Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Julie Klassen’s “The Dancing Master” Review and Giveaway reminder!

About the Book-
 Finding himself the man of the family, London dancing master Alec Valcourt moves his mother and sister to remote Devonshire, hoping to start over. But he is stunned to learn the village matriarch has prohibited all dancing, for reasons buried deep in her past.
Alec finds an unlikely ally in the matriarch’s daughter. Though he’s initially wary of Julia Midwinter’s reckless flirtation, he comes to realize her bold exterior disguises a vulnerable soul–and hidden sorrows of her own.
Julia is quickly attracted to the handsome dancing master–a man her mother would never approve of–but she cannot imagine why Mr. Valcourt would leave London, or why he evades questions about his past. With Alec’s help, can Julia uncover old secrets and restore life to her somber village…and to her mother’s tattered heart?
Filled with mystery and romance, The Dancing Master brings to life the intriguing profession of those who taught essential social graces for ladies and gentlemen hoping to make a “good match” in Regency England.

About the Author-

Julie Klassen loves all things Jane–”Jane Eyre” and Jane Austen. A graduate of the University of Illinois, Julie worked in publishing for sixteen years and now writes full time. She is a three-time Christy Award winner and a 2010 Midwest Book Award winner for Genre Fiction. Julie and her husband have two sons and live in a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota.
Find out more about Julie at
My Opinion-
I loved this book. It felt like a traditional or old fashioned version on 'footloose'. When I first started to read the book and the story started that's all I could think about...this book reminds me of 'Footloose'. However as I got into the story I started to fall in love with some the characters - however, not necessarily the main ones. The story is not as simple as it seems when you start reading. There are some good twists in the story. I have never read a book written by Julie Klassen before and I was pleasantly surprised. I was intrigued because it was mentioned that she writes in the style of Jane Austen, which she pulled off quite well. As I am originally from England and a huge Jane Austin fan that's a big complement.
I didn't particularly like 'Julia' but some of the other characters were wonderful. The only thing that bothers me is, that although 'Julia' was a spoiled, conceited girl she seemed to win in the end. I know the book talks about grace and forgiveness but I didn't really see much of a change in Julia's personality and that made me sad. I felt that her friend would have made a more deserving heroine.
All in all it was a fun read, not overly religious, and a very 'clean' romance. I love reading books that I wouldn't mind my daughter reading. My 11 year old already has her eyes on this one.
Enter Today - 1/6 - 1/23!

Best-selling author Julie Klassen will be hosting a Kindle Fire HDX giveaway and a live webcast event (1/23) to celebrate the release of her latest novel, The Dancing Master. Enter and RSVP today!

  One winner will receive:
  • A Kindle Fire HDX
  • The Dancing Master by Julie Klassen
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on January 23rd. Winner will be announced at the "All Things Jane (from Austen to Eyre)" Live Webcast Event on January 23rd. Connect with Julie for an evening of book chat, trivia, laughter, and more! Julie will also be taking questions from the audience and giving away books, Jane Austen DVDs, fun "Jane" merchandise, and gift certificates throughout the evening.

So grab your copy of The Dancing Master and join Julie and friends on the evening of January 23rd for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book, don't let that stop you from coming!)

Don't miss a moment of the fun; RSVP today by signing up for a reminder. Tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 23rd!

 I received a free copy of this book from the Litfuse Publicity Group however I was not required to give a positive review.


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