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Sunday, February 3, 2008

Dancing in the Light...Review

About the book:
Have you ever just...had a feeling...like a spiritual impression, but...subtle? Subtle, maybe, but...still undeniable? And it's like...you're being prepared for something?
As trials come thick and fast, Wade Morrison finds himself facing devastating loss and a desperate loneliness greater than he ever could have imagined. Thankfully he has a large and loving family, without whose support he could not survive. Ultimately, however, Wade's greatest source of strength comes through his faith and reliance on the Savior's unconditional and atoning love.

Just when it seems that the bottom has fallen out of his world, Wade finds love in the face of loss, trust in a time of personal betrayal-and happiness greater than he had ever hoped to experience again.

In this romantic and tender page-turner, author Anita Stansfield creates another LDS classic in her inimitable storytelling style. Powerful and insightful with sensitive and compelling characters,
Dancing in the Light, the sequel to Timeless Waltz and A Time to Dance, is a tribute to the resilience of the human spirit-and the joyous, healing power of love.

Our teenage babysitter saw that I was reading this book. She asked how it was and my response was much like my review of A Time to Dance,"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. It follows the same predictable pattern. A man loses his wife and when he meets the woman who will obviously be his next wife, she is married. After some trials, she is no longer married and they are free to get together with the normal amount of wavering faith and trials. Those trials will then be continued in the next book.

Stansfield has a found a successful pattern. Her books are predictable, with the same phrasing and details running through them. Two years of a persons life can be covered in two pages, the adults are always eager to help with the children and someone, somewhere in the book will make homemade chicken noodle soup. (Seriously.) But, for the most part, these books are compelling: for all my criticism, I like many of them and I'm still reading them. I'm getting them from the library instead of purchasing them, but still...

I liked this one much better than A Time to Dance, the immediate prequel. I will also, most likely, read the next one. They're easy to read, and make a nice detour after reading more serious books that require a lot of concentration.

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

Read 2/08

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3/5 Stars

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