Tag Archives: Family

Review & Giveaway: Firefly Summer

Firefly Summer

Firefly Summer
By Nan Rossiter
Kensington Publishing Corporation, Paperback, 9781496705037, July 26, 2016, 352pp.

The Short of It:

Tragedy and heartache can ruin a family but for the Quinn sisters, their love for one another helps them come to terms with the events of the past.

The Rest of It:

The Quinn family spent summer after summer at Whit’s End, their summer house on the Cape. With four sisters and one brother they were a formidable bunch but their time on the Cape was always magical and memorable. But in the summer of 1964, eight-year-old Easton drowns under the watch of one of his sisters and the events of that night forever haunt them.

The Quinn sisters, now grown and all living on the Cape, find themselves leaning on one another as they deal with health scares, crumbling marriages, new relationships, addiction and the overwhelming grief they carry with them from that fateful night.

Rossiter is known for writing stories with heart. Firefly Summer is no exception. The setting, the food, their conversations and their real-life struggles make this the perfect summer read.

I’ve had the pleasure of reading all of Nan Rossiter’s novels and they are all wonderful. You can’t  go wrong with any of them. They center around family and she always has these wonderful settings. Check out her website for more information.

Guess what? The author has offered up a copy to giveaway! See details below.


This giveaway is for one copy of Firefly Summer and is open to the US and Canada. A winner will be chosen randomly by me. The book will come directly from the publisher/author Only one entry per person. Giveaway closes on July 31, 2016 (pacific). I will contact the winner for his/her mailing address.



Source: Review copy provided by the publisher.
Disclosure: This post contains Indiebound affiliate links.


Clouds and Rays

While visiting my in-laws over spring break, we ended up losing my father-in-law. A lot of you saw my posts on Facebook so you guys are in the know, but I thought I’d mention it here because I will be away from the blog for a few more days as we attend the funeral and visit with the rest of the family.

What I can tell you is that this was sudden and unexpected and at the same time just horrible to witness. The plus side is that we had one good night with him when we went over there for dinner. He wasn’t feeling well but we got to spend time with him. The next morning was spent in the ER and eventually the ICU. I like to think that he knew we were there but I can’t be certain.

Life. Everyone always says to not take it for granted but of course we do. We get comfortable and don’t pay attention to the important things.

Anyway, The Hub is just trying to process it all. It’s weird how when you lose someone, it doesn’t immediately hit you that they are gone. You catch yourself wanting to pick up the phone or addressing a letter to them, etc. When I lost my father it was that way, and I expect it will be that way for The Hub and his brothers too.

The photo above was taken yesterday. I was trying to explain to The Girl that grandpa is in heaven with Momo and Papa and we both looked up and at that very moment, the sun peeked out of that dark cloud. I don’t know if you can see it but when The Girl blew this photo up, she found three distinct areas of emphasis. Of course, we take this as a sign. A good sign. A comforting sign. Whatever it is, we’ll take it.