By: Maeve Binchy
Published By: Arrow
Publication Date: August 2006
Page Count: 928
Audience: Adult - Historical Fiction
Firefly Summer is an in-depth look at the inhabitants of a small Irish town called Mountfern during the 1960's. The story begins with the town all abuzz at the sale of Fernscourt, the ruins of a great estate that was burned by disgruntled workers. The ruins are a symbol of the town's fight against oppression and wealth, but everything will change when Patrick O'Neill comes to town.
O'Neill has bought the ruins and plans to restore them to their former glory. He claims this will be good for everyone in town, but some people like Kate Ryan have their doubts. Kate is sure that O'Neill is only out to line his own pockets and his establishment will put her family pub out of business. The stress of O'Neill's business dealings puts a strain on the Ryan family, but things go from bad to worse when Kate is injured on a walk through Fernscourt and a legal battle ensues.