Reviewed by Charity Lyman
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live in England during the 1800’s? With all the recent hype over British ton and the lives of English people, I often find myself wondering about it. But then I realize that I already know a lot about it. And that I can dive into that world anytime I want by picking up a book from Julie Klassen. Her latest one, The Dancing Master, whirls you into the dancing life and keeps you going until the end.
In this book – which is well over 400 pages long – we meet many new characters. Ones which you will fall in love with and some you may not like so much. Alec Valcourt is the man of his house for now. A former dancing master in London, he now barely lives as a secretary because the town he has moved to with his sister and mother has had dancing banned. You also get to meet Julia Midwinter, a flirt of the town who also happens to be the daughter of the woman who banned dancing. And she has her eyes set on Alec, even though she knows her mother wouldn’t approve. After all, he is a nobody and she is the heiress to the Buckleigh Manor. And we can’t forget the other lovely characters such as Mr. Barlow, Desmond, Tess, and the humorous Mrs. Tickle.
I really love reading Julie’s books. Even though they are long you don’t realize it and at the end you wish it kept going. You feel pulled into the lives of these people, fake though they be. Julia Midwinter is portrayed as a flirt but you see the hurt that lies behind her false gaity. And Alec is so honorable you just cannot help but like him. He is the perfect man who never wavers, even when he is very attracted to Julia. There is much mystery to unravel and things that are not what they seem to be. There are lies and secrets that are kept with supposedly good intentions but could have horrible results. Delve into this book if you love a good historical novel about England. I thoroughly enjoyed this one!! The Dancing Master is an excellent novel and I can’t wait to see what Julie has next for her readers!
Charity lives in Illinois and is the oldest of 6 children. The family also has 3 dogs and a cat. Reading is a hobby when not cooking, baking, sewing or enjoying music. She reads many different genres but Christian fiction is a favorite. Charity can be found often at her blog, Giveaway Lady.
Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Bethany House Publishers. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.