Book Review: I Hope You Dance

**This is not part of the Write 31 Days writing challenge. I have some books that I have promised to read and review, and this is one of them. I am trying to fit the reviews in between the writing challenge. Crazy, that. I know!

From Book Description

“Grant Nichols is a genius in the kitchen and a klutz on the dance floor. But his friend’s wedding is shaping up to be a shindig the likes of which Kings Meadow has never seen—including dancing. Lots of dancing. Then he learns that a local dance teacher, Skye Foster, is offering dance lessons for the wedding party. The first lesson is free, so what does he have to lose?

A former rodeo queen, Skye Foster teaches children ballet and tap during the day, but with the popularity of ballroom dancing and her own love of Country Swing, she’s been teaching adults in the evenings.

…Grant and Skye are no match on paper. But when they step onto the dance floor, they create a melody all their own.”

I Hope You Dance by Robin Lee Hatcher

My Comments

This short novella is simply adorable. Just like I’m not a fan of historical novels, I’m not a huge fan of western novels. However, I absolutely enjoyed this book. The characters are immediately relatable and likable. In spite of the short length of the book, there is true character development, especially with the protagonists Skye and Grant.

One thing that often bothers me about historical or western books is the writing, especially the dialogue. But not here. The writing is natural, flows well, and the dialogue is “real.” There is no flowery or inappropriate words often used to mimic a former period or different lifestyle. The writing and dialogue fit perfectly.

The pace of the book is good, too. The story progresses at a steady groove and ends in such a lovely way, that is truly “satisfying.” Although, I have to admit, I was a bit sad when the book ended. I wish it was a bit longer – but in a good way. I just didn’t want it to end. 🙂

If you are looking for a short, easy read, with a touch of tasteful romance, this book is for you. I give I Hope You Dance, four (4) stars.


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