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Book Review: Pretending To Dance




Pretending To Dance
Author: Diane Chamberlain
Published: 2015
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Pages: 336
My Rating: 4/5

After reading, The Silent Sister, and now Pretending to Dance, I’m fast becoming a fan of Diane Chamberlain. The best-selling author, has a large back catalogue, which will keep me busy with over 20 novels on the list.

I really love Diane’s writing style. Her words almost float off the page in a rhythm that is captivating. Her sense of character, space, time and place are bang on, and her stories are well rounded and woven together beautifully. Pretending to Dance, her latest novel, is no exception.

“Molly has a secret. A family secret that has haunted her for many years, but one she has never shared. Not even with her husband. However, as they move forward in the adoption process, Molly may well have to make peace with her past to embrace her future. But can she?”

Told from the point of view of Molly, the book alternates between present day, and Molly’s childhood around the age of 14. Not everyone is a fan of dual timelines, but I certainly am (my current work in progress follows this format). The trick to writing dual timelines is to be able to develop both timelines equally and really nail the flow between the two and tie them up at the end. It’s almost like writing two different novels at the one time, and Diane does it well. I was totally engaged with the Molly of now, and of then, and the storyline was woven seamlessly throughout both timelines. It was both captivating and intriguing.

Diane’s writing style is laid back and she builds the story gradually, filling the pages with detail that allows you to fully understand the characters and their struggles. She has a knack for writing emotion, from happiness to sadness with ease, and it reads that way. Although, it’s not a fast-paced read, there’s no saggy middle either. With an unexpected twist, the end certainly leaves the reader satisfied.

If you love strong character development and meaningful storylines that make you think about your own life, then you will love this one.

Have you read any of Diane’s novels?