To Finish the Dance

Rated 4.50/5 based on 2 reviews
Ever since their first communication, written on a wad of paper he threw at her in the fourth grade, Joe Anton has loved Lucy Hawthorne. Now, still unmarried after 20 years, he is forced to admit that he is living in the past. Since he is unable to move forward, and his life at present is less than satisfactory, maybe going back is the only way he will ever get anywhere. More

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About Serena Casey

I grew up in the wild and beautiful Upper Peninsula of Michigan, the setting for “To Finish The Dance”—as well as the novel I’m writing now. My husband and I and our two lazy, non-mousing cats live just a bike ride from the shore of Lake Superior.

The “big lake they call Gitche Gumee” (a line from the Gordon Lightfoot song about the Edmund Fitzgerald) is to me the most beautiful body of water in the world. When it’s not frozen, about the length of a weekend sometime in August, you can find me there looking for cool rocks and beach glass.

I’ve been writing since I was old enough to put stubby pencil to lined paper, but I’ve only pursued it in a serious fashion for the last five years. I wrote “To Finish The Dance” in two weeks in 2006 and then spent the next several years revising it. After I finally decided it was time to let it leave the nest, off it flew, and I began work on my second novel.

Reviews

Review by: ann lewis on Nov. 01, 2011 :
I learned about this book through a chance online encounter with the author over an entirely different business transaction! What a wonderful find! I thoroughly enjoyed reading To Finish The Dance, in fact, I enjoyed it so much I read it in 1 day! The characters are very likable, and I saw uncanny similarities to people I know, and to myself! I was drawn into the story immediately, and took pleasure in the way the story is written. Good descriptive language, nice dialogue, easy comfortable flow, wonderful characters. The characters go through some difficult situations, but even during those times, there isn't anything vulgar or distasteful. In fact, I don't think there was a single swear word throughout the book, refreshing! This is a sweet story about true love and the tough path it must follow sometimes.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Sophia Rose on Oct. 31, 2011 :
I learned of this book through the GoodReads Clean Romance Fiction Group on FB.

I like to explore new-to-me authors and this choice did not disappoint.

The book is about a middle aged man and woman who were childhood sweeties and were on the brink of marriage when the unthinkable happened and they broke it off to go their separate ways. Twenty years later they are both still affected by this. The man's current girlfriend insists that he must bury the past before their relationship can continue. This sets off the movement in the story.
He returns from the city to his small town roots to gain some closure.

The story is told from both their perspectives and that of the minor characters. It also utilizes flashbacks so one can fill in all the back history between the two. In places, there is almost a journalistic aspect with the emails and the way time used to pace the end.

This story has its soft tender moments, but can also wring out your heart for the h/h because of the plotting that includes some angst. I do not wish to offer up spoilers.

The characters were deep and well written and the dialogue and silences were good.

Recommend!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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