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Monday, June 4, 2012

Blog Tour: "Firefly" by Meira Pentermann (Review/Giveaway)

Welcome to our Blog Tour stop on "Firefly Beach" by Meira Pentermann. Brought to you by Reading Addiction Book Tours. Here you can read the book's synopsis, my review of "Firefly Beach", the author's bio, and a chance to win a copy of "Firefly Beach".
When Beth LaMonte rents a cottage on the coast of Maine, she wishes only to withdraw and paint. A mysterious ball of light disturbs her peace and leads her to a secret beach where she finds the diary of a girl who disappeared in 1975. Now Beth is on a mission, not only to bury her own past, but to put to rest the spirit of Firefly Beach.
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My Review:
Every once in awhile, I find myself reading a mystery novel.  When I was a teenager, I would read horror and mystery the most.  Romance Novels were not even on my brain at the time.  I wanted to solve mysteries and read horror stories that made me have nightmares.  Yes...I was a weird teenage girl who loved to be cared and loved staying up with a flashlight to ponder what happened in a story. 
"Firefly Beach" is a mystery novel, where Beth LaMonte moves to Maine to start over, to paint, and to sell her paintings at a local shop.  She never figured she would be on an adventure to find a girl who used to live in the cottage she rents that disappeared 35 years ago.  One night she is greeted by a mysterious light that flickers outside her windows, it looks to be a firefly.  It keeps disturbing her and scaring her because she doesn't know what it is exactly.  One day it leads her to a secret beach where she's find a diary.  She discovers it's a girl's diary.  The diary is written by a teenage girl who fell in love with a young man at her Dad's garage.  Her Dad of course did not want her seeing this young man.  In the end (like most teenage girls who fall in love), the girl decides to disobey her father.  Things do not go as planned for the girl and she decides to disappear, but to where.  Beth finds out who the girl's father is and tries to talk to him about her, but unfortunately he's not a people person at all.  Beth then decides to do some searching on her own to track down what happened to this girl.  She has to get to the bottom of it because she's been having nightmares about a road and such ever since coming in contact with the firefly.  It's bad enough Beth is dealing with her own problems.  She still can't get over what happened to her Dad and what happened with her ex-husband.  When trying to solve this mystery Beth is face with what is going on with her life and how this mystery is teaching her things that she never thought possible to deal with.  She also is helping other people along the way during the search.
My thoughts on this book when I started reading it was in the beginning it was really slow paced.  I had a hard time following for awhile, until Beth found the diary.  I became enthralled to find out what happened to the girl who wrote the diary.  When everything started falling in place and Beth continued on with the search, I had a hard time putting down my Ipad.  I wanted to find out what happened to the girl.  I wanted to know why her father never went searching for her.  So many questions that I wanted answered.
I loved the strong heroine, Beth.  What she went through and what she had to deal with to solve the mystery, made her even stronger of a character.  There were several other characters I loved also.  Abigail for instance and of course Kenny, the jeweler (who had his own little story in the book...that made me like him).
I loved Meira's writing style.  It's much different to what I'm used to, but that's because I've been reading romance novels for so long I forgot how wonderful is to dive into a mystery novel.  Meira definitely makes me want to further my reading out a bit and go back into mystery/thrillers novels more.  I plan on checking out more books from Meira in the near future.
This book did have me crying at the end though, once everything came together.  I also enjoyed the happy ending for the Father of the girl who went missing.  He finally knew what happened and gained something in his life that he didn't know about. (hint)  Notice how I do not give away names.  I do not want to spoil the book.  The girl had a secret also, which was the main reason why I cried.
All in all, this book was very enjoyable to read. I'm glad I came upon it at Reading Addiction Tours. 
I definitely recommend this book to mystery readers out there.  Readers will feel like they are helping Beth along her way to find out the mystery of who wrote the diary. 

* Disclosure of Material Connection: I am a member of Reading Addiction Blog Tours and a copy of this book was provided to me by the author. Although payment may have been received by Reading Addiction Blog Tours, no payment was received by me in exchange for this review. There was no obligation to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, publisher, publicist, or readers of this review. This disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising


Author Bio 
On slow, snowy days in her Colorado home, Meira Pentermann enjoys cozying up on the couch with a novel. Naturally, snow is not a requirement; neither is the couch. In fact, she sees no reason not to indulge in reading three-hundred-and-sixty-five days a year. Apocalyptic science fiction, mysteries, and young adult titles top her Kindle list, but legal thrillers and chik-lit make an appearance now and then. When not absorbed in writing or reading, Meira enjoys life’s little moments with her family – the love and devotion of her black lab, the quiet wisdom of her artistic twenty-one-year-old, the trials and triumphs of her petite sixth grader, and the unlimited encouragement offered by her Dutch husband. Meira strives to write stories that deliver the unexpected. She prefers down-to-earth characters that look and behave like regular folks. The prom queen and Adonis take a backseat to reclusive, soul-searching heroines and quirky, introverted gentlemen. 

Make sure to check out these other fabulous sites too on the Blog Tour:

May 14 - My Reading Addiction - Giveaway/Excerpt
May 16 - Warrior Princess Romance Author - Interview/Giveaway
May 16 - VVB Reads - Review/Giveaway
May 17 - Where Fantasy and Love Take Flight - Guest Post/Giveaway
May 21 - LovLivLife Reviews - Giveaway/Guest Post/Excerpt
May 23 - Behind A Million and One Pages - Giveaway/Guest Post/Interview
May 24 - Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf - Guest Post/Giveaway
May 25 - Tea Day Dreams and Fairytales - Review/Giveaway/Excerpt
May 28 - Reviewed By Mom - Review/Giveaway
May 29 - Love to Read Romance - Giveawat/Excerpt
May 30 - Sarah Ballance - Interview
May 31 - Willing to See Less - Review/Giveaway
May 31 - Waiting on Sunday to Drown - Review
June 1 - My Book Addiction - Review/Interview
June 4 - Book Lovin Mama's - Review/Giveaway
June 5 - Snag a Bargain - Review/Giveaway
June 6 - Silver's Reviews - Review
June 7 -Bunny's Review - Review/Guest Post
 June 8 - Cozie Corner- Review/Giveaway
June 8 - Celtic Lady's Reviews - Review
June 8 - Embrace a Book - Review

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Elizabeth said...

Nice review is up today if you want to stop by.


Found you on the Blog Tour List and decided to stop over.

I also have a giveaway going on.


Silver's Reviews

Nancye said...

This sounds like a great book! Thanks for the giveaway.

nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

Elizabeth & Nancye - Thank you!

I love that in the story she finds the girl's diary from 1975, it just sounds so interesting. I would love to read this book. Thanks for having the giveaway.

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