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Publisher's Note:

All theater romances are tragedies. Ella Blythe knows this. Still, she cannot help but hope her own story may turn out different than most--and certainly different than the tragic story of the Ghost of Craven Street Theater. Yet as she struggles to maintain her tenuous place in the ever-shrinking ballet company, win the attentions of principal dancer Philippe, and avoid company flirt Jack, Ella cannot deny the uncanny feeling that her life is mirroring that of the dead ballerina. Is she dancing ever closer to the edge of her own tragic end? Or will the secrets that are about to come to light offer release from the past? Mystery and romance make the perfect dance partners in this evocative story from fan-favorite Joanna Davidson Politano.…

A Midnight Dance

by Joanna Davidson Politano

Overall Book Review:

The story found in the first chapter of A Midnight Dance by Joanna Davidson Politano was intriguing.  The historical piece takes place in England in the 1830s.  The story centers around an aspiring ballerina and the author does a nice job of depicting how dancers were viewed during that time period.  The story of Ella Blythe is a devastating and beautiful tale.

In many ways, the book read like a slow ballet or play.  There is a major attention getter, then the slower parts in the middle, followed by a final performance that is intense and beautiful.  Something about this book just failed to grab interest and hold onto it.  Yet at the same time, it was not to be put aside completely as the details of the mysteries demanded attention.

When the dust has settled after the book is finished, the characters and their longing to be loved is the strongest message.  Much of their troubles are caused by snap judgements and false perceptions.  The story of Jack, Ella, and Phillipe is beautiful and heartbreaking all at the same time.  The message left behind seems to be more powerful than the book itself.  These are the types of stories that really carry messages worth sharing.

Review of an Advanced Reader Copy provided by the Publisher

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  None

Violence/Gore:  A person is chased by and waylaid by several thugs; a character is verbally threatened with harm; a person is suspected of starting a fire that killed someone; a person is pushed down by another; a fire is started with the intent of killing another person; report that a person dies in a fire.

Sex/Nudity: Many mentions of adultery and mistresses; characters discuss illegitimate children; reference to characters who discussed abortion; non-married characters kiss and embrace.

Mature Subjects:  

Death of close family

Drug/Alcohol Use: 

Characters consume alcohol at times until drunk.

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I primarily read fiction from all genres. I have six children and many happy hours have been spent reading together. I also love quilting, hiking, and camping.