Finding Colin Firth

Finding Colin Firth

by Mia March

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From the author of The Meryl Streep Movie Club, “a heartwarming, 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 the husband she dearly loves, twenty-nine-year-old journalist Gemma Hendricks is desperate to save her career by scoring an interview with Colin Firth. But a much more local story steals her heart—and just may save her rocky marriage too. Thirty-eight-year-old waitress Veronica Russo, shocked by the unannounced arrival of the daughter she gave up for adoption two decades ago, becomes an extra on the movie set, wondering if happy endings—and a real life Mr. Darcy—are even possible. Twenty-two-year-old student Bea Crane, alone and adrift, longs to connect with Veronica, her birth mother, but she’ll discover more than she ever imagined in this coastal Maine town. And just when they least expect it in a summer full of surprises, all three women may find what they’re looking for most of all…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781611739022
Publisher: Center Point
Publication date: 09/28/2013
Edition description: Large Print
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Mia March lives on the coast of Maine. She is the author of The Meryl Streep Movie Club.

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Finding Colin Firth 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
ethel55 More than 1 year ago
Told by alternating narrators, March's book touches on many facets of family, both lost and found, with a little romance for interest. This was a quick, light read and while none of the characters really popped for me individually, together, they made a good story.The path of the three main characters all lead to Boothbay Harbor, Maine. Bea is a young woman searching for answers after a belated deathbed confession. Veronica has come home to Boothbay after years of living across the country. And Gemma seems to be both hiding and searching for meaning after downsizing leaves her without a job. Colin Firth is set to star in a movie filming in this Maine town and everyone wants to be a part of that magic.
juliemangano More than 1 year ago
Great summer read that captures the despair, hope and dreams that are a part of all our lives. We may not have the same problems, but we can certainly relate to Bea, Veronica and Gemma, the main characters in this novel. Author Mia March tells the stories of these three women, stories that all intersect in Boothbay Harbor, Maine. No wonder the producers of Colin Firth's movie chose the town for a movie setting. Oh, wait, that was just part of the story line. Lovely story and a very enjoyable read.
FeatheredQuillBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Colin Firth...Mr. Darcy...what more is there to say if you’re a female? (Long pause so you may capture the swoon-worthy image in your mind...) Colin may not have a large part in this novel, but he’s that pedestal that women seem to seek no matter what age they are. This tale focuses on three unforgettable women: Bea Crane is handed a letter one year after her mother has passed that tells her she’s adopted. Wham-o! Nothing like finding out news like that when you’re all grown up working at Boston’s Crazy Burger. Emotional turmoil sets in, but Bea does find out the information she needs and heads to Maine to face the mother who gave her up many years ago. Veronica Russo got pregnant too early in life and the small Maine town she lived in STILL won’t let the past go. Even though she’s moved back to start over again, Veronica still has to hear whispers (just like every small town that is unable to let go of gossip to save their lives). Veronica is loved for her amazing elixir pies that have awesome names, like Amore, Hope, Spirit and even Cast-Off. These pies are ‘magical’ to some. While making/eating the pie all you have to do is think about what you desire, love, or don’t want anymore and your wishes can come true. (Much like the movie, Chocolat. Ah, Johnny Depp - another long pause...) Moving on... Gemma Hendricks seemingly has it all; a loving husband who wants nothing more than to move to the burbs to be near his mother so Gemma can live the stay-at-home mom, 2 kids, 2 cars in the garage, white picket fence, American family life. Trouble is, Gemma is a reporter and doesn’t want that life. She gets so angry about her husband’s constant whining that she heads up to Maine to visit a friend of hers. Of course, it’s not just the whining, she’s also pregnant and has no idea what to do next. In this small town of Boothbay Harbor Gemma finds a new outlook on life by working on a news story about the girls staying at Hope House, a home for pregnant teens. Bea and Veronica meet and have to deal with questions from the past. And a fantastic cop named Nick is in the mix who may just be the ‘catch’ that Veronica can nab with one of her Amore pies. Colin Firth is coming to film a movie in Boothbay, so the people are all a-buzz about his visit. But these three women hold your heart during this tale with so much wit, humor and intelligence that Colin is never really thought about (well...barely thought about. Okay, I’m lying.) I do have a negative. There are no recipes. I want those elixir pies and I expect this author to send me the formulas ASAP! (Or just send me Colin Firth and we’ll call it even). Quill says: Location is stunning; characters are unforgettable; plot is woven perfectly. Bravo!
davis9713 More than 1 year ago
We ALL carry doubts and fears. The question is, how do you face yours? In this book, ‘Finding Colin Firth,’ you’ll find that past and present doubts and fears come crashing together. I never give spoilers-you’ll have to read the book…but, I will tell you that Mia March, is BRILLIANT!! This is to me, the top ranking book that I’ve read thus far, this year. My mind and heart just wouldn’t allow me to stop reading this story once I started. Every single character I could see and feel clearly. Hats off to Mia’s editor, publisher, friends…anyone that supported her through writing this book. Why? Cause it flowed so seamlessly, that all the scenes could be played out in the mind’s eye like a film. It was brought to life!…from the town drunk, to the teens at Hope Home, to ‘lil Leigh wanting to make a pie-so that she can feel closer to her momma…even baby Allie’s red face from teething. Mia brings out all of these characters and…they’re not even the main ones!! I could NOT find any errors either-for those where that matters-and I always look. BRILLIANT Mia just plain BRILLIANT!! I laid this book down and walked away feeling happy, satisfied, and victorious….AND hungry for pie! I love the fact that these characters go through everyday experiences-all life changing in some way and still rise above. It’s that whole, when life gives you lemons-you make lemonade mentality. If you’re looking for just a really great book to read, that has a fantastic over all story…YOU DON’T HAVE TO LOOK ANY FURTHER. There were a few tears that I cried, but most of all..I was just plain ole happy! I do wonder though Mia…why Pecan Pie didn’t make into the mix? I wonder which elixir pie would it have been. This is truly a new favorite of mine…well written with developed characters, no errors-that I saw, good feelings-victory over doubts…..AND PIE!! You just can’t get any sweeter than that.
HarlequinJunkie_ More than 1 year ago
In Finding Colin Firth by Mia March, three women are struggling to find their way in life and are each drawn for their own reasons to Boothbay Harbor, Maine, in this emotionally charged story. Bea Crane is still mourning a year after the death of her beloved mother when she receives a mysterious letter. Inside is her mother's deathbed confession admitting that Bea is actually adopted and enclosed is a copy of the agreement with the adoption agency. She is absolutely shocked and unsure what to do, where to go, or who she really is for that matter. Bea tracks down her birth mother's location and decides to go to Boothbay Harbor, Maine, to possibly confront her and get the answers she desperately needs. Her resolve fades when she arrives in town, though, as she anonymously sees Veronica Russo for the first time. She's beautiful and confident while waiting on customers at the diner but Bea doesn't know if Veronica will be willing to relive past events while explaining her decisions to her. After taking a tour of Hope Home, where she was born, Bea meets Gemma Hendricks, a journalist visiting friends and working on a story for the local paper about the fiftieth anniversary of the Home. Gemma helps Bea out with getting an interview and then a job at her friend's inn where Bea also gets room and board. As things start to fall in place, she finally reaches out to Veronica and they meet for the first time in twenty-two years. It's up to Bea to decide from there whether she will try to build a relationship with her birth mother and if she should stick around in the coastal town that is winning her over. Life has admittedly been rather tough for Veronica Russo but she doesn't dwell on it. She became pregnant at sixteen only to have her boyfriend deny the child was his and to have her parents send her to Hope Home, a local place for pregnant teens, immediately. They wanted nothing to do with her and still don't for that matter, but she's made a life for herself despite their cold attitude. She gave birth to a baby girl who she gave up for adoption and then began traveling, working at diners along the southern US. She decided to finally come back to Maine and face her past, to see if she could get rid of the embarrassment and shame of what she went through as a teenager. Since being back, she's been making a name for herself locally with the delicious pies she bakes and sells to friends and businesses. The locals think they're magic, but Veronica knows it's the thoughts and wishes that go into the pies as she makes them that makes each one truly special. She bakes one of these pies on a lonely evening and swears she can feel her baby girl in her arms again, and then amazingly Bea call her shortly afterward to set up a meeting. Veronica has no idea what to expect or if Bea will want to form a relationship with her. She hopes they can keep in touch but knows she has to leave that decision to Bea. Gemma Hendricks feels stuck in her life at the moment. She loves living in Manhattan and can't imagine moving to the suburbs near her in-laws as her husband wants them to do. Unfortunately she just lost her job as a journalist for the local paper. To further complicate matters, she finds out she's pregnant. Gemma doesn't dare tell her husband yet or he'll push even harder to move them to Dobbs Ferry so she can become a stay-at-home mom, and she's not ready for that fight yet. She needs to come to terms with the fact that she's pregnant first. She's already planned on heading up to visit friends in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, so she decides to keep the news to herself for now. While visiting, she gets caught up in the local hysteria over Colin Firth visiting the set of his movie being filmed in town. Gemma thinks if she can get an interview with him, maybe it will give her career the boost it needs. Instead she ends up working on a story about the fiftieth anniversary of Hope Home and interviews past and current residents. During her research she meets Bea Crane and immediately wants to help her. The more she uncovers about the women who have stayed at the Home, she becomes humbled by their courage and ability to make such tough choices. She finds herself in a similar flux, wanting to be a working mom, to find a balance between work and family, but her husband is adamant that he wants them near his parents and for her to stay at home. Gemma is worried they won't be able to come to an agreement on their future and hopes her time in Boothbay Harbor will help her find clarity. This is a very interesting, intricate story by Mia March, set in an idyllic coastal town. The lives of Bea, Veronica and Gemma weave together perfectly to create deeper layers to the plot. Each woman has her own personal struggle and we get to see how they come to terms with their situations while creating a network of supportive, loving friends. All the characters, including secondary, were very well defined and relateable, which made this a joy to read. I would definitely recommend this story if you enjoy multi-layered, intensely emotional stories with a hint of romance thrown in.
GraceDZ More than 1 year ago
Filled with so much warmth and hope! 4.5 Stars! I have to admit, I initially wanted to read this book because of the title alone. The title makes me think of many nights spent watching the movies of one of my favorite actors. Finding Colin Firth: A Novel turned out to be so much more than what the title suggests. The quaint tourist town of Boothbay Harbor, Maine is all abuzz! Colin Firth is coming to shoot some scenes for a movie. How very exciting! Boothbay Harbor is also where the lives of three women entwine and change forever. With alternating POV in each chapter, I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly I got wrapped up in the stories of Bea, Veronica, and Gemma. I sympathized and cared about them so much that I kept hoping for the best for each of them as I was reading along. Mia March has created a story full of warmth and hope. It's about unexpected pregnancy, adoption, facing and confronting demons, and accepting what is truth. This story has so many heart-tugging moments that will require tissues. It even has a tad of romance. Although, having previously watched all the movies mentioned in this book provided a much more enriching reading experience for me, it's not necessary to have seen any of the movies beforehand to enjoy this book. I love how Mia March cleverly weaves the movie titles in such an enticing way that if you haven't seen the movies, you'll want to by the end for sure. So, for those who want to have a little fun and have their own movie marathons before, during, or after reading this book, here are the Colin Firth movies mentioned in no particular order: Pride and Prejudice BBC miniseries Bridget Jones's Diary Love Actually Then She Found Me A Single Man Girl with a Pearl Earring Mamma Mia! The King's Speech This is my first time reading anything from Mia March. I found her writing to be witty and poignant. I'm looking forward to reading more from her. I'm sure this book will make a wonderful book club selection. There could be much lively discussion about not only what these women go through, but also about pies and Colin Firth! *** A complimentary copy was provided in exchange for an honest review ***