Monday, April 07, 2014

Dancing With Fireflies by Denise Hunter


First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Denise Hunter and her publisher for sending me a copy of "Dancing with Fireflies" to review for them. I am truly grateful for this generosity. I really appreciate the time, effort and expense it takes to make a reviewer copy available to me.

“Dancing with Fireflies” by Denise Hunter is a thoughtful and touching romance that brings home the truth of God’s love and acceptance in spite of heart-wrenching circumstances.  Jade McKinley has just returned home to Chapel Springs from Chicago, needing the love and strength of family for the upcoming season of her life.  Daniel Dawson is getting ready to throw his hat into a larger political arena at the promptings of his parents, but he’s torn about remaining the Mayor of Chapel Springs where he feels he can really help the people.  It doesn’t hurt that staying at home would also keep him close to Jade, whom he’s been crazy about for as long as he can remember.

This is a beautiful love story.  I did get a bit frustrated with the characters as they denied their feelings and talked themselves out of being honest with each other, which is a fairly predictable way to create tension in a romance novel.  But Denise Hunter has a way of writing a very satisfying romantic story in spite of those things.  She takes the reader to the brink of that frustration and then rewards the reader for her persistence to turn pages with delicious moments.  This is the second Chapel Springs romance, but “Dancing with Fireflies” reads well as a stand-alone novel.

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