Book Review: “The Dancing Master” by Julie Klassen

January 19, 2014 at 1:28 am | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Julie Klassen in her new book, “Dancing Master book coverThe Dancing Master”,  published by Bethany House, takes us in to the life of Alec Valcourt.

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.

As human beings what is the one thing we all like to keep?  The answer, secrets.  What is the one thing that God knows that we should not keep because it is detrimental to, not only our health, but our relationships as well?  You guessed it, secrets.  What is the one thing that Alec and Julia have in common?  Of course, secrets.  “The Dancing Master” is a story about guilt, bad choices and forgiveness.  Both Alec and Julia  made mistakes in their past and it takes God to work out everything in their lives and set them straight for their future.  Ms. Klassen does a wonderful job of transporting back to that time with her vivid descriptions of clothing, language and wonderful characters.  “The Dancing Master” is a fine read and a wonderful romance.

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Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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