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.
Firefly Beach is an excellent summer read. The heroine of the book, Beth LaMonte, moves to a small Coastal town after suffering a loss and going through some personal struggles. Beth hopes to rebuild her life and fulfill her personal dream of becoming an artist. Along the way, with the assistance of a supernatural being (the firefly), Beth discovers an old diary. The diary belonged to a young woman that disappeared decades ago. As Beth delves further into the journal, she becomes caught up in the story and becomes focused on finding out what happened to the young woman.
Throughout the book, Beth grows as a person and we get to see a lot of development of her character. There is also a cast of interesting and unusual secondary characters, as well as the author of the diary, Katherine. Each character is facing their own issues, and we glimpse into their lives and see their personal struggles and how they are dealing with them.
The plot is well developed and the mystery well played. The book moved along at a good pace for me, and I read it in a couple sittings. The author does an excellent job at painting pictures with words, and I could visualize the town and the beach the story takes place in. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars, and hope you will take the time to read it yourself. It makes great beach reading.
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.
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