Saturday, May 24, 2014

Dancing with Fireflies

Back of the book

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.

My thoughts

What a wonderful story of love and strength!  Denise Hunter really hit the mark with this book about overcoming great challenges and always being there for the ones you love.  This is the second book in the Chapel Springs series, and while I have not read the first book I never felt lost.  This was a love you were able to watch grow, as both Jade and Daniel turned to each other for strength and guidance as they made tough life choices and worked to overcome large obstacles.  I enjoyed how much focus Denise Hunter puts on families and the strength they can be in our lives.

There is no swearing, and while you learn that Jade gets pregnant from a date rape, I would still say this is a clean novel.

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