Because of its whimsical title and gorgeous cover art, the reader would probably expect “Dancing With Fireflies” to be just one more sweet and syrupy romance novel. Actually the story does include a sweet romance but there is much more substance to this book than its cover might suggest.

Hunter’s characters are natural and filled with life. Jade is a troubled young woman who finds herself in a difficult situation. Daniel is a special man who adores Jade but must choose between his love for her and the big plans his parents have already made for his future. Besides romance, the plot has its share of conflict, misunderstanding, angst, and near tragedy. At times I did not agree with Jade’s actions but in view of her experiences, I could understand her confusion. Daniel was a rock through the entire story and I was happy with the choices he made about his career.

“Dancing With Fireflies” covers some difficult subject matter that might be suitable for more mature readers. The specific situation was handled tactfully and with care; however parents of teens may want to read the book in order to decide if it is appropriate for their child. This novel could be an opening for discussion with daughters about the very real dangers that they could encounter while dating or even at a party.

I always enjoy novels by Denise Hunter and “Dancing With Fireflies” was no exception. I recommend it without reservation.

This book was provided for review by LitFuse Publicity.


Dancing With FirefliesJade 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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Denise HunterDenise 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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