Monday, January 13, 2014

Book Review: The Dancing Master by Julie Klassen

I have seen books by Julie Klassen for a while, and always thought I'd like to read them.  The cover art is so beautiful that it draws you right in.  The plot for The Dancing Master was very interesting, so I jumped at the chance to read and review it. 
The story is about Alec Valcourt, a dancing master who has recently come to the small town of Beaworthy from London.  He is a dancing and fencing master, and is hoping to make his living by teaching there.  He is shocked to learn upon his arrival that there is an unwritten rule against dancing in this village.  He's now at loose ends, and trying to find a way to support his mother and sister.  The rule was place by Lady Amelia Midwinter, the daughter of the earl.  Her daughter, Lady Julia, is seventeen and is always on the lookout for mischief.  She is curious about so many things in the past--including the reason no none is allowed to dance--but her mother refuses to give her any answers. 
Unfortunately, I don't know what happened in this book, because I wasn't able to finish reading it.  The story seemed to move along so slowly!  I was nearly halfway through, and still seemed to be waiting for it to all come together.  I tried repeatedly to read further , in the hopes that it would pick up soon, but I finally gave up.
I was very disappointed in this book, but I don't want to discourage anyone else from reading it.  You may really enjoy it.  It just wasn't for me.  I do hope to read another of Ms. Klassen's books one day, because she does seem to be a talented author and I can tell she puts a lot of thought into her stories. 

Happy Reading!

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for this review.  All opinions are my own.

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