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Firefly Hollow

(Firefly Hollow #1)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  4,402 ratings  ·  511 reviews
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Genre: Romance with paranormal elements.
Book One in the Firefly Hollow series.

In 1960, a tragic death in the family calls young Sarah Browning back from college to her Appalachian homestead. Unable to return to school and finish her degree, she finds herself facing a future that isn’t what she’d planned. Lost and grieving, she
Kindle Edition, 354 pages
Published September 23rd 2012 by Streetlight Graphics Publishing
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Juuh Palmeira soooooooo good. And I don't even like paranormal storys, but loved this one!…moresoooooooo good. And I don't even like paranormal storys, but loved this one!(less)

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May 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys a good love story
This book is one of the many reasons that I love websites like NetGalley. I was just randomly checking out the new releases one day when I stumbled across it.

Intriguing title: check
Beautiful cover: check
Interesting blurb: check

A part of me wondered what I would be getting myself into if I requested it:

“Hmmm, this sounds a little like an adult version of Beauty and the Beast. You’ve had some disappointments after reading books with so few reviews lately, better hold off for a little while. Play i
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘

Actual rating : 4.5 stars

Want to know what happens while reading Firefly hollow? Actually, that's pretty simple : this novel takes your expectations and quietly blows them away.

The story takes place in the 60s. We expect sexism, or at the best case, some infatuated girl. We get an incredibly independent and rational heroine.

"Listen, Tony, I don't mean any offense, but I need this job. I'm not looking for a man to take care of me. I can take care of myself."

I can't express how much I like
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
3.5 stars. It's Kindle freebie romance time again. This one is reasonably well-written, although there are a few missteps (for example, sometimes the writing is more "telling" than "showing" or act in a way that's inconsistent with the way their character's been drawn) that mark it as a self-published novel, and it never really rises above its roots in the romance genre. But if you like romances, this one is still a freebie (as of Dec. 2015), and it's a quick, enjoyable read.

Set in Appalachian
Mada Linx
May 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

What a beautiful love story.

I’ve never read a book that portraits a love story from 1960’s and I’m glad for the change of pace.

I’m so used to insta-love (which I don’t believe in), couples putting accent on physical love (sex), telling “I love yous” that I don’t feel, unnecessary angst and wild nights of drinking and doing stupid things.
But then I read this, and nothing can be more beautiful than innocent love.
This book made me relive what I felt when I discovered boys for the first time. The jo
Kathe L
4,5 stars!

I can't tell how surprised and amazed I am at this book. I had zero expectations and it blew me away!

What can I start with first? Oh right, this is a book that passes in 1960. And we get a main character, Sarah, that is totally what I didn't expect from a women of that time. There's actually a scene that Sarah drops a book in a man's groin (that was hilarious) because he assumed she was working because she didn't have a husband, and if she had one, she would stop working. Because the
Jess ❈Harbinger of Blood-Soaked Rainbows❈
Yay for impromptu buddy reads. Thanks to my lovely friend, Heather for reading this one with me:)

Read a book your friend recommended (Thanks Anna!).

3 stars.

I am very middle of the road here. I have several friends who loved this one. And I liked it. Didn't love it. Didn't hate it. There are a lot of things to like about this novel. But at least for me, there are also several things to not like about it.

This one is classified as paranormal romance. This is kind of a misnomer. This novel is pure,
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
Oct 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Shelby *trains flying monkeys* by: Navessa
Free at Amazon 2-9-15!!

The first part of this book started slowly. Building on Owen and Sarah's history and how they became to be the people they were. I didn't really at this point think I was going to love this book. Sarah's sister Kathy came across as a bitter woman who reminded me of Nellie Olsen. At first..she then changed for me.
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About halfway through the book I really started to enjoy myself and I became very attached to their characters. By the end I felt like I had been on a roller
DNF at 38%.

This was a total snooze for me. In fact, the more I sit here trying to write this review, the more I puzzle over how I lasted 5 whole days before deciding to DNF it. Even writing this review is making me sleepy, so I’ll keep it to the point:

- In the 38% I read not much happened. The author adopted a “tell, not show” policy that was positively sedating.

- The characters seemed liked puppets and I could “see” the author moving their strings. Their voices sounded all the same to me (like
Dnf at 70%

I started this on a whim after seeing some good reviews of some friends.

I just wanted something that would make me want to read, so I started this, and I found myself liking it.

I had never read a paranormal romance in which the paranormal element was so toned down. That alone was interesting.

Also for a story that takes place in the fifties, the characters were surprisingly modern. I should know that sooner or later there would be a catch.

Sarah is a feminist, she knows what she wants, a
May 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Initial reaction: I haven't read a lot of paranormal romances done in the way that T.L. Haddix does "Firefly Hollow" - but it was a rewarding read for me. The biggest critique I would give is that it took a while for this story to get going, but once it did, the payoff was worth it. I really enjoyed the focus on the developing relationship between Sarah and Owen and the familial focus alongside some difficult issues in the mix. I'm certainly looking forward to seeing where the next book goes.

Melissa (Ever So Mela)
I recommend this to anyone who has nothing to do. And I mean ABSOLUTELY Nothing better to do. And maybe not even then.
May 17, 2013 rated it did not like it
I feel a little bad putting this my 'can't bear to finish' shelf, but it's not working for me. The writing is too slow, Sarah is too perfect, Kathy wasn't even that bad considering how even her parents didn't like her, Owen is annoying me with his whining, and so on. I don't know if I'm in a slump or what, but I read to 27% over two days, and I have no desire to continue the rest of the story. :/

I can see why this could work for people though, because Sarah says at some point how she wants to w
Yeah. I didn't not like it but I didn't love it for sure. It was a bit too naive and sweet for my taste.

I didn't really like how Owen went from this mysterious, crusty recluse (at the age of 25 or so?) to this sweet and caring lover. Then to have some alpha characteristics pop out, well, I just didn't buy it.

The conflict between the MCs never seemed all that serious and the side conflict that happened in the gal's family seemed WAY too serious for the rest of the book. I mean there was some ser
Faye, la Patata
A digital copy was provided via NG in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence my thoughts in any way.

Like a moth enchanted by the yellow-orange dancing swirls of a flame, the cover of this book hypnotized me. I have to say, it's very well done and absolutely gorgeous, and the blurb was interesting, too, so it's a no wonder that I instantly requested Firefly Hollow on Netgalley. I know there is a surplus of Romance/PR books out there, but honestly, a lot of those are wasted paper an
Feb 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, english, bbf, 2015
Actual rating : 4.5 stars

Perfect song for this book: Falling Fast by Avril Lavigne

First of all, I want to say that I’m in love with the cover, and the story, and the characters, and with everything this author has created.

Let’s start this review talking about the characters, and I’m going to start with the guy that has become my #1 book boyfriend: Owen Campbell .

The word that best describes him is PERFECTION. Well, he has his flaws and obviously he makes mistakes, but aside from that, he’s p
This was super cheesy. Like, Nicholas Sparks cheesy. I did some serious eye rolling. I'm not gonna lie, I'm slightly ashamed of having given it 4 stars. Maybe I was in just the right mood, maybe I'm losing my edge.

There was a lot more going on besides a slow burn romance that oozed Velveeta. I loved the mother daughter relationship and the other family ties. I liked that the uber bitchy sister actually had hidden depths. The paranormal element wasn't actually a large part of the story.

Total Ga
Aug 03, 2015 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Look at these rave reviews and the book is free for Kindle atm.
Heather *Undercover Goth Queen*
There was a lot to like about this book. It was well-written, the characters were nice people who always did the right thing, and it was set in Appalachia in the late 50s/early 60s.

Unfortunately, this wasn't the book for me.

For me, the characters were too nice. That seems a weird complaint to have, but it's one I've had with other books too. I just don't like reading about perfect, goody-goody people who are so considerate of each other. I guess it's better than the other end of the spectrum, bu
UPDATE: 06/01/15 -
If you were interested in trying out this series Firefly Hollow is currently available for free on amazon. And if you are even remotely interested I highly recommend you get it. Thanks go to Jessica for the heads up.

I want to live in this world.

I feel like I've been saying this a lot lately... this is not my usual type of book. My reading tastes have been all over the place the last couple of months, but you know what, I have found some fantastic books because I have gone so f
Feb 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This first installment in the Firefly Hollow series begins in the 1950s when Sarah Browning is a lonely high school student and a target for her older sister Kathy to pick on. The Browning's property borders the Campbell's who live up on the mountain and are rarely seen. It is understood that one does not cross that border and trespass onto the Campbell's land. However Sarah is unable to resist and begins walking there regularly, which is the first time Owen ever lays eyes on her, though she doe ...more
Mar 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A slow-building romance with paranormal elements that takes place late 1950s, early 1960s Kentucky. While the story took awhile to get rolling, I didn't mind. The writing was lovely, the characters so sweet, and the aura of a quiet rural mountainside county rather refreshing. The Kindle version is free so if you love love stories, I say go for it!.

Sarah and Owen were PRECIOUS. Sarah is so nice and gives off a naïve vibe but she's actually strong minded and can take care of herself. Despite his
May 18, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommended to Sarah by: Navessa
3.5 stars

I'm not sure why but when I picked up Firefly Hollow I was expecting to read a contemporary romance so I was quite surprised to find that it was set in the 1950s - 1960s and also contained characters who were shapeshifters. That isn't a complaint, I'm just mentioning it so that people know what they're getting when they pick up the story. As much as I'd classify this as paranormal romance because of the shapeshifters it actually reads more like one of those historical sagas that follows
Joy (joyous reads)
Jan 19, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: for-review
I haven't had much luck with paranormal reads lately other than the staple series that I follow (JR Ward's BDB, Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark Hunters). I wanted to give this book a chance because I thought I've never really given this genre any attention lately.

Unfortunately, the paranormal element that this book alluded to was subtle. It was predominantly a romance novel highlighting the life in the Appalachians. This was also a - I guess you can call it a period piece since it took place in the fift
Jun 02, 2013 marked it as did-not-finish
Recommends it for: fans of paranormal romance
Did not finish, read up until 33%.

It's been over 4 months since I've started this book and even though I really planned to finish it, it is taking me ages to only just read a few pages once I sit down to read it and I don't feel like reading this book until the rest of the year just to get to the finish line.

I've been so excited to finally read Firefly Hollow because I've heard such great things about it but what I've read is quite disappointing. Maybe it's a case of being let down because of ha
Jan 30, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: partly-read

the only thing that i would say sets this apart from any other paranormal romance is the fact that it is set in the 1950s, but then again maybe not as the narrative and diaologue are much too modern to make this believable and thus work in the hands of another author. other than that... the only other positive things i can think of are that there is no love triangle and the hero does not follow the current trend of being a brooding asshat. even the heroine's sister who's painted as vain, u
The first book in the Firefly Hollow series by T.L. Haddix. Teenager Sarah Browning wanders over to the forbidden Campbell property and finds solace near a stream. It was 1955 and she overheard her sister plotting against her regarding a boy. Then over the years she finds herself coming back frequently. Owen Campbell watches the girl and protects her through the years, until Sarah leaves for the university. But Owen has a secret and cannot reveal himself to Sarah.

I don't read a lot of books set
Nov 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing

What iiiissss this?

Ohhhh :)

This is not something I would have ordinarily picked up if not for this review, but boy am I glad I did!

It did start off a little slow for me. It set the scene, starting when Sarah was fifteen and giving Owen's back story (which is vital to the story), but took some time to set up.

But what the beginning lacked in pace, it made up for in beautiful language.
"Craggy, folded hollows peppered the landscape, looking like nothing more than a green blanket that
Sharon L
Aug 13, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
For more reviews visit my blog The Accidental Reader

There are many reasons to love this book- the effortless beautiful writing, the paranormal side that really is just there without making a big deal out of it, the small town setting, even the time period that is mostly felt through things that are missing than being shoved down you throat.

And still, I can't explain how annoyed I was at this book. You see, both Owen and Sara are really good together. I really loved their interactions when it wa
Elise-Pinterest+Goodreads=The Perfect Book Boyfriend
Oh my. I was suppose to be reading another book and accidentally opened this one on my Kindle instead. Well, after reading the first couple of pages, I thought, might as well. I was so pleasantly surprised. This book is very well written. It is set in the 1960's (I was not expecting that) in the Appalachian hills. It's the story of Sarah Jane and Owen. Sarah Jane is a typical 1960's girl dealing with her budding awareness about womanhood and life, all the while still hanging on to her traditiona ...more
Feb 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a sweet and touching story about love.

This book is a paranormal romance set in 1960 and it's focused on acceptance and the strength of a relationship. There isn't a big evil to beat or a crazy quest to make. Firefly Hollow is the tale of a young man in love with a girl, and he happens to be a shifter.

There are some secrets and surprises and I loved this book. I usually like the bad boy or the billionaire but my real weakness is the sweet gentleman. I got the feeling that this was a bel
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