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Last winter, I had the privilege of reading and reviewing The Tutor's Daughter by Julie Klassen. I enjoyed her style of writing so much, I was eager to read her newest book, The Dancing Master. I am so glad I did. You know that I review books frequently, so I read a lot. This is one of my favorites. The mix of mystery and romance in this regency novel kept me turning pages.
Alec Valcourt, along with his mother and sister, arrive in Beaworthy to stay with their uncle. He seems a bit of a stingy old bachelor, but he welcomes the Valcourts to share his home as they try to rebuild their lives after leaving London in mourning. Alec finds it a mystery how he can be so portly and yet provide such paltry meals. The theme of close family bonds is strong in this story and lends support to the storyline.
I love the characters in this book. Not only are the main characters, Alec Valcourt, a dancing master instructor, and Julia Midwinter, daughter of the most powerful woman in the village, brought to life beautifully and fully, but even the characters with the smallest roles, like Mrs. Tickle the baker and the uncle are portrayed in such a vivid way, they seem truly real. My favorite, though, was the description of the grocer's wife who was carrying a basket of lemons and looked like she had been sucking on them. ~grin~ I've known a few folks like that, have you?
I truly enjoyed this book. I'll read Julie Klassen's books again... and I can't wait!
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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.
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About the author: 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. She is a three-time Christy Award winner and a 2010 Midwest Book Award winner for Genre Fiction. Julie and her husband have two sons and live in a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota.
Learn more about Julie at: http://julieklassen.com
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