Published by Four Carat Press on January 27th 2016
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Questions never asked don't always remain unanswered.
A blood-stained journal holds answers to secrets her mother took to the grave. A mysterious stranger knows the answers--truths she never expected. What Ryleigh Collins discovers shatters her family history, and sets in motion a future she never envisioned.
Another round of turmoil isn’t on her agenda, but when Ryleigh Collins discovers a blood-stained journal among her deceased mother’s belongings, her curiosity leads her to a puzzling Mark Twain look-alike who shatters her family history, and her sense of belonging.
Bearing a treasure chest of secrets and a deeply scarred heart, Ryleigh returns home to her ex-husband’s appeal to take him back. Overwhelmed, she seeks refuge in the quiet majesty of the Rocky Mountains. But as the snow deepens, so do her feelings for Logan Cavanaugh, the distinctly reserved resort owner.
Two lost souls collide in a paralyzing snowstorm, but when the skies clear, Logan surrenders to a deepening guilt he can’t fight. Ryleigh’s sense of abandonment is further compromised with his sudden departure though she refuses to believe they’ve left their shared memories frozen in the mountains of Colorado.
One woman. Three promises—one honored, one broken, one pledged.
Three men love her. Sometimes there’s only room in a heart for one; sometimes, there’s a special place where everyone belongs.
~~Reviewed by Evelyn~~
A PROMISE OF FIREFLIES is the first novel in the Whisper of the Pines series by Susan Haught. It is a unique and, at times, a beautiful book. It also contains several original poems which add to the mystical feel of the book.
When Ryleigh Collins’ mother died, she left behind several unexplained items including letters and a blood-stained, leather journal with poetry written by someone using the initial “R”. Ryleigh, who was going through a divorce, decided to investigate. The things she learned and the people she met along the way have a profound impact on Ryleigh, not only on her past and what she thought she knew about her family, but also on her future.
The strength in this novel is definitely in the realistic and believable characters, especially the lead character, Ryleigh. It would be easy to feel sorry for her after all she’s been through with her mother’s death and a cheating husband, but I found myself admiring the way she handled all of the unexpected events that came her way. The supportive secondary characters, her best friend Natalie in particular, add warmth and depth to the story. Our hero, Logan Cavanaugh, doesn’t arrive till rather late in the story, but he is everything that you hope a hero will be. The only character that I didn’t like, her ex-husband, was by design.
As I started to read A PROMISE OF FIREFLIES, I could tell that this was a very special book. The mystery of the leather journal and Ryleigh’s past had me hooked right away. The complex storyline is well thought-out and well written, and even though it is slightly predictable in parts, there are enough surprises to keep it interesting.
In addition to the poetry that is found throughout the book, it is also written in lyrical prose, which gives it depth and texture. The descriptive passages are especially beautiful. The book has its own rhythm which keeps you engaged. This is where I made my mistake. I read the first half in one sitting and I was totally wrapped up in the characters and the story. I was not able to read the second half in such a cohesive manner, and it seemed to lose its rhythm each time I had to set it aside. By the end of the book, I had lost the rhythm entirely. I felt the last chapter in particular was slow and far too wordy, even for lyrical prose.
Given how much I loved the first half of the book, I like to think that the second half would have been just as wonderful if I hadn’t read it in choppy pieces. Either way, this is a book well worth the time. I’m giving it four stars, and I’m looking forward to the second novel in the series.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.