Dancing with Fireflies by Denise Hunter

About the Book (from the back of the book):

Growing up in the midwestern river own 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 non-existent, 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.

About the Author:

Denise lives in Indiana with her husband Kevin and their three sons. In 1996, Denise began her first book, a Christian romance novel, writing while her children napped. Two years later it was published, and she's been writing ever since. Her books often contain a strong romantic element, and her husband Kevin says he provides all her romantic material, but Denise insists a good imagination helps too!

My Review:

I REALLY enjoyed this book.  It really pulled me in and made me feel a range of emotions.

Jade leaves home to make a new life after she loses the love of her life.  She just needs a clean break... so she moves to the big city and gets a job and apartment with a  friend.  After only a short time in the city, she heads home broken, alone and pregnant.

Throughout the book, I hoped for a happy ending for Jade. She's been through so much and deserves a happy ending, even if she doesn't believe it herself.  Can Mayor Daniel Dawson help her find that happy ending?  Can he find the love he's been looking for these many years standing on the sidelines of Jade's life?

This book is a story of harsh reality, hope and love.  It's a wonderful read... a beautiful story.  I would definitely recommend this to anyone that likes a love story with a thread of redemption running through it.