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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Review: Dancing With Fireflies by Denise Hunter

Book Description

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 was a book I really enjoyed reading, even when I wasn't sure I would.  When I started reading, I wasn't sure I would like the story line at all.  Girl leaves home and comes back pregnant and broke with a list of characteristics she is looking for in a man so she can have a father for her children and not fall in love.  But, as I got into the story and read more about Jade and the things that happened to her in her life to get her to the point she was the story made perfect sense.  Jade goes through quite a journey in Dancing With Fireflies and learns that she can't protect herself from bad things happening, God is in control of all things, and that she has to learn to try and walk by faith no matter how scary it is.

I loved how the author portrayed Jade's family.  They were loving and supportive of her no matter what.  I also really liked Daniel's character.  He had to learn some important things along the way too such as following the path that God intended for his life instead of the path his parents wanted for him.

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson for the purpose of writing a fair and honest review.  I received no further compensation and all opinions are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance to FTC regulations.

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