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Saturday, July 12, 2008

A Dance to Remember...Review

About the book:
They’d connected so quickly and so deeply that it still left Laura breathless to think about it. Wade was everything she’d dreamed of and more. And while the present still felt far too good to be true, how could she not . . . make the most of every moment? For now she felt deliriously happy. With any luck, it would last longer than a heartbeat.

For both Wade and Laura, their marriage is a new beginning, a future filled with enough love and magic to last forever. Little can they imagine how one ugly encounter threatens to shatter their fragile joy, opening doors to Laura’s past that had been slammed shut by pain. Both of them then learn that magic has a way of disappearing in the face of grim realities—a place where life hangs in a delicate balance as it careens toward what might be an irreversible crisis point. Renowned LDS author Anita Stansfield provides a genuinely moving read in this deeprooted story of love and redemption with real-life parallels that pack an emotional punch. Compelling, tender, thought-provoking, and ultimately satisfying, A Dance to Remember will leave you in awe long after the last page has been turned.

Stupid book. I ended up reading the whole thing in one sitting (at night, when I really should have been sleeping).

Wade was introduced in Dancing in the Light and this book continues his story as he deals with the struggles his new wife has with depression. I found myself skimming some pages, as there is a lot of talking and explaining about depression and symptoms, treatments, etc. There's a lot of crying too. This novel was very reminiscent of To Love Again, with the wife struggling with the residual effects of her dysfunctional past.

This installment was, again, typically Stansfield. As I've said in the reviews for the two, previous sequels, "there is always a perfect person of perfect faith who is allied with a person whose faith wavers because of trauma or drama. The faithful person (whose faith is perfect because they've overcome their own issues) counsels the wavering person about faith and God and Jesus Christ and the Atonement, and always sticks by them. Gospel discussions and counseling always reassure the reader that the necessary epiphany will come to the person of wavering faith and all will be well in the end." This book is no different.

These stories are predictable. Her favorite word is "eager" and in this book, as in her others, someone makes soup. It's always either homemade chicken noodle soup or potato cheese. This time around it was potato cheese. The supporting cast always knows what to say and when to say it, their faith is perfect. No one ever gets angry or tired of their children. On the contrary, they are always happy to play with them and read stories.

Anita Stansfield does have a pattern. A very successful pattern. Her books are compelling and suck you in. Much like Stephenie Meyer, but Anita Stansfield is much more succinct than Meyer. Meyer bleeds all over her books and takes forever to make a point. Stansfield can cover a year in a person's life in about 4 sentences. Her writing is very passive, with the same manner of phrasing and explaining that is found in all of her other books.

Another character was introduced and I fully expect another sequel to explain the life and trauma of Cole and Rochelle.

Thanks to my local library for having a copy I could borrow.  You can purchase your own copy here.

Read 7/08

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2/5 Stars

2 comments:

  1. Amen woman. I have thought the same thing for years but was afraid I'd be ex-communicated for saying that. HA HA

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  2. Hey, I'm setting up a virtual blog tour for a friend and wonder if you'd like to be a host. Would you pop me a note at tristi AT tristipinkston.com and I'll share details?

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