Blog Tour Book Review: Firefiles & Hope From the Ocean by P.S. Bartlett

Happy Thursday everyone and welcome to my stop on the virtual blog tour for both Fireflies and Hope From the Ocean written by P.S. Bartlett! This is a pretty special post since it covers two books in one which I have been really excited about! I’m happy to introduce you to the beautiful covers and descriptions of these books below!

FirefliesTitle: Fireflies
Author: PS Bartlett
Release Day: April 3th, 2013
Genre: Historical Fiction/Paranormal/Historical Irish Fiction

However peculiar Ennis Whelan has been for the first six years of his life, not until the day he found the bird, did the degree of his strangeness become so tangible.

Dr. Owen Whelan and his wife Sarah, both Irish immigrants, have been living the American dream, as well as raising seven bright and expressive children. Their youngest Ennis, however, has since birth, been a bit of a mystery.

Ennis was always small, meek and frightfully odd but there is so much more to him than anyone could have imagined. His sister Teagan grows increasingly suspicious of his behavior but their mother dismisses her claims, until the day he starts healing people.

When Ennis ultimately reveals the gift of sight, he questions his father about visions of his past, including his voyage to America in 1844. Owen prayed he’d never have to share those tragic memories but he will share them, when he realizes he has no choice. Ennis’ life may depend on it.

TBlank white book w/pathitle: Hope from the Ocean
Author: PS Bartlett
Release Day: May 30th, 2014
Genre: Historical Fiction/Paranormal/Historical Irish Fiction

When Owen Whelan revealed his secret, he was set free from a haunting past and an uncertain future for his son, Ennis. However, in order to know the true depths of his heart, first we must follow him all the way back to a dirt road on a chilly and bitter spring dawn in Ireland. Behind the locked doors of his memories and hidden beneath shame, hunger and eventually escape, we learn the true meaning of the proverb, “There’s hope from the ocean but none from the grave.” Owen’s journey will teach him that sometimes you have to cross that ocean not only to survive but to finally find love, life and become the man worthy of your own admiration and respect.

 There are turning points in life you cannot come back from but if you’re brave enough, you can begin again.

I want to start off by thanking P.S. Bartlett and GMTA Publishing for giving me the opportunity to read not one, but two books in one tour! It was definitely a treat to be able to spend a lot of time with these characters and in this world.

I loooved these books. I love this story. The characters and the settings were so real to me and I attribute this to some really beautiful writing. This story is really unlike anything I have ever read before. The genre I would definitely most associate this story with is  historical fiction but it’s distinctly unique because it has these paranormal, spiritual and romantic elements mixed into the story as well.

It was really easy for me to fall in love with this story and these characters. I feel like the books themselves are so beautifully written that they are the types of books that are just heartwarming and special…definitely the kind of story that gives you butterflies in your stomach and makes you smile and laugh aloud. I will admit as well to the occasional swoon.

It’s really hard for me to decide which one I liked the most out of the two so I won’t even endeavor to make the decision because I loved them both. In Fireflies  I loved spending time with the Whelans and experiencing their simple on the surface, yet surprisingly complicated lives and seeing how fate and faith work their magic on this family. It is such a beautiful story. In Hope From the Ocean I really enjoyed seeing the Whelan origins and the history of basically how the family came to be. Again, such a beautiful, moving story that I just couldn’t put down. What is so special about these books is they make you wonder, they make you feel…they are extremely moving stories with wonderfully detailed characters.

As a fan of early Irish literature I found the mention of Tir Na Nog a nice little Easter egg for me as a reader. Two very enthusiastic thumbs up to P.S. Bartlett for working that into the story and rejuvenating my love of Irish literature. It’s always also interesting to me to read historical fiction books and be able to find parallels in the work of fiction and real world fact like the potato famine and the emigration of the Irish into America.

I give both of these books well deserved five star ratings. I thought these books were both incredible and incredibly moving. If you read one you MUST read the other and let me know what you think of these books!! There are 20 copies of these books up for grabs, if you would like a copy please leave a comment below and be sure to include your email when filling out the form so that I can email you your copy asap! Happy reading everyone and be sure to pick these up!!


Author Bio:

I was born on Valentine’s Day a long, long time ago in South Baltimore, Maryland, less than a mile from Fort McHenry and Federal Hill. I’m the youngest of eleven children. I’m a very simple person. I love my life and am always striving to make it better for myself and my family. I write, I draw and I work full-time. I also paint beautiful watercolors with my three year old granddaughter.

I’ve been married for nearly 19 years and together we have two sons and a daughter. I’d call myself a football fan but I mostly only watch my home team, the World Champion Baltimore Ravens. I love super heroes and Superman has been my favorite since I was a little girl. June 2013 the new Superman movie “Man of Steel” arrives in theaters and it cannot get here soon enough for me. I love cats and I have a Maine Coon named Columbus.

Be sure to follow this author via the various social media avenues she participates in! She is definitely an author to watch!  I can see these books being made into movies!







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One thought on “Blog Tour Book Review: Firefiles & Hope From the Ocean by P.S. Bartlett

  1. Reblogged this on Author P.S. Bartlett and commented:
    Thank you so much for such a lovely and touching review. It fills my heart with joy when I know that my books have touched someone so deeply and that they love these characters as much as I do. I truly appreciate your time and the attention you have given to my stories.

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