Firefly Beach

Firefly Beach

by Meira Pentermann

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ISBN-13: 9781470180645
Publisher: CreateSpace
Publication date: 03/21/2012
Pages: 332
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.75(d)

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Firefly Beach 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
celticlady53 on LibraryThing 23 days ago
Firely Beach is a story of a lonely divorced woman Beth, who decides to leave her former life after the death of her mother and move to the coast of Maine. There she rents a cottage and wants nothing more than to paint and maybe make a living while she is at it. That does not happen though at first because on her first night she sees a light that she thinks is just a firefly. It is not a firefly though but an other worldly entity. After she finally figures out what the light wants of her, she follows it to a hidden beach and there she finds hidden away, a diary. As she reads this diary she is determined to find out more of the writer of this diary. What happened to her, where is she and is she still alive?? These are questions that Beth is eager to answer. Along the way she meets some very interesting people in the town. As I was reading this novel I was as eager as Beth to find out what happened to the writer of the diary. It is an emotional story of heartbreak, lost love and doing the right thing. The author's writing is such that I was pulled right into the story.I enjoyed this book very much and read it in two sittings. A definite must read. I give it 5 stars.!!
SilversReviews on LibraryThing 23 days ago
LOVED IT!!!No more crunching numbers....only a serene life filled with painting and relaxing. That is what Beth thought she would find when she moved to Virginia Point Cove.What she did find was many sad, lonely residents, a very unpleasant landlord, a jeweler who never spoke more than two words, a couple with a nosey wife, and a firefly that talked to her....yes a firefly. The firefly seemed to summon Beth with his wings and body turns. He frightened Beth at first until she realized he must be trying to tell her something and to guide her to where a secret or unknown item may be. She was right, and what Beth was guided to was a diary of a young girl named Katherine who was the daughter of her landlord and who had disappeared thirty-six years ago. As Beth began reading the diary, she became obsessed with finding Katherine. She even used her painting talents to imagine what Katherine looked like. FIREFLY BEACH has a strong, passionate heroine that you would want for a friend, a town you that you would want to live in, a storyline that will keep you up late, a mystery that must be solved, and characters that are memorable, loving, and different. The characters also were an odd sort and pathetic in their own way, different, but quite remarkable. Beth brought out the good in a few of the characters....a good that helped their lives become better.I totally enjoyed this book and did stay up late reading. The author used flashbacks very effectively in order to keep the story flowing smoothly. Her exceptional writing style pulled you in and kept up the intrigue. The book has an appealing, unique storyline with an ending that is heartwarming and one that is kept secret until the very last pages. It was a plot with a different twist. The descriptions and detail were superb. These words truly describe the story and the characters: incredible, outstanding, dazzling, marvelous, and touching.You will love it. A huge firefly rating of 5/5. ENJOY!!! * Disclosure of Material Connection: I am a member of Reading Addiction Blog Tours and a copy of this book was provided to me by the author. Although payment may have been received by Reading Addiction Blog Tours, no payment was received by me in exchange for this review. There was no obligation to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, publisher, publicist, or readers of this review. This disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Com
SudiDA More than 1 year ago
When Beth Lamonte was a junior in high school she had cherished the dream of going on to an art college in Boston after graduating high school. She wanted to live of off her paintings, selling the shoreline and lighthouses paintings that she adored doing. But somehow along the road to adulthood, reality and a need for order and money intervened and she took a scholarship in New Mexico and earned her CPA. After time she believed this to be her true calling and her paintings where packed away and forgotten. She married, worked harder, smiled less and less and then one day, it was all over. With the loss of all she had come to hold dear, Beth knows she has been given a second chance. Picking a new home was as easy as using a pin, closing her eyes and going to the town closest to the pin. Virginia Point, Maine has roughly 1500 residents, 1501 counting Beth. She has rented an old cottage by the shore owned by Rod Thompson, found a place to sell her art work in town and is so ready for a new start! On her first night in the old cottage, she sees a lone firefly dancing. As she sleeps, she is troubled by disjointed dreams involving her long dead father. When she sees the firefly a second time she has a feeling of dread wash over her, and tries hard to hide from what she keeps telling herself is a firefly, but she is wrong. The firefly keeps trying to get Beth to follow it to a very secluded beautiful beach. As Beth has become accustomed to the firefly and suspects it is more than just a regular firefly, when it again wants Beth to follow, she finally does. In the beautiful cove, wrapped in several layers of plastic Beth finds a book. It is what the firefly has been pushing her towards all along. In a town full of eccentrics, including local jeweler Kenny McLeary and Lou and Mary Schmidt, owner/operators of The Virginia Point Cove Bed and Breakfast, Beth is finding it hard open up to people and ask questions. Now that she has the book, if she wants to find out anything about it she will need to. The book turns out to be a diary, Katherine's diary. While Beth at first has no luck finding anything out about Katherine or the diary, she soon finds herself embroiled in a decades old mystery, one with very sinister undertones. The author paints a very vivid picture of the main coast, the vastly changing and fluidity of the ocean and the wonderful gardens at The Cove. The characters are that wonderful mix of eccentrics often found in small artistic towns. The story at times ran a little slow, but was none the less a great little read. An adult coming of age, with mystery, a touch of romance and the acceptance one can find within oneself. I received my 2nd edition copy from the author in exchange for my honest review
coziecorner More than 1 year ago
This is one book you will have a really hard time putting down with flowing action that keeps going. Firefly Beach will keep you guessing as to what will happen next right to the ending. Meira Pentermann pens her characters with style and believability which leaves you totally satisfied.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Beth is having a terrible time. Her 40th birthday is quickly approaching, her mother died the previous December from a heart attack, right before Christmas, and her husband asked her for a divorce in January. The divorce was finalized in May, her husband moved out months ago. Beth was boxing up her things to move to an apartment when she came across several paintings. Paintings she had done when she was a junior in high school. She had planned to go to an art college in Boston, maybe moving to a small town in the northeast and painting the rocky coastlines and lighthouses. Sometime her senior year these dreams were forgotten and she went to the University of New Mexico to study economics. She met her husband, got her MBA and moved up the corporate ladder. There really was nothing keeping her in New Mexico. Is it too late to follow her dreams? She grabs an old atlas, closes her eyes, aims for the east coast and she lands on Virginia Point, Maine. A small town with a population of just over 1500. She spends a couple of days on the internet and finds a cottage to rent. Then she sets off for Maine. She wants to just be alone and paint but something mysterious changes her plans. The spirit of Firefly Beach takes her on an adventure. I sat down with this book one night last week. I planned to read just a few chapters before bed. The next thing I knew it was just past 1 a.m. and I had finished the book. The book had me in a trance, time had passed but was actually hours seemed like minutes. I had been tired but don't recall yawning one time. I finished the book and felt refreshed. Yes the clock said go to sleep but my mind was still wrapped up in this story. Meira's writing has almost a tranquil lyrical flow. The characters are extremely engaging, the mystery creative and the setting idyllic. If you could read a painting this is the story it would tell. The whole story is absolutely magical. Beth is on a journey, an emotional journey. The people she finds in her path are quirky, lovable, flawed and real. Her character evolves as do all of the others. I write all about "Escaping Into A Good Book". This is a book that is beyond the perfect escape. Book your passage now, this is a trip you will not want to miss. This book should be on everyone's summer reading list. Escape into Firefly Beach.
Celticlady1953 More than 1 year ago
Firely Beach is a story of a lonely divorced woman Beth, who decides to leave her former life after the death of her mother and move to the coast of Maine. There she rents a cottage and wants nothing more than to paint and maybe make a living while she is at it. That does not happen though at first because on her first night she sees a light that she thinks is just a firefly. It is not a firefly though but an other worldly entity. After she finally figures out what the light wants of her, she follows it to a hidden beach and there she finds hidden away, a diary. As she reads this diary she is determined to find out more of the writer of this diary. What happened to her, where is she and is she still alive?? These are questions that Beth is eager to answer. Along the way she meets some very interesting people in the town. As I was reading this novel I was as eager as Beth to find out what happened to the writer of the diary. It is an emotional story of heartbreak, lost love and doing the right thing. The author's writing is such that I was pulled right into the story.I enjoyed this book very much and read it in two sittings. A definite must read. I give it 5 stars.!!
Embrace-a-Book More than 1 year ago
What a wonderfully heart-felt story this turned out to be. Mystery, adventure and inspiration. The main character learns how to cope with past loss and trauma by discovering what happened to the previous occupant of the cabin she is renting.
FranJessca More than 1 year ago
Every once in awhile, I find myself reading a mystery novel. When I was a teenager, I would read horror and mystery the most. Romance Novels were not even on my brain at the time. I wanted to solve mysteries and read horror stories that made me have nightmares. Yes...I was a weird teenage girl who loved to be cared and loved staying up with a flashlight to ponder what happened in a story. "Firefly Beach" is a mystery novel, where Beth LaMonte moves to Maine to start over, to paint, and to sell her paintings at a local shop. She never figured she would be on an adventure to find a girl who used to live in the cottage she rents that disappeared 35 years ago. One night she is greeted by a mysterious light that flickers outside her windows, it looks to be a firefly. It keeps disturbing her and scaring her because she doesn't know what it is exactly. One day it leads her to a secret beach where she's find a diary. She discovers it's a girl's diary. The diary is written by a teenage girl who fell in love with a young man at her Dad's garage. Her Dad of course did not want her seeing this young man. In the end (like most teenage girls who fall in love), the girl decides to disobey her father. Things do not go as planned for the girl and she decides to disappear, but to where. Beth finds out who the girl's father is and tries to talk to him about her, but unfortunately he's not a people person at all. Beth then decides to do some searching on her own to track down what happened to this girl. She has to get to the bottom of it because she's been having nightmares about a road and such ever since coming in contact with the firefly. It's bad enough Beth is dealing with her own problems. She still can't get over what happened to her Dad and what happened with her ex-husband. When trying to solve this mystery Beth is face with what is going on with her life and how this mystery is teaching her things that she never thought possible to deal with. She also is helping other people along the way during the search. My thoughts on this book when I started reading it was in the beginning it was really slow paced. I had a hard time following for awhile, until Beth found the diary. I became enthralled to find out what happened to the girl who wrote the diary. When everything started falling in place and Beth continued on with the search, I had a hard time putting down my Ipad. I wanted to find out what happened to the girl. I wanted to know why her father never went searching for her. So many questions that I wanted answered. I loved the strong heroine, Beth. What she went through and what she had to deal with to solve the mystery, made her even stronger of a character. There were several other characters I loved also. Abigail for instance and of course Kenny, the jeweler (who had his own little story in the book...that made me like him). I loved Meira's writing style. It's much different to what I'm used to, but that's because I've been reading romance novels for so long I forgot how wonderful is to dive into a mystery novel. Meira definitely makes me want to further my reading out a bit and go back into mystery/thrillers novels more. I plan on checking out more books from Meira in the near future. This book did have me crying at the end though, once everything came together. I also enjoyed the happy ending for the Father of the girl who went missing. He finally knew what happened and gained something in his life that he didn't know about. (hint) Notice how I do not give away names. I do not want to spoil the book. The girl had a secret also, which was the main reason why I cried. All in all, this book was very enjoyable to read. I'm glad I came upon it at Reading Addiction Tours. I definitely recommend this book to mystery readers out there. Readers will feel like they are helping Beth along her way to find out the mystery of who wrote the diary. * Disclosure of Material Connection: I am a member of Reading Addiction Blog Tours and a copy of this book was provided to me by the author. Although payment may have been received by Reading Addiction Blog Tours, no payment was received by me in exchange for this review. There was no obligation to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, publisher, publicist, or readers of this review. This disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising
mybookaddiction1 More than 1 year ago
Usually the books I read throw you right into the action, so at first I had a little trouble getting into this story. But once I really got into it I became as obsessed with it as the main character. I also wanted to know what happened to the person that wrote the diary, what happened to her and was she still alive? The book had a great writing style, it’s easy to follow and it makes the story come to live before your eyes. A wonderful book with a beautiful story! I just want to say give this book a chance because it’s worth every minute of your time.
TeaDaydreamsFairytales More than 1 year ago
Firefly beach is about the emotional journey Beth LaMonte, our heroine takes after going through personal loss and a relationship breakdown. Determined to rediscover herself and start living life again, she moves to a small coastal community to fulfill her youthful dream of becoming an artist and immediately on arrival is rewarded with some artistic success and inspiration. Along with her professional successes, Beth, with the help of a supernatural ball of light ie. the “firefly”, discovers a diary of a young woman who disappeared some 30 odd years ago. Caught up in the story of this young girl, she sets out to uncover what happened to her and discovers there is much more than originally meets the eye. The first half of this book is fairly slow paced, filled with a lot of character development and introducing you to the coastal community. I found myself quite impatient at times and felt that the writing could be a little clunky – there was simply too much commentary about what Beth was doing at that particular point of time. I am a big believer that sometimes its the things that are left unsaid that makes a big impact, and hearing about her eating lunch, having a shower, making the bed whatever mundane activity it happened to be just really could have been edited out. The character of Beth was quite frustrating to me as well. I understand that she endured quite a few emotional hardships but her reaction to things such as the firefly and some of the events that occur just didn’t sit well to me. In fact I think this poor girl could have done with some serious therapy, would have done her a world of good. She does grow throughout the novel and by the end of the book while I still couldn’t really relate to her, I did feel she was a stronger person and definitely more likeable to read about. I quite enjoyed the secondary characters of Rod and Kenny both of whom also conquer their own personal demons in the story and I really empathised with both of them. I was hoping there would be perhaps more backstory into Kenny and his relationship with his mother but can understand that it wasn’t really of value to the plot, just something that interested me. The second half of this novel really picked up pace and from about 60% through the ebook on I found it very difficult to put down. Infact towards the end I turned to the clock and realised it was 1am, then found myself unable to sleep as I couldn’t stop thinking about some of the developments and plot twists that had come to light! Some of the plot twists relating to Katherine, the diary’s owner, I found quite heartbreaking most likely due to being a mother myself. I think also the fact that there were so many forks in Katherine’s road that if each decision had just gone a little bit differently things could have worked out so much better. I found this so sad and just wished that things could have worked out differently for her! Overall I really did enjoy this book, and I think that anyone looking for a fast summer read with a mystery element will thoroughly enjoy this book!
SilversReviews More than 1 year ago
LOVED IT!!! No more crunching numbers....only a serene life filled with painting and relaxing. That is what Beth thought she would find when she moved to Virginia Point Cove. What she did find was many sad, lonely residents, a very unpleasant landlord, a jeweler who never spoke more than two words, a couple with a nosey wife, and a firefly that talked to her....yes a firefly. The firefly seemed to summon Beth with his wings and body turns. He frightened Beth at first until she realized he must be trying to tell her something and to guide her to where a secret or unknown item may be. She was right, and what Beth was guided to was a diary of a young girl named Katherine who was the daughter of her landlord and who had disappeared thirty-six years ago. As Beth began reading the diary, she became obsessed with finding Katherine. She even used her painting talents to imagine what Katherine looked like. FIREFLY BEACH has a strong, passionate heroine that you would want for a friend, a town you that you would want to live in, a storyline that will keep you up late, a mystery that must be solved, and characters that are memorable, loving, and different. The characters also were an odd sort and pathetic in their own way, different, but quite remarkable. Beth brought out the good in a few of the characters....a good that helped their lives become better. I totally enjoyed this book and did stay up late reading. The author used flashbacks very effectively in order to keep the story flowing smoothly. Her exceptional writing style pulled you in and kept up the intrigue. The book has an appealing, unique storyline with an ending that is heartwarming and one that is kept secret until the very last pages. It was a plot with a different twist. The descriptions and detail were superb. These words truly describe the story and the characters: incredible, outstanding, dazzling, marvelous, and touching. You will love it. A huge firefly rating of 5/5. ENJOY!!! * Disclosure of Material Connection: I am a member of Reading Addiction Blog Tours and a copy of this book was provided to me by the author. Although payment may have been received by Reading Addiction Blog Tours, no payment was received by me in exchange for this review. There was no obligation to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, publisher, publicist, or readers of this review. This disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Com
iowagirltg More than 1 year ago
Firefly Beach is the type of book I love to read. The prose is impeccable and the pace is quick; I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. The story sucked me in and didn't let go until I reached the end. I also loved the magical aspect of the firefly, and its origin intriqued me. This was a mystery I wrapped myself up in, and I loved how it unfolded. If you're looking for an engaging book with excellent writing, Firefly Beach will not disappoint. I wish the author would write a sequel!