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Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
Publisher: Forever on January 31st 2017
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Genres: Contemporary Romance
Format: eARC - Source: Forever, Netgalley
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 kisses that still shake her to the core. The gentle breeze off the lake, the scent of pine in the air, and the promise of Sean's touch on her skin . . . True, she got her dream job traveling the world. But at what cost?
Sean Carmichael still doesn't know why Charlie disappeared that summer, but after eighteen years, a divorce, and a teenage son he loves more than anything in the world, he's still not over her. All this time and her body still fits against his like a glove. She walked away once when he needed her the most. How can he convince her to stay now?
FTC Disclosure: We received this book/audiobook for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect our opinion of the book or the content of our review.
Book Review: 4 Stars
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 glue to this book and as the story was progressing, I was more intrigued about how it would end up and I can say I’m very satisfied with the ending.
Charlie and Sean loved each other madly and truly when they were teenagers, but once they were 18, Charlie broke up with Sean and left him without giving a real explanation about her decision. They took different paths. Sean stayed in Firefly Lake, run his family business, got married and had a kid, but that marriage ended up in divorce and now he is only devoted to his son and Carmichael’s. Charlie, on the other hand, went to college and became a successful journalist and traveled all over the world. She was fully dedicated to her career and herself. Eighteen years later they were reunited, but they couldn’t be together without opening old wounds, breaking hearts all over again, forgive, but most importantly, understand that they would have to meet each other halfway in order to finally be together.
Naomi and Ty’s story was more lighthearted than their aunt’s and dad’s story. Yes, just like Charlie and Sean fell in love when they were teens, Naomi and Ty fell in love at first sight the day Naomi and her family arrived to Firefly Lake to deal with the family cottage deal. This romance was young and full of teenage drama—just how I love teens’ love stories—and I loved every second of it. *sigh*
All in all, The Cottage at Firefly Lake was a good debut novel, well written, slow paced but with a storyline so greatly developed that intrigued me enough to keep reading until the end, crying like a baby and falling in love with all these characters that are now in my collection of book boyfriends and book girlfriends.