I received a free copy of The Dancing Master from TLC Book Tours for my honest review.
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The Dancing Master opens with a somber scene as Julia Midwinter and her mother remember the death of her brother on May Day. It was a traumatic event for Lady Midwinter and one she will not fully explain to Julia nor why dancing is forbidden in town or why Julia can’t leave to experience well, anything. Julia feels trapped as the future lady of the house and she doesn’t want to be bound to the responsibilities. She wants to LIVE.
Alec Valcourt has just moved to town and hopes to escape the scandal that drove him and his mother and sister from London to the safety of his Uncle’s home. He is a Dancing Master but now finds himself in a town that does not dance. However will he support the family?
Julia notices Alec from the start and she is a flirt of the first order. Her mother does NOT want her to get any ideas so she gives Alec a job which solves any number of problems; it keeps Alec from pursuing dancing, it keeps him at a lessor societal level and it keeps him under her nose so she can make sure he and Julia stay apart. So of course he and Julia do not stay apart….
So, how did I feel about this book? Eh. It had its moments. I was slightly annoyed by both main characters but also intrigued – they were both spoiled brats but they were also products of their time. The hidden stories in both families were compelling enough to make the book interesting and the ancillary characters added much needed balance. I’ve read several of Ms. Klassen’s books and will read her again but The Dancing Master will not prove to be a favorite. The inclusion of the dancing instructions from the period and the descriptions of the new – at least to me – Byranite religion added some fascinating history to the tale.
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Disclosure: I received a free copy of The Dancing Master from TLC Book Tours for my honest review. I received no compensation for this post.