Book Review: Dancing with Fireflies

27 Mar

687021Jade 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.



DHunter-211Denise 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.


My Impressions:

Dancing with Fireflies is the second book in Denise Hunter’s Chapel Springs Romance series. While it can be read as a standalone novel, characters from book 1, Barefoot Summer make a reprise appearance. It is again a sweet, contemporary romance with an endearing heroine and a very hunky hero. Difficult subjects are handled gently and the sparks fly in the relationship. A good pick for a lazy weekend, especially if you are going to spend it at the lake or beach.

Jade McKinley, the free-spririt of the McKinley clan, has had a difficult year away from home in Chicago. She returns to Chapel Springs wounded and determined not to allow herself to be hurt again. The little girl that twirled among fireflies seems to have disappeared altogether. But Daniel Dawson, mayor and volunteer fireman with big political ambitions, can keep secrets and has always been a friend to Jade. With a baby on the way and Daniel’s matchmaking skills, Jade is intent on finding a safe and reliable husband for her future, definitely NOT love!

I like the characters that Hunter creates. They are a little quirky, a little vulnerable, with a big dose of charm. They wrestle with real-life trauma and decisions. They often, as in the case of Jade, have a lot to figure out about themselves and their relationships with God. And of course the romance is always fun with strong, yet understanding male characters that make the story extra special. And there is more to come in the next installment, The Wishing Season, due out later this year.

If you like contemporary romance, you definitely need to get Dancing with Fireflies.


(Thanks to Thomas Nelson and LitFuse for a review copy. The opinions expressed are mine alone.)

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2 Responses to “Book Review: Dancing with Fireflies”

  1. Savurbks March 27, 2014 at 1:07 pm #

    Thanks for the review…I have Barefoot Summer already…I am just waiting for the weather to warm to really enjoy it (not sure it is going to happen here any time soon though)!

    • rbclibrary March 27, 2014 at 2:17 pm #

      I know what you mean! Here in the sunny south we had freeze warnings two nights ago. Supposed to warm to the 70s by the weekend. Hope you enjoy the books.

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