Thursday, February 13, 2014

The Dancing Master: A Book Review

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.

You can read an excerpt of this book here, in PDF format!

About The Author:

Julie Klassen loves all things Jane--Jane Eyreand Jane Austen. A graduate of the University of Illinois, Julie worked in publishing for sixteen years and now writes full time. She has won the Christy Award: Historical Romance for The Silent Governess (2010) and The Girl in the Gatehouse (2011) which also won the 2010 Midwest Book Award for Genre Fiction. Julie and her husband have two sons and live in a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota. For more information, visit

My Review:

Julie Klassen is the epitome of historical Christian fiction and I get so excited each time one of her novels is released! Thus was the case for her most recent novel, The Dancing Master. This book will draw you in nicely from the very first chapters, has delightful characters that each have their own personalities and quirks, and a great pace that will keep your attention throughout. One of the fave points of the book is the referencing to Jane Austen, who I have loved reading since I was a teen! A great addition to the book, and the only spoiler you will get from me!

With a little bit of mystery, historical referencing and romance, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this novel! A great effort by a great author!

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase The Dancing Master at your favorite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Graf-Martin Communications Inc., and Baker Publishing Group, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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