Review: Dancing with Fireflies

Dancing with Fireflies by Denise Hunter
A Chapel Springs Romance, Book 2
Thomas Nelson, 2014

My Thoughts:
When Jade is a victim to a traumatic event at the opening of Dancing with Fireflies, it is quite the unexpected start to the novel; at least for this reader. What is even more unexpected is the way the issue is dealt with. Denise Hunter has the ability to take a dark and ugly issue and deal with it in a delicate yet poignant manner.

However, Jade’s emotions towards what happened to her are not what I had expected. It was as if, after the prologue, we skipped forward; she was content with her past and it no longer was a looming issue that plagued her thoughts and emotions. Personally, I would have liked to have seen Jade deal with these emotions, but instead she comes to terms with being pregnant and having a child on the way. How will she provide for her baby? And how will she tell her family that she is pregnant?

Enter Daniel. I loved his character. He was a source of strength and guidance for Jade. He exudes kindness and has a genuine heart. And the way he protected Jade and did whatever he could to help her only endears him to the reader even more.

But will Jade and Daniel have their happy ending? Or will Jade push his love away?

Rating: 3 1/2 stars

Summary (from the publisher’s website):
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.

*Thank you to Litfuse, who provided a free e-copy in exchange for my honest review of this book.*

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4 thoughts on “Review: Dancing with Fireflies

      1. Ah, well, if contemporary isn’t a favorite, that’s perfectly understandable. It’s actually quickly becoming my favorite thanks to all these talented authors! 🙂


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