the story of Charlotte and Sean. Charlotte wanted nothing more than to travel the world and leave home. However leaving home meant leaving Sean behind. Charlotte was madly in love with Sean, so leaving him behind was the last thing she ever wanted. But, sometimes, things happen for a reason. Despite her decisions, Charlotte has tried her best to enjoy her life and leave her past behind her. However, fate has decided to make these ex-lovers cross paths again. When Charlotte is forced to return home, she is flooded with the past and memories she has fought to forget. She is in no way prepared to see Sean again. So much time has passed, but a love like theirs can never be buried. When the truth comes out as to why Charlotte really left home, will Sean be able to forgive and forget? Or is too late for second chances? There’s only one way to find out… The Cottage at Firefly Lake is a wonderful debut novel. I love second chance romances and this one pulled me in from the very beginning. From the moment I met Charlotte and Sean, I was desperate to figure out why Charlotte was left behind. I was intrigued by their circumstances and couldn’t wait to read more. I thought Charlotte and Sean had an excellent pull and I really enjoyed watching them try to figure things out. As far as debut novels go, I think this one is well written and has a ton of potential. This book was sweet with just the right amount of drama and romance. I look forward to reading more from this series and this author.