The Dancing Master
From the back cover:
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 Julie 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.
This book totally reminded me of a historical version of Footloose 🙂 Guy who likes dancing comes to town. The girl who captures his interest isn’t allowed to dance.
This was a nice read but moved a bit slow for me. I would’ve like to seen things happen a bit more quickly.
Julia is tough to like at first, but I see this as part of her wounds, so I totally get that. Alec is definitely handsome and charming but not a really strong hero in the sense of getting his hands dirty. I guess I struggle with that because my own husband is such a hands on kind of guy and can do just about everything.
I like the touch of mystery and the untold family history. That kept me guessing and wanting to know how that was going to all play out.
If you enjoy historical romance this might be a book you would enjoy. It has gotten good reviews, just a bit slow for my taste.
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An ebook copy of this book was given to me by the publisher through Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.