Friday, August 26, 2016

Chasing Fireflies by Taylor Dean

Chasing Fireflies
by Taylor Dean

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Twitter @taylordeanbooks

Just released: July 1, 2016
Publisher: self
Genre: Romance (clean), China, Travel
Rating: 5

First sentence(s):
My three older sisters - Saige, Sadie, and Samantha - are all staring at me as if I just committed some type of cardinal sin or something.

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.

My two-bits:
The matchmaker's hand made an early appearance in the protagonist's life in this storyline which gave an interesting twist to the usual mode of this series.

In this story the main character, Savannah, is set to search and seek out her love which is somewhat defined, by name. What a funny concept - to pursue only men with the "name" - in this case Paul. It was sad to see what she went through in this pursuit. To restrict experiences with other people based on certain criteria was sad.

Got me thinking of fortunes and futures foretold and how much of it do you allow them to guide your life.

But as the story unfolds and Savannah's history revealed, her actions makes sense which made me want to continue with her story to find out if she finds her true love.

I liked the character growth of Savannah and her friends in this story - all mostly in the romance department.

Also, liked learning about the teacher/travel exchange program and living abroad.

Descriptions of food and places visited were a tease. Made me want to go to China ;-)

About the author:
Taylor Dean lives in Texas and is the mother of four grown children.

Upon finding herself with an empty nest, she began to write the stories that were always wandering around in her head, quickly finding she had a passion for writing, specifically romance.

Whether it's paranormal, contemporary, or suspense-you'll find all sub-genres of CLEAN Romance in her line-up.


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* part of POWER OF THE MATCHMAKER SERIES (here) - so far, Chasing Fireflies is my favorite one

1 comment:

  1. Yes, that is interesting how things are narrowed down to a name and how something like that can guide one's life. Sounds curious!


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