"Dancing with Fireflies" is written by Denise Hunter and is the sequel to "Barefoot Summer" in the "Chapel Springs Romance" series. Both books are published by HarperCollins publishing; "Dancing with Fireflies" is set to release on March 11, 2014.
This book picks up right where "Barefoot Summer" left off. Madison and Beckett are happy and in love, and Jade, Madison's younger sister, is out away from the family, working. Unfortunately, the book begins with her being possibly slightly drugged (the scene is unclear, as it is told from her point of view) and certainly raped. Thankfully, this is told without much detail, but it surely retains the emotional impact, all throughout the rest of the book.
Because Jade gets pregnant from this, she decides to return home to her family, and stays with Madison before the wedding. Jade comes back into contact with Daniel, her childhood friend and honorary member of the McKinley family for years. She hides her pregnancy so she does not have to tell the painful story or take attention away from Madison's upcoming wedding.
Meanwhile, Daniel is running for a political position, and nursing his wounds over Jade leaving. He had always loved her, and left her little notes, but she never figured out that they were for her or from him. Daniel helps Jade keep her head up during the speculation of the town when they hear Jade is pregnant and see the amount of time the two spend together.
Overall, this book captivated me and my emotions, and kept my hanging on. It is a sweet story, but I think that it could be a little more put together in Jade's emotional health. Once she grows to where she cannot hide her pregnancy, and eventually has to tell her family, she just brushes it off as a "what happened, happened". I admire her choice to keep and love her child, but I would imagine that how she became pregnant would be a lot more emotionally and mentally hard than it was written to be. In other words, "Dancing with Fireflies" could have been a lot more powerful, but overall, it was superb.
Thank you so much to HarperCollins publishing and Net Galley for providing me with a copy to read and review. All opinions are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.