Tuesday, January 14, 2014

The Dancing Master

The Dancing Master~Julie Klassen

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.

My Thoughts

What a wonderful read! Regency England is a favorite time period of mine! A different time. A time long gone but not forgotten. Julie Klassen brings to life wonderful characters in The Dancing Master.

I really was not sure what to think of Julia Midwinter. She was flirtatious and impertinent. Seeming to constantly want her own way and setting out to get it. However, Miss Midwinter was a complete surprise in showing her spunk and courage!

I truly loved the characters in this story. They are well developed and believable.  Several of them are surrounded my mystery and just when you think you have the plot figured out…..well you don’t!

The description of the the town of Beaworthy and it’s inhabitants are wonderful! Miss Klassen captures the time period so well! I look forward to reading more of her wonderful stories!

Visit the Litfuse website to learn more about The Dancing Master.

 

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

Best-selling author Julie Klassen will be hosting a Kindle Fire HDX giveaway and a live webcast event (1/23) to celebrate the release of her latest novel, The Dancing Master. Enter and RSVP today!

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  One winner will receive:
  • A Kindle Fire HDX
  • The Dancing Master by Julie Klassen
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on January 23rd. Winner will be announced at the "All Things Jane (from Austen to Eyre)" Live Webcast Event on January 23rd. Connect with Julie for an evening of book chat, trivia, laughter, and more! Julie will also be taking questions from the audience and giving away books, Jane Austen DVDs, fun "Jane" merchandise, and gift certificates throughout the evening.

So grab your copy of The Dancing Master and join Julie and friends on the evening of January 23rd for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book, don't let that stop you from coming!)
 

Don't miss a moment of the fun; RSVP today by signing up for a reminder. Tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 23rd!

 

disclosure: I received a copy of The Dancing Master from Litfuse in exchange for my honest opinion. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own.

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