I absolutely loved I Am Defiance, so when I saw that Jenni L. Walsh had a new book, it was a must-read. Even with the high expectations, Walsh didn’t disappoint with By the Light of Fireflies. It’s always great to read about unexpected things that occurred in history, especially when those who were typically thought less of or were given fewer opportunities were given a chance. Due to difficult circumstances, Sybil and her sister were not only given that chance but went above and beyond what I’m sure many expected of even those twice their age and male. Walsh makes the interesting story even more so with her beautiful writing. As with any historical fiction novel, we get to learn about history but in a way that tends to be so much more compelling than a standard history book, and the way Walsh brings the story to us, you feel engaged and emotionally invested in the life of the Ludingtons and the war. Enough good cannot be said about this book and it will definitely leave you wanting more. Those who enjoy an historical fiction novel will love By the Light of Fireflies.
Review of a Digital Advance Reading Copy Provided by the Publisher
Profanity/Language: Reference to adult and child saying expletive but word not given.
Sex/Nudity: Few (5) brief incidents including references to a married woman’s pregnancies; character asks another if she has a crush; character imagining trying on a boy’s pants (to make riding a horse easier) and getting embarrassed thinking about him taking them off; reference to a young girl having a husband some day; man makes crude remarks (no specifics given).
Violence/Gore: Many (22) brief incidents including character imagining what a fire would do to her house; character thinking about the risk of her nose freezing and falling off; reference to hornets stinging; character being worried about accidentally shooting her foot; character thinking about the possibility of getting eaten by wild animals; verbal threats; character worrying that someone could be armed and come after her; characters attempting an attack; references to battles and war; reference to family dying in war; second-hand reports of characters getting hanged; reference to town getting set on fire; second-hand report of character getting roughly arrested; young character getting tossed from a horse (not injured); hearing chicken being butchered.
Mature Subject Matter
Reference to urine getting used to clean clothes.