Review Copy: In Firefly Valley

Disclaimer: In Firefly Valley by Amanda Cabot was provided by Revell in exchange for an honest review.

Devastated by a downsizing, Marisa St. George has no choice but to return to the small Texas town where she grew up. Though it means a giant step backward, she accepts a position as business manager at the struggling Rainbow’s End resort. The only silver lining: Blake Kendall, a new guest who might make her believe in love at first sight. But will Marisa’s dreams of happily-ever-after be turned upside down when she discovers Blake’s real identity?

In Firefly Valley handles issues like anger and role models well, though at some points I wish Cabot had been a tad less heavy-handed. But I liked that all the situations, even laid on thick as some of them were, were realistic and not as contrived as they could have become.

Cabot did a good job of creating flaws in all of her characters, although she could have done a bit more with Blake, who was pretty one-dimensional. The romances were pretty good, too, although all of the male characters were less developed than the females and so seemed like the typical “Perfect Guy” which is prevalent in Christian fiction. Although Marisa’s and Blake’s relationship showed its problems well, I thought showing some more cracks would have been a little better overall (especially with the secondary relationship of Drew and Lauren, which was pretty one-note. Also, since we never see Drew’s previous behavior and are merely told that he used to be a particular way, the significance of his change is completely lost on the reader).

The story was all right, although it was very long and dragged at the end, and Cabot’s heavy-handedness started to grate on me after a while. I’m also not fond of the writing style; there’s too much being told and not enough being shown (my common complaint with the Christian books I’ve reviewed). It was pretty good at the beginning, but towards the end I was tired of the entire book.

I did appreciate In Firefly Valley‘s handling of issues like anger, and I liked how the characters wanted to make each other become better people, but it got very heavy-handed in places to the point of tediousness. The book felt long, too, and it got to the point where I just wanted it to end. There was also too much telling and not enough showing, especially in regards to Drew.

My rating: 2/5

Warnings: None.

Genre: Realistic, Christian

You can buy this here: In Firefly Valley

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