Genre: Paranormal Romance
Badly scarred from emotional wounds that have never healed, Owen Campbell has become a mysterious recluse. Determined not to let anyone close enough to hurt him again, he lives in a prison of his own making. Sarah Jane Browning is the girl across the Hollow, the girl next door. When she breaks the rules and trespasses onto his land, Owen’s willpower is shaken. When tragedy strikes, both are forced to reevaluate their circumstances. Owen’s secrets could tear them apart forever.
T.L. Haddix was born in Hazard, Kentucky, a small town in the heart of Appalachia country. She states, "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." She now lives in southern Indiana with her husband and three cat-children. Firefly Hollow is the first of a new romance series. T.L. Haddix is the author of the Shadows/Leroy Collection, a series of standalone romantic suspense novels.
This story opens with a scene from Sarah’s past where we are given a peek at Sarah’s family and what life was like for them in the heart of the Appalachian country in the late 1950s and 60s. The characters are well developed and endearing. It didn’t take long for me to enjoy their company and feel their pains. The dialogue was authentic and humorous at times, especially the conversations between Sarah and her mother Eliza. The author’s descriptive prose was stellar; you can tell this area of the country holds a special place in the author’s heart. I loved the paranormal twist that the author gave Owen; it truly made the suspension of belief easy to accept and drew me in to the old Appalachian folk tales. Owen’s journey to his own acceptance is what makes this story exceptional. I loved everything about his character.
There are many twists in the plot and when a devastating tragedy strikes Sarah’s family while Owen is away dealing with his uncles’ misfortune, things get complicated. I began to wonder if Sarah would ever be given the chance to know Owen’s secrets or if Owen would have enough faith in himself to trust Sarah with them. I had completely forgotten I was reading a romance and one of the elements of a romance is a Happily Ever After.
This book contains adult language and sexual situations that may be offensive to some.
Added for Reprise Review: Firefly Hollow by T.L. Haddix was a nominee in the Romance category for B&P 2013 Readers' Choice Awards. Original review ran January 15, 2013
I received and read a promotional copy prior to all edits being done, therefore I cannot judge in this area.
Rating: ***** Five Stars
Reviewed by: ?wazithinkin
Approximate word count: 100-105,000 words