The Dancing Master
This is another wonderful novel by Julie Klassen and I haven't found one yet that hasn't been delightful! She has written another classic, one I am sure you will want to keep and read again. Filled with all the drama and insights of character, love, pride, relationships, forgiveness, faith and more.
Mr. Valcourt, handsome, once successful dancing master with secrets to hide meets spirited and willful Julia Midwinter whose mother strikes fear into every townsperson who dares dance - because of tragedy and loss twenty years in the past that she won't forgive and forget.
I will say that this is a story that lures you in, giving you hints at the mysterious past of several characters and how these secrets affect many in the now. By chapter seven, you should be hooked and have enough hints that you are starting to piece parts of the puzzle together. This only brings the story more to life and lends excitement, as you eagerly anticipate seeing how things will unfold and work out.
This book still contained the mystery and well-thought out plots, like the other Klassen books. It is like Julie Klassen gently pulls a shoe string and reveals just what we need to know when we need to know it. It is never a hurried or rushed pace, but leaves the reader wanting to know more with each page read.
The story is well written with delightful characters. Julia somewhat reminds me of Scarlett O'Hara. She is willful, selfish, spoiled and quiet the flirt. However, there is more to her than that; she is also a loyal, brave young woman, who longs for approval and love. She definitely keeps the story interesting!
For fans of Julie Klassen this is sure to be a delight and for those that have never read one of Julie Klassen's novels, this is a good one to start with. If you like Jane Austen novels, then you should pick this one up!
I received a copy of The Dancing Master from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review.
February 22, 2014
Great Setting and Writing!
Delightfully packed with mystery and romance! And one of the best things is that all of this is set in a place reminiscent of Jane Austen or Charlotte Bronte. And one special little touchÃ¢ÂÂ¦I checked on the back cover and there was Pemberley, from the 1995 Pride and Prejudice! That may or may not have made my day just a little bit. So cool. Anyway, the heroine was sweet yet spicy Ã¢ÂÂ a delightful combination. And I mentioned that itÃ¢ÂÂs packed with mystery Ã¢ÂÂ you will have trouble putting this book down! The words that Julie chose to use are perfect for the setting Ã¢ÂÂ I was impressed. This book is all-around a delightful read that I recommend for Regency lovers!
**Bethany House Publishers sent me this book in return for my honest review. All opinions and thoughts are my own. I was not recompensed for this review, or forced to post positively.**
February 21, 2014
Mystery kept me reading
I had high hopes for this novel and perhaps high expectations. I enjoyed the plot and there was some mystery involving the ban on dancing that was revealed in bits and pieces throughout. I had a hard time relating to Julia, and I found myself wanting to know more about several of the secondary characters who had the potential to be more interesting than the main characters- their friends and peers who seemed to be there for convenience, but not developed. I didn't feel any romantic chemistry between Alec and Julia- they made better friends in my opinion.
February 21, 2014
Enjoyed the historical Newspaper clippings
The Dancing Master is a historical romance based in late 1800's England. A small town no longer allows dancing and its history as to why is quite mysterious to the new Dance Master that has just moved into town. As he tries to make a new life for himself he finds new friendships and perhaps love along the way. I enjoyed the excerpts from real Newspaper clippings that were at the head of each chapter. I love the true historical perspective is woven throughout the novel. This is a good historical fiction novel and I enjoyed reading it.
I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers in Exchange for my review.
February 20, 2014