Dancing Master

Title:  The Dancing Master
Author:  Julie Klassen
Pages:  419
Year:  2013
Publisher:  Bethany House
Alex Valcourt, dancing master by profession, arrives in a small town that prohibits dancing.  He must find a way to support his family, but what other profession is he trained for?  Julia Midwinter fancies the new dancing master, but is it because she is lonely, trying to fill a void left by her unloving father, or something else?  Julia unearths some disturbing information about her past and confronts her mother, questioning whether this information is true or not.  Julia is met with evasions and continues to dig deeper, but will she like what she discovers?
I didn’t really like the main female character as she seemed vain, selfish and manipulative.  She never seemed to realize that she wasn’t the focus of the world.  Her mother in the story also seemed cold and distant.  The story could have been shortened by 50 pages or so by eliminating all the waiting to find out the answers to Julia’s questions.  The long wait between questions and answers didn’t serve as a tension builder for me, but rather as an irritation.  With the negatives out of the way, I did like the lead male characters.  He was willing to give up his dreams to take a job he didn’t want in order to support his mother and sister.  He honorably took the blame for his father’s ruinous deeds in order to spare his mother further humiliation.  I also liked the supporting characters of the Allen brothers and Desmond and their willingness to stand up for their friend at the potential cost of injury to themselves.  Mrs. Tickle’s generosity, Mr. and Mrs. Desmond’s cheekiness and Barlow’s affection for Julia helped to make the story more interesting. 
My rating is 3 stars.
Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book.  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.  Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/.  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson.75457
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