Monday, April 7, 2014

Book Review - Dancing With Fireflies


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.


Denise 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.

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When I first started this book, I thought it was going to be like a typical romance novel, however, the more I read, the more I really enjoyed it! The characters are well rounded and also fallible, which really was appealing to me.

Jade has had her share of heartache and she goes to Chicago to pursue her dream of being a musician. Unfortunately, against her better judgement, she goes ahead with a date that ends up with her being drugged and then raped. The end results are that she is pregnant with twins. She decides to move back home and try and find a husband and father for her children.

Daniel has been friends with Jade since they were children. He truly loves her but she thinks of him as more of a brother. He is there for her through thick and thin and, while she appreciates it, she doesn't seem to see the true love he has for her.

The one thing I love about this book is the love that Jade has for her unborn children, despite how she got pregnant. She works hard to make sure her children will have every thing they need and I really admire this about her. She is also quirky and funny and I liked that, too.

I really enjoyed this book and I think you will, too. It's a wonderful story that will allow you to escape and would make a great beach book! I had a hard time putting it down. I give it a 5 out of 5 stars.

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by LitFuse Publicity Group

Blessings - Julie

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