Oct 18, 2015

Pretending To Dance.

pretending to dance.

diane chamberlain.

Publisher  St Martin's Press.
Publication Date:October 6,2015
Genre:Contemporary Thriller.

Molly Arnette is very good at keeping secrets. She lives in San Diego with a husband she adores, and they are trying to adopt a baby because they can't have a child on their own. But the process of adoption brings to light many questions about Molly's past and her family--the family she left behind in North Carolina twenty years before. The mother she says is dead but who is very much alive. The father she adored and whose death sent her running from the small community of Morrison's Ridge. Her own birth mother whose mysterious presence in her family raised so many issues that came to a head.

The summer of twenty years ago changed everything for Molly and as the past weaves together with the present story, Molly discovers that she learned to lie in the very family that taught her about pretending. If she learns the truth about her beloved father's death, can she find peace in the present to claim the life she really wants? 



As you already guessed I am a big fan of DIANE CHAMBERLAIN . I have read few of her books and so far there hasn’t been a single one that I didn’t enjoy. To me it feels like every book that I read seems to get better. PRETENDING TO DANCE hooks you from the first page till the last one. DIANE CHAMBERLAIN did it again! Came up with a break taking story about love, family and friendship. There wasn’t a single page that I didn’t love about this book; I couldn’t get enough of it. A book that I had to force to put down and once I did, I was thinking about it and wondering what happened to the characters after. I loved that this novel had so many aspects of family and friendship, that’s my favorite type of books to read. You will find yourself invested in the character’s life’s and before you know you will fall in love with the characters. I am still thinking about it.

As always I loved the writing style, however unlike her other books this one was different. PRETENDING TO DANCE went back and forth between San Diego, her present life and Morrison Ridge, her past life. From start of the book, I couldn’t help but be curious what was the reason that Molly lied about her family to Aidan and of course plot thickened when she said that her mother killed her father. How can you not wonder what she meant by that? I was filled with suspense from moment that I have read that sentence. PRETENDING TO DANCE was filled with a lot of suspense, there were multiple times that you will find yourself wondering what’s going to happen next. It will have you turning the pages till the end. What you will find out is not what you expect it to be. Be Warned, you will need tissues by the end of the book.

I loved the relationship that Molly and her father had, despite his disability. I can’t even imagine having someone close to you, be disabled in that way. MS is a tough subject to write about and DIANE CHAMBERLAIN did amazing job writing about the challenges of disease, not just physically but emotionally. I was as surprised as Molly was when she found out truth why her mother did what she did. To me he seemed happy and he didn’t look like he was in pain. I do believe that he made it as long as he did because of Molly. She made him happy. I was heartbroken for her when he died. I loved fact that Aidan didn’t judge her based on her past, instead he supported her and encouraged her to go see her mother. That’s her true love that her father had been talking about all those years ago. I am glad that Molly finally found her happy ending.

One of best. A novel that deserves more than 5 stars. I can’t wait to see what Chamberlain will come up with next.


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