Sunday, July 15, 2012
Firefly Beach by Meira Pentermann
Cozy mystery, paranormal
Beth LaMonte is in an emotional turmoil. Her beloved mother passes away and then her husband leaves her. She needs time to be on her own and away from her troubles. She pursues her dream of being an artist and rents a cottage on the coast of Maine. It appears to be the perfect place for peace and quiet, but she soon learns that’s not to be.
The townspeople are definitely an eccentric group. Her landlord is the town grouch, the jeweler is a recluse and her new friend is the local gossip. Then there’s the firefly…yes, a firefly who is desperate to make a connection with Beth. The bright light seems to be leading Beth on a mission which takes her to a secret beach. She discovers a hidden diary belonging to a woman who went missing in 1975. Beth becomes so obsessed with the young girl’s story that she sets out to learn what became of the woman.
Beth begins to unravel the story and even learns a few things about herself along the way. This story takes us on a journey using flashbacks from 1975 and mixing it into the present day.
At first I wasn’t sure I would like Beth. She seemed to be wrapped up in her own issues and oblivious to anyone else’s. Then, when she begins delving into the mystery, she grew as a person and readers began to understand her more. I became fascinated with this story and I couldn’t stop reading. It’s not often that I will stay up late to read a book, but I had to know how this was all going to turn out.
This is a great beach read with some heartbreaking moments along with some happy ones. It’s a fast read and the author’s writing is so smooth, each word flows beautifully on each page. Readers will truly care about the characters and their outcome.
FTC Disclosure: The author provided me with a copy of this book to review. This did not influence my thoughts and opinions in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
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