01 September 2016

Noela reviews LOVE, LIES, AND FIREFLIES by Jan Elder

Love, Lies, & Fireflies

Love, Lies, and Fireflies
Prism Book Group (2nd September, 2016)

Reviewed by Noela Nancarrow
5 Stars *****

 Illuminating and Engaging!

I love a good story-teller that pulls me into the lives of their characters so deeply that after I finish the book, I find myself wanting to go hang out with them again and again. Author Jan Elder accomplishes that in Love, Lies, and Fireflies with a beautiful tale of heartbreak, hope, and new beginnings. Shades of sinister kept me looking over the heroine’s shoulder, but there was also plenty of lightness with comedic moments and sparkling dialogue.

Didi O’Brien’s world spins out of control when her controlling fiancé Kevin Cabot casually admits to cheating on her. When Didi doesn’t crawl back to him as he expected, his creepy level elevates as he stalks Didi and refuses to acknowledge their breakup. Meeting the charming Jake Montgomery is a lifeline to Didi—helping her to feel safe and valued, and illuminating just how unhealthy the relationship was that she’d had with her former fiancé. Jake was also previously engaged but lost his fiancé in a terrible car accident over a year ago. He feels ready to move on, but is still haunted with questions about the tragedy. Is it too soon for a new relationship for either of them? Can Didi and Jake find freedom from their pasts and have a future together?

‘Love, Lies, and Fireflies’ is an enjoyable, cozy read, with an inspirational overcoming theme that covers betrayal, grief, and discovering God’s will. The characters are engaging and relatable, especially Didi... she’s optimistic, loves cats and hates cucumber—which made me want to exclaim “me too!!” The sweet romance is just delightful too with one of the best first dates I’ve read! The story concludes perfectly with a surprising and tender ending sure to make you sigh. An enjoyable and entertaining story!


*Thanks to the author for providing a copy for review purposes. Opinions are entirely my own.

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You can purchase 'LOVE, LIES, & FIREFLIES' here at AMAZON

GIVEAWAY: Jan Elder is generously giving away an E-BOOK each to TWO blessed commenter's!! Leave a comment below to enter and remember to also leave your email for contact purposes should you win!  Write (at) and (dot) to protect against spammers.



40 comments:

  1. Love it all but the lies...lol but really I love Fireflies and Love! Beautiful Cover!

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    1. Lol Carla, it's the like the odd one out isn't it? ;) I hope you get to read about all those things in Jan's wonderful new release, soon! I hope you come back to add your e-mail in case you're our winner!

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    2. Hey there Carla. The comment I thought I was leaving you personally filtered down to the bottom. Thanks for your kind comment on the cover. I really wanted though fireflies to be prominent and Joan Ally at Prism did a great job!

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    3. Uh hem. "THOSE" fireflies. My cat, Shu-Shu, stepped on the keys. At least she made a real word!

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    4. Thanks for the email, Carla! And Jan, that made me LOL about your cat!! Probably a good idea Shu-Shu isn't your editor! ;)

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  2. Absolutely LOVED your review, Noela, but then what else is new? ;) I AM going to read this one when it comes out and thank you for convincing me to!

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    1. Aww thanks so much, Diana, you're so sweet! I hope you enjoy!!

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    2. Thanks, Diana. Hope you enjoy the book! I started it seven years ago so a long time coming. :)

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  3. Great review, Noela--as usual! I loved Jan Elder's previous book, the realism of her characters and the wonderful descriptions of the setting. If my name is drawn to receive one of her e-books, I would be thrilled.

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    1. Thank you so much Kathleen! Oh I couldn't agree more about Jan's previous book, just loved it! I'm sure you'll enjoy this just as much and I wish you all the best with your entry!!

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    2. I truly appreciate your kind words, Kathleen. So many wonderful people helped with many aspects of this novel. I am truly blessed to have it out there. :)

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  4. I read Jan's two previous books and left reviews.
    mr285kittenatgmaildotcom

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    1. And your reviews were so much appreciated! Thanks, Terry. Cat people have to stick together. :)

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    2. That's great, Terry, authors need those reviews! I'm sure you'll enjoy this one as well!!

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  5. Thanks for the sweet comment on the cover. The credit goes to Joan Alley at Prism. Fireflies make me happy! Thanks for tuning in to Noela!

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  6. Love this review and book cover! Definitely want to read this book!!! lelandandbecky(AT)reagan(DOT)com

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    1. Thank you Becky, and I really hope you get that opportunity! All the best!

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    2. Thanks, Becky. LLF was a long time coming so today is special to me. I'll let my publisher know that the cover is a hit! :)

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  7. You certainly enticed me with your beautiful review, Noela - thank you!! Love the cover and the storyline with it's subjects of grief, betrayal, and discovering God's will. Just added 'Love, Lies, and Fireflies' to my TBR list!!

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    1. Awesome, Bonnie!! I'm sure you will enjoy! :)

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    2. Thanks for your comments, Bonnie! I feel extra blessed today that you stopped by.

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  8. A fantastic review thank and and such a sweet cover.

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    1. Thanks so much Mary, and I totally agree about the cover! :) All the best!

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    2. I think my publisher (Joan Alley at Prism) did a great job too on the cover. Really reflects the story. Thanks for stopping by, Mary!

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  9. Thanks Noela for this review(and keeping us informed about good CF books that are coming out)!The book sounds like a real good one.Just can't resist a character that loves cats! :) Thanks also to Jan Elder. I don't read too many contemporary novels,but this one sounds like it's definitely worth checking out. (Thanks for the giveaway! lynnefeuerstein(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Thanks Lynne, once upon a time I'd only ever read historicals but now I like mixing it up a bit. And sweet stories like Jan's and others make it all the more fun! And yes, who can resist cats, lol. Hope you get a chance to read and enjoy this one, Lynne. Blessings!

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    2. Thanks for the comment, Lynne! My books will always have a cat or two in there somewhere. They make me happy (I have two sweet little furballs - Shu-Shu and Jamie Lynn.)

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  10. Beautiful cover and thanks for the opportunity!

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    1. It sure is, and you're welcome Amy!
      Amy do we have your email? If not and you come back here, would you add it so we can contact you should you win. Thanks!

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    2. Thanks for the comment, Amy. I hope you stop in again and leave an email address for a chance to win a copy. Appreciate you stopping by Noela's blog!

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  11. Noela, thank you for a wonderful review and the opportunity to win a great book!

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    1. A pleasure, Alexa! :) Thanks for stopping by!

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    2. Thanks for the comment, Alexa. Blessings to you today!

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  12. Nice review. Sounds like a good read.

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    1. Thanks Kim, and yes it's a very enjoyable read! Do we have your email, Kim?

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    2. Thanks for stopping by, Kim. Appreciate your comment!

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  13. This is an entry for Delores Liesner, who tried but wasn't able to leave a comment on the blog. Thanks for your entry Delores, and all the best!!

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  14. This sounds like a good book. Love the cover. Thanks for the review Noela. GOD bless all of you OWG angels. Maxie

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    1. God bless you too, Maxie! I think you'd love this wonderful story dear Maxie!

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