In this sequel to Fireflies in December, Jessilyn and her best friend Gemma have some very hard choices to make. A little neighbour girl, who Jessilyn has babysat since she was a baby, is struck by a hit and run driver, and left at the side of the road to die. As the town mourns her loss, a mob of neighbours direct their anger at an elderly man who has been falsely accused of this horrible crime.
Jessilyn and Gemma know the truth about what really happened, but it will cost them so much. If they tell the truth about the accident, it will threaten the livelihood of Jessilyn's family. Times were already tough, and this will make life almost unbearable.
This is a story of a teenager on the brink of womanhood, discovering her feelings for a special friend Luke. Her loyalties to her parents and to her friend Gemma are tested. She tries to make sense of her beliefs and faith in God, and she questions why bad things happen to good people. A young woman coming of age and discovering truth, in the midst of so much turmoil.
I did not read the first book, but still was able to follow along without problem. For my own interest, I want to read Fireflies in December to find out more details of what brought Jessilyn and Gemma to this point in their lives. The back cover talks about them surviving prejudice and heartache, which definitely continues in this book.
I really enjoyed this book, and give it a rating of 4 out of 5.
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Thank you to Tyndale House Publishers for providing a complimentary copy of this book, for the purpose of review.