Kathleen Y' Barbo writes light-hearted Christian romance. I've had the privilege of reviewing several of her books before, and I'll link to those at the end.
Firefly Summer isn't a deep, emotional read. But it is an enjoyable romantic story. From the book's description:
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.
Firefly Summer is a simple read. There isn't deep character development. But the premise of the story is a very interesting one- a man convicted of murder and the mother whose son was killed. It's a story that has forgiveness and second chances- despite bad decisions made.
The people and situations in the story are messy. No one is perfect, and the things they do aren't always right. But there is a theme of trusting God despite the circumstances. The book isn't preachy at all, but the characters do have spiritual insights and grow in their faith throughout the story.
As a simple, easy read, I give this one 3.5 stars and a G for content. You can find Firefly Summer from Redbud Press here or on Amazon here.
Other books from Kathleen Y' Barbo:
The Inconvenient Marriage of Charlotte Beck
The Rocky Mountain Heiress Collection
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