Dancing With Fireflies #Review
Forgiveness, love and trust. Central themes in the moving novel, Dancing With Fireflies by Denise Hunter.
Jade McKinley set off to conquer the world and escape heartbreak. Instead she returns home to Chapel Springs protecting her fragile heart. Jade is creative and complicated, always feeling like a weed in a rose garden while growing up. She thought she would never return home after leaving but when she finds herself pregnant, alone and penniless she has no choice but to return home.
The mayor of Chapel Springs, Daniel Dawson, has always been an honorary member of her family since her childhood. He had an almost non-existent home life due to his parent’s political involvement. He has always loved Jade but she has always seen him as a big brother. When she returns he finds his feelings have only grown stronger over time.
As Jade attempts to settle in and prepare for her baby, nothing seems to feel right. God feels far away, she is hiding secrets from her family and she is attracted to the man who has always felt like a brother. Coming home may prove more difficult than she could have ever imagined.
Dancing with Fireflies was an incredibly moving read that touches on so many difficult topics: date rape, pregnancy and forgiveness. My heart broke for Jade as she dealt with the issues of her pregnancy and loving herself and her child. She shows such strength through out the novel and I admire her for her choices. Her character is so strong and reflective of so many mothers out there who are raising their child on their own. It was a novel that made my cry, laugh and hope. It also made me reflect on my own pregnancy and the joy and pain that comes with pregnancy, birth and infancy. I could not put it down (my poor family!).
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Disclosure: I received a digital copy of this book in order to facilitate this review. All opinions expressed are my own.