Monday, June 22, 2015
Book Review - Firefly Summer by Kathleen Y'Barbo
Firefly Summer is written by Kathleen Y'Barbo and is published by Redbud Press.
In this romance, Sessa Chambers is a Christian mom who has experienced the pain of a wayward son. Not only has that been her heartbreak, but later experiencing his death as a result of his sins has torn her in two. She finds some healing when her son's girlfriend shows up and leaves a baby - Sessa's granddaughter - for her to raise. As time marches on, Sessa is once again confronted with the heartbreak of her son's death and rejection of Christ - and her own inability and failure to keep him from choosing the wrong path.
The man who killed Ross in self-defense is Trey Brown, a doctor and cowboy. When he shows up and asks Sessa to forgive him - and she reacts by asking Dr. Brown to forgive her for raising such a child as Ross - things begin to warm up.
This is a bittersweet story filled with romance, forgiveness, and mostly faith. Both Dr. Brown and Sessa Chambers model for us humanity as well as the divine forgiveness that God offers each of us through Jesus Christ. The characters in Firefly Summer are likable and real. I could relate to them, though I have not experienced jail time or the death of a child. But I have experienced feelings of failure when it comes to my children. They have not always done everything I would want them to do, but I know that I can't always take responsibility for their actions. They have to come to terms with the Lord through the Holy Spirit - it's ultimately His job to bring them to the realization that they have to rely on Him completely and trust Him for their salvation. And that's what I share with Sessa Chambers.
I have enjoyed reading this story and look forward to more from Kathleen Y'Barbo.
*I received this book in exchange for my honest opinion.*