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Firefly Cove

(Miramar Bay #2)

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I have this, Lucius thought to himself. I have today.
 
Since the age of seven, Lucius Quarterfield has known he is dying. Doctors told him he had a bad ticker and might not live to see his next birthday. But somehow, the frail yet determined boy managed to hang on and surprise everyone. Lucius not only survived to adulthood, he thrived, turning a small car dealership into
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Kindle Edition, 321 pages
Published December 26th 2017 by Kensington
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Dave Milbrandt
Nov 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I recently received a complimentary copy of Firefly Cove in exchange for an honest appraisal of its merits.

I have enjoyed Davis Bunns work for years, but must admit I was a bit trepidatious when I discovered his most recent title was a romance novel, as that is not a genre I typically read.

It turns out my concern was unwarranted. Bunn, as always, writes almost in a poetic fashion, weaving together phrases and sentences that move the narrative along, but enchant the reader along the way. I am
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Karen R
"What will you do with the gift of your next breath?"

A unique story delivered with flawless writing set along the beautiful Central California coast. A different sort of book than I've read before by this veteran author, with a bit of romance and a plot twist that left me wondering where it would end.

Out of all the characters, I really liked the grandmother, Sonya. Her compassion and kindness in friendship towards Luke was convicting. So often we judge and hold back out of fear in offering help
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Frosty61
Jan 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm not a big fan of romance or time travel novels, but this one doesn't really fit the stereotype for those. Lucius has gotten through life by being successful yet he is mostly just trying to survive by dealing as best he can with his battered, sickly body. His loneliness is paramount to the story. His doomed relationship with the beautiful Jessica is heart wrenching. When he dies and is 're-born' into a younger, healthier body, his life truly begins and he has new battles to fight. The main ...more
Christine
Jan 30, 2018 rated it liked it
This was a very bizarre book, but somehow, in true Davis Bunn style, I was rooting for the man who had died 40 years ago and come back to life in a different person's body. I think Davis Bunn has written in just about every genre and he always does it well -- even if I wish he'd just go back to Christian suspense.
Deb Haggerty
Dec 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Debs Dozen: Life regained. What will he do with the new breath granted him?

In Firefly Cove, the second book of the Miramar Bay series, Davis Bunn has written a time-travel book of a different sort. Reminiscent of Somewhere in Time, the Jane Seymour-Christopher Reeve movie based itself on a novel, Time After Time, Firefly Cove also involves lost loves.

Lucias Quarterfield has been ill practically his whole life. Because of his illness, hes become a loner-afraid of friendship because doctors tell
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Nadine Keels
Dec 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ever since Lucius was a boy, doctors have told him he's dying, on account of his bad heart. Although Lucius has made it to adulthood anyway and has become a successful businessman, he knows his time is finally running out. Because he wants the woman he loves to be free of him before the end, he pulls away from her in Firefly Cove, a novel by author Davis Bunn.

It was in promotional copy covering both this book and Miramar Bay that I first saw the "Nicholas Sparks" comparison. From a marketing
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Edward Arrington
As the story opens in 1969 and the doctor tells Lucius on the second page that he is dying, my mind was questioning where this story was headed. According to the back cover blurb, Lucius and Jessica are falling head over heels in love, so what is romantic about him dying? The problem for me was that Davis Bunns mind does so much better at developing a story more intriguing than I could even imagine: a romance with a suspenseful twist, a romance unlike any I have read previously. Bunn held my ...more
Annie Mee
Jan 17, 2020 rated it it was ok
The story is certainly compelling and very unusual. Well written. But puzzling. Perhaps confusion is good for the digestion, as Jessica observed.

I finally realized what was missing: Jesus Christ. I did a word search and couldn't find Jesus or Christ or Lord in the book anywhere. Two of the characters say they are Christian, and Luke does go to church with Sonja: but their conversation was philosophical rather than spiritual. Nothing was mentioned of the actual church service. The church was
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Phillip Cole
Dec 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Lucius Quarterfield returns to Miramar Bay, and the love of his life, just to die in her arms. He awakens as a different man in a different time, and with a chance to make changes in who he used to be.

I always enjoy reading Davis Bunn's books, and Firefly Cove is no different. He is able to make new things seem familiar, and you can imagine being there with the characters as the story progresses. The characters themselves are easy to relate to and understand.

The plot of Firefly Cove is about
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Melissa
Nov 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
The second book in Bunn's Miramar Bay series is as delightful and magical as the first. A bit of magical realism goes a long way, and this novel is heartwarming from start to finish. Lucius is a wonderful character; his personality shines on each page and begs readers to get to know him better. Asha and Dino and the rest of the supporting characters are relatable and endear themselves to readers. Cameos of characters from the first book of the series make everything more enjoyable. This tale is ...more
Patrice
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: allegory
This book! Engrossing, original, brilliant and utterly unexpected. If I was a bookseller, I would have no idea how to shelve this; it defies classification. I've seen it described as a romance, but having read plenty of them, I disagree. Even those I enjoy are formulaic and predictable, which this is most definitely NOT. Romance is a minor thread in Firefly Cove's plot, not its center. It's a love story in a truer sense; love is the driving force in the character's lives - genuine, sacrificial ...more
Margaret Nelson
Dec 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think I've read all of Davis Bunn's books. I really enjoyed the first one in this series, Miramar Bay. This new one, Firefly Cove, was not at all what I expected. When I first heard about the title, I thought, Is this set in California again? California doesn't have fireflies! (I've lived in California all life.) So after Googling, I discovered California DOES have fireflies.

Next, I expected your normal, happily-ever-after romance. Be warned this book is NOT your normal romance. Have your
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Marissa Shuler
For readers who enjoy stories of defying death by waking up in someone else's body decades later and that contain quite a bit about human psychology and various disorders this would be a decent read. The story starts out in the late 1960's and then flashes forward to present-day for the remainder of the novel.

For what this book was, it was just ok for me. It wasn't too uninteresting that I didn't finish it, however it lacked suspense or a sense of fun feeling that a lighter read like this
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Barbara
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book had me rushing to read and rushing to turn the pages.... it was that good! A bit of an unusual story from anything I have ever read before, and the writing itself was captivating. What seemed impossible became possible the further I read.

Lucius Quarterfield, age 28, is a very sick man, and supposedly does not have much time left on this earth. He is infatuated with a lovely young woman named Jessica but feels torn about furthering the relationship due to his illness.

Luke Benoit is a
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Caitlin Janke
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads, arcs
I received an arc through goodreads first-reads.
I want to start off by saying the synopsis for this novel is a little misleading. Going in I expected the whole book to be based in the same time period and be based on Lucuis living out the rest of the life his heart condition gives him. Thats not what this novel is about at all. The synopsis only covers the first part of the novel before it changes to modern day and a group of new main characters are introduced.
This novel appears to be a
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Sue
Aug 24, 2018 rated it liked it
FIREFLY COVE by Davis Bunn is the second book in the Miramar Bay series. It appears that miracles can happen in Miramar Bay and in 1963 (??) only a miracle could help Lucius Quarterfield.
A successful entrepreneur, Lucius has found the love of his life. Only both know that his life has only a few moments left, and we read the first pages we quickly learn that those moments pass without a miracle. Fast forward to the present, and a different Lucius (Luke, really) makes the decision to end his
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Jenn O'Brien
Jun 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book was a continuation of the Miramar Bay series. I was surprised, pleasantly so, that this is not the case. Yes, there is mention of the town in this book and two brief scenes in the restaurant from book one, but this really is a standalone story with a turn that I was SO not expecting.

Fans of the 1980 movie Somewhere in Time will find strong parallels to this book - asking the question: can love transcend time? and what would you do for a love lost through generations? I was
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Tracie
Dec 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Davis Bunns second Miramar Bay novel, Firefly Cove, kept me reading to find out what would happen next. I wondered, along with the main characters, about the truth behind Luke Benoits story. Other characters provided valuable insight and I appreciated that aspect of the story. Bunn does a good job interweaving Lukes and Lucius stories, while keeping the characteristics of each clear for readers. Asha, Dino, and Sonya play strong roles as significant characters, and its interesting to observe the ...more
Deb Ristow
I received this book as part of the Goodreads Giveaway program. When Lucius Quarterfield wakes up after being pronounced dead, he doesnt recognize the person in the mirror. The last he can remember is the health issues that kept him from the love of his life when he distanced himself from his true love Jessica in an effort to keep her from the heartbreak that was soon to follow upon his death. In Lucius current life, he is known as Luke and is being treated for psychological issues after his ...more
Elizabeth
Oct 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Bunn's writing is always smooth and enjoyable to read. This story was a tad bizarre where a man who has died 49 years prior finds he is alive again in the body of a troubled young man. What follows is intriguing as to how this man realizes he is alive again and has to convince his therapist he is not a suicide risk like the man whose body he now inhabits was.

What I felt missing was what supposedly happened to the "soul" or "personality" of the young man? We know he was troubled, a high suicide
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Kathleen Gray
Dec 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A lovely unusual love story. Suspend belief to truly enjoy this as there's a bit of magical realism that makes it sing. Lucius/Luke, Jessica, Dino, and Asha are all characters you'll come to admire and root for. How to explain what happens? Well, as much as we believe in science, sometimes there's something out there that makes things right for the world, and in this case it's for Lucius, who had a hard time from the beginning. Thanks to Edelweiss for the ARC. If you read Miramar Bay, you'll be ...more
William
I've been a fan of Davis Bunn since very early on; I think we've got some of the early ones in our collection somewhere. This one is significantly different in topic than any of the early ones, but the writing is still excellent and this was a very enjoyable and compelling read, partially because of the topic. It kind of pushes some boundaries of genre, because the main subject of the book, other than the characters, is near death experience and their effect on an individual, and those around ...more
Susan
Feb 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very quirky not what I expected but I enjoyed it tremendously. Davis Bunn has his own distinct style. I thought it was going to be something altogether different. Lucius Quarterfield is a small business owner of a car dealership in a small town Miramar Bay. He is very sick and does not have much time to accomplish what he wants to. He is in love with a dentist's daughter Jessica Waverly and breaks up with her but returns and consequently dies in her arms. The twist is he comes back to life in ...more
Patricia Levack
Apr 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Firefly Cove is a heart warming book about second chances. For Lucius a second chance at life and to be with his first love, Jessica. For Asha and Dino a second chance at starting a new life together. As therapist they are confronted by Luke's rebirth as Lucius. They almost lose the relationship that has just started to bloom over the difference in their beliefs of what is going on, is it split personality or reincarnation. The "loneliness man" has to convince them of who he is or be ...more
Beth
Mar 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The edition I read had a picture of side by side beach chairs, water and a sailboat. As a "beach person", I was in a hurry and looking for light reading. It was not as expected. This is an unusual but well crafted tale of an almost suicide death person whose personality changed into one from the past, and an aged bitter lady who reactivates love and changes as she moves towards death. It is also about a Doctor of Psychology and his female young mentee student, Asha, who find love, fall apart and ...more
Ellen
Jan 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received this book "Firefly Cove" from Netgalley for my honest review.

I did enjoy reading this book. As you are reading you really don't know what to expect next. The doctor tells Lucius that he is dying and really there is no hope. This was 1969 but the story develops into the future and could Lucius still be alive? The story has some twists and I liked the characters. Could this happen in real life? Lucius getting a second chance with the love of his life? This book will touch your heart.
Natasha du Plessis
Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Firefly Cove was my first book by Davis Bunn and I really enjoyed this book a lot. I love fantasy books and this book bordered on being a fantasy. I loved Lucius and how when he woke up he did not go and sit in a corner but started making things work for him. I loved the younger Jessica but not so much the older one, she was a bit hard, maybe it had to do with her age. I am glad that they could reconnect again and that Jessica could do for Lucius what he did for her years ago.
A great read that I
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Andrea
Jun 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Lucius Quarterfield, age 28, is a very sick man and has lived longer than the doctors ever predicted. He is a very successful business owner of auto dealerships. The year is 1968. He recently met a wonderful girl, Jessica, who cares for him in spite of his illness. He dies alone wanting to save Jessica from his illness. In his will, he leaves her everything.

Present day, Lucas, a failing troubled college student od's on drugs. He comes back to life as Lucius.

This sounds corny, but it is a
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Sherry
Jan 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
In Firefly Cove, Davis Bunn writes an engaging story of love, loss, and second chances--for Lucius, a sad, lonely, dying young man; for Jessica, the girl he loves and has turned away; and for Asha and Dino, a graduate student therapist and her supervisor. The tension between scientific explanation and the great mysteries of the unknown fuels a beautiful story with likable characters and compelling writing. This is a story that will stay with the reader beyond the final page. I received an ...more
Ann
Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. Davis Bunn is a prolific author and I hope he decides to return to Miramar Bay for additional stories. I wish I could classify this story in one particular genre but it covers many with it's layers of intrigue. It does start with a romance, it incorporates a little magic and time travel. It is unique and the characters are to "die" for. I liked the medical community trying to explain Lucius and Luke. A great read for all ages from teen to elderly. It would be on my Christmas ...more
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Davis Bunn is an internationally-acclaimed author who has sold more than seven million books in twenty languages.

Honored with four Christy Awards for excellence in historical and suspense fiction, Davis was inducted into the Christy Hall of Fame in 2014.

His bestsellers include The Great Divide, Winner Take All, The Meeting Place, The Book of Hours, and The Quilt. A sought-after lecturer in the
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