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Firefly Beach [Kindle Edition]

Meira Pentermann , Amy Feiman
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,985 customer reviews)

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Book Description

When Beth LaMonte rents a cottage on the coast of Maine, she wishes only to withdraw and paint. A mysterious ball of light disturbs her peace and leads her to a secret beach where she finds the diary of a girl who disappeared in 1975. Now Beth is on a mission, not only to bury her own past, but to put to rest the spirit of Firefly Beach.

Editorial Reviews


"The various minor storylines infuse the main plot with a great flavor. The end of the book neatly ties all the loose ends up and makes for an extremely satisfying read." - Reviewed by Laura, You Gotta Read Reviews

"Firefly Beach sneaks up on you subtly, inexorably drawing you in. Before you realize it, you've read the whole book." - Reviewed by IvyD, Manic Readers

"I was on the edge of my seat every time Beth got one step closer to solving the mystery. I would encourage you to put this book high on your list." - Reviewed by Kimberly, Coffee Time Romance

"These words truly describe the story and the characters: incredible, outstanding, dazzling, marvelous, and touching." - Reviewed by Elizabeth, Silver's Reviews

"This is a book that is beyond the perfect escape. Book your passage now, this is a trip you will not want to miss. This book should be on everyone's summer reading list." - Reviewed by Escape With Dollycas Into a Good Book
"The plot is quite unique. It is mysterious at times and at times it is simply heart wrenching. Either way, it keeps such a hold on you that it was quite difficult for me to not finish the book in a single sitting." - Book R3vi3ws by D.D.S.

"Firefly Beach will keep you guessing as to what will happen next, right to the ending. Meira Pentermann pens her characters with style and believability which leaves you totally satisfied." - Reviewed by My Cozy Corner

"As I was reading this novel I was as eager as Beth to find out what happened to the writer of the diary. It is an emotional story of heartbreak, lost love and doing the right thing." - Reviewed by Celtic Lady's Reviews

Product Details

  • File Size: 412 KB
  • Print Length: 332 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Meira Pentermann (April 2, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007R731MS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,069 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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181 of 195 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun Supernatural Mystery, Great Summer Read May 24, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Firefly beach is about the emotional journey Beth LaMonte, our heroine takes after going through personal loss and a relationship breakdown. Determined to rediscover herself and start living life again, she moves to a small coastal community to fulfill her youthful dream of becoming an artist and immediately on arrival is rewarded with some artistic success and inspiration. Along with her professional successes, Beth, with the help of a supernatural ball of light ie. the "firefly", discovers a diary of a young woman who disappeared some 30 odd years ago. Caught up in the story of this young girl, she sets out to uncover what happened to her and discovers there is much more than originally meets the eye.

The first half of this book is fairly slow paced, filled with a lot of character development and introducing you to the coastal community. I found myself quite impatient at times and felt that the writing could be a little clunky - there was simply too much commentary about what Beth was doing at that particular point of time. I am a big believer that sometimes its the things that are left unsaid that makes a big impact, and hearing about her eating lunch, having a shower, making the bed whatever mundane activity it happened to be just really could have been edited out.

The character of Beth was quite frustrating to me as well. I understand that she endured quite a few emotional hardships but her reaction to things such as the firefly and some of the events that occur just didn't sit well to me. In fact I think this poor girl could have done with some serious therapy, would have done her a world of good.
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88 of 95 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible, dazzling, marvelous, touching May 17, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition

No more crunching numbers....only a serene life filled with painting and relaxing. That is what Beth thought she would find when she moved to Virginia Point Cove.

What she did find was many sad, lonely residents, a very unpleasant landlord, a jeweler who never spoke more than two words, a couple with a nosey wife, and a firefly that talked to her....yes a firefly. The firefly seemed to summon Beth with his wings and body turns. He frightened Beth at first until she realized he must be trying to tell her something and to guide her to where a secret or unknown item may be. She was right, and what Beth was guided to was a diary of a young girl named Katherine who was the daughter of her landlord and who had disappeared thirty-six years ago. As Beth began reading the diary, she became obsessed with finding Katherine. She even used her painting talents to imagine what Katherine looked like.

FIREFLY BEACH has a strong, passionate heroine that you would want for a friend, a town you that you would want to live in, a storyline that will keep you up late, a mystery that must be solved, and characters that are memorable, loving, and different. The characters also were an odd sort and pathetic in their own way, different, but quite remarkable. Beth brought out the good in a few of the characters....a good that helped their lives become better.

I totally enjoyed this book and did stay up late reading. The author used flashbacks very effectively in order to keep the story flowing smoothly. Her exceptional writing style pulled you in and kept up the intrigue. The book has an appealing, unique storyline with an ending that is heartwarming and one that is kept secret until the very last pages. It was a plot with a different twist.
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68 of 76 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Compelling Mystery with Beautiful Descriptions March 16, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
After the death of her mother and a disappointing divorce, Beth moves to a small cottage in Maine to restart her life and pursue a dream she'd buried in her youth as an artist. She follows a firefly down to a secret beach and finds the journal of a teenage girl who disappeared years ago. Her story leads Beth on a journey that brings her into the pasts of all the townspeople. At first the young girl's writing inspires her painting to new levels and then it challenges Beth to face her own past.

The details of Firefly Beach give Beth's story meaning and make it come alive. Ms. Pentermann transports the reader to a cozy town on the breathtaking shores of Maine. As a New Englander myself, I can say her descriptions are spot on and vivid. Underneath all the beautiful description is a mystery that unravels slowly and powerfully. Her novel is about personal relationships and how people are shaped by their past and the decisions they've made throughout their lives.

I very much enjoyed sharing in Beth's success as she overcame her past and her dream as an artist took shape. The townspeople were three dimensional, interesting characters with their own pasts and triumphs and tribulations. The story was a beautiful puzzle to put together and remained a mystery right up until the very last pages where it unwound in profound emotions and truths that came full circle. It was not the way I thought it would be, in fact, the ending pages were far more satisfying!

Firefly Beach is a soothing read that heals at the same time. I recommend it to anyone up for a good mystery and in need of a vacation in which to escape.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat strange
I found the story good and kept my interest good to the end. If you like mystery, this book is for you!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enlightening
A gripping story I couldn't put down. A mystery, love story, sad and joyous. Must read. Would recommend for all ages.
Published 6 days ago by sondra baker
3.0 out of 5 stars Well written
Its more of a chick novel but is well written,
Published 12 days ago by George Powleldge
4.0 out of 5 stars A very good read.
A different type of mystery. Relaxing reading in the evenings, hart warming. Interesting characters that were well developed. I highly recommend it if you want a light read.
Published 12 days ago by swimmer
5.0 out of 5 stars heartbreaking and tragic....yet joyfully satisfying. first story to...
Pentermann does an outstanding job capturing the wide range of emotions experienced by Beth. Loved this beautiful story about love, wonder, and acceptance!
Published 13 days ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Not my favorite
There was a time as I read this book, when I was wading through page after page of descriptions of all of the buildings in the town that I almost put this book down. Read more
Published 14 days ago by JCB of Georgetown
3.0 out of 5 stars Firefly Beach
An easy read, sometimes elementary in writing style. Easy to pick up where you left off if it is needed.
Published 14 days ago by agmiller
4.0 out of 5 stars Firefly beach
Intriguing story that captures your attention. The characters are interesting and Kenny was very special due to his own history. Beth has a psychic gift of her own. Read more
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More About the Author

On slow, snowy days in her Colorado home, Meira Pentermann enjoys cozying up on the couch with a novel. Naturally, snow is not a requirement; neither is the couch. In fact, she sees no reason not to indulge in reading three-hundred-and-sixty-five days a year. Apocalyptic science fiction, mysteries, and young adult titles top her Kindle list, but legal thrillers and chik-lit make an appearance now and then.

When not absorbed in writing or reading, Meira enjoys life's little moments with her family - the love and devotion of her black lab, the quiet wisdom of her artistic twenty-one-year-old, the trials and triumphs of her petite sixth grader, and the unlimited encouragement offered by her Dutch husband.

Meira strives to write stories that deliver the unexpected. She prefers down-to-earth characters that look and behave like regular folks. The prom queen and Adonis take a backseat to reclusive, soul-searching heroines and quirky, introverted gentlemen.

Meira's first novel, Firefly Beach, released on March 16, 2009 through Lyrical Press, is a paranormal cozy mystery set on the coast of Maine.

Her second novel, Nine-Tenths, is a dystopian science-fiction released in 2011.

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