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The first time I met Oliver Tanner he was five years old.
I was four.
That day he was entrusted to my keep.
He was as large and loud as a church mouse.
That day I taught him how fireflies were magic with the persistence of a person.
That’s what I loved about them.
No matter how far they strayed,
they remembered where they came from and who their family was.

After high schoo
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Paperback, 224 pages
Published September 9th 2019 by Independently Published
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it.sgottabethebooks
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Claudia Burgoa knows how to pull on my heartstrings. Chasing Fireflies was heartwarming and beautiful.

The friends to lovers, second chance romance was sweet and heartfelt. Oliver and Kaitlynn shared a deep connection, a love that was indestructible even through time and distance. Though, when Oliver finally returned to their small town he found that Kaitlynn build her walls so high that it would take time and patience to penetrate it.

Claudia knocked it our if the park with Chasing Fireflies. Yo
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PP's Bookshelf
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Claudia Burgoa is making me fall in love a bit more with her words in each new story. Chasing Fireflies was a beautiful reading experience for me. My heart bleeds for the lovers and at the same time this story gave me a blissful state of heartwarming emotions. It is worthy of every single stars.

Oliver and Kaitlyn are one of those epic couples. Who will haunt you in your dreams and memories. Who will make you smile and shed tears each time you remember them with certain kind of fondness. Set in t
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Jennifer Olivas
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I grew up in a small town, so this story resonates with me in so many ways. It brings back all of the feelings of my youth. Days and evenings spent playing outside catching bugs and hanging out with your best friends, riding bikes and having little picnics. These are all things that you really don’t appreciate in your youth, especially for those of us just wanting to get out of our small town and into the big world. That is what happened with Kaitlynn and Oliver. They met when they were little k ...more
Ann
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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This book was endearing. So many emotions from happy to sad to sympathy back to elation
Katy and Oliver became friends when they were 4& 5 respectively. They were the best of friends. They discussed everything and there were no secrets between them so they thought. Circumstances separated them for many years. Read this heartwarming story of Katy's and Oliver's lives in this second chance of love.
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Caroline F
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this story when it was first released as Knight of Wands, but I love it even more in this new extended version!

"Fireflies knew how to call each other back home."

Oliver and Kaitlynn have been best friends since childhood, but Ollie became her sister's boyfriend. When Ollie joined the army, they became pen-pals. They poured their hearts out to each other.

Twelve years later, there's been radio silence between them for a number of years. Ollie has retired from the army and is back in town, a
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Michel Reinhard (Saucy Southern Readers)
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Chasing Fireflies by Claudia Burgoa is one of my favorite books she has written. This coming of age romance spans over twenty years of family, friends, life, and love. It captures the complete untainted innocent hearts of children to the jaded, weary hearts after life has reared it’s ugly side. Through it all the the strength of family and friendship is the glue that holds Kaitlyn Blythe and Oliver Tanner together. Their story begins at the precious age of four and five, when popsicles on lazy s
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Nadine Bookaholic
If you have been following my reviews you will know I am a fan of Claudia Burgoa's, her writing has a way of pulling several different emotions out of me whether it's tears or laughter or just a grunt of frustration, she definitely knows how to invoke a response, and this story had me all over the place.

The beginning of this story shows us how close Oliver and Kaitlynn were when they were kids. Oliver and his mother moved into the house next door when he was five and Kaitlynn was four, it was th
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Nova B
Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
Authors stoppppp why would I want to read about the hero hooking up with the sister then the sister(heroine) it’s yucky. This started of cute and then Kelsey kept coming up and I just knew where it was going.
Cate
Sep 05, 2019 rated it liked it
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Paula D
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the cards of love story but more added and oh do I even love it more. We get a glimpse of Oliver and Kaitlynn as kids! .... A beautiful, angst friends to lovers romance that keeps you on your toes till the end. Kaitlynn is trying to keep her parents restaurant going after there death with practically no help until Oliver Tanner the one person Kaitlynn hasn’t seen in years is there. Oliver I loved his character he’s sweet, sexy, honest and makes you swoon! Kaitlynn is so strong and loving ...more
Michelle
Sep 14, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Bookworm Extraordinaire
Sep 10, 2019 marked it as see-personal-note
Sibling Sharing.
BookAddict
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Life gets crazy for all of us, and my reading commitments have gotten a little out of hand, so I almost passed on this book. But it kept niggling at me, nudging me in the back of my mind until I finally listened and downloaded it. Sleep is overrated anyway, right? Oh my heavens, y'all, this book is beyond amazing, and I almost missed it!

It's one of those Sparks-like sagas spanning decades, with enchanting, authentic characters that infiltrate every cell of your being. Where the heart and emotio
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Konny
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Chasing Fireflies was previously published as Knight of Wands in the Cards of Love Anthology. Now edited and extended to a novella.

Meet Kaitlynn and Oliver.
Kaitlynn is a chef and owns the family restaurant. The business is failing and she doesn't know what to do.
Oliver grew up with Kaitlynn, worked at the restaurant, till he left for the military and to top it off, he's her sister's ex. After 12 years away he's back. Has some issues and demons and is a bit lost. When he stumbles over Kaitlynn he
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Jennifer D.
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book! Kit Kat and Ollie worked their way into my heart from the beginning. I loved the way Claudia wrote this! Getting their story from when the first met when they were 4 and 5 and then all their moments growing up as best friends until they parted ways. There is so much longing and heartbreak but at the same time so much love. I felt every emotion (even now, I still feel it all). Once they were both back in Knox Ridge, can they get over their fears of losing their friendship and b ...more
Ellie
Oct 13, 2019 rated it did not like it
Note to self - STOP forgetting that this writer is on your avoid list. Absolute bog water, this.
Kaitie
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Gah! What a sweet and just so amazing read! I’ve been struggling lately so it was nice to find something I could dive right into and stay so invested in. Ollie and Kaitlynn are something special and so is their love. Even if they don’t quite know it at first. And I love the little town of Knox Ridge, love!! Just, I need sweet and romantic and boy did I get it!!
Mandie
Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Chasing Fireflies is my favorite book by this author! I absolutely loved this second chance, friends to lovers romance! It was beautiful! It was emotional! It was epic!
B. C. Booklover
Sep 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
This new release (with a totally hot cover!) by Claudia Burgoa is an updated version of her Cards of Love series contribution- Knight of Wands. With much more added content, the story takes on a new feel as Kaitlynn Blythe and Oliver Tanner's childhood friendship is explored in depth and gives the reader a new understanding of how much their lives were and still are so connected.

Becoming next door neighbors at ages 4 and 5, they spend their days, nights and every spare moment in each others pock
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Janet Taggart Baldwin
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This story was originally published as a novella in the Cards of Love: Knight of Wands. Now it has been enhanced into a full novel and it is wonderful! We get the full story of Ollie and Kaitlyn and their wonderful families and friends in the magical town of Knox Ridge.

Ollie and his mom Josey moved next door to Kaitlyn (his Kit Kat) when he was 5 and she was 4. They became best friends and practically family. They spent every free moment together, catching fireflies and playing under the hot Geo
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Yolanda McGee~Veronica's Reading Vault
Chasing Fireflies is such a beautiful and emotional friends to lovers/ small town/ military romance. It’s an extended version of Oliver and Kaitlynn’s story from the Cards Of Love: Knights Of Wands book and I was beyond thrilled that Ms. Burgoa went into more detail and gave us so much more of these wonderful characters.

Oliver and Kaitlynn’s love story gave me all the feels and of course, Ms. Burgoa just couldn’t write a story without some heartbreak and angst. However, it was well worth it as
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Patricia Rohrs (words we love by blog)
Oliver and Kaitlynn have been friends since well forever! They have been so ingrained in one another’s life that when things start to change neither one knows what to do but they do their best to stay in contact! When life once again changes Ollie finds himself back home but his Kit Kat is no longer who she once was and Ollie is trying to do all he can to salvage what is left of their bond and hoping it’s not to late to start forever, but in a different sense this time!

I love how claudia gave us
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Anna
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
She's his firefly! Floved!

Oliver & Kaitlynn meet as children when he & his mom move in next door. She's from the beloved Blythes and he's a Tanner. He's painted with the old family rep despite only being a young boy. Except Kaitlynn, or as he comes to call her Kit Kat, instantly becomes his person. They spend their childhood as bff's and denying their feelings are more as they grow older. After being away from home for 12 yrs with the military, Ollie comes home to a broken Kit Kat. The story of
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kgagnon
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I fell in Love with Oliver and Kaitlynn when they first appeared in Knight of Wands, as part of the Cards of Love series. Their story was so beautiful and I am so, so happy that Burgoa gave us more of their heartfelt friends to lovers romance!
Oliver and Kaitlynn have been best friends from the moment Oliver and his mom moved in next door when he was 5 years old. They bonded over the magic of fireflies, laughter, and the desire to make each other happy. Oliver was young and made some foolish deci
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April Symes
Chasing Fireflies by Claudia Burgoa is a beautifully written romance. This is Kaitlynn and Oliver's story. Kaitlynn and Oliver have been friends since they were just kids and Kaitlynn had this huge crush on him right up until he started dating her sister, Kelsey. For 3 years they date until Kelsey drops him like he has some contaminated disease. It's then Ollie decides to join the military and then Kaitlynn goes on to school. They write to each other while he’s deployed but the letters slowly ta ...more
Kari Hansen
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Kaitlyn and Oliver were best friends when they were children and over time Kaitlyn’s feelings became much deeper however he was interested in her sister. When he was 18 he decided to pursue a career in the military, but he looked forward to the letters he received from Kaitlyn until they stopped coming.

After the death of her parents Kaitlyn had to put her dreams on hold to manage the restaurant that her parent’s owned but she is struggling under the burden she is carrying with no support. Twelve
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The Book Fairy Reviews
Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a classic tale of fear and love. Fear that the other doesn't share the same feelings. Fear that a friendship so important would be ruined. Fear of never having that fairytale love, so that you let the one person that could destroy it all get in the middle. Fear of a love all consuming that you almost lost it. That is what Oliver had with his Kit Kat and what he almost ruins.
But this isn't just a sad tale of lost love. No. THis is a story of love, pure love. A love that starts as a child'
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K.  Ramjohn
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Chasing Fireflies by Claudia Burgoa was a sweet friends to lovers novel that will hold your interest from beginning to end. This is Oliver and Kaitlynn’s story. These two have known each other since they were small. The story takes us on a journey from the moment they first met and follows them throughout the years. Although they lost touch I loved seeing them reconnect again and rebuild what they once had.
Claudia gave us some well-developed but flawed characters and a flowing storyline with th
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Sandi Thompson
Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I fell in love with this book. Chasing Fireflies was a wonderfully emotional story of growing up, friendship, family loss and love. Ollie and Kit Kat met when he was 5 and she was 4. They spent their days exploring and Kat introduced him to the magic of Fireflies at night. They along with their friend Paige grew up in small town Knox Ridge. Ollie and his widowed Mom, and Kat, her sister Kelsey and her Mom and Dad, who owned Blythes, their family owned restaurant. The Blythes were helpers, and th ...more
S
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The more I read Claudia’s books the more I fall in love with her work and writing style. This story is heartwarming and pulled my heart strings. I was pulled into the story from the get go and kept on turning the pages and didn’t realize I had reached the end. It was a beautifully written love story full of emotions which captivated the readers attention. It’s based in a small town and Claudia has perfectly sketched the small town feel that I felt I was there in the story with the characters see ...more
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