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4 Stars Out Of 5
End of series, but good as a stand-alone
July 11, 2012
Firestorm is book six in the Full Circle Series. I enjoyed the novel even though I hadn't read any of the previous five. I didn't feel like I was missing information given in previous books, though I'm surprised I haven't gotten my hands on them before now. I like Ms. Bergren's writing style and I especially love happy endings (no spoilers because it is a romance).
Fires intrigue me (from a distance), so I liked learning more about what goes on at the scene of a fire and how the people are feeling, expected to perform, etc. As a fairly new writer, I am just learning how much time and effort goes into research and I expect Ms. Bergren did a fair amount of research to write this book, and probably the whole series. I appreciate her efforts.
***This book was provided to me free for the purposes of review. The above opinion is my own.***
This isn't the first time I've read Firestorm. I actually read the Full Circle series by Lisa Tawn Bergren when it was first published. I enjoyed it then, and I enjoyed it again this Spring. Even though I'd previously read the book, I only remembered the main storyline, and didn't remember the very emotional sub-plot of the book.
Firestorm is a contemporary romance, set in a ranching community in Montana. Reyne Oldre began her career as a wildfire fighter, moving onto fire science after a tragic fire claimed the lives of some of her crew. Now she works to develop equipment that will save the lives of other fire fighters. Unfortunately, she loses out on a research grant to Logan McCabe, a handsome firejumper. As if losing wasn't bad enough, Reyne is asked to work with him on his research project instead. Despite her anger toward Logan, she finds herself drawn to him. Together they have to overcome her fears from the past, as they try to make their relationship work.
The subplot of Firestorm centers around previous characters from the Full Circle series, their relationships and their faith as one of them faces a losing battle with cancer. This sub-plot is revisited and closure is brought in the short novella, Sandcastles, included at the end of Firestorm. The entire series is brought full circle with this satisfying conclusion.
I truly did enjoy reading Firestorm. I was pulled into the story, and couldn't put the book down until I'd finished the book. I even cried, much to my children's amusement when they found me with tears pouring down my face. Although the progress of Reyne and Logan's romance was predictable at times, the story was still compelling.
Firestorm was provided free by Blogging For Books, for review purposes. I received no further compensation, and this is an honest review.