Alec Valcourt was a respected dancing master in London until his father ruined the family’s fortunes and future. Forced to restart life in the home of his uncle, Alec takes the only job he can find as a clerk in the home of the Lady Amelia Midwinter. Lady Midwinter has a peculiar and particular disdain for dancing and forbids it in the small town of Beaworthy. Of course, as is necessary in any Regency-style romance, Lady Midwinter has a lovely and discontented daughter who longs for the revels of London and society but is forced by her mother to live a life that is several sizes too small.
While “The Dancing Master” isn’t going to take any prizes for the most surprising of plots or most unusual plot twists, it is a good, enjoyable, well-written romance that will give the reader just the kind of read you want from a romance novel. Julie Klassen spins an engaging tale with well-conceived characters and just enough mystery and tension to move the story along to a predictable but satisfying conclusion. After all, the conclusion of true love conquering all is what we are looking for, right? If you’re looking for a romance novel to take you away from the humdrums of real life for a few hours, you’ll enjoy “The Dancing Master.” I certainly did.
The book was provided to me by the publisher for this review. The opinions, however, are entirely my own!