Finding Colin Firth by Mia March
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.
I really enjoyed this book. The characters are all equally likeable and easy to relate to, if a little flawed. In their desperation to meet Colin Firth and get their fairy tale ending, their stories are woven together. Of course, the setting of Boothbay Harbour in Maine adds to the story. I am left with a deep desire to visit. (It exists. I Googled it.) Although, sampling one of Veronica’s Amore pies is probably out of the question. It doesn’t hurt to be a Colin Firth fan, but it is not vital. The idea of Colin Firth is more important to the story than Colin Firth the person. It is the idea of the characters he portrays – Mr Darcy/Mark Darcy – and the general rom-com life that is most important to the characters.
At parts March’s writing is slightly reminiscent of that of Sarah Addison Allen as she adds just a hint of magic, while maintaining an air of reality. Bea and Veronica’s relationship doesn’t automatically work, it takes time for them to figure each other out which is a breath of fresh air compared with other similar books.
Finding Colin Firth is the perfect book to take on holiday. Easy, light-reading which will leave you with a warm, fuzzy but not a saccharine sweet sickly feeling.
*I received an advanced reader copy of Finding Colin Firth from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.