Summer on Firefly Lake

Summer on Firefly Lake

by Jen Gilroy

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Delight in this charming small-town romance where two people learn that s
ometimes love is better the second time around.

Mia Gibbs spent her marriage putting her husband's needs before her own. And now, after a painful divorce, she's building a new life for herself and her two daughters back home at Firefly Lake. The last thing she needs is a man to complicate things. But former bad boy turned friend Nick McGuire-and the one kiss they've shared-has turned everything upside down . . .

Attorney Nick McGuire wasn't meant to be a family man. His career has always been his focus and after taking time out to help his mother, he's ready to get back to the city . . . until Mia and her daughters arrive at Firefly Lake. Mia is beautiful and intriguing, and it doesn't take long to realize being "just friends" will never be enough. As the summer nights turn colder, Nick will have to choose between the life he's always wanted . . . and the woman he can't live without.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455569601
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 07/25/2017
Series: Firefly Lake Series , #2
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 767,184
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)

About 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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Summer on Firefly Lake 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Great read I really enjoyed this book.
alterlisa More than 1 year ago
I love second chance romances and if ever someone deserved a second chance at love it was Mia. Oh, and I just loved seeing Nick change his mind about his future and what makes life worth living. Mia was married to a man that no one deserves. And it was pretty sweet to see her grow and realize that she deserved a better life. Though this was a great book to pile up in a hammock and read this summer, it's the type you'll enjoy anytime. As you know, if you've read any of my reviews, I hate multiple POVs. The POVs are changed with each chapter so they are less jolting than general. I enjoyed visiting Firefly Lake again and though this is part of a series, it'll definitely stand alone. So pile up and enjoy a great read.
teachlz More than 1 year ago
My Review of “Summer on Firefly Lake” by Jen Gilroy Kudos to Jen Gilroy, author of “Summer on Firefly Lake” for writing such a delightful, emotional, and engaging feel good novel. I am an emotional person, and I do shed happy or sad tears, and I did need some Kleenex. (Happy tears) This is novel that comes after “The Cottage at Firefly Lake”. I have read both, but “Summer on Firefly Lake” can be read alone. The Genres of this novel are Women’s Fiction, Romance, and Contemporary. The timeline in this story is set in the present and only returns to the past for an explanation for the characters or events in the story. The author describes her characters as everyday people, that could be our neighbors, with problems and secrets. Some of the characters are complicated and complex. Mia Gibbs is finalizing her divorce and with her daughters live in Firefly Lake. While Mia is renovating the house she bought, she is living , working and helping Attorney and friend, Nick McGuires’ mother put her house in order. Nick’s mother is in remission after having treatment for cancer, and Nick would like his mother to downsize and move to a smaller house. Nick and Mia have been friends. Could there be more to this relationship? In this book, we get to meet some colorful and likable characters. I appreciate that the author writes about relevant topics such as cancer, foster children, spousal abuse, and elder care. The author also describes the importance of family, friendship, honesty, loyalty, courage, forgiveness, giving second chances, love and hope. I would recommend this book highly for readers of Women’s Fiction, Romance and feel good stories. I really found this book to be captivating and enjoyable. Happy Reading!
Nicolerko More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars I really enjoyed this book. It gave me plenty of feels. After finishing this book it made my heart feel happy. I just loved the characters. They are well developed and they suck you in to make you feel like you're part of the community. My favorite character is Mia. The inner strength she has. Plus with what life has dealt her she could've become bitter, but she is still the caring woman with a heart of gold. That is the reason why I love her character, She didn't lose her true self along the way though she's looking for a fresh start for herself and her family. Poor Nick. He's one troubled soul who thinks he doesn't deserve the HEA, but with the help of those who care about him he may just find right where he belongs.
CharlotteLynnsReviews More than 1 year ago
Summer at Firefly Lake is a story of second chances. Mia needs a second chance from a controlling, cheating, loveless husband and Nick needs a second chance from a cheating marriage and bad role model father. Neither of them were looking for each other, yet they had been in each other’s sights forever. The chemistry was slow, worth the wait, and real. Both characters fought the attraction, took steps to avoid falling in love yet love won out. The small town setting was wonderful. The all knowing mother, the neighbors who know all your secrets and the gossip that spread like wild fire is exactly how every small town is. Jen Gilroy did a great job portraying the small town and bringing it to life. I could picture the quaint diner, the beautiful lake with the diving platform, and the wonderful cabins surrounding it. Firefly Lake is somewhere I’d love to visit again and again. I would recommend picking up your own copy of Summer at Firefly Lake and falling into this wonderful story full of small town charm. Thank you Cameron Yaeger at Barclay Publicity for a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
CoffeeGoddessTK More than 1 year ago
It's been said that you can't go home again, but sometimes, home is exactly where you need to be. And, sometimes, home is more than a place... Firefly Lake once represented everything that Mia Gibbs didn't want. Reminders of a childhood filled with dishonesty and betrayal made it more a prison than a respite. As an adult, though, the idyllic spot in Vermont is just what Mia needs as she rebuilds a life for herself and her girls. Nick McGuire knows himself. Disappointed again and again by those closest to him, and destined to keep love at arm's length, he's only back at Firefly Lake long enough to help his mother get her life in order. But life, and love, happen when we're least expecting it, and soon enough the feelings that he's having for Mia are more than he could have anticipated. Small town romances with a second-chance twist are some of my favorites, and author Jen Gilroy does not disappoint with SUMMER ON FIREFLY LAKE. Healing, the stripping away of hurts, and people becoming exactly who they're destined to be abound in this story of love lost and love found. Both Nick and Mia have suffered at the hands of the people that were supposed to be their safe place, and, while it's left Nick wary of opening himself up to anything deeper than a fling, it's given Mia the strength to know her worth, and to refuse to settle for anything less than she deserves. The more time they spend together, the more evident it becomes that both of them are exactly where they're supposed to be, even if it takes one of them (cough, cough, Nick...) longer to realize it. SUMMER ON FIREFLY LAKE is rich with family, friends, small town life, and the feeling that second chances are waiting just around the corner. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing Mia and Nick find their way back to each other, and see some unexpected new relationships bloom. I'm looking forward to getting Cat's and Luc's story soon, because there's definitely something brewing there. In the meantime, 4 stars and a recommendation for SUMMER ON FIREFLY LAKE to lovers of contemporary romances with that small-town twist. You'll be happy that you visited.
Kari_on_From_the_TBR_Pile More than 1 year ago
Summer on Firefly Lake is the second book in the Firefly Lake series. I hadn't read the first book, but I thought this one held up well as a stand alone. The author gave enough background on things that happened in the first book so that I didn't feel like I was missing anything. This is Mia and Nick's story. It was a cute friends to lovers story. Both Mia and Nick had been seriously hurt by love in the past. Mia needed to learn that independence didn't mean you had to give up on love. Nick had to learn how to open his heart and love without fear of loss. They were sweet together and I did find myself rooting for their HEA. The other relationships in the story were equally as fun to watch. I especially liked the relationship between Nick and Kiley. We are also treated to a secondary romance between Gabrielle, Nick's mom, and a mysterious traveler. I only wish that there was more of them together in the story. It was seriously really adorable. I am hoping that Cat's story is next. I'm really intrigued at her reaction to seeing Luc again. This is the first book by this author. I look forward to reading more form her in the future.
mamalovestoread22 More than 1 year ago
Mia Gibbs is looking at her return to Firefly Lake as a chance for a brand new start, after a devastating divorce her life is in need of a serious reboot, and also some much needed peace. But the moment she is back in town she runs into an old friend, a sexy old friend and he has a favor to ask. A favor that leads to some serious unexpected sparks, and the possibility of a new love life that she hadn't expected to have again. When Mia and her daughters wander into Nick McGuire's solitary life he starts to think about a life he's never wanted before, a life that involves a family. He's always done well on his own, never thought a wife, children would suit him, so he made the choice to stay unattached. But then Mia comes along, and the sparks start flying, and he finds something he has never had before... love! Question is... will the newly divorced mother be ready for round two? Sweet and touching addition to the Firefly Lake series, it warmed my heart, stirred my emotions and put a smile on my face! This wonderfully crafted story of second chances captured my attention from the first page, and kept me enthralled until the last. These two weren't really looking for love, but fate stepped in and put them right on the path to discovering it, and once they did they weren't so willing to let it go. It was unexpected for them both, and it came with lots of complications, but it also gave them something they both needed, a partner to share their lives with. The chemistry between them was slow developing, kind of like a slow burning fire, which made for a very even paced read, and natural progression. Both characters were well developed, and had very relatable issues to overcome, which I think helped me really connect with them and give them a normal feel. Thoroughly enjoyed this one! If you enjoy small town romance stories with lots of heart than I suggest you make a trip to Firefly Lake, the folks there are sure to treat you to a truly enjoyable literary escape!
Candace-LoveyDoveyBooks More than 1 year ago
Readers are welcomed back to the lively small town of Firefly Lake where the residents find that there's nothing greater than love and family. Mia is rebuilding her life after spending years in a loveless marriage. She's finally gaining true independence for herself, and her darling little girls who are spending the summer with their father and his new family. Nick McGuire is helping her gain some of that independence by hiring her to help his mother organize his childhood home. Never one to mix business with pleasure, Nick tries in vain to keep Mia at arm's length. However, their past and Mia's nurturing disposition entices him to take their friendship to a new level and possibly pave the way for a future together. Summer on Firefly Lake is a small town romance with layers that readers will love digging into. From the drama that Mia's ex-husband brings to town to Mia and Nick's whirlwind relationship, Jen Gilroy fashions this story into the romance to read this summer! It's one of those stories that gives all its special characters a chance at happiness and leaves readers tingling in the aftermath, ready for more. There's no doubt the Firefly Lake series will continue with the small town's sense of nostalgia and romance in the next installment, Back Home at Firefly Lake. *ARC provided in exchange for an honest review*
Honolulubelle More than 1 year ago
My Rating: 4.5 Favorite Quotes: …the name Mia had answered to for almost seventeen years was all of a sudden wrong. Like the pair of pointy black shoes that pinched, but she’d kept anyway… Luc Simard is so hot he might as well have steam coming out of his ears. “I reminded her, when I mentioned I knew all the beds her shoes have been under.” “Great-aunt Bernice?” Nick’s mouth fell open. Bernice was over eighty, favored fussy floral prints and sensible shoes, and had been widowed as long as he could remember. “You think she’s too old?” Liz poked Nick’s chin with a forefinger and closed his mouth. “We women have needs, and there are lots of lonely and able widowers in this town.” I’ve also heard enough about babies from Sean. Lexie’s great, but you and I don’t have to have one. I like sleep too much. My Review: Ms. Gilroy’s Firefly Lake series had already nestled into my heart with her debut novel of Cottage at Firefly Lake, however, she continues to hone her skills and perfect her craft with her second book, Summer On Firefly Lake. Mia had seemed like an enigma to me in the first book and I wasn’t sure she was trustworthy. My concerns were for naught as while reading Mia’s story, I feared possible rib fracture from the compressions her issues created in my chest. I relished Mia’s transformation as well as her blossoming non-relationship with her “friend” Nick. The storyline was emotive, and busy and eventful across many characters and households, with a smooth storytelling narrative and polished details that produced sharp visuals while also setting the emotional tone. Ms. Gilroy has mad skills and I am an avid fan, eagerly awaiting book three in this series, which I see listed on Goodreads for a December release. The holidays are already looking up.
amdase More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful, heartfelt and satisfying read! As you all know sweet romances are not generally what I read, but with that said when I read the premise of this story I was intrigued and this made a lovely fresh change from my usual reading, it’s great to get a different genre and break things up a little. This is a really nice, easy to read romantic story with lovely characters who feel very realistic and natural, it was a teensy bit predictable but in a nice cosyish way. While reading Summer at Firefly Lake, it felt like I was catching up with family & friends. The characters were amazing and relatable. The writing was captivating and vividly descriptive. Can two lost souls find happiness again after their disastrous relationships, you will have to read Jen Gilroy's book to find out! All in all this was an extremely enjoyable read and I am looking forward to reading the other titles in the Firefly Lake Series.