Thursday, January 16, 2014

Book Review ~ The Dancing Master

Book Title: The Dancing Master
Author: Julie Klassen
Publisher: Bethany House
Publishing Date: January 7, 2014

I received this book free through from the publisher for an honest review.

Type of Book: 1816-1817 England

Ideas express/message/plot: Identity. Forgiveness.

Favorite characters, quotes/lines: I really like Alec and John Desmond. Although, in classic Klassen style, each character is so individually unique and rich in persona. I personally relate to Patients and Aurora more so than Miss Midwinter or anyone else. 

My favorite scenes: the Sword Dance and Lady Amelia's "Ah-ha" moment.

When I finished this book I felt: I would love another novella that visits this town so I can continue watching the lives of these beautiful characters I've come to know. The book wraps up well but so much is put into each character that it seems like there is still so much more that could continue being told.

Overall: This book, with all it's mysteries and intrigue has a Bronte feel with a dose of societal truths that echos Jane Austen.  What a pleasurable read. I give it 4.0 stars. Personally, I love a book with a "God-moment" in it that shifts my perspective or reminds me of the goodness of God; I just didn't get that with this book and perhaps it is my lack of connection to the heroine's conflict, perhaps not. Either way, this is still a fantastic read and definitely bookshelf worthy.

Be sure to check out Julie's incredible 1/23/2014Give Away here.

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