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Ballerina Ana Brassfield has her path to the stage of the Met in New York and her future with fiancé Peter Engberg all figured out—until her first love, renowned German dancer Claus Gert, shows up in Georgia to dance with her and win her back. Claus kisses her after a rehearsal, a kiss Peter witnesses from the darkened audience.
Convinced a kiss between Claus and Ana is more than a one-time mistake, Peter breaks off his engagement with Ana. Rejected by Peter, and knowing Claus is dancing at the Met soon, Ana decides to repave her path to her dream. With her 2002 Thunderbird and Baryshnikov, an old dog crippled by arthritis, she moves to Germany to be with Claus.
But the ghost of his late wife, Ana’s own memories of Peter, and the pressure of earning a spot in a large ballet company prove to be a high price for a shot at success.
There is something extra special about this story yet I’m pretty sure I can’t fully capture it with words. #swoof The artistry of dance and nature saturates every moment of this beauty from ashes tale while heartache, betrayal, and turmoil beg for redemption, restoration, and grace.
Ana has regrets. Lots of regrets. She has so many regrets that I envision her toting around a big bag full of her disappointments and heartbreak, weighed down by the past and her high expectations. Ana has a lot going for her but her focus is continually drawn to what she doesn’t (and perhaps can’t) have. Her journey is long, winding, and complicated but the destination makes it a road worth taking.
A Season to Dance perfectly conveys the hopelessness, emptiness, and inner turmoil many have endured as a young man or woman in need of a Savior. This is a story which readers can invest their hearts in and experience a fresh wash of thankfulness for God’s redeeming grace. Bravo!
I requested the opportunity to read this book through the author. The opinions expressed are my own.
About the Author
Patricia has danced ballet since her childhood and has performed with pre-professional companies in South America, Europe, and the United States.
She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Cincinnati with a B.A. in English Literature and worked as a public affairs officer for the U.S. Army for seven years. Her feature story on a day in the life of “Bad Luck Squad” in Iraq won a Keith L. Ware award in print journalism. She’s now an editor for the Sergeants Major Academy in El Paso, Texas, where she lives with her husband and two children.
Patricia writes contemporary Christian fiction and is represented by Les Stobbe. She’s a 2015 Genesis semi-finalist and First Impressions finalist. Her debut novel, A Season to Dance, just came out yesterday.
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