I like this book! It kept me reading for a full 24 hours, in every moment I had.
*The Dancing Master* is a very good story.
The elements of the plot include: legacies of wealth and weighty secrets, love that slowly and stubbornly blooms in unexpected places, murder and mystery, and forgiveness being given when it seems impossible.
The way Julie writes captures all the different tones of the story... the tender moments and the reserved moments and the shocking ones.
And the cast of characters she created and their intertwining relationships all felt fresh and new.
Julia Midwinter.... At first she seemed petty, selfish, shallow, and spoiled, yet all the while room is being made in her heart for better character to grow!
Alec Valcourt... a man who was willing to give up everything, including his standing in the world's eyes, to protect his family. Alec is a true gentlemen, with sterling character. He was quick to extend grace and cared deeply about those around him. He would not let anyone compromise themselves if he could help it.
And Amelia, Julia's mother, a woman whose ideals and personality put her in conflict with Julia.
She cannot understand her mother's sense of duty and loyalty toward Buckleigh Manor, or her mothers choices regarding Julia's own life and happiness.
There is a whole slew of characters, and plenty of potential for love triangles, and none of it was cliched. They were all so redeemable that I wanted to stay in their stories!
Thank you Julie, Litfuse, and Bethany House for my review copy!
Julie Klassen loves all things Jane—Jane Eyre and Jane Austen. She has been an advertising manager, fiction editor, and now works as a full-time novelist. Her 3rd book, The Silent Governess, won the Christy Award for Historical Romance, and was also a finalist in the Minnesota Book Awards, ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Awards, and the RITA Awards. Her latest books, The Maid of Fairbourne Hall and The Girl in the Gatehouse, have also won Christy Awards. Julie is a graduate of the University of Illinois. She and her husband have two sons and live near St. Paul, Minnesota.