“The Dancing Master” Book Review

Nov 16, 2015 by

Welcome back to Rachel’s Back Talk! I’m so glad you could join me again. Today I am reviewing one of Julie Klassen’s newer books, The Dancing Master. 


As is my custom, if I could ask Julie one question about The Dancing Master it would be — “Is it hard to know how many details of a secret to give the reader before the character?” And if you want to know why I asked that question, I guess you’ll just have to read the book to find out!


And without further ado, onto Rachel’s Back Talk!


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 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?


Rachel’s Back Talk:

5 – award winning covers


There is no way to go wrong with a Julie Klassen novel. Every time I pick up one of her books, I know it’s going to be hard to put down. The Dancing Master was definitely no exception!

Julia is a girl who just happens to be in the wrong place – or so she thinks. She longs for what she has never experienced–a father’s love–and that leads to her mother tending to be overprotective. Julia learns through from her new friend and dancing master that sometimes God can heal that void in her heart.

Alec thought he was coming to a new start. The only problem is that the town he comes to doesn’t think to fondly of his profession as dancing master. Both he and Julia learn to trust each other and eventually time and love can heal the holes in their hearts.


Other books by Julie I will read next:

Lady Maybe

The Painter’s Daughter

Lady of Milkweed Manor

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