Firefly Hollow by T.L. Haddix – 3 stars (out of 5)

Firefly Hollow (Firefly Hollow, #1)

*I received a copy of this title from NetGalley. It does not impact my review.*

Synopsis from Good Reads:

The mysterious recluse…

Owen Campbell holds himself apart from other people. Badly scarred from emotional wounds that have never healed, he doesn’t expect to find true love or happiness. He remains isolated in a prison of his own making, determined to not let anyone close enough to hurt him again.

But his willpower is shaken to the core when Sarah Browning enters his world.

The girl next door…

Sarah Jane Browning is three years into her college degree when a call from home changes everything. Back at the family homestead in the heart of Appalachia, she’s forced to reevaluate her hopes and dreams for the future.

Distraction from her heartache comes in the form of her parents’ neighbor. Whispers about “odd Owen Campbell” abound in their small community, and Sarah’s curiosity is aroused. When she breaks the rules and trespasses onto his land, what she finds is beyond her wildest imaginings.

As Sarah struggles to overcome tragedy and loss, her burgeoning relationship with Owen is sorely tested. Will love conquer all, or will the secrets from Owen’s past tear them apart forever?

My Thoughts:

-Firefly Hollow is described as a Romance with paranormal elements. I didn’t really understand how that was different than a “paranormal romance”, but after reading it, that description makes sense. We find out almost right away that Owen is a shape shifter, but it’s a pretty minor point in the love story.

-The story centers on Sarah and Owen and their growing relationship. I felt like both characters were likable and well-developed. They’ve both gone through multiple heartaches and hardships that made them relatable, to each other and to the readers.

-The cast of secondary characters were also well-developed, especially Sarah’s mom, Eliza. She was wise and smart and loving. I enjoyed her honest and open relationship with Sarah and with her other children, Jack and Kathy. Owen’s uncle Eli was also very likable.

-The pace was pretty slow, but the writing made up for it. Despite not a whole lot really happening, I found myself unable to put the book down. Though there were a couple of major events, the real story was in the small moments. The emotional and character development of both Sarah and Owen, as individuals as well as a couple, is what made the story so compelling.

-Overall I enjoyed Firefly Hollow. It’s over 300 pages and I read it in less than 24 hours. I would recommend this to those interested in Romance and don’t mind a bit of the paranormal. I liked Haddix’s writing style and look forward to reading more books by her.

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