Friday, April 4, 2014

Dancing with Fireflies

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Author: Denise Hunter
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
March 2014
ISBN:  978-1401687021
Genre: Contemporary romance

Jade returns home to Chapel Springs after years of protecting her fragile heart. Then along comes Daniel, making her long to dance again.

Creative and complicated, Jade McKinley felt like a weed in a rose garden growing up in Chapel Springs. When she left, she thought she’d never look back. But now, pregnant, alone, and broke, she has no other choice but to return.

The mayor of Chapel Springs, Daniel Dawson, has been an honorary member of the McKinley family for years. While his own home life was almost non-existent, Daniel fit right into the boisterous McKinley family. He’s loved Jade for years, but she always saw him as a big brother. Now that she’s back, his feelings are stronger than ever.

As Jade attempts to settle in, nothing feels right. God seems far away, she’s hiding secrets from her family, and she’s strangely attracted to the man who’s always called her “squirt." Finding her way home may prove more difficult than she imagined.

DANCING WITH FIREFLIES is the second book in the Chapel Springs Romance series, but it easily stands alone. Fans will want to read book one, Barefoot Summer to learn the story of Jade’s sister, and what caused Jade to run away, but if you don’t read it first, you won’t be lost.

This book does start with a rape, but it doesn’t go into details. Jade does suffer some flashbacks as a result which are more detail, but still not overly much. Understandably, Jade is numb as a result, especially when she discovers she’s pregnant, and the book shows/reads with the numbness for awhile.

I wondered if DANCING WITH FIREFLIES would be up to what I’m used to and love by Denise Hunter, but about midway through the book the story picks up. Daniel is a sweetheart, despite his circumstances, and Jade is only looking out after herself, due to her circumstances, but the faith message is good.

If you like contemporary romances you won’t want to miss DANCING WITH FIREFLIES. Denise Hunter is one of my favorite contemporary romance authors and she doesn’t disappoint. I am torn whether to give this book 4.5 or 5 stars. . . so I’m going to go with 5, and if I decide on 4.5, we’ll consider it rounded up…

Discussion questions and a preview of December Bride (also by Denise Hunter and highly recommended by me) are included at the back of the book. $15.99. 352 pages. 

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About the Author: Denise Hunter is an internationally published best-selling author. Her books have won The Holt Medallion Award, The Reader's Choice Award, The Foreword Book of the Year Award, and was a RITA finalist. In 1996, inspired by the death of her grandfather, Denise began her first book, writing while her children napped. Two years later it was published, and she's been writing ever since. Her husband says he inspires all of her romantic stories, but Denise insists a good imagination helps, too. When Denise isn't writing, she's busy raising three heroes-in-the-making with her husband.

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