Book Club Thursday: Joint Review of the Cottage at Firefly Lake by Jen Gilroy

Welcome back to Book Club Thursday! 

Today we are doing a joint review. Each of us reviewed The Cottage at Firefly Lake by Jen Gilroy. I hope you'll take the time to stop by each of the blogs and read their reviews also. 

The Cottage at Firefly Lake

Firefly Lake #1
Jen Gilroy

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?

I noticed this book months before it came out and I kept thinking how much I wanted to read it. Of course I knew that with how busy my blogging schedule is that wouldn't be happening anytime soon. So I came up with a plan...pick it as my joint review for Book Club Thursday!


I know I am. And it worked. I was able to fit it in because of that. The life of a book review blog! Crazy I know. Ha! 

One of the things you pray for is that the book you choice for your joint review will be a hit with the other two blogs. No one wants to pick that book that no one else likes. I'm not sure how they feel yet, I have to find out at the same time as you guys, but I can tell you what I thought. 

Buckle up! 

I really didn't care for this book. Or I should say I didn't care fore some of it. Some parts are okay, others, not so much. The story felt very soup opera-ish. I except to hear dramatic music in the back round as I read the story. 

So many of the characters I didn't like. In fact the only one that I really enjoyed was Sean. He seemed to be the only really caring person. At times I liked Charlotte, but then the other times she kind of pissed me off. 

I so really wanted to love this story and it pisses me off that I didn't. I did mention that the story was a totally wall banger and that's true. There are moments that I really liked it. But those moments are few and far between. 

I'm glad that I at least gave the story a chance, way before I bought the next one. I'm sure most of you know how easy it is to buy two or three books in a series and then read the first book only to realize you don't care for it. 

Book addictions can be hard of the wallet.   

If you've read The Cottage at Firefly Lake I'd love to hear your thoughts. Thanks for visiting and happy reading! ♡

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  1. Ok, after reading your thoughts, glad it just wasn't me. I wasn't a huge fan

    1. No, I'm guessing it wasn't. I had many issues with this one.

  2. Ok, after reading your thoughts, glad it just wasn't me. I wasn't a huge fan

  3. I felt like I read it before. I liked Sean and sometimes Charlie. The author would have made her more sympathetic if she would have told the reader about the PTSD before the last chapter. It was just thrown in. Instead, Charlie seemed more cold and selfish.

    1. I love your thought. I really enjoyed Sean, Charlie...not so much. I kinda figured it out about the PTSD earlier but since I couldn't connect with her I just...

  4. Oh no! Bummer when that happens and so hard when you're just not fond of the characters overall. But at least it's off the list and ya know! On to the next, right? :)

    1. I am glad I gave it a try. And you're right, I'm off to the next one.


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