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The Cottage at Firefly Lake

(Firefly Lake #1)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  256 ratings  ·  71 reviews
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 kisse
Paperback, 368 pages
Published January 31st 2017 by Forever
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Suzanne Leopold (Suzy Approved Book Reviews)
Charlotte Gibbs has returned with her sister Mia to sell their parent’s summer cottage at Firefly Lake. She hasn’t been back in eighteen years and returning has stirred up memories of past summers. When she last departed Firefly Lake she ended all communication with her boyfriend, Sean Carmichael and the community. She never explained her behavior and her parents were very influential in her actions.

Sean Carmichael grew up in Firefly Lake and currently runs the family marina with his brother. He
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3.5 Stars
The Cottage at Firefly Lake is Jen Gilroy's debut romance book, but you honestly can't tell. She effortlessly brings this wonderful tale of second chances to us in such a sweet and romantic way that you won't want to put this book down.

I really liked Charlotte and Sean together and I was so happy that they didn't give up on each other. They were far from perfect characters but seeing them try to move past thei
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3.5 stars
DJ Sakata
Favorite Quotes:

Words were her business. Why was it sometimes so hard to find the right ones?

Uncle Trevor said you were all over her like a bad case of poison ivy.

You ever think you’re telling other people’s stories because you can’t face your own?

My Review:

The Cottage at Firefly Lake was a fairly realistic and thoughtful story with real-life issues and small town family concerns familiar to many. The characters were relatable and not always likable and sometimes frustrating, just like most peop
Ann Lorz
Reviewed for Romancing the Readers Blog:

I noticed this book months before it came out and I kept thinking how much I wanted to read it. Of course I knew that with how busy my blogging schedule is that wouldn't be happening anytime soon. So I came up with a plan...pick it as my joint review for Book Club Thursday!


I know I am. And it worked. I was able to fit it in because of that. The life of a book review blog! Crazy I know. Ha!

One of the thing
Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
3.5 stars

The Cottage at Firefly Lake is a book about summer memories and past regrets… and what to do when they catch up with you in the present.

On the surface level, this debut novel crafts a poignant story in a small lake town that comes alive, thanks to the author’s skill at setting. With descriptions that are tucked away naturally in the fabric of the plot, readers gain a vivid image of Firefly Lake without being bogged down in details. The bittersweet reunion of Sean and Charlotte (Charlie
Arlene McFarlane
Mar 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This sweet, tender love story, beautifully written by Jen Gilroy, will leave you wanting to revisit Firefly Lake.

Charlie and Sean have had their history, but when they're reunited after many years trying to forget each other, broken promises and broken hearts reemerge. Family and forgiveness weigh heavily on Charlie's heart, and little does she know Sean has been struggling with his own feelings of guilt.

This debut author weaves the details of THE COTTAGE AT FIREFLY LAKE in such a poignant way,
Linda Zagon
Sep 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing

 "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 descriptio
Linda Zagon
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
 "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 descript
Oct 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Cottage at Firefly Lake by Jen Gilroy is a second chance romance set in the small town of Firefly Lake, Vermont featuring Charlotte Gibbs and Sean Carmichael. As the book opens, Charlotte is back at Firefly Lake with her sister Mia in order to sale their parents’ lake cottage. It has been a long time since she has been in Firefly Lake; when she was young, she and Mia used to spend long summers there with their family, and Charlotte was in love with one of the locals, Sean Carmichael. The las ...more
Angy Potter - Collector of Book Boyfriends
In my quest of looking for new authors and different kind of stories, I found The Cottage at Firefly Lake, the debut novel of Jen Gilroy, a beautiful love story about family, forgiveness, overpassing fears and of course, true love. This book features two stories, Charlie and Sean’s as the main couple and Naomi and Ty’s as secondary couple. These romances are entangled between family secrets, pride, mistakes, lies, open old wounds, and the future of a whole traditional town. This mix had me g ...more
Dec 08, 2016 rated it liked it
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
Misty (Reds Romance Reviews)
Jan 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 s ...more
Beyond the Pages
Dec 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was a beautiful, heart-warming second chance love story. It was filled with amazing characters, real-life challenges, familial conflicts, disturbing secrets and more. I laughed. I cried. I hoped. Well done!

Rating: 4.5/5
Recommend: Yes
Chemistry/Intensity: Yes
Drama/Conflict: Yes
Humor/Wit: Yes
Family Dysfunction: Yes
Strong Protagonists: Yes
Interesting Supporting Characters: Yes
Stand Alone: Yes
Series: Yes
HEA: Yes
Want More: Yes

Books and Spoons
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
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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 nev
Apr 06, 2017 rated it liked it
This was a rather sad story when it came to the main characters' past and family issues. I guess the romance was alright, but there was a lot of pain between Charlotte and Sean from their past. The description of the setting was pretty good and I could picture myself at Firefly Lake. I don't mind quaint forest towns since I've gone up north a quite a few times and enjoy some parts of that nature. The focus on the beauty of nature is better than romanticizing small communities. Not saying that cl ...more
books are love
Jan 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great second chance romance. Rocky moments for Sean and Charlie for they are both so stubborn and set in their ways. Charlie is also afraid. Afraid that Sean will put his business first.

Sean is a caring and gentle guy. He is responsible and family oriented. His love for his son is great and he empathizes with him even though it doesn’t seem it. He also trusts him and seeing them work on their relationship is awesome. Sean is also hiding his heart and trying not to let anyone in. He had such a in
Julie Stock
Nov 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It took me a little while to get into this second chance romance, but once I did, I really enjoyed the story. The setting was beautifully described and the characters are all well-drawn, especially Charlie and Sean. I found the backstory to their earlier relationship especially poignant, and the author skilfully weaves all the different strands of the plot together in a way that makes the second half of the book a compelling read. I really enjoyed it and look forward to reading the other books i ...more
Feb 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
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The Cottage at Firefly Lake is a book about second chances. Not just the second chance at love that forms the backbone of the story, but also a second chance at family, and a second chance at life. Or perhaps that last would be better referred to as a “do over” at life. You be the judge.

Charlotte and Mia Gibbs have returned to Firefly Lake to sell their late mother’s cottage. It’s the place where they spent their summers, and it’s all they have left of thei
Jan 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Cottage at Firefly Lake is Jen Gilroy's debut book and the first in a promising new series. I can't wait to see what this talented new author has in store for us lucky readers. I know I certainly enjoyed this book and I can't wait to see what she comes up with next.

The Cottage at Firefly Lake contains all the great things that makes for an awesome read. There is romance, family relationships,past secrets, and a nice amount of drama to keep those pages flipping.

Charlotte Gibbs has lead an exc
I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. I've procrastinated writing my suggested review because I wish I had something more original to say about this book than the other posted, positive reviews.

The truth is that I am rarely enticed to read contemporary romance, preferring the rich detail offered by many historical Highlander, medieval, Americana and western authors.

However, I have enjoyed many contemporary romance books for a variety of reasons, whether it was due to the story line, the autho
Cyndi Becker
Jan 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Jen Gilroys' The Cottage At Firefly Lane is a heart-stirring debut centering around forgiveness and second chances. Charlotte "Charlie" Gibbs returns home to sell her mothers cottage and is almost immediately faced with her past, her first and only love Sean Carmichael. Their deep but long ago connection, one that is nearly beyond repair, forms the basis for the story line but the story is not limited to these two characters and the past. The family interactions that Gilroy paints shows the inte ...more
Lisa Mccrey
Feb 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Such a sweet love story. When I got the request to review this I was super excited because 1. I loved the blurb and 2. I was given the option of an E-book or a paperback! I love my Kindle but I truly enjoyed flipping the pages of an actual book. Ok, that has nothing to do with the story just a cute tidbit, but I digress. This second chance love story wasn't sacchrine sweet nor was it super angsty either. I was a great mix of both which made it enjoyable.

I love how stable, strong and loyal Sean
DNF @ 100 pages

I'm not one to shy away from DNF'ing. But this year I promised myself to do it more often. There is absolutely no point in finishing something I'm not enjoying. Especially when I have a billion books on my ever-growing TBR.
This isn't a bad book, there's just nothing compelling me to finish it. Let's just call it dull. It's funny because it's not overly dramatic yet it is. One character has just lived through a near death experience; plus her past includes two recently dead parents
Hope Burton
Mar 14, 2017 rated it did not like it
This was so bad that I don't even want to spend the time writing about it on my blog.

Charlie was one of the worst protagonists I've come across. Sean took so much heat for stuff he couldn't control.

The only realistic and good part about this book was the dog.
Andrea Guy
Jun 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm a sucker for novels like like this. If you like authors like Debbie Macomber, Mary McNear, Susan Mallery etc.

This is a novel of second chances. I've been reading a lot of those lately. Sean and Charlotte had a thing back in their school days. Things have happened and they have a shot at togetherness again.

Charlotte takes a little bit of time to get used to. I've noticed lately that I've been liking the heroes more than the heroines in the romance novels I've been reading. I don't know if its
Jul 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Are you ever able to truly let go of the past? As a teenager Charlotte Gibbs loved visiting the family cottage on Firefly Lake. While her father was distant and off having affairs, Charlotte loved the simplicity of time spent at the lake with her mother and sister. Most of all, she loved Sean Carmichael. Friends as children, they grew into teenage lovers that imagined a world together. Unfortunately, events took them in other directions.

Now eighteen years later, Charlotte is unexpectedly back. N
Paula Ratcliffe
This book follows Charlotte Gibbs whose is back on Firefly Lake to sell her mother's cottage after her death. The girls Charlotte and Mia need the money. What Charlotte wasn't prepared for was seeing Sean her boyfriend from when she was younger.

Sean Carmichael is doing the safe thing not taking many risks and helping everyone in the family achieve their dreams but at what cost? Sean hadn't seen Charlotte in so many years after they broke up. Which left him with questions. Why Charlie left and wh
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I realize now that throughout my reading journey, I totally forgot to update my progress... even once. Sorry, not sorry. 😉

Charlie and Sean's story ended 18 years ago when she broke his heart, her own, and carried secrets no one, let alone a fledging young adult, should have to carry by themselves. Flash forward to the present, and while the years changed them in some dramatic ways, it didn't touch those things that matter most. Can we say unfinished business? There's a lot of work to do, both p
Kendra Needs
Jan 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
THE COTTAGE AT FIREFLY LAKE by Jen Gilroy is the first book by this author (it appears to be) and this debut book was just amazing, and look forward to reading more by this author and this series.

The story in this book was very well written and developed and the plot was very fast paced, filled with honest to goodness love/romance story between Charlotte and Sean, with a small side teen love story between Sean's son and Charlottes niece.  It has been a while since a story has pulled on my hearts
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