3 out of 5 stars
IN FIREFLY VALLEY was a refreshing story that traveled at a carefree pace.
Marissa St. George is on her way home to Depree, Texas, but not because she wants to be. After being laid off, she has no choice but to return home to the town that holds so many difficult memories. Swallowing her pride, Marissa moves in with her mother, the cook for the struggling Rainbow’s End resort, and accepts a job as business manager at the same resort. Her mother, the eternal optimist, welcomes her daughter home, and so does her best friend Lauren. Things begin to look up when Blake Kendall arrives at Rainbow’s End. Wondering if love at first sight really exists, Marissa is more than willing to explore that possibility with Blake.
But just as Marissa and Blake’s relationship takes off, the reason for Marissa’s bad childhood memories comes to light and Marissa finds out who Blake really is. Feeling betrayed and lied to, Marissa shuts off her heart from those around her and allows her anger to consume her. Blake wants nothing more than to be a permanent person in Marissa’s life but her anger reminds him of the difficult relationship he had with his grandfather and he refuses to be involved with someone who isn’t willing to let the past be the past.
IN FIREFLY VALLEY wasn’t an action-packed thriller, but it had its own special charm. Though the men in the story seemed a little too good to be true, I still enjoyed the overall story. Anger issues being one of the themes of IN FIREFLY VALLEY, Ms. Cabot reminds us all how anger can steal our joy and allow the pleasures of life to slip through our fingers if we aren’t careful.
Book provided for review purposes.
Available May 2015 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.