Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Review: Chasing Fireflies by Taylor Dean

Read:  August 4th - 7th, 2016

Type:  Kindle (ARC)

Source:  I received a copy of this book from eBooks for Review in exchange for an honest review.

Rating (out of five stars):

Where to find the author:  Website | Goodreads

Where to find this book:  Goodreads | Amazon

Series:  The Power of the Matchmaker

From Goodreads: My sisters think I’m crazy.

But, I’ve never forgotten the mysterious woman from my childhood who told me Paul is the name of my one true love. 

She told me to search far and wide for him. 

I haven’t stopped looking ever since.

When I stumble across an article about a successful American entrepreneur named Paul who lives and works in China, I’m intrigued. When the opportunity to teach English in China presents itself on the same day, I know it’s not a coincidence.

It’s destiny.

My sisters say I’m chasing a dream.

Just like the fireflies we tried to catch on the warm summer evenings of our youth, the dream seems beyond my grasp. Will my quest for the elusive Paul always be just short of fulfillment?

My sisters tell me it’s a fool’s errand.

Until I remind them of the day we saw the Red Bird.

The memory silences them.

The Red Bird Incident remains inarguable—and proves my search for Paul is not a silly fantasy.

I will find Paul . . . I will. 

I was a bit torn about Chasing Fireflies, and it took a while for me to decide on a rating.  The plot sounded intriguing, and I did enjoy it, but there was something about it that kept me from loving it.  I can't quite put my finger on it, but it could possibly be the fact that the main character is willing to give up someone she loves just because his name isn't Paul.  I realize that's the point of the book, and that this isn't actually real life, but come on.  

The book, however, is very well-written, which makes up for the main character's sketchy way of choosing her boyfriends, and I was interested to see how everything would turn out in the end.  I guessed the twist pretty early on, but it didn't take away from the story.

Chasing Fireflies is a quick, clean romance, with an original plot.  I would recommend if you're looking for something light to read, especially if you've enjoyed other books in the Power of the Matchmaker series.

Though it is part of the Power of the Matchmaker series, Chasing Fireflies can definitely be read as a stand-alone.

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