Ella Blythe is looking for her history, her identity. But she is also looking for her true worth in God. She thinks she is not good enough. “God had drawn near to her, and though she seemed to wrestle with how it all fit together in her life, God was part of who she was.”
Steeped in the romance of ballet in Regency London, this story was like a Degas painting. The author deposits you in the world of the theater, complete with a shadowy dance and a disguised partner who haunts Ella for years. This is more than a romance. It is historical delight. Mystery abounds and Ms. Politano deftly reveals the surprises at the perfect places. She drafts a kindly hero who wants the best for the heroine. He wants to woo her. He wants her to love him for who he truly is and not who the heroine perceives him to be. “He stared right through those filmy layers of ambiguity I had attempted to erect and demanded the truth with one quick jolt of his eyebrow.”
Beautiful words seem to flow effortlessly from the pen of this author: Ella realizes “My despair began to lift, and a light cut through the shadow of my ‘not enough’. I had, after all, something to offer the world, and it was God. A glimpse of what He can do.”
This author keeps getting better. This is a top read of this year.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Library Thing Early Reviewers. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*5+ stars and a solid faith thread
All theater romances are tragedies. Ella Blythe knows this. Still, she cannot help but hope her own story may turn out different than most--and certainly different than the tragic story of the Ghost of Craven Street Theater. Yet as she struggles to maintain her tenuous place in the ever-shrinking ballet company, win the attentions of principal dancer Philippe, and avoid company flirt Jack, Ella cannot deny the uncanny feeling that her life is mirroring that of the dead ballerina.
Is she dancing ever closer to the edge of her own tragic end? Or will the secrets that are about to come to light offer release from the past?
Mystery and romance make the perfect dance partners in this evocative story from fan-favorite Joanna Davidson Politano.
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