Reviewed by Charity Lyman
For anyone looking to read a contemporary Christian novel, Denise Hunter is one of the go-to authors. She pens a strong cast of characters that pull you in with each new page and yet leaves you wanting more at the end. Dancing with Fireflies is the second book in the Chapel Springs Romance series. It is a stand-alone novel but I would urge you to read the first one, Barefoot Summer, as the story can be confusing.
The book opens with Jade McKinley. If you have read the first book in the series Jade was introduced a little but this second book really fleshes out her character. Jade has returned from Chicago to the sweet little town of Chapel Springs, Indiana. But what brings her back has changed her life forever. While in Chicago, she is date-raped and then finds out she is pregnant. So the life she once knew will never be the same. And yet when she comes home, the first person she goes to see is Daniel. She only sees him as a big brother but in reality, he has loved her since high school and never got the courage to tell her. She tells no one of her time away from home and tries to cover her ever increasing stomach. Will Daniel get the courage this time to confront her with his love? Or will he be forever left on the sidelines looking on as Jade falls in love and marries?
As I said above, Denise Hunter is one of those authors that really writes characters who stand out. They are so realistic with normal feelings and reactions. Jade is a likable heroine who is stubborn and yet very vulnerable. She knows exactly what she wants, but not exactly what the Lord knows she needs. Daniel was my favorite though. He volunteers as a fireman, works as a mayor and still finds time to help out Jade. Totally loved this guy!! And when you read the part at the Lamaze program? You will fall in love with him too! There was nothing explicit in this book, even the part with the rape is dealt with tactfully. Another winner from Denise Hunter that gets 5 out of 5 stars from me!!
Charity lives in Illinois and is the oldest of 6 children. The family also has 3 dogs and a cat. Reading is a hobby when not cooking, baking, sewing or enjoying music. She reads many different genres but Christian fiction is a favorite. Charity can be found often at her blog, Giveaway Lady.
Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Thomas Nelson. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.