Julia Midwinter's youth and vitality often stand in opposition to her mother's rules. As village matriarch, Julia's mother has prohibited all forms of dancing. This seemingly harsh rule is shrouded in family secrets, including the deaths of Julia's aunt and uncle. By natural curiosity and rebellion, Julia is drawn to Alec Valcourt, the newly arrived dancing master from London. However, Alec's past also proves dark and messy and he's certainly not the type of man Julia's mother would approve of. Will Alec and Julia both discover the truths about their pasts so that they can embrace the future with hope? Read more in The Dancing Master by Julie Klassen.
The Dancing Master by
Julie Klassen is a stand-alone novel set in early nineteenth century
England. The mystery of Julia's past hooked my attention and kept me
wondering how all the people and events fit together. For me, this is
what kept the story flowing as I didn't find the characters as
captivating as I expected. By the author's intention, I suspect,
Julia's character was hard to like in the beginning. However, even
after Julia's internal motivations became more clear and she began to
develop as a character, I still found it difficult to like her.
Lastly, someone mentioned to me that it sounds like a take-off of
I've never seen the movie, so I can't really speak that. I don't
discourage anyone from reading the book, but I do recommend borrowing from the library before purchasing.
Visit the publisher's website to read an excerpt from The Dancing Master by Julie Klassen.
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