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Fireflies and Magnolias

(Dare River #3)

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From USA Today Bestselling Author Ava Miles of the #1 National Bestseller NORA ROBERTS LAND comes an emotional, heartwarming romance with a touch of magic and mystery—perfect for fans of Debbie Macomber and Susan Mallery.

"Ava's story is witty and charming." Barbara Freethy #1 NYT bestselling author on Nora Roberts Land

Amelia Ann Hollins might have been raised to be a swe
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Kindle Edition, 338 pages
Published February 24th 2015 by Ava Miles Inc.
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Carol [Goodreads Addict]
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Fireflies and Magnolias is book #three in the Dare River series by Ava Miles. I have been in love with this series since I read the first book in the series, Country Heaven. This family has lodged themselves into my heart. This is the story of Amelia Ann and Clayton. This book will literally shred your heart into little tiny pieces and then put it all back together again.

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Rye, Tammy, Amelia Ann and their father have all escaped their oppressing mother/wife and now are all living in Dare River.
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Jonetta
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Law student Amelia Ann Hollins, youngest sister of country music star Rye Crenshaw, is determined to get Clayton Chandler to acknowledge they have chemistry and need to start acting on it. Trouble is, Rye's his best friend and his boss (Clayton is his deputy manager). She's coming on strong and he's doing a great job of keeping her at arm's length.

One more thing...
Amelia Ann's got a few secrets. No one knows that she was the tabloid leak who disclosed Rye's payoff to sister Tammy's
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Dianne
When your heart sings a song of love, only the soft tones of an accompanying guitar can make your feelings a ballad. Too bad Clayton Chandler and Amelia Ann Hollins, country music star Rye Crenshaw’s baby sister seem to hit sour notes every time they are together. The harder she comes on, the more distant Clayton becomes. How can she convince him they were made to make sweet music together when he pulls the “I’m your brother’s best friend” or “You are too young, and naive about the world,” and m ...more
Winter Sophia Rose
Jul 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Encouraging, Heartwrenching, Tragic, Heartwarming, Fascinating & Intense! An Excellent Read! I Loved It!
Diane
Feb 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2015, arc-author
If you haven't visited Dare River yet, now is the time to jump in. Once again, Ava Miles creates a story that will make you smile, laugh and cry.

The trials and tribulations of families, how they overcome and become stronger, are what make up this magical book.



"I received an eBook copy from the publisher for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own."
Beverly
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful

Oh Ava this book had me crying buckets. What those poor ladies are going through is just so wrong. The families in these books makes my heart stretch more with pride like I know them. These stories are truly beautiful and wonderful. Thankyou Ava hugs xx
Sandy
Feb 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Returning to Dare River is like coming home. If you have read the previous books in the series, you feel like you are a part of the family, and have just been away for a while. It feels good to be back, and reacquainted – a chance to catch up. This is the story of Clayton Chandler and Amelia Ann Hollins – and what a story it is! Amelia Ann is famous country star Rye Crenshaw’s baby sister. Clayton is Rye’s deputy manager and best friend. They have both harbored feelings for each other, but have ...more
Kerry
Feb 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
I loved everything about this book! While I have read a few Dare Valley books, this is the first book I have read from the spin-off Dare River series. This book really does stand alone, and the author quickly but effectively sets up the necessary family dynamics from books 1 and 2 without making it feel like a summary. While I certainly want to read these books to learn more about the characters' stories, I didn't feel like I was missing out going into this story.

Clayton and Amelia Ann were just
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Pat
Feb 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Ms. Miles newest novel in the Dare River Series, is a joy to read. Full of southern charm, families, love and mistrust. It also has a little magic to warm your heart.

Amelia Ann Hollins is a young woman attending law school, and volunteering at women's shelters in her off time. It's a cause very close to her heart after learning of her sister's years of abuse from her very wealthy and well known husband. Her sister is doing well now, in love with the perfect man for her and her children. Amelia
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Allison
Feb 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Fireflies usually mean the start of summer in the south, but for Clayton and Amelia Ann it was the start of an unconventional relationship. Clayton is the best friend and manager of Rye Crenshaw, Amelia Ann’s old brother and famous country singer. When circumstances place Amelia Ann with Clayton to plan a benefit concert for domestic violence, Amelia Ann’s passion for the cause puts Clayton in the roll of hero. As much time and heart Amelia Ann devotes to working for a nonprofit domestic violenc ...more
Anna
Feb 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Amelia Ann has always been the quintessential Southern girl. But when her family goes through some changes, she realizes she needs to start living for herself. And what she wants is Clayton. So she sets her sights on him relentlessly. When a secret she is keeping emerges, will it be the end before they even have a chance.

Clayton knows that he cannot get involved with Amelia Ann no matter what he feels. She is his best friends baby sister and you just don't do that. Not to mention being younger a
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Nanda
Apr 30, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been really enjoying this series, and I love the writing - Ava is a really talented author. My only problem with this book was the way Clayton treated Amelia Ann most of the time. I think there's a difference between being gruff and being mean, and he crossed that line a few times in the story. Maybe that'd be reason for a 4-stars rating, not 3. But - SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER
... But I didn't like the end. There was this conflict, and Clayton broke things off with Amelia, in a really predicta
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Dawn
Feb 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Another great trip to Dare River! This series just keeps getting better and better. What do you get when you expertly intertwine a sensitive, serious subject with a very determined southern belle and a stubborn hot guy? Fireflies and Magnolias by Ava Miles! This book had everything that I love in a book - something to make me laugh, make me cry, make me think. Devastating reality, secrets, forgiveness, family, and new love all made for an amazing read. Amelia Ann and Clayton's love story did not ...more
Ginny
Feb 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is the third in the Dare River Series. This story is Amelia Ann and Clayton's story. Amelia Ann is a law student, has an internship at a "fancy" law office which her brother's best friend and Manager Clayton secured for her, and volunteers in a law practice for an under-served community. She is determined to be successful, to throw off the southern princess helpless labels, and to be her own woman. She is also in love with Clayton, who is avoiding her, and she is harboring a family sec ...more
Bigedsgirl1
I really enjoyed this 3rd installment in Ava Miles' Dare River series! Clayton and Amelia Ann are a couple that you root for, while at the same time wanting to smack Clayton upside his head a time or two. To put it mildly, he's got some issues; one of which is trusting a woman with secrets, and Amelia is hiding one from not only him, but her family as well. The backdrop to their romance is the planning and executing of a benefit concert to spotlight the plight of domestic abuse victims and raise ...more
Linda Rimer-Como
Feb 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Another fantastic book in the Dare River series and each one gets better and better. A well written story and the characters have great connections to each other. I love how the storyline revolves around one couple but entwines with all the others. Amelia Ann and Clayton are attracted to one another but a secret could destroy everything. This story pulled me in fro the start and held me until the end and I laughed and cried throughout. This book is well worth reading.

Received copy for review.
Samie Kauchis
Jul 03, 2015 rated it liked it
I might have given this one 4 stars, like I have every other except... Clayton was a royal jerk through 90% of the book. Even when he and Amelia Anne were supposed to be happy together he was dickish. Acting like he was better than her because he was practically a manwhore and she was the innocent virgin who had no life experience. Kinda got old fast. Despite this, I did finish the book and while I can't see what Amelia Anne sees in him, they got their HEA.
Bev Fasig
Mar 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
As always, an emotion packed read. Ava's books are true page turners!
Alison
May 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Really loving Ava Miles writing style

Amelia Ann & Clayton's story was painful to read as it felt dragged out but I still totally enjoyed it
Maria
Feb 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Let's see....here we have the story of the youngest sibling, Amelia Ann, law student and domestic abuse advocate. Her love, Clayton Chandler, so he's a little older than big deal oh yea....he's her country super star brother' best friend and business manager.

Its a sweet story full of lost love and betrayal that scars the soul so that something real and true has a hard time living under all that hurt.

He looks to his dearly departed (country music legend) daddy for guidance and a sign as to what
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Marcy
Jul 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
From USA Today Bestselling Author Ava Miles of the #1 National Bestseller NORA ROBERTS LAND comes an emotional, heartwarming romance with a touch of magic and mystery—perfect for fans of Debbie Macomber and Susan Mallery.

"Ava's story is witty and charming." Barbara Freethy #1 NYT bestselling author on Nora Roberts Land

Amelia Ann Hollins might have been raised to be a sweet magnolia, but she’s found her inner fire—the quest for justice. The secrets she carries and a tragedy from her past prompt
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Debbie
Dec 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love All Around

I enjoy a series with characters who seem real, and in Fireflies and Magnolias, they do seem real. One thing I like about he characters is that while they are quite well off financially and have lived very privileged lives, they still have the same worries and problems as " normal" people.

This book does connect the family seen in previous novels and does it well without having to retell earlier novels. With the characters, we see growth as they realize things they have done which
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Susan
Apr 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Although I like them both, Clayton & Amelia Ann aren't my favorite couple; still the romance was believeable.
The domestic abuse plot loomed large and was heartbreakingly good. I do wish something had been mentioned about emotional abuse, which can be devastating on its own and which often preceded or accompanies physical abuse. With most of the Hollins family, including the children being victims of emotional abuse and witnessing the emotional effects of physical abuse on Jascinda's children
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Sara
Feb 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing - Pure emotional journey

What an amazing story that encompasses a love story, Fresno coverage of domestic violence, plans around a benefit coverage and meeting new characters. I’ve been up until 1 am each of the last three nights reading the first 3 books in this series with tears running down my cheeks as I read the last words craving more.

This series is beyond fabulous. I love the characters and getting to meet and discover new ones in the rich tapestry this author has stitched. 5 stars
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Ljones
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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What a rich story about family, secrets, deception, forgiveness and love. I love how this series weaves all of the books in the series together. This can be read as a standalone, but you will want to devour the entire series. Amelia Ann has loved Clayton, her brothers best friend, for a long time. They pick at each other whenever they are together.. Can she get him to give her a chance? Amelia Ann has secrets she has kept from her family. What will happen if her secrets come out? Will her famil
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Anne Peugh
Apr 18, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Tedious beyond measure!

I read the first in this series, Country Heaven, and really liked it. Book 2 was not nearly as good but I read book 3, Fireflies and Magnolias, to finish the family stories. I really had to flip through many pages to get through. This "hero" was unlikeable and I couldn't fathom why the "heroine" liked him, let alone loved him. However, I did like the strong message against abuse against women.
Liz
Jul 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Easy read. I really like that these characters are son intertwined over the series. It makes you really get to know them better and feel more connected. Again, predictable but a very good read. I liked how the female lead shows she's tougher than expected. Still deals with domestic violence, but from the outside more.
Debbie D
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book

This is the second time I've read this book. Ms. Miles handling of the difficult subject of abuse handled well. I loved how she dealt with the forgiveness within a family and friends wonderfully insightful. I highly recommend any book written by this author. She quickly became a favorite of mine
Consuelo Ornelas
Anger an love?

Amazing these two words go hand in hand. A story written in such a way that will have you happy and in tears. Heart of mine don’t ache so as I read this story....I have known friends in this situation with no idea how to see a light with a better direction. We are blessed with our Lord in our souls.
Thank you Ava for such a moving story❤.
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Kath
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved this story, both heart warming and heartbreaking at times. It delves deeper into violence against women as AA continues her her career in law, specialising in helping those victims.
The families new found togetherness has some ups and downs but there are some surprising turnabouts for some. Lovely to read, I felt part of this ever growing family and could feel the love.
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