Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Blog Tour: Back Home at Firefly Lake

A heartwarming small-town romance that will make you believe in love and second chances.

She has a million reasons to leave. Can he give her the one she needs to stay?

Cat McGuire's return to Firefly Lake is turning into much more than she bargained for. Sure, she missed the crisp pine-scented air and the comfort of having her family around her. But being home makes her feel less like the successful single mom she is--and more like the awkward teen who never fit in. It doesn't help that hockey-pro Luc Simard is back in town, too. Luc was her childhood crush, the hometown hero who never noticed her, and yet somehow he still makes her heart skip a beat.

Luc's homecoming has been bittersweet. He's lost his wife and his career, but there's no better place to start over than Firefly Lake. Coaching the local kids' hockey team makes him feel alive again, and he thinks his life is complete--until Cat arrives. The shy girl he always wanted to protect is now the gorgeous woman who's stealing his heart and making him believe in second chances. But how can he convince Cat that Firefly Lake is where she truly belongs?

In the tradition of New York Times bestselling authors Susan Wiggs and RaeAnne Thayne comes an emotional story about finding love in the most unexpected of places from Jen Gilroy.
Back Home at Firefly Lake
Firefly Lake #3
Jen Gilroy
Pub Date: 12/5/17
Forever (Grand Central Publishing)
Rating: 4/5
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Pull up a chair and start a warm, sizzling fire because Jen Gilroy's Back Home at Firefly Lake is your next cozy read! Readers are taken back to Firefly Lake just in time for Mia and Nick's New Year's Eve wedding and just in time to catch Nick's sister Cat fall head over heels for Luc Simard.

Luc and Cat have known each other since they were children and never before had there been a sexual attraction between them. Cat may have had a crush on him but she was never brave enough to do anything about it. Now Luc is coaching her daughter in the one thing Amy can't live without, hockey. The two can't avoid each other and sparks ignite with every contact.

Back Home at Firefly Lake encompasses some of my favorite elements of cozy romances. Both Luc and Cat struggle to overcome experiences from their pasts that still weigh them down. The McGuire father left a stain on the family that Cat has yet to come to terms with. Luc's pain, on the other hand, stems from the death of his wife, Maggie. They had so much in common including their love for hockey and ice skating and he just can't let her go. Then, there's a little girl craving a father and struggling to find a place where she belongs. Cat only wants what's best for Amy and strives to prove to her daughter that she'll love her no matter what. I love that Amy plays a significant role in this story. She's not just a prop used to bring Luc and Cat together, but actually attempts to orchestrate a romance between them! It was unexpected and added a layer to the plot that made it a touch more interesting.

This story continues its focus on the McGuire family with festive snippets of their French Canadian heritage. Gabrielle and Ward's relationship moves forward and Georgia even has a change of heart about staying in Firefly Lake. Even though they are still healing from the wounds caused by their father's departure the McGuire siblings are closer than ever. They're a very realistic family. They don't always communicate well, but they love each other fiercely.

This series has it all: big families, a cute canine, feisty kids, and romance galore! If you enjoy RaeAnne Thayne's Haven Point series you'll enjoy the Firefly Lake novels which have a touch more heat.
*ARC provided in consideration for review*

Check out the full series!

Jen is offering one (1) lucky Grand Prize winner a $25 Amazon Gift Card and a paperback copy of Back Home at Firefly Lake. Five (5) runner-up winners will receive a paperback copy of their choice from the Firefly Lake series! This giveaway is open internationally. To enter, simply fill out the Rafflecopter below:
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About Jen Gilroy:

Jen Gilroy lives in a small town in eastern Ontario, Canada where her Irish ancestors settled in the nineteenth century. She's worked in higher education and international marketing but, after spending too much time in airports and away from her family, traded the 9-5 to write romantic women’s fiction to bring readers' hearts home.

Jen likes ice cream, diners, vintage style and all things country. Her husband is her real-life romance hero, and her teen daughter teaches her to cherish the blessings in the everyday.

The Cottage at Firefly Lake, the first book in her Firefly Lake series, was a finalist for Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart® award in 2015. It was also shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association Joan Hessayon Award 2017.

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