Firefly Summer - Maeve Binchy

Firefly Summer

By Maeve Binchy

  • Release Date: 1988-08-01
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4.5
From 108 Ratings


Kate Ryan and her husband, John, have a rollicking pub in the Irish village of Mountfern . . . four lovely children . . . and such wonderful dreams. But all that is about to change one fateful summer when American millionaire Patrick O'Neill comes to town with his irresistible charm, and money to burn. As love and hate vie for a town's quiet heart, old traditions begin to crumble away. . . . 

Patrick O'Neill builds the grand hotel of his dreams, with its promise of wealth and change. Loyalties are challenged, jealousies ignited, and tragedy strikes before the foundation is laid. Suddenly Kate and John Ryan's lives and family are bound up with the newcomer in ways they can never imagine. And Patrick O'Neill faces his own crisis of conscience and heart as the events he sets in motion take on a life of their own in a town that will never be the same again. 

Praise for Firefly Summer

“The best Binchy yet.”The New York Times Book Review

“Totally engrossing . . . unforgettable . . . an absolutely grand story . . . a lyrical and compelling family drama . . . Mountfern and its residents come vibrantly alive.”Cleveland Plain Dealer

“The secrets hidden behind lace curtains, a young girl's first kiss, children's summer games, unexpected pregnancies, sudden deaths. She makes us feel as if we also know the place and its people. . . . One of those good old-fashioned stories that are as comfortable and comforting as home itself.”Philadelphia Inquirer


  • Firefly Summer

    By sometimers3
    I love Maeve Binchey’s books. They always have a good ending. Her characters are so real.
  • Beautiful story of human spirit

    By Pccaw
    One of my favourite Binchy novels. Gripping read that will draw you in and make it hard to put down. The story of a village over multiple years and the dysfunction and human endurance that drives us forward. Love this story.