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?
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.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
My REVIEW OF "THE COTTAGE AT FIREFLY LAKE" by JEN GILROY "The Cottage at Firefly Lake" by Jen Gilroy is such an enjoyable, and delightful read! The timeline of the story is in the present with references to the past only when it relates to the characters or events. The Genres for this novel are Fiction, Women's Fiction, and Romance. The author describes the cottages, the town , the people and the lake, and I feel like taking a drive just to vacation and relax by the water. Jen Gilroy's descriptions of her characters remind me of people that could live next door, or in my community. Some of the characters are complex and complicated, but they feel so real. Characters that make mistakes, have secrets, and work hard to get to their goals in life. In the blurb to the story it states," Some mistakes can never be fixed and some secrets never forgiven.....but some loves can never be forgotten." Charlotte Gibbs and her sister Mia and her nieces come back to Firefly Lake to sell the cottage and land that has been in their family for years. Charlotte is a successful journalist, that has provided stories from around the world, many in war zones. The Gibbs family has owned the cottage for many years, and every summer would come out to enjoy living in the cottage and the lake. Sean Carmichael and his twin brother build boats, and have a family marina. Sean is divorced, and hopes his teenage son will one day take over the business. Charlotte and Sean had been very close for many years, and Charlotte left breaking things off suddenly with Sean. and without an explanation. If the Gibbs sell the cottage and land, it could create a big problem for Sean and the rest of the community. Not only that, has Sean ever gotten over Charlie?? I love the way the author describes family, friends, loyalty, love, and hope. I highly recommend this novel to those readers who enjoy reading Women's fiction, and Romantic Novels. I can't wait to read Jen Gilroy's next book! Happy Reading!!!
A story about family, loyalty, forgiveness, and falling in love, learning to make compromises, and building up the kind of life that suits you despite the circumstances and expectations from others. Charlotte Gibbs has faced tragedy and loss several times during her life, not only as a reporter but in her personal life as well. She is tough and resilient until her cup runs over, and she needs time to heal, not only from the wounds in her body but in her mind and nightmares as well. Charlotte never felt that she was enough for her parents, and to prove that, to get the acceptance and approval she pushed herself hard to be the best, to show that she can. Sean Carmichael has worked hard to make the family business the success it is today. He is looking after everyone in the family, keeping it going, keeping them employed, safe, and happy. His heart was broken by Charlotte long time ago, and those wounds are still sore, the doubts, the mistrust, and hurt still linger in his mind. The story has a large cast of characters, and it is told from several points of view. Even Sean's son and Charlotte's niece gets their time in the limelight with the teenage crush. There are secrets that shatter hearts and minds, trust is not easy to come after being stretched and abused so many times. The characters are likable, yet far from perfect. I grew to care for them and wanted them to succeed, but they also frustrated me several times. I missed a little spark in the dialogue, little more depth with the characters, to connect with them on an emotional level as well. Charlotte had had to make some difficult decisions during her life, that still had the power to hurt others, and it was not always easy to like her or accept her choices. There are lots of happening in the story, the small town events and life decisions weighing the characters minds making the plot move forwards on a leisurely tempo. The activities made me remember the childhood summers and the fun to be had at the lake, making me smile. I think this is a great novel for vacation, or if you want to escape to the hot, unhurried, summer days with a little romance, family drama, and life troubles on the side. ~ Three Spoons with a teaspoon on the side
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
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.