The Dancing Master

The Dancing Master

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Dancing master Alec Valcourt moved 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. With an unlikely ally in Julia Midwinter, the matriarch's daughter, he comes to realize her bold exterior disguises a vulnerable soul-- and hidden sorrows of her own. Can they uncover old secrets and restore life to the somber village... and to her mother's tattered heart?
Publisher: Minneapolis, Minnesota : Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group, [2013]
ISBN: 9780764210709
Characteristics: 424 pages ; 22 cm


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Dec 10, 2014

Not my fav of her books (silent governess or maid fairbourne hall best), but really interesting picture of a small insulated UK village. Also, dancing/fencing master history. I enjoy how her books are written. Odd twists in this one- probably right for the period, but off for modern readers.

May 06, 2014

3.5 Stars..the book started off quite engaging and interesting. The plot alone was quite intriguing (about forbidden dancing) however, after reading 300 pages I realized (reluctantly) that the book was simply dragging and it became too long, just TOO long. If it ended at this point, i believe the ratings would be higher. Also, the relationship of the individuals displayed on the cover was a sore disappointment. The development of the romance was lacking.

Jan 12, 2014

so disappointing. I've loved all of her books so far but this one falls short in a lot of ways.


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Jan 12, 2014

Oh dear.

So far I have loved every Julie Klassen book I've read, but was a definite exception. I just couldn't get into it and it was work to get through it. The plot is slow moving and most of the 'unexpected twists and turns' were most definitely expectable, if that's a word.

Alec was a difficult hero to get excited about. He's a shallow self centered gentleman dandy. I kept expecting this to change, but it never did to my liking. Julia is not much better, and quite frankly, I don't think I would have liked either one of them, even by the end of the book.

No one in the village is allowed to dance and why is kept a big secret (one of many secrets that are slowly revealed) until quite a ways into the book and when I finally found out why I felt it wasn't a big enough reason for such a huge edict. I felt like that with a lot of the book. Al lot of drama, for not enough reason.

I don't mind when a book switches back and forth between character points of view, but since I already found this book difficult at best it just served to further annoy me.

I did appreciate the obvious research the author did and the new tidbits I learned about the time period but in my opinion that was not enough reason to read this particular book. The rest of her books are wonderful. I highly recommend them all. Just not this one.

This book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.


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