Monday, February 20, 2017

Book review: Dance Over Me by Candee Fick


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About the Book

Danielle Lefontaine, a fledgling actress raised to the lullaby of Broadway, searches for her long-lost brother and her place on the stage. But when a jealous cast member threatens to drop the curtain on her dreams, Danielle fears her one brilliant moment in the spotlight is about to become a dim memory.

Alex Sheridan is living his dream -- playing the trumpet, helping run his family's dinner theater. But there's a hole in his soul that can only be filled with the love of that "someone special" -- the better half of him. When "Dani" dances into his life, Alex thinks he's found his perfect partner. But will the bright lights of a bigger stage steal her away before they have a chance to find their perfect song?

My Review

Energy.

That electricity that is in the air when everything comes together to make a memorable public performance.  Those who have been on stage for band, drama, or dance know the feeling.  That energy is palpable throughout Candee Fick's sophomore novel, Dance Over Me.  I could feel it as Dani auditioned, rehearsed, and performed at a local dinner theatre.

Not only was I drawn in by the energy, I was pleased with the characterization.  Each one was drawn so well, I felt like I had known all of them before.  The narrative was well-crafted.  I felt like I was there, feeling Dani's excitement of getting out on her own and making new friends, the heartbreak of unfounded criticism, and the contentment of finding true, like-minded friends and family.

Anyone who enjoys contemporary romance will be happy to read this novel.  Anyone with a performance background will especially appreciate this peek behind the curtain.

I received this book from the author for review purposes.  The thoughts expressed here are my own.

About the Author

Candee Fick is the wife of a high school football coach and the mother of three children, including a daughter with a rare genetic syndrome. When not busy with her day job or writing, she can be found cheering on the home team at football, basketball, baseball, and Special Olympics games. In what little free time remains, she enjoys exploring the great Colorado outdoors, indulging in dark chocolate, and savoring happily-ever-after endings through a good book.

In addition to her inspirational romance and non-fiction titles, Candee has published a dozen articles in publications including In Touch, The War Cry, Exceptional Parent, and Special Education Today. As a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), she was a Double Finalist and WINNER in the 2014 ACFW Genesis contest short novel category, 2011 Semi-finalist in contemporary fiction, and 2009 Runner-Up in women's fiction.


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