I Hope You Dance by Beth Moran

Book description:

Can dancing mend Ruth’s broken heart?

Ruth Henderson has moved back in with her parents–something she swore she would never do, especially not at the age of thirty-three. But in the face of the mountain of debt left by her late partner, and the fact that her teenage daughter, Maggie, is expressing her grief through acts of delinquency, there was really only one option.

Returning to a house Ruth swore never to set foot in again is bad enough. Add to this an estranged father, whirlwind mother, and David–the boy next door who broke her heart–and it is little wonder Ruth can barely make it out of bed.

But then, reunited with her old friend Lois, Ruth is persuaded to go along to a monthly girls’ night. Here she meets a bunch of incredible women and for the first time since leaving home at eighteen, Ruth begins to make some genuine friends.

She also has her first ever date–with the charming Dr. Carl Barker. However, after a disastrous dinner, and an upset Maggie still struggling with her father’s death, Ruth promises her daughter she won’t go out with any other men. A promise she quickly regrets when David, the boy next door, asks her to dance. . .

My review:

This is the second book I have read by Beth Moran and I have to say that I am a fan!

I love the descriptiveness of the setting and the picture into life in Nottingham, England. The stories are artfully crafted in such a way that the pace starts slowly, but then picks up until you are racing to the end, just to find out what happens to everyone.

In my opinion, Moran’s strength and gift is in writing characters. She provides readers with a variety of characters that are easy to love and identify with. It is difficult to root for a character that you can’t identify with at all, but Moran’s characters are so real that I can identify with several.

This is a book filled with life and loss and love. It gives readers hope and reminds us that there are second chances. It shows us that life isn’t always pretty, but all things work together for good.

If you have never read Moran before, you should give this one a try. Then you can read her other book, Making Marion. You won’t be disappointed!

I received a complimentary copy of this book Kregel Publications in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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