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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books; Original edition (July 9, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1476710201
  • ISBN-13: 978-1476710204
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #470,158 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A carry-on must-have." --Good Housekeeping magazine (Best Summer Beach Reads list)

“March, author The Meryl Streep Movie Club, strikes gold again with this novel, which crafts three beautiful intertwined stories of three very different women who love the British actor. March writes poignantly and beautifully to give real meaning to the dramatic moments as well as lighthearted witty moments of humor. This one’s a true pleasure to read.” (Romantic Times)

“[Mia March] deftly blends froth (Colin Firth sighting at the local diner! Veronica's feel-good pies!) with more serious issues (adoption, meddling in-laws) for a winning summertime recipe.” (USA Today)

About the Author

Mia March lives on the coast of Maine. She is the author of The Meryl Streep Movie Club.

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Lovely story and a very enjoyable read.
Julie
I’m a new fan of Mia March and can’t wait to read the Meryl Streep book and see what future books this author writes.
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I think author did a great job of making the three main characters very realistic.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 3, 2013
Format: Paperback
I must confess I haven't yet read the book.

I read some of the free content offered, and it does look like a fun read.

But as a longtime Jane Austen/Colin Firth fan, I feel compelled to point out that "Veronica Russo," who is supposedly watching Colin Firth as Darcy while baking her pie, must be somewhat confused. Why? Because the Darcy dialogue quoted in the book is from a different version of Pride and Prejudice - the 2005 film starring Matthew MacFadyen as Darcy, not the 1995 BBC production starring Colin Firth!

Seems a rather glaring error in a book that is ostensibly about a woman who has a thing for Colin!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By GraceDZ on July 9, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I have to admit, I initially wanted to read this book because of the title alone. The title makes me think of many nights spent watching the movies of one of my favorite actors. Finding Colin Firth: A Novel turned out to be so much more than what the title suggests. The quaint tourist town of Boothbay Harbor, Maine is all abuzz! Colin Firth is coming to shoot some scenes for a movie. How very exciting! Boothbay Harbor is also where the lives of three women entwine and change forever. With alternating POV in each chapter, I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly I got wrapped up in the stories of Bea, Veronica, and Gemma. I sympathized and cared about them so much that I kept hoping for the best for each of them as I was reading along.

Mia March has created a story full of warmth and hope. It's about unexpected pregnancy, adoption, facing and confronting demons, and accepting what is truth. This story has so many heart-tugging moments that will require tissues. It even has a tad of romance.

Although, having previously watched all the movies mentioned in this book provided a much more enriching reading experience for me, it's not necessary to have seen any of the movies beforehand to enjoy this book. I love how Mia March cleverly weaves the movie titles in such an enticing way that if you haven't seen the movies, you'll want to by the end for sure. So, for those who want to have a little fun and have their own movie marathons before, during, or after reading this book, here are the Colin Firth movies mentioned in no particular order:

Pride and Prejudice BBC miniseries
Bridget Jones's Diary
Love Actually
Then She Found Me
A Single Man
Girl with a Pearl Earring
Mamma Mia!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Yvonne Reviews on December 19, 2013
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It’s summertime in the small town of Boothbay Harbor, Maine. The coastal Maine town is preparing for a huge event – the arrival of British actor Colin Firth, who is making a movie in Boothbay Harbor. The movie crew has already started filming but no one has actually seen the actor, yet, but everyone is more than hopeful. When a casting call is sent out for extras, the townspeople all line up for their chance to meet their favorite actor as well as be part of his latest movie.

The book focuses on the lives of three women…

After losing her beloved job, journalist Gemma Hendricks decides to take a break from her everyday life and visit Boothbay Harbor for the weekend. Of course this means taking a break from her husband who is pressuring her to forget her career, leave their New York City lifestyle and move to the suburbs near his family. He wants to begin a family of their own and wants Gemma to be a stay-at-home mom. She adamantly refuses. Gemma doesn’t have a maternal bone in her body and fully intends to get a new job. In fact, she’s convinced an interview with Colin Firth will put her on the right track to achieving her goal. However, she doesn’t want to lose her husband and their marriage.

Twenty-two year old Bea Crane is shocked when she receives a letter from her late mother, a year after her death. The letter gives her news that her mother couldn’t bear to tell her when she was alive – Bea had been adopted. Her father, who passed away when she was younger, and her mother decided to keep the information from her. They loved her as if she were their own and gave her a beautiful life, but Bea is curious about her birth parents and her heritage. Her search for her mother leads her to Boothbay Harbor.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Christina Boyd @xtnaboyd VINE VOICE on October 2, 2013
Format: Paperback
What Janeite would not stop dead in her tracks when she spies "Colin Firth" in the title of a book? Mia March's latest offering Finding Colin Firth: A Novel certainly set off all my bells and whistles. The smolderingly sexy British actor not only won our hearts when he emerged dripping wet from Pemberley pond as Mr. Darcy in the 1995 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, he has had an acclaimed career, winning the best actor Academy Award in 2011 for The King's Speech. Who wouldn't want to find Colin Firth? But no, dear friends, this is not a "How to" book sharing tips and advice on how to track and successfully have a Firth encounter. Eeesh! It's a work of fiction about three women unknowingly bound together and whose lives intersect when the actor is slated to film a movie in a coastal Maine town. Daily rumors of Mr. Firth's arrival fuels fantasy and stirs the excitement in their lives and aspirations. (Just imagining spotting Mr. Firth in my little town sets this fan-girl's heart racing!)

A year after her mother's death, (who incidentally was a Colin Firth fan), 22 year-old Bea Crane receives a mysterious letter from her deceased mother, confessing she adopted Bea as a newborn. "...Now that I feel myself going, I can't bear to take this with me. But I can't bear to tell you with my final breaths, either, I can't do that to you. So I'll wait on this, for both of us. But you should know the truth because it is the truth." Shocked, Bea tracks down her birth mother to Boothbay Harbor, Maine and decides she must see this unknown woman for herself.

In Boothbay, Bea learns that 38-year-old Veronica Russo is an unmarried waitress-slash-magic pie baker-slash-Colin Firth fan who has only in the last year returned to her hometown.
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My next novel, FINDING COLIN FIRTH, will be published in July 2013 by Simon & Schuster's Gallery Books. It's the story of three women, connected in secret and surprising ways, who are in for a life-changing sumer when rumor has it that Colin Firth is coming to their small coastal Maine town to film his new movie. FINDING COLIN FIRTH is a spin-off to THE MERYL STREEP MOVIE CLUB, featuring the same setting and many of the characters make appearances and cameos. My favorite Colin Firth movie? It'll always be the BBC version of Pride & Prejudice, but I'm also crazy about Love Actually and Then She Found Me.

I'm also the author of THE MERYL STREEP MOVIE CLUB (June 2012, Simon & Schuster/Gallery Books), also set in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, one of my favorite towns and just about an hour up the coast from where I live. What inspired THE MERYL STREEP MOVIE CLUB was not only my love of films and Meryl Streep in particular, but the way movies can change a person and spark conversation. My favorite Meryl Streep movie is Out of Africa. What I love about Meryl Streep (so much that I devoted a novel to ten of her oustanding films) is how exceptional she is at range--from breathtakingly serious to hilariously funny. And to be honest, I just love her face. I think she's exquisite!

I'm not only a movie fan--I'm a huge reader. My favorite books range from childhood favorites such as Anne of Green Gables and Little Women (I've always liked to think those March sisters were my own :) and current favorite authors include Anne Tyler, Elin Hilderbrand, Elinor Lipman, Marisa de los Santos, Fay Weldon, Beth Hoffman, Jennifer Weiner, Sarah Addison Allen, Jane Green, Anne Lamott, Richard Russo, Stephen King, Maeve Binchy, Claire Cook, Jennifer Crusie, Pam Houston, Elizabeth Berg, and many more. I love big-hearted, emotional novels about life and love. I also love memoirs and all kinds of non-fiction. I'm currently reading WILD by Cheryl Strayed and can't put it down.

I'd love to hear from you with any comments (and I'd love to know your favorite Meryl Streep movies). Email me any time: AuthorMiaMarch at gmail.com. And please visit my website: http://www.miamarch.com

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