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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,814 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Luanne Rice Narrator: Alexandra O'Karma Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Hubbard’s Point / Black Hall Series Release Date: May 2001 ISBN: 9781470325435
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Luanne Rice, like Anne Rivers Siddons, has an uncanny ability to convey a family’s sweetest joys and its darkest secrets. Firefly Beach is a poignant story of two people struggling to move beyond the tragedy that links their lives. As a child, Caroline Renwick watches, horrified, while a desperate man kills himself. After she learns that the man has a young son, Joe, Caroline begins writing to him, and they become close pen pals. But several years later, when Joe is told the reason for his father’s death, he turns away from her. Now, meeting as adults at Caroline’s ancestral home, they have a chance to confront and heal that old wound. But what will be the emotional cost? Set on the picturesque New England coast, Firefly Beach captures the magic of a summer that changes a woman and her family forever. Narrator Alexandra O’Karma infuses this novel with a special glow, enhancing each fateful mood and moment. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A lovely celebration of sisterhood, summertime and survival [that] rings with truth and warmth.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Luanne Rice proves herself a nimble virtuoso.” Washington Post Book World
  • “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.”

    Celtic Lady’s Reviews

  • “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.”

    My Cozy Corner

  • “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.”

     Escape With Dollycas Into a Good Book 

  • “These words truly describe the story and the characters: incredible, outstanding, dazzling, marvelous, and touching.”

    Elizabeth Silver’s Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deborah | 2/19/2014

    " Beginning has been OK....nothing to special. Sad beginning. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kara | 2/7/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book. Great story about family and a love story thrown in. Great character development. And a great plot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 1/25/2014

    " This was okay. The author got me caught up in the circular pattern of this family of sisters. Sometimes I couldn't get off the ride. Would like to try another of hers instead. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindi | 1/23/2014

    " Everything Rice writes is a non-stop read!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenni | 1/19/2014

    " I love Luanne Rice's books!!! This is one of the best! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Reba N. | 1/19/2014

    " I enjoyed this one more than her other books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy C. | 1/18/2014

    " This was a good read involving the interplay between three sisters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 1/17/2014

    " I read this book in ONE sitting - start to end - loved it! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jayme VA | 1/16/2014

    " I was hoping for a much lighter read than this, but it was still an okay story. Not much happens, but I did find myself caring about the characters. There was a bit too much tragedy and drama for this family for my liking, or for anything close to the real world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary couch | 1/15/2014

    " As usual, a good family relationship story. I think this author excells in this type book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cali | 12/22/2013

    " It's a typical, but good romance novel. Just enough drama to make things exciting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie | 12/16/2013

    " Nothing happened in this book! All internal dialogue about painful memories. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christina | 12/1/2013

    " I really like Luanne Rice but this was not one of her best. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lorna | 12/1/2013

    " Not a bad read.. took me much longer to read than I woudld have liked. I will certainly read more by this author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ian Markham | 11/15/2013

    " I'm terribly surprised by all of the bad reviews that folks here give luanne rice's novels. This woman actually has literay talent. But what should we expect from a culture who actually believes that stephen king and james patterson have a shred of literary talent! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shirlene Kohnlein | 8/25/2013

    " I enjoy books by this author. They tend to be fast reads because I can't stop until something good happens to a character who just experienced something drastic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Crystal Wachoski | 8/9/2013

    " It was OK, then love the ending! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Samantha | 7/5/2013

    " A wonderful, heart throbing love story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Arlene | 6/22/2013

    " Emotional upheavals, past hurts, family conflicts, all the ingredients of a lovely read are there and always, love triumphs in the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashleigh Tripp | 6/1/2013

    " Good book for chick-lit light. Character development wasn't all that strong, but there are a few good lines. It's perfect for an easy livin', summertime read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue Ribeiro | 4/1/2013

    " Loved this gentle story of nostalgic love rekindled. sigh "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Niki | 3/24/2013

    " An easy read. Captivating story about 3 sisters and their love for each other getting them through some tough situations. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Virginia Markhart | 3/23/2013

    " This book made the rounds in my office. I expected to love it and was dissapointed. It did have an intriguing plot. Kinda of drug out. I will read at least one more by this author before making a decision. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liberlyn | 1/25/2013

    " Hoping to find my own Joe soon :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeanette | 11/2/2012

    " The first few chapters are good so far. Very dramatic prologue, can't wait to see how this affects the characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 10/14/2012

    " This was a good light read ... I enjoyed it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Academicsupport | 9/18/2012

    " Beautiful story of close family relationships especially among sisters, who experienced traumatic events as a result of her talent, artistic father. The touching love story is a wonderful side story to this novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christy-lynn Boland | 8/11/2012

    " I loved it... Some parts were really intense, some a little slow but I really loved the plot and the ending was perfect! "

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About the Author
Author Luanne Rice

Luanne Rice is the New York Times bestselling author of thirty novels. Many of her novels, including Crazy in Love, Blue Moon, Beach Girls, and Silver Bells have been made into movies for television. Rice’s short stories, essays, and articles have been widely published in magazines and newspapers. “A Kiss after Dying,” Rice’s account of a Connecticut murder trial very personal to her family, kicked off Glamour magazine’s series of true crime pieces. She received an honorary degree from Connecticut College in 2002, and the school’s special collections library contains a collection bearing her name. She currently divides her time between New York City and Southern California.

About the Narrator

Alexandra O’Karma has appeared on regional stages, television, film, Broadway, and off-Broadway. You may have seen her with Tommy Lee Jones in the film Yuri Nosenko, KGB or on episodes of One Life to Live. She was the Reader in the four-time Emmy winner, Festival of Lessons & Carols and appeared on Broadway in Getting Married. In the national tour of Death Trap, she performed with Elliot Gould, and she played opposite George Segal in Toronto in the contemporary play, Double Act.