Ballerina Ana Brassfield has her path to the stage of the Met in New York and her future with fiancé Peter Engberg all figured out—until her first love, renowned German dancer Claus Gert, shows up in Georgia to dance with her and win her back. Claus kisses her after a rehearsal, a kiss Peter witnesses from the darkened audience. Convinced a kiss between Claus and Ana is more than a one-time mistake, Peter breaks off his engagement with Ana. Rejected by Peter, and knowing Claus is dancing at the Met soon, Ana decides to repave her path to her dream. With her 2002 Thunderbird and Baryshnikov, an old dog crippled by arthritis, she moves to Germany to be with Claus. But the ghost of his late wife, Ana’s own memories of Peter, and the pressure of earning a spot in a large ballet company prove to be a high price for a shot at success.
The first thing that caught my attention was this beautiful cover! As loyal followers may note I don’t normally pick up many contemporary stories, however, I thought it would be fun to step out of my normal and delve into something completely unknown. So, I accepted a blind reader challenge from Just Read Tours. I didn’t know what book I’d be receiving, thus the blind challenge. The book arrived wrapped in paper, and that kept the mystery just a little longer!
I enjoyed reading the story. The characters are unique and held my attention. There were just enough unexpected twists that kept me turning pages to find out what would happen next. I enjoyed learning about the ballet and gained a new appreciation for what the ballerina’s go through in preparing for a show.
Had it not been for the fact that this book was chosen for me, I may have not picked it up and that would have been sad indeed. The only thing I would have liked to have seen more of in this story is a stronger Christian theme. There are several adult situations throughout the book so this isn’t one that I would personally recommend to younger readers.
(I received a complimentary copy of this book through Just Read Tours for a Blind Read Challenge. Thoughts and opinions are my own.)
About the Author:
Patricia Beal is a 2015 Genesis semi-finalist and First Impressions finalist. She is represented by Les Stobbe of the Leslie H. Stobbe Literary Agency, and A Season to Dance is her debut novel (Bling! Romance / Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, May 2017). She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Cincinnati in 1998 with a B.A. in English Literature and has worked for the U.S. Army as a writer and editor for many years. Patricia writes from Fayetteville, North Carolina, where she lives with her husband and two children. You can find more info about Patricia on her website here.
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