Dancing with Fireflies tells the story of Jade, who returns home after years of protecting her fragile heart. Pregnant via date rape, she reconnects with a childhood friend who teachers her to dance again.
Did I enjoy the book? I did. I was interested and wanted to know what was going to happen. It kept me reading, kept me interested, and kept me thinking. It was an easy read and something I could easily read a few pages of even with children twirling between my legs -- which is important in a house with four young children.
However, can I recommend the book? Not really.
And here's why.
While the book is definitely a Christian book, I found the Christian message to be pretty watered down. The author really straddled the divide when it came to the sexual relationships of her characters. If I had a teenage daughter, I wouldn't let her read this book even though it was "Christian" and basically morally upright.
If I am going to read a secular book, I expect a secular message.
When I am reading a Christian book, while I don't want it to be so overt it is obnoxious, I am expecting some things out of the book.
And I thought Denise Hunter came very close to skipping that altogether.
In addition, I found the book to be a bit predictable. There were no big surprises. Everything got tied up in a nice package.
The author was not amongst the top Christian writers I have read, but I would definitely consider reading her again. I had previously read her book The Convenient Groom and had found it very similar to this book. A good, easy, fun read but nothing spectacular.
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