Thursday, November 4, 2021

A MIDNIGHT DANCE by Joanna Davidson Politano, Reviewed by Rebecca Maney

"One day we'll be dancing together on that stage. I vow it."

A midnight dance . . . and a favor from an unidentified sponsor with very deep pockets. The two combined to launch the career of a naturally talented young woman, whose mysterious past and unknown future spawned the curiosity of many at London's well established, but silently struggling Craven Street Theater. Ella Blythe had lived her life wondering if she was "good enough", thus working tirelessly to advance her career as a premiere ballerina, not particularly caring to get embedded into the relationships within; except for one. Coincidentally, it would take a blind leap into space, and the undivided attention from an unlikely source, to prove once and for all that God was her help from ages past, and her hope for years to come. The lingering question always being . . . would she repeat her mother's tragic ending or have the opportunity to compose a better one of her own?

Through all its mysterious twists, turns, leaps, and landings, this elegant display of literary prowess overflows from a well spring of living water; washing away all pretense, and polishing the flaws of human nature to shine like gems, without erasing their origins. For "it's the flaws that tell us when something's real. And what's real . . . well that's quite valuable indeed." 

One of my favorite lines: " I've never seen anyone . . . smell my coat".


BackCover Blurb:
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.

Revell Publishing, September 2021
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