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Firefly [Kindle Edition]

Linda Hilton
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Julie Hollstrom came to the Arizona Territory leaving behind her scandal, humiliation and devastating loss. Blamed for her family's misfortunes, Julie is resigned to her fate as a lonely spinster. Duty, obligation, and guilt rule her life; there is no room for love or happiness.

Once the respected physician in the dusty frontier mining town of Plato, Del Morgan suffered heart-breaking tragedy too. He drowned his sorrow in drink until all that remained was an empty, bitter shell.

Del and Julie are two lost souls trapped in the darkness of the past. Can an unlooked-for passion light their future?

"Best Historical Romance of the Year!" -- Affaire de Coeur

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  • File Size: 879 KB
  • Print Length: 367 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007VPNGJ4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #703,863 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Firefly January 29, 2015
By Cphe
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I went into this novel with certain expectations. I was in the mood for a gentler historical romance and this novel delivered. This novel is reminiscent of those older "harlequin" romances that laid the foundations of what I've come to appreciate in the romance genre to this day, what I refer to as my "guilty reading pleasure."

This novel had all of the hallmarks of those earlier romance novels that I remember so fondly. There was Del the rugged, but tender Doctor who has known heartbreak and despair. Then there was Julie the quiet, shy heroine who offers him redemption and a reason for living. To my mind Del was the stronger character, and well presented I thought. I would have liked Julie to be a bit more fiesty but she did redeem herself in my eyes later in the novel .There are a cast of supporting characters who epitomise my ideal of the historical western genre.

This novel had the angst, the romance, the happily ever after, a hint of mystery and the premise of the good guys triumping over the bad guys. All that you would expect of this genre......pure escapism.

There were some negatives for me. I agree with the formatting, the "B" is still present and the "ice cream" and the use of an "alarm clock" did jar.
There is a fine line between "cheesiness" and cringe worthy in these type of novels and the author managed that deftly IMO.

Overall I was pleased with my purchase and I enjoyed the read more than I expected.
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8 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Easy, breezy read June 15, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The Hollstrom family are new to the small town of Plato in the Arizona territory (they have a history of relocating often, but that's part of the big ta-dah at the end). Daughter Julie seems relegated to a life as a spinster and waiting hand and foot on her self-centered parents and spoiled younger brother. Del Morgan was the town doctor until his wife and unborn son were shot down by accident, and he now spends his time drowning his sorrows in a haze of alcohol. Julie's downtrodden existence piques Del's interest and he's soon on the path of sobriety and doctoring for the town folk again. He's also starting to have serious feelings for Julie, but there's still those *issues* with her parents and her supposed fiancé. You know the path to true love is never easy in a romance novel, don't you?

This was a quick easy read, and while not the greatest romance ever, it was fun to read. I have to admit having a hard time warming up to downtrodden Julie, but it was just days after struggling with perennial victim Ana in that awful Fifty Shades of Grey book - so that was my problem and not the author's. There isn't a lot of sex in this book, only one *big* sex scene and that was about 75% in, so if you're looking for a sexed up romance this isn't the book for you. My only real quibble is the formatting, starting with the font - Courier? Aiyee! Plus some odd sentences here and there that didn't quite make sense.

"Willy B she had no idea when he had come home B thrashed in his sleep and mumbled something from a dream."

"...if you hadn't B if we hadn't done what we"

I picked it up as a Kindle freebie, but if I had paid full price I might be a bit ticked.
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6 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible in every way May 5, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Where do I start? Who is this writing aimed at? Deputy Dawg? Writing this bad is usually done in crayon. To be honest I only got two pages into it before my brain started hurting with the effort of reading the dire, rambling descriptions of nothing and the verbiage thrown in to hide the non-story that was about to burst forth like....a dead hen. Please Ms Hilton, stop writing books because my cat could do a better job. A writer needs to have something to say and the sad fact is that you DO NOT.
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6 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Silly and boring May 5, 2014
By Kay
Format:Kindle Edition
I'm a new Kindle owner so I am shopping around. I couldn't get past the free sample on this one. The comic-book title should have warned me. It was like eaves dropping on the romantic fantasies of a menopausal woman who hasn't seen action in a long time.Maybe if it had some paragraphs or something to show when there was dialogue it would have been easier but when I tried to push on and make sense of it the dialogue was trite and stilted.Badly written and embarassing.
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