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Review and Giveaway: Firefly Summer by Kathleen Y’Barbo October 5, 2015

Filed under: Book Reviews,Monday Musings — Melissa Finnegan @ 3:23 pm
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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.

My thoughts and giveaway:

This book drew me in right away. The writing is excellent and the story line just grabbed me. I had to see how things would turn out.

Kathleen did a great job of creating two very likable characters in a short book.

Sessa falls in love with her little grand-daughter after she tries to talk herself out of it. She is strong women, especially considering the pain she has faced having a wayward son, which many people I am sure can relate to.

Trey sounds like a great guy, and handsome. I could very much picture this doctor/cowboy and the pain of trying to get over what he did to Sessa’s son.

When these two come together the chemistry sparks and it’s such an odd combination but it works.

I also enjoyed the small town feel and how the ladies had their noses in everyone else’s business.

The overall theme of true forgiveness is one we can all learn from. A wonderful romance 🙂

Leave a comment by October 14th for your chance to win a copy. One winner will be chosen by (U.S. addresses only. I am not responsible for books lost or damaged in the mail.)

A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher through the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance in exchange for an honest review. 


4 Responses to “Review and Giveaway: Firefly Summer by Kathleen Y’Barbo”

  1. pattymh2000 Says:

    Who could resist falling in love with a little girls who has no one to love her. I hope Sessa opens her heart to love!

  2. Susie Says:

    I’ve enjoyed reading a few of Kathleen’s books in the past. this one sounds like another good one.
    I love it when there’s kids involved and cowboys!

  3. D K Stevens Says:

    Kids & cowboys I would like to read this one! 🙂

  4. Beth Says:

    The small town aspect and theme of forgiveness make this book sound interesting to me. I love the cover. Fireflys are so interesting to watch.

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