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  1. The Dancing Master
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  2. The Dancing Master

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Finding himself the man of the family, London dancing master Alec Valcourt moves his mother and sister to remote Devonshire, hoping to start over. But he is stunned to learn the village matriarch has prohibited all dancing, for reasons buried deep in her past.

Alec finds an unlikely ally in the matriarch's daughter. Though he's initially wary of Julia Midwinter's reckless flirtation, he comes to realize her bold exterior disguises a vulnerable soul--and hidden sorrows of her own.

Julia is quickly attracted to the handsome dancing master--a man her mother would never approve of--but she cannot imagine why Mr. Valcourt would leave London, or why he evades questions about his past. With Alec's help, can Julia uncover old secrets and restore life to her somber village...and to her mother's tattered heart?

Filled with mystery and romance, The Dancing Master brings to life the intriguing profession of those who taught essential social graces for ladies and gentlemen hoping to make a "good match" in Regency England.

Praise for Julie Klassen's The Tutor's Daughter

"Whether you're a fan of Jane Austen or Charlotte Bronte, or both, you will soon become a fan of Julie Klassen once you read this wonderful book."--GoodReads

"Well-developed characters, plot twists, and attention to period detail make this a sure bet for fans of Regency novels."--Library Journal

"Regency/Klassen fans will love the mystery, romance, and drama."--Publishers Weekly

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

One star for her usual excellent writing mechanics, one star just because it is Julie Klassen, who is one of my most favorite authors, but beyond that....?

I had waited a long time to receive and read this book, and was REALLY looking forward to it. Unfortunately, it was a tremendous disappointment.

(Mild spoiler): I found myself more interested in the lives of the many supporting characters than those of the hero and heroine. I could not make myself like either the H or h very much, nor could I see any real basis for why they ended up together. The entire premise was boring and contrived, and I almost gave up at about 30%. I did press on, and the story picked up slightly, but overall, it was just a frustrating experience. Of course, all of the loose ends of the many story threads were neatly tied up with little depth in the final two pages. least, nothing was left hanging.

The other major piece missing from this book was the romance... Read more
I really enjoy this author, and compared to so many in this genre, Julie Klassen is light years ahead. With all of her novels, you can tell the author has done a LOT of research to interweave historical context and background into the story. This one just took a while for me to get into, and it was very hard to feel much sympathy for the heroine or her mother. They're multidimensional, but I was much more interested in the storyline w Alec and his family than w the Midwinter women. My favorite Klassen novel (possibly because it was my first) is still The Maid of Fairbourne Hall. If you're a big Downton Abbey fan, you'll love that book. The Tutor's Daughter would be my second after that.

So all that to say, yes, this is a typical Klassen novel, well written and researched, but not my favorite.
I was thrilled when The Dancing Master arrived on my door step earlier than anticipated! Klassen writes beautiful novels, and I haven't found one yet that hasn't been delightful! She has written another classic, one I am sure you will want to keep and read again. Filled with all the drama and insights of character, love, pride, relationships, forgiveness, faith and more.

I will say that this is a story that lures you in, giving you hints at the mysterious past of several characters and how these secrets affect many in the now. By chapter 7, you should be hooked and have enough hints that you are starting to piece parts of the puzzle together. This only brings the story more to life and lends excitement, as you eagerly anticipate seeing how things will unfold and work out.

The story is well written, well paced and filled with delightful characters. Julia somewhat reminds me of Scarlett O'Hara. She is willful, selfish, spoiled and quiet the flirt. However, there... Read more
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