Finding Colin Firth
By Mia March
Gallery Books, 2013. 336 pgs. Fiction.
Follow the stories of three women as they pass their summers in a small fishing village in Maine: Bea, who has just learned after the death of her mother that she was adopted and moves to Boothbay to feel out if she is ready to meet her birth mother; Veronica, who has returned to her hometown to put to rest the humiliation of her teen pregnancy and hope that her daughter will contact her; and Gemma, who has come to town to try to decide how to proceed with her overbearing husband and in-laws, her sudden layoff, and her unexpected pregnancy.
When I picked up this book, I thought it was going to be yet another Pride and Prejudice knock-off, with the Colin Firth reference in the title. I was pleasantly surprised to find that, even though the characters are anxious to try to see Colin Firth (who is rumored to be on location in town for a movie), the plot focuses on the ways in which the women overcome the difficulties in their own lives and find happiness. The writing was clean and accessible, and the author did a great job creating believable characters that you wanted to see succeed.