Thursday, September 15, 2016

Book Review: The Dancing Master by Julie Klassen

Book Summary:
     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 the 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.

What I loved:
Alec was such a gentleman, oh my gosh!  I am a sucker for chivalry and men treating women right and all that jazz.  He would literally do anything for Julia (and frankly any lady), even if they didn't treat him right.  Also, the playful banter between Alec and Julia was very enjoyable.  Then it got all lovey-dovey and deep, which was another great part!  This book had so many great quotes!  I liked the historical information on dancing masters as well! And oh my goodness the plot twist! It kept me turning pages past my bedtime for sure, haha!

What I was wary of:
 Julia's flirting and forgetting got on my nerves during the first half of the book.  She seemed to be flirting with a different guy every ten pages!  When she finally settled on Alec, it was so much better.  Also, I did not like Amelia Midwinter.  She was WAYYY too uptight the entire book.  Even toward the end when she supposedly "loosened up", she already did too much damage in my book!

In conclusion, The Dancing Master was a great regency read with engaging characters and an amazing plot twist.  Probably best for ages 14-15 and up, it's a pretty deep book.  My Personal Rating for this age group is 5/5 stars, and trust me that doesn't happen very often!

See y'all soon with another review!

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