Friday, April 4, 2014

Review: Dancing with Fireflies by Denise Hunter

Dancing with Fireflies
by Denise Hunter

Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Pages: 336
Format: ARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  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.

Kritters Thoughts:  The McKinley family takes center stage in another book, but a different daughter tells her story as she is overcoming her past and finding her way.  Jade is the daughter that left the small town, ran away, and has come home to find support from her family.  

Different from the first book, I wasn't quite certain where this book would end and I loved it.  I read this one quicker because I felt more invested in the story and really wanted to find out where Jade would end up.  It was also easier to read as I had just finished the first book and knew the characters pretty well.  I am hoping that there will be a few more books centered around this family.  

The second in the series and although this can possibly be read by its own, I would suggest starting with the first one Barefoot Summer, my review went up last night.  A note that I stated in my review of the first book - this is Christian fiction, but it was not heavy handed in the least bit.  

Rating: perfect beach read

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Litfuse Publicity.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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