The Cottage at Firefly Lake
Some mistakes can never be fixed and some secrets never forgiven . . .but some loves can never be forgotten.
Charlotte Gibbs wants nothing more than to put the past behind her, once and for all. But now that she's back at Firefly Lake to sell her mother's cottage, the overwhelming flood of memories reminds her of what she's been missing. Sun-drenched days. Late-night kisses that still shake her to the core. The gentle breeze off the lake, the scent of pine in the air, and the promise of Sean's touch on her skin . . . True, she got her dream job traveling the world. But at what cost?
Sean Carmichael still doesn't know why Charlie disappeared that summer, but after eighteen years, a divorce, and a teenage son he loves more than anything in the world, he's still not over her. All this time and her body still fits against his like a glove. She walked away once when he needed her the most. How can he convince her to stay now?
Gilroy's debut contemporary is packed with potent emotions. Worldly reporter Charlotte "Charlie" Gibbs is back in Firefly Lake, Vt., to sell her parents' summer home after her mother's death, and to try to heal from a devastating accident incurred in the line of duty. Sean Carmichael has never left Firefly Lake or gotten over his summer fling with Charlie 18 years ago, though she left him for reasons unknown. Now he's a divorced father with a teenage son and is running Carmichael's, the family's long-established boating business. When a large foreign developer tries to buy the Gibbs cottage, Sean knows he'll have to fight to preserve his way of life, but he can't fight his feelings for Charlie. In the midst of this all, longtime secrets are revealed, bringing into question whether Charlie and Sean's romance will flourish or remain a thing of the past. Gilroy's protagonists tug at the heartstrings from the beginning of the story and don't let go. The strong group of supporting characters includes Charlie's sister, Mia, and her daughter, Naomi, whose stories are to be later told. Long on charm, this story invites readers to come in and stay a while.