Book Review & Giveaway: A Season to Dance by Patricia Beal

Welcome to A Season to Dance Blog Tour

Title:  A Season to Dance
Author: Patricia Beal
Publisher:  Bling! Romance
Release Date:  May 9, 2017
Genre: Inspirational Contemporary Fiction

About the Book
Ballerina Ana Brassfield has her path to the stage of the Met in New York and her future with fiancé Peter Engberg all figured out—until her first love, renowned German dancer Claus Gert, shows up in Georgia to dance with her and win her back. Claus kisses her after a rehearsal, a kiss Peter witnesses from the darkened audience. Convinced a kiss between Claus and Ana is more than a one-time mistake, Peter breaks off his engagement with Ana. Rejected by Peter, and knowing Claus is dancing at the Met soon, Ana decides to repave her path to her dream. With her 2002 Thunderbird and Baryshnikov, an old dog crippled by arthritis, she moves to Germany to be with Claus. But the ghost of his late wife, Ana’s own memories of Peter, and the pressure of earning a spot in a large ballet company prove to be a high price for a shot at success.
My Thoughts

An emotional journey that starts from the very first page, A Season to Dance by Patricia Beal takes you in the world of ballet and reaching for the perfect dream.  It's quite beautiful how the author, and this being her first novel too, is able to illustrate the passion of each dance, each embrace and each moment on stage. Readers can easily visualize it down to each form.  

"The melody became fully established. Luminous. Exalted. Beautiful. We locked eyes. We locked hands. We locked hearts. And then we danced. I was in the moment, and this time I was able to stay in the moment, wrapped in the red cloak of desire, allowing Romeo to seduce Juliet completely."

In terms of the story, I find the plot disjointed due to the time jumps. The story progression seems to contradict the  fluidity of the dances throughout. I wish there'll be more continuity that flows better, but Ana's spiritual journey to Christ did connect, and thereby allowing the message to speak through. In all honesty, I was neither a team Peter or team Claus. The romance or rather romances didn't struck the cord in my heart, but the emotional turmoil Ana went through did. I do think if the story was longer will possibly change that. A longer story can fill in the blanks that felt missing, while building a stronger connection between Ana and each of the men in her life.

With all said, A Season to Dance is a solid debut and will touch readers looking for flawed characters finding their way to redemption. 

Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.
Please note, all quotes are taken from ARC (essentially an uncorrected proof). Please do not share quote or if do, please make note that it is taken from an ARC or verify with release copy. 
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About the Author

Patricia Beal is a 2015 Genesis semi-finalist and First Impressions finalist. She is represented by Les Stobbe of the Leslie H. Stobbe Literary Agency, and A Season to Dance is her debut novel (Bling! Romance / Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, May 2017). She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Cincinnati in 1998 with a B.A. in English Literature and has worked for the U.S. Army as a writer and editor for many years. Patricia writes from Fayetteville, North Caroloa, where she lives with her husband and two children. You can find more info about Patricia on her website here.

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(2) Prizes up for grabs! (US Addresses Only)

Prize 1:
#TeamPeter Country Christmas Basket: 
Blake Shelton Christmas CD, Hallmark movie A Nutcracker Christmas, Country Cookin' - Recipes from Callaway Gardens, A Season to Dance, country chocolates, and a country ornament.

Prize 2:
#TeamClaus German Christmas Basket: 
German Christmas Songs CD, Baryshnikov movie White Nights (with Helen Mirren), Classic German Baking by Luisa Weiss, A Season to Dance, German chocolates, and an ornament.

Enter now!

And don't forget to check out the other stops for more entries!

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  1. #TeamPeter for me. :)

    Thank you for your review on A Season to Dance by Patricia Beal.

  2. Replies
    1. Hi Kim! Thank you for entering the giveaway. Yay, Peter :)

  3. team peter this looks like such a great book
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    1. Hi Lori! *waves* :) Thank you so much for being here!

  4. I've picked Team Claus so I can try the German chocolate. Thanks!

    1. Lol... I don't blame you. It's so good! Thanks for entering the giveaway :)


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