Saturday, January 11, 2014

The Dancing Master by Julie Klassen

Book Info
About the book: Finding himself the man of the family, London dancing master Alec Valcourt moves his mother and sister to remote Devonshire, hoping to start over. But he is stunned to learn the village matriarch has prohibited all dancing, for reasons buried deep in her past.

Alec finds an unlikely ally in the matriarch's daughter. Though he's initially wary of Julia Midwinter's reckless flirtation, he comes to realize her bold exterior disguises a vulnerable soul---and hidden sorrows of her own.

Julia is quickly attracted to the handsome dancing master---a man her mother would never approve of---but she cannot imagine why Mr. Valcourt would leave London, or why he evades questions about his past. With Alec's help, can Julia uncover old secrets and restore life to her somber village . . . and to her mother's tattered heart?

Filled with mystery and romance, The Dancing Master brings to life the intriguing profession of those who taught essential social graces for ladies and gentlemen hoping to make a "good match" in Regency England.

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About the author: Julie Klassen loves all things Jane---Jane Eyre and Jane Austen. A graduate of the University of Illinois, Julie worked in publishing for sixteen years and now writes full time. She is a three-time Christy Award winner and a 2010 Midwest Book Award winner for Genre Fiction. Julie and her husband have two sons and live in a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota.

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My Take: This book was a little different than most historical fiction romances that I have read in that the perspective of the male is given just as much time as that of the female.  I liked the intrigue that accompanied the story and I agree with a few other reviews that I read this did seem like alittle like Footloose in England.  I did enjoy this comparision as Footloose was the first movie that my husband and I went to see and we had the ballad Almost Paradise in our wedding.  Any way I digress this was a good book.  Not a great book but a good book.  

I received a review copy of this book from Litfuse in exchange for my honest opinion.  

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