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Monday, April 7, 2014

Dancing with Fireflies Review!!!

Dancing With Fireflies by Denise Hunter

Book Description:
A Chapel Springs Romance

Jade 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.

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About the Author: 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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My Opinion:
A great story!  I really love the way Denise writes!  She adds a humor that really brings her story to life!  I don't think this book is for a younger audience for a few reasons, one being the prologue contains a terrible crime that leaves Jade pregnant and terrified.  So maybe more PG-16, in my opinion anyway.  That said I enjoyed this book so much I could probably read it again!  I LOVE the messages and lessons this it contains, like learning to let go and trust God!  From the beginning Denise' expression of what her characters are going through and feeling is authentic and her twists are amazing!  Every time I thought there couldn't possibly be more surprises she threw in another one!!!  :D  I want to go back now and read the first in this series!  I absolutely LOVE her characters, especially Daniel!  He is so sweet, full of Faith, loving, but still not perfect, yet still amazing in his flaws! :D  The whole family dynamic is awesome, as they pull together when things get rocky.  And I love how Jade heals and grows throughout the changes that come her way, as well as her relationships with her family and Daniel.  The pace of the story is set nicely, and I love the length of the chapters.  Overall this is an awesome story of God taking horrific circumstances and making blessings spring forth!  I highly recommend it!

Songs that I think go with Dancing with fireflies: "God Gave Me You" by Dave Barnes, "All Through the Night" by Melanie Hoffman, "Rock Of Ages" by Mike Curb Congregation, "Jesus Loves Me" by Instrumental Guitar Songs, "Softly and Tenderly" by Instrumental Guitar Songs, "Amazing Grace" by Instrumental Guitar Songs, and **"Bless The Broken Road" by Rascal Flatts
*Songs may be changed or added in the future.
**While this song isn't necessarily a perfect fit I think there are aspects that ring true.

Matthew 13:18-23


*I received this book for the purpose of reviewing it.  This in no way affected my opinion and  the above are my true thoughts and feelings about Dancing with Fireflies.  ~ASC

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