An Intriguing Regency
I have been a fan of Julie Klassen ever since I read The Maid of Fairbourne Hall, so I may be a little biased when I say The Dancing Master is another must read, and I am placing it on my must share shelf.
So why do I recommend Julie's newest book, you ask...Intrigue. The plot had so many twists and turns, and every time I thought I had everything figured out, the story would take another turn proving me wrong. I enjoyed that very much!
Alec Valcourt and Julia Midwinter are complex characters who continued to draw me further into the story. There were others who also made me keep turning pages well into the night like John Desmond, Aurora Valcourt, as well as, James, Patience and Walter Allen. These secondary characters helped bring the story to life and added more dimension to Alec and Julia's story.
There are many themes which are present throughout the story, but grace was the one that shined the brightest, it is something that we all find ourselves needing from time to time. This message is so strong that your heart will be reminded of God’s great love that is so wonderfully woven throughout the story.
About the Book:
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.
Julie Klassen loves all things Jane–”Jane Eyre” and Jane Austen. A graduate of the University of Illinois, Julie worked in publishing for sixteen years and now writes full time. She is a three-time Christy Award winner and a 2010 Midwest Book Award winner for Genre Fiction. Julie and her husband have two sons and live in a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota.
One winner will receive:
- A Kindle Fire HDX
- The Dancing Master by Julie Klassen
So grab your copy of The Dancing Master and join Julie and friends on the evening of January 23rd for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book, don't let that stop you from coming!)
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