Jade returns home to Chapel Springs after years of protecting her fragile heart. Then along comes Daniel, making her long to dance again.
Growing up in the midwestern river town of Chapel Springs, Indiana, Jade McKinley felt like a weed in a rose garden. When she left, she thought she’d never look back. 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 nonexistent, Daniel fit right in with the boisterous McKinley family. He’s loved Jade for years, but she always thought of 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.” Returning home may prove more difficult—and more wonderful—than she ever imagined.
Includes Reading Group Guide.
“Hunter’s latest Chapel Springs Romance is a lovely story of lost and found, with a heroine struggling to accept that trusting God doesn’t make life perfect—without loss or sorrow—but can bring great joy. The hero’s love for her and willingness to lose her to save her is quite moving.” —RT Book Reviews, 4 stars (on Barefoot Summer)
|About the Contributor(s)||Denise Hunter
Denise Hunter is the internationally published bestselling author of more than 20 books, including Dancing with Fireflies and The Convenient Groom. She has won The Holt Medallion Award, The Reader's Choice Award, The Foreword Book of the Year Award, and is a RITA finalist. When Denise isn't orchestrating love lives on the written page, she enjoys traveling with her family, drinking green tea, and playing drums. Denise makes her home in Indiana where she and her husband are raising three boys. You can learn more about Denise through her website DeniseHunterBooks.com or by visiting her FaceBook page at facebook.com/authordenisehunter
|Release Date||Mar 11, 2014|
|Series||A Chapel Springs Romance|
- Review by Barbara
Daniel Dawson has loved Jade for years, but she thinks of him as a brother. When circumstances throw them together and change their relationship, they truly find how they really feel about each other.
I loved this story. It was a down home, sweet and tender. I had a feel-happy feeling after reading this novel and that always tells me that the book was really good.
I was sent a free print copy of this book from BookLookBloggers.com and a free kindle copy from NetGalley.com in return for my honest review.
You can find this review on my blog at http://wp.me/p2pjIt-9Z, and on Goodreads.com at https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/870824614.
(Posted on 1/29/2015)
- Review by Karen
Yes, yes, and yes!
Jade has left her small hometown of Chapel Springs and moved to Chicago. After one horrible night she finds herself headed back home. Instead of going to her parents, she lands on the doorstep of her love-you-like-a-brother best friend, Daniel. She entrusts him with the truths of her life in Chicago, and the two fall back into their old lives as friends.
I fell in love with this story from the very first chapter. As the story unfolds you find Daniel falling deeply in love with Jade and you start begging Jade to feel the same way. My heart broke for Jade as you learn her back story and the heartache she has experienced in her life. I also found myself hurting for Daniel and the life he had as a child growing up.
This was one of those stories that made you keep reading into the late hours of the night. I had to find out what would happen with Jade and Daniel. The end of this story was so full of suspense, but in the end the most perfect ending of all.
I would definitely recommend this book. (Posted on 5/18/2014)
- Review by Bekah M.
Let me just say, I don’t read a lot of contemporary romance books. I usually skip them over for suspense, action, dystopian, historical, etc. because sometimes they can be pretty boring. Dancing with Fireflies, however? Absolutely adorable! I loved the characters, the plot, the romance, the dialogue, and the CHARACTERS. Jade and Daniel were so cute and funny and I have to admit, I laughed out loud quite a few times. Jade’s family was adorable and I immediately fell in love with all of them! The story was so well balanced. It was serious and realistic, yet hopeful and romantic. Denise Hunter is a very talented author; she wove an inspirational tale of a woman learning to love again so well that it made me feel joy, sadness, and everything in between.
If you are looking for a book that makes you laugh, cry, or just plain happy, Dancing with Fireflies is it! It was inspirational, emotional, romantic, funny, and so very entertaining. I am very happy to add it to my bookshelf!
**I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. All thoughts are entirely my own. (Posted on 3/3/2014)