Firefly Summer by Kathleen Y'Barbo ~ Review

Firefly Summer
Lucie's Review:

Sessa is gifted in restoring carousel horses, and she has the opportunity to win a contract with the Smithsonian. But with the tragic death of her son, and the responsibility of raising her granddaughter, she's more than got her plate full.

Dr. Trey Brown is a changed man since his time spent in prison. He was imprisoned on charges for murder, but was released when it was found that he acted in self defense. Now he struggles to embrace the life he left behind, as he comes to terms with what happened, and what he wants to do with his life.

Will Sessa and Trey let the past get in the way of their growing friendship?

I liked Trey and how prison changed him, before he was all about his career and his also career minded girlfriend, but afterwards he's surprised to find that he doesn't want that life anymore. I admired him, and loved how he connected so easily with Pansie.

While very heartfelt, this book is also quite humorous at times, and it made the book feel balanced in a way. Because it had a perfect blend of sadness and joy, faith and family.

Overall, this rather thin book, packs a large punch, and you won't regret picking it up!

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This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Firefly Summer

Redbud Press (June 23, 2015)


Kathleen Y'Barbo


RITA and Carol award nominee Kathleen Y’Barbo is the best-selling, award-winning author of more than forty novels, novellas, and young adult books. In all, more than one million copies of her books are currently in print in the US and abroad, and her books have been translated into Dutch, German, and Spanish, to name a few.

Kathleen is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America. She holds a BBA from Texas A&M University’s Mays Business School and a certification in Paralegal Studies, and is a former member of the Texas Bar Association’s Paralegal Division.

A tenth-generation Texan, Kathleen Y’Barbo has four children of her own as well as seven bonus kids she gladly inherited when she married her own hero in combat boots (read about their real-life romance here!). Kathleen is proud to be a military wife, even if it did mean giving up her Texas drivers license.


A new cowboy romance from award-winning author Kathleen Y'Barbo.

Trey’s biggest challenge isn’t performing surgery…it’s restoring Sessa’s heart!

Artist Sessa Chambers may never recover from losing her prodigal son. Even as she grieves the tragic decisions that led to his death, and left her with a toddler to raise, she’s asked to work on her dream project—restoring carousel horses for the Smithsonian. But she can’t do it on her own…

Dr. Trey Brown can’t pick up a scalpel again. Yes, he acted in self-defense, but the events of that awful night haunt him. He was trained to save lives, not take them. When he goes to the young man’s widowed mother to apologize, she’s not at all what he expected. For one thing, she’s not as alone as he thought—not with the fearsome ladies of the Pies, Books, and Jesus Book Club in her corner. For another, she’s beautiful, and being in her presence is more jolting than any eight-second bronco ride from his former rodeo days. Before he knows it, she’s captured his heart as easily as they capture the fireflies gracing Sessa’s Texas ranch.

How can they overcome their past to embrace a future together?

If you would like to read the first chapter of Firefly Summer, go HERE.


  1. Thanks Faye! I stumbled upon your blog searching for new book suggestions. This is great. I really appreciate the suggestion! Your review has swayed me. I’ll have to check out Firefly Summer.

    I wanted to pass along one my pastor recommended to me. It’s the #1 bestseller on religious fiction, so maybe you’ve already heard of it. But I can’t stop thinking about. It’s a fantastic collection of short stories. It’s called Pieces Like Pottery. I really can’t recommend it enough. I would love to see your review of it at some point!

    1. Thank you for stopping by, Mike. And thank you for the suggestion, I'll have to look it up sometime :)

    2. Of course! Thanks for the review. I enjoyed it. I plan on coming back! And definitely check out that book. Some of those stories were really good. http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0163NLWDQ/ref=mp_s_a_1_1/175-0070508-8388462?qid=1444508086&sr=8-1&pi=SY200_QL40&keywords=pieces+like+pottery&dpPl=1&dpID=41PNkFSZK2L&ref=plSrch


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