Firefly Summer by Nan Rossiter
The close-knit Quinn siblings enjoyed the kind of idyllic childhood that seems made for greeting cards, spending each summer at Whit's End, the family's home on Cape Cod. Then comes the summer of 1964, warm and lush after a rainy spring—perfect firefly weather. Sisters Birdie, Remy, Sailor, Piper, and their brother, Easton, delight in catching the insects in mason jars to make blinking lanterns. Until, one terrible night, tragedy strikes. Decades later, the sisters have carved out separate lives on the Cape. Through love and heartbreak, health issues, raising children, and caring for their aging parents, they have supported each other, rarely mentioning their deep childhood loss. But one evening, as they sit together at Whit's End to watch the sun set, the gathering fireflies elicit memories of that long-ago night, and a tumult of regrets, guilt, and secrets tumble out. Review
This is such a sweet, gentle book. Absolutely delightful! It’s a pleasant change to read a story about older women, women in the later part of their lives.
Underneath the seemingly sedate layers of their lives lies heartache, rejection, guilt, love and deep emotion; all the baggage of lives well-lived are revealed, all their hopes and fears, troubles and uplifting moments.
I felt privileged to be allowed a peek into the daily lives of these four women, all so different, and yet all so relatable. The author has drawn each character with superb understanding and empathy, and although the plot might be as serene and lazy as a hot summer afternoon, the story reveals a depth and warmth that will curl around your heart and cuddle you in its hand long after you have turned the last page.