Monday, January 4, 2016

Review ~ The Dancing Master by Julie Klassen

Can dancing master Alec Valcourt bring new life to the sleepy little village of Beaworthy--and to one young woman's restless heart?

From Booklist
Julia Midwinter is absolutely convinced that if she doesn’t find a way to escape Beaworthy soon, she is going to die of boredom. Fortunately, the arrival of several new residents promises to shake things up in the quiet little English village. Former London-based dancing and fencing master Alec Valcourt arrives with his mother and sister, hoping that he can help support his family by teaching dance. It isn’t until Alec begins looking for a place to hold lessons that he discovers that no one in Beaworthy dances. Ever since a disastrous May Day celebration years ago, Lady Amelia Midwinter has unofficially banned dancing. Now Alec—with some help from Julia—hopes to find a way to convince the lady of the manor to let her people dance! Multiple Christy Award–­winning Klassen once again demonstrates her gift for creating richly layered characters and skillfully integrating a multitude of fascinating historical facts into a spirited story that will have wide appeal to inspirational fans as well as readers who enjoy sweet historical romances. --John Charles

From the Back Cover
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.

Chelz Review~
I noticed the book "The Dancing Master" by Julie Klassen and was curious.  I spent some time studying ballroom dance so it is no surprise that the book came home with me.  

I had read one of Ms. Klassen's stories before and was looking forward to reading another.  One thing I enjoy about her books is, they are not short.  At 419 pages you get a real story.  I did revel in reading "The Dancing Master".  The story is about Alec Valcourt, a young dancing master in 1815.  His family moves to a small town where dancing is frowned upon.  The challenges he faces and the story that unfolds is a gratifying treat.  If you have time to get lost in a story, pick up Ms. Klassen's "The Dancing Master."  

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