One aspect I’ve appreciated about Denise Hunter’s Chapel Springs Romance Series and the McKinley clan is the willingness to deal with difficult circumstances and how people’s lives change and how they are impacted. The first in the series was a tragic death and the second in the series, Dancing with Fireflies, continues with another set of difficult circumstance.
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.
As you know, I’m not a huge contemporary fiction reader, but I thought this was a cute story. There were some parts I would have liked to have seen dealt with more (some aspects wrapped up a little too neatly), but it was still an enjoyable story. It had all the right pieces you come to expect in contemporary fiction and Hunter continues to weave a story of a family you want to keep reading about. If you enjoy contemporary inspirational fiction, I think you’ll enjoy this one as well.
Have you experienced Chapel Springs yet? These are the only books of Hunter I’ve read, so are there others I should check out?
(Thank you BookLook Bloggers for the advanced readers copy in exchange for my honest review)