Review: The Dancing Master
Author: Julie Klassen
Genre: FICT, Historical Fiction
Short Book Description:
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.
I literally read this book in one day. It was filled with so much drama, mystery, and yes romance. I could hardly put it down for five minutes. One thing that I really liked about this book is that although it did have the romance in it, it wasn’t the focus of the story. I feel that a lot of authors don’t realize that romance doesn’t need to be the main focus of a book, yes it’s nice to read a romance novel but please just don’t overdo it.
Julie Klassen is the perfect author if you love Jane Austen novels. Her blend of romance and history is unlike most of the books I have ever read, and I have read a lot believe me. The way that she writes with such passion is unbelievable; it takes you back in time so that it actually feels like you’re right there with the characters.
This is one book you don’t want to miss, especially if you love historical novels and especially if you are looking for a clean romance novel, which are so hard to find these days.
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