Dancing at Midnight by Rebecca Yelland
Genre: Women’s Fiction
After the death of her mother (June), Carolyn has returned to her childhood home. Upon returning, she begins cleaning out the home and finds a secret box hidden among her mother’s things. She opens the box to find a set of journals. She begins reading them, only to find a tale of her mother’s journey from a child into a young adult.
June’s tale is filled with happiness, sorrow, and complete and utter devastation. As Carolyn finishes her mother’s tale, she makes an unbelievable discovery that will change her life forever.
June’s tale left me an emotional wreck. I cheered at her triumphs, and was a sopping mess at her sorrows. I fell in love with the characters and was so disappointed when the story ended. The story is filled with details; I was easily able to envision every scene. The story offered me with events that were accurate for the time period, and believable.
The only problem I had with the story was June’s dialogue. This is just my personal opinion, but June’s dialogue was just too agreeable for my tastes. It seemed like most of her dialogue, she was either thanking someone or agreeing with them.
The good definitely outweighed the bad with this one. I was able to overlook June’s agreeable dialogue, because the story had my complete attention. I enjoyed this one so much, I bought the sequel the next morning. This was a nonstop read for me. I couldn’t put the book down until I had finished June’s story. I will say, this story really doesn’t have a happy ending, but I’m okay with that. Carolyn is left with a better understanding of her cold and distant mother, which leaves the reader with a sense of closure.
Some of my favorite quotes:
“Never doubt, my darling, how much I have loved you. It is the reason I had to let you go.”
“I was no Shirley Temple, so my lack of talent would make everyone laugh. Those were good times.”
“I looked out the window at the stars that night, and prayed that morning would never come.”
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