Finding Colin Firth by Mia March
Release Date - July 9, 2013
Publisher Website - Simon and Schuster
Publisher Social Media - Twitter
Pages - 336 pages
My Rating - 4/5
**obtained for review from publisher via Edelweiss**
Here is the Goodreads synopsis
From the author of The Meryl Streep Movie Club, a “heart-warming, spirit-lifting read just in time for beach season” (Kirkus Reviews), comes a new novel about three women, connected in secret and surprising ways, who are in for a life-changing summer when rumor has it that actor Colin Firth is coming to their Maine town to film a movie.
After losing her job and leaving her beloved husband, journalist Gemma Hendricks is sure that scoring an interview with Colin Firth will save her career and marriage. Yet a heart-tugging local story about women, family ties, love, and loss captures her heart— and changes everything. The story concerns Bea Crane, a floundering twenty-two-year-old who learns in a deathbed confession letter that she was adopted at birth. Bea is in Boothbay Harbor to surreptitiously observe her biological mother, Veronica Russo—something of a legend in town—who Bea might not be ready to meet after all. Veronica, a thirty-eight-year-old diner waitress famous for her “healing” pies, has come home to Maine to face her past. But when she’s hired as an extra on the bustling movie set, she wonders if she is hiding from the truth . . . and perhaps the opportunity of a real-life Mr. Darcy.
These three women will discover more than they ever imagined in this coastal Maine town, buzzing with hopes of Colin Firth. Even the conjecture of his arrival inspires daydreams, amplifies complicated lives, and gives incentive to find their own romantic endings.Mia March's novels are sweet, romantic, and character driven. The quaint Boothbay Harbor provides a wonderful backdrop for these heartfelt novels and becomes a character itself. These books are comforting and make a perfect read for when you need something a little lighter.
Much like it's previous companion novel The Meryl Streep Movie Club, Finding Colin Firth focuses on three women. Gemma, Bea and Veronica. We get to know each of them in equal measure as they deal with conflicts and issues in their lives. The idea of family, especially the bond between mother and child is a huge focus of the novel. We get to see different women reacting to these relationships in a way that all interconnects. It's one of the things Mia March does well - connecting these different story arcs into one overall theme in the story.
If you've read The Meryl Streep Movie Club there are little cameos that will delight you. I enjoyed getting a peek at those characters again and seeing where they currently are during their journey. It's nice to get that brief glimpse because it creates a familiarity that is comforting as a reader.
Hope, faith, and belief are touched upon in all three women's journeys. The main one being Veronica and her pies. It was endearing to see these home made pies do so much good for the people in the town. It shows that positive thinking, wishful thinking and a little faith can sometimes create your own luck. Seeing yourself through a hard situation is better if you feel supported, and have faith in yourself. Veronica's pies allow a little bit of 'magic' to happen, and it was a perfect touch to this already sweet story. The only downside was that I found myself with a huge pie craving after.
Colin Firth is a character unto himself for the entire novel. The humorous 'sightings' and the way he brought the girls together through the Three Captain's infamous movie nights created a nice thread to weave the plots together.
The characters are all so wonderful. Each one was distinct, and had personality. Bea the woman who finds out she was adopted and is searching for her birth mother. Veronica, the woman who gave her up for adoption and is dealing with the aftermath even years later. Gemma a career minded woman who finds herself pregnant and asking if she can have it all, and if not what she wants more. Gemma's story felt to be the one I most related. Her back and forth felt realistic and honest for someone who was so unsure. The Bea/Veronica storyline was done exceptionally well. Bea's desire to both know and not know her biological mother felt authentic.
The romance was woven in, and less the focus than perhaps The Meryl Streep Movie Club. It was done in just the right amount, but the focus is clearly on the bonds between parents and children and what exactly makes the bonds. It was refreshing to see a story revolve around something and that allowed romance to take the back seat in such a believable way.
A heartwarming, feel good book whose characters are touching. If you enjoyed The Meryl Streep Movie Club, you'll definitely want to check out this companion novel. Don't be surprised, however, if you end up eating pie while watching Pride and Prejudice.