Tuesday, January 14, 2014

The Dancing Master



GIVEAWAY

KLASSEN, JULIE
THE DANCING MASTER

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.

My Review:

Honestly, I'm always tongue-tied when it comes to reviewing one of Julie Klassen's books because she's such an incredible writer and I just know I won't do her justice. The Dancing Master is another memorable read.

Rich in historical detail and chalk full of riveting intrigue and plot twists,  Klassen's latest novel is the kind of book you won't want to put down. I just poured over it -- recklessly skipping over words only to slow my pace so I could bask in the ambiance of Regency England. Blissful sigh!...and fret over a complicated love story that seems doomed to a bad end. :-) 

Another stellar novel from a captivating author.

Giveaway Opportunity:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of The Dancing Master please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday January  19, 2014 Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group".

32 comments:

  1. Hi Kav! Thank you SO much for this giveaway. I just discovered Julie recently and I am hooked! :)
    Campbellamyd at gmail dot com

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    1. Isn't she an awesome discovery?! Lucky you for all the reading ahead. Good luck!

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  2. O my, sounds like a great read! I have enjoyed each of Julie's books thus far and look forward to this newest release.

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. It's a great read, Patty. Good luck!

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  3. I love Julie Klassen's books, especially The Tutor's Daughter from last year. However I've read mixed reviews of this one and I'm wondering why...hmmm. Anyway, thanks for the giveaway!
    garfsgirl [at] hotmail [dot] com

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    1. Oooh, interesting about the mixed reviews. I had to go and check some of them out. I really loved it, Lis. Her hero and heroine are a bit different from past books, but they are interesting characters who have reasons for acting the way they do. I found them likeabley flawed and there's definitely a character growth arc.
      Good luck!

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  4. This sounds like a wonderful book and I love the looks given on the cover. Keeping my fingers crossed!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. Actually that look on the heroine's face really does suit. Good luck, Melanie!

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  5. Sounds like a great book
    Have a terrific,wonderful,blessed day
    ChrisG
    granvilleATfrontiernetDOTnet

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  6. I've been waiting for this one ... love Julie's novels.
    rrwalter34ATgmailDOTcom

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    1. I know -- Julie's novels are D.E.A.R. books -- Drop Everything And Read! :-) Good luck Becky!

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  7. I have been so excited for this to come out! Would love to win a copy! Glad to hear you loved it :)

    colorvibrant at gmail dot com

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    1. It's worthy of the excitement! Good luck Heidi!

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  8. I love this time period and the premise of dancing! He was probably one of the original 'dancing with the stars' gang.....

    missionwife AT hotmail DOT com

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    1. LOL love that, Melody -- a Regency Dancing With the Stars. LOL. Good luck!

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  9. Wow! I can't wait to start reading Julie Klassen!! Thank you so much for the opportunity to win a copy of THE DANCING MASTER!

    texaggs2000 at gmail dot com

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    1. Happy dancing for you to start reading Klassen, Britney. Good luck!

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  10. I've had my eye on this book for awhile so would love to win a copy. Thanks for the chance. I've read one of Julie's books that I enjoyed very much; the others are on my want to read list.

    pmk56[at]sbcglobal[dot]net

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    1. She definitely belongs on your want to read list, Pam. Good luck!

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  11. I haven't read any books by Julie either. Looking forward to start!
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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    1. Ack...you better get started, rubynreba!!!! Good luck!

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  12. Oh, I love Julie Klassen books!! She is an amazing writer!! Thanks for the review and the giveaway!

    ladettek[at\gmail[dot]com

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    1. Amazing is an perfect descriptor, Ladette. Good luck!

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  13. I'd like to give this one a try, Kav! :)

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    1. You're in the draw, Cheryl. Good luck!

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  14. I'm a huge fan of Julie - loved her last one - will definitely be reading this one! truckredford(at)gmail(Dot)com

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  15. i love julie's books! my favorite is the apothecary's daughter. the email address associated with my profile here works fine and i check it daily!

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  16. I fan of Julie Klassen's books so i would love to win this book

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  17. Though I've never read any of Julie's other books, I have been hearing a lot of very good things about this one. Sounds like it'll be a good read!

    natalieflores(at)live(dot)com

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