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Firefly Summer by Maeve Binchy
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Apr 07, 12

Read in January, 2011

This is a riveting story about a family who owns a pub on the outskirts of town. Right next door to this pub is a manor home, which has been abandoned for so long, the pub children play in it's remains. However, a descendant of the manor's long-gone owners has arrived in the sleepy town and is declaring he will build a hotel utilizing the manor. Unfortunately, he will take custom away from the next door pub with his flashy touristy bar he is installing.

Tragedy hits when the wife of the pub owner goes over to watch the building commence and is hit by a crane, rendering her paralyzed from the waist down.

Angst befalls the family, since the hospital bills are overwhelming and the pub is doomed to close or perhaps change it's ways to go with the flow of the changes sweeping the town.

Many smaller themes run through this story, such as the daughter, Dara, falling for the American's shyster son, Kerry. The son falls for the American daughter, Anna.

More tragedy hits when a child has an accident in town, leaving her friends stunned, sad, and tragic-stricken.

This is a coming of age story for these children in this heartwarming book. Binchy does well to bring out the emotions of what's playing out with all the townspeople.

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