cover image Summer on Firefly Lake: Firefly Lake, Book 2

Summer on Firefly Lake: Firefly Lake, Book 2

Jen Gilroy. Forever, $7.99 mass market (368p) ISBN 978-1-4555-6960-1

Gilroy’s sweet-natured second small-town contemporary (after The Cottage on Firefly Lake) has charm to spare. Mia Gibbs is recovering from a painful divorce when she returns to Firefly Lake, Vt., where she spent childhood summers. She’s happy to share the beautiful spot with her daughters, Emma and Naomi. Lawyer Nick McGuire, the town’s bad boy made good, is recovering from his own divorce—which was partly spurred on by his inability to father children. After Nick hires Mia to help his mother pack up her house, sparks begin to fly. The two try hard to ignore the potent chemistry simmering between them, but soon that plan is cast by the wayside. Then Mia’s overbearing, unfaithful ex-husband shows up, threatening to fight for sole custody if Mia doesn’t take him back. The delightful supporting cast—particularly feisty young Kylie, who’s staying at a camp for foster kids while she’s between homes—and expertly plotted story add depth and richness to this tale, leaving readers eager for another visit to Firefly Lake. Agent: Dawn Dowdle, Blue Ridge Literary. (Aug.)