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Dancing with Fireflies (Chapel Springs Romance #2)

Denise Hunter
Dancing with Fireflies (Chapel Springs Romance #2)
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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 t... Read More

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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)"

  • Product type: Book
  • Format: Softcover
  • Release Date: Mar 11, 2014
  • UPC: 9781401687021
  • Height: 0
  • Width: 0
  • Length: 0
  • Volumes/Discs: 1
  • Pages: 341
  • Publish Date: Mar 18, 2014
  • Language: English
  • Audience Age Maximum: 0
  • Audience Age Minimum: 0
  • BISAC: "FIC042040"
  • ISBN: 1401687024

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The Perfect Love Story! by Wanda Barefoot on 3/20/2014

Jade McKinley had been through a lot in her young life. She lost the love of her life in a car accident when she was only sixteen, her brother died at a young age and now she was single and pregnant at the age of twenty-three. I liked Jade. She had strength she didn't even know she possessed. When life seemed to give her lemons, she eventually made lemonade. Jade had a deep rooted fear of loving someone again and she was completely oblivious to Daniel's feelings for her. Daniel was like a brother, someone she could lean on, someone who was always there for her no matter. When she asked Daniel to help her find a husband I wanted to reach out and shake her but I grew to love her anyway.

Daniel Dawson--mayor, firefighter, protector, lover of all things Jade, an all around PERFECT hero. Daniel was a thinker and when he was deep in thought he would steeple his fingers beneath his chin and I found it adorable. And one of his best qualities was the fact that he just wanted to help people. As mayor of Chapel Springs he did that quite often. Daniel is the kind of guy that makes you sigh as you're reading about him. He hid his feelings from everyone, including Jade, and sat back and watched her live her life, date and move forward without him. He coveted Jade, loved her more than his own life, and no matter how much it hurt he was still there for her when she needed him. He fell in love with her the first time he saw her twirling in her backyard and had loved her ever since. So often during this story I just wanted to hug the guy.

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What had happened in Chicago? She'd always marched to the beat of her own drum. He remembered the first time he saw her, spinning in circles in the McKinley's darkened backyard, her skirt swirling around her spindly legs.
"What are you doing?" he'd asked, one part scoffing, one part fascinated.
"Dancing with fireflies," she'd said. "Wanna join me?"

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This book completely drew me in. I didn't feel as if I knew the characters, I felt like I WAS a character. Right in the middle of the story I sat, acting it out along with Daniel, Jade, Madison and PJ. The scenes were just that real and the story came to life on the page. Daniel and Jade's relationship, even though he loved her in secret, had a dream-like quality and it was so great to watch it develop.

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He leaned forward an inch. "Seal the deal?" he whispered.
Her pulse kicked up as her eyes darted to his beautiful lips, so full and nicely shaped. Would they be as soft as they looked? Would it be weird, kissing Daniel for real? Her thoughts flashed back to the accidental kiss, back to their night in the closet. She didn't think so.
She shrugged. "My sisters will ask." She leaned in meeting him halfway. She was entering territory that could never be taken back. It should scare her senseless. But somehow the thought of not kissing him was worse.
Their lips met tentatively. The lightest of brushes. And yes. Yes, his lips were as soft as they looked. Pliable and warm as they caressed hers in a touch too delicate to make her shiver. Too gentle to shake her all the way to her core. And yet it did.

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The passionate scenes were sizzling but not inappropriate. The perfect balance in a Christian novel. And the storyline was perfect from beginning to end. I loved that both Jade and Daniel played guitar and that Daniel wanted to play for the babies while Jade was pregnant. (Sigh!) This guy causes episodes of swooning so read with caution! This was my very first book by Denise Hunter and it's left me asking where she has been all my life. It was just THAT GOOD! I enjoyed it so much and I was smiling long after I finished reading it. Dancing With Fireflies is book two in the Chapel Springs Romance series and it can definitely be read as a stand alone but, once you read it, you'll want to go back and read book one. I know I do. If you love contemporary romance and love books by Anita Higman and Julie Lessman (sizzle!) you'll love this book. I very highly recommend it!

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review. The opinions expressed are mine alone. If I recommend a book it's simply because I love it. I received no monetary compensation for this review.


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