I just finished up the audio book Pretending to Dance: A Novel by Diane Chamberlain. If you read these posts you know that I am a big fan of this author. Have you tried one of her books yet?? If not you really need to. They have all been good….
I was hoping this one would be good too.Happily it was. All of her books that I’ve read to date toggle between present day and past. They often deal with a social issue too….teen pregnancy, poverty, dysfunctional families, and the like. This one dealt with multiple sclerosis and adoption.
Here’s what Amazon had to say, “Molly Arnette is very good at keeping secrets. She and her husband live in San Diego, where they hope to soon adopt a baby. But the process terrifies her.
As the questions and background checks come one after another, Molly worries that the truth she’s kept hidden about her North Carolina childhood will rise to the surface and destroy not only her chance at adoption, but her marriage as well. She ran away from her family twenty years ago after a shocking event left her devastated and distrustful of those she loved: Her mother, the woman who raised her and who Molly says is dead but is very much alive. Her birth mother, whose mysterious presence raised so many issues. The father she adored, whose death sent her running from the small community of Morrison Ridge.
Now, as she tries to find a way to make peace with her past and embrace a future filled with promise, she discovers that even she doesn’t know the truth of what happened in her family of pretenders.
Told with Diane Chamberlain’s compelling prose and gift for deft exploration of the human heart,Pretending to Dance is an exploration of family, lies, and the complexities of both.”
No surprise, I loved the book. Amazon readers say 4.4 stars. I’m trumping them and saying 4.8. Again the author did not disappoint. There are many more titles of hers that I have not read. I actually took the time to write a list of her books noting which ones I’ve read and which ones I need to read…and if they are available at my on line library or at Audible. I plan to eventually read them all.