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Thursday, June 15, 2017

The Dancing Master - Julie Klassen



Welcome to Throwback Thursday!
This summer, I have quite the lineup of books to read for judging. As such, I won't be able to post reviews of those books until after the winners are announced. So, thanks to some wonderful inspiration from Faithfully Bookish, I will be sharing with you some reviews from back when I first started blogging almost 3 years ago...(you know, back when I had no idea what I was doing and MAYBE 10 people read these reviews)...The first book on the #TBT list is The Dancing Master by Julie Klassen. This is literally the VERY first book that I EVER wrote a review for! Eeeeep! I am terrified to read the review now. Have you read The Dancing Master? What did you think of it?



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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.


My Thoughts

The Dancing Master is the first book I have read by Julie Klassen. This story is not only intriguing and suspenseful, but it is also full of romance and God's love and grace. Set in Regency England, I found this to be an excellent book. If you like Jane Austen's settings, you will most definitely like Julie Klassen's books.

Written in a more modern American voice, the language flows well and is easy to understand. I really love the characters in this story. Everyone seems to have secrets they are trying to hide and the past comes back to haunt more than one person in the story. However, all will be revealed in due course. Will our characters be able to overcome their differences? Or will the past come between them and drive them apart for good?

I found Alec and Julia's story to be fun, a bit suspenseful, and romantic. While romance isn't as prevalent in this book, it is still there.

I borrowed The Dancing Master from my local library. I was not required to write a review. All opinions expressed are mine alone. Originally published 8/7/14. Republished 6/15/17.



About the Author
Julie Klassen
Photo Credit: © Farrow Media

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. Three of her books, The Silent Governess, The Girl in the Gatehouse, and The Maid of Fairbourne Hall, have won the Christy Award for Historical Romance. The Secret of Pembrooke Park was honored with the Minnesota Book Award for genre fiction. Julie has also won the Midwest Book Award and Christian Retailing's BEST Award, and has been a finalist in the Romance Writers of America's RITA Awards and ACFW's Carol Awards. Julie and her husband have two sons and live in a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota.
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More Books by Julie Klassen on Bookworm Mama
I will be featuring a few more of Julie's books in the weeks to come, but you can check out my reviews HERE.

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8 comments:

  1. That was a good one! I remember attending her virtual event and talking about some of the fun dancing she has done. :)

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  2. I really like Julie Klassen's books and this was one of my favorites. Thanks for the throwback!

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    1. My pleasure! Thanks for stopping by. Glad you enjoyed it as well!

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  3. Julie Klassen is one of my very favorite authors. I love all her books. I really enjoyed the dancing master. Alec is one of my book boyfriends! I was a little bit jealous of Julia, lol.

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    1. Hehe I really like Alec too! Very swoony.

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