Monday, January 14, 2013

Firefly Hollow by T.L. Haddix

Firefly Hollow by T. L. Haddix is a dark and mysterious romance with moments of whimsy interspersed throughout the very detailed and tragic, but comforting, love story of Owen and Sarah. Whew - that was a long sentence, but a just sentence. The book really does delve into some of the darker aspects of romance, or at least for me it did.

Set during the 1950's, Firefly Hollow reads with a conversational tone that one might hear sitting at the corner malt shop. The historical details relayed in the story are fairly accurate for the time period, and one of the best details is the use of the library. Patrons wander in and out to check out books, read, study, and research. I think many of us (and by us, I mean readers) long for the days when books were a great priority; Firefly Hollow brings this concept to the limelight.

The novel centers on Sarah, a small town girl that follows the rules. However, she has just enough rebel in her to cross the property line onto the Campbell's land - enter Owen, somewhat (that's a mystery I will leave for you to read about). While they've always known of one another, they've never spent much time together. Owen is a bit of a recluse with the exception of his voracious love for reading at which he visits the local library. The two have many opportunities to run into one another, and the tension built by the author leading up to the love story is well done.

Throughout the tale of Sarah's life, and it's connection to Owen, T.L. Haddix weaves in a few surprises for the reader, all done very well, nothing too unbelievable or outside the plot line. I found myself hooked in at one particular point where I was shocked at a turn of events; honestly I wish the author expanded the story line more (do I hear sequel to this book???).

Overall, this is a strong piece of fiction. I really enjoyed Owen's character, and while I didn't love Sarah (I just couldn't muster a connection to her), I appreciated the dynamic of the two lives intertwined.

I'd rate this book a 4 out of 5 stars, one star for just the cover alone - it is BEAUTIFUL! I look forward to more work from T. L. Haddix!

About the author (From

T.L. Haddix was born in Hazard, Kentucky, a small town in the center of the Appalachian coal fields. Taught to read by her grandmother, T.L. has had a life-long love affair with books, devouring whatever she could get her hands on. From childhood favorites such as the Trixie Belden series and Laura Ingalls Wilder's "Little House" books, to her current favorites from authors like Tami Hoag, Alex Kava, J.A. Jance and Lisa Kleypas (among many others), T.L. still finds refuge in the written word.

"Growing up, I wanted to be everything - astronaut, police officer, doctor, teacher, reporter, psychologist - there was no clear choice for me. I wanted to do it all. Becoming a writer has allowed me to do just that, because I can live vicariously through my characters."

Recently transplanted to the Cleveland, Ohio, area, T.L. is hard at work on the next book in the Leroy's Sins Series, when she isn't chasing after her three cat-children with her husband.

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