Learning to Dance AgainDancing with Fireflies by Denise Hunter in the second book in the A Chapel Hill Springs Romance series. The first was Barefoot in Summer.
Denise Hunter is one of my favorite Contemporary Christian authors. She has a way of drawing the reader in and keeping her through the last page.
Jade McKinley left her home in Chapel Springs, Indiana wanting a fresh start and needing to escape the painful memories of her past. She hadn't planned to return. However, nearly a year later she finds herself pregnant, and penniless, with nowhere to go but home. Nevertheless, she has decided to do whatever it takes to stand on her own two feet and take care of her baby.
Jade knows going home isn’t going to be easy. In fact, going home pregnant could hurt someone very dear to her. Which is one of the reasons she tries to hide her pregnancy, if only temporarily, from her family and friends.
Daniel Dawson has loved Jade for years. But, he is an honorary member of the McKinley family which puts him in the “brother zone.” When Jade left, Daniel's feelings were crushed, but now that she has returned, his heart is once again in danger. What's worse, she asks him to find and set her up with men that he would approve of for dates. Against his better judgment, he agrees. Although, he was planning to keep an eye on his competition. Behind Jade’s strange request, Daniel discovers Jade's secret, and he is determined to walk by her side, despite the cost to himself and his heart. As Daniel renews his friendship with Jade, old emotions awaken while faith and trust are pushed to the limit as his own insecurities and fears bubble to the surface.
Daniel is the Knight-in-Shining-Armor every little girl dreams of. He is loving, protective, and loyal. Jade, despite experiencing the unthinkable manages to find the strength to overcome and shines. I was transfixed to the pages of this book from beginning to end, as I read Jade and Daniel's story.
Dancing with Fireflies is truly a story that brings beauty for ashes to both Jade and Daniel! I loved returning to Chapel Springs and spending time getting re-acquainted with the McKinley family, as well as getting to know the characters that I fell in love with in the first book of the series, Barefoot Summer better. I highly recommend this series, to fans of Denise Hunter, as well as anyone who enjoys true Christian Fiction.
About the Book:
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.
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.
Don't miss Denise Hunter's latest Chapel Springs Romance, Dancing with Fireflies. Reviewers have already labeled Dancing with Fireflies "swoon-worthy" and "the perfect love story."
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