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Dancing on Rocks

Dancing on Rocks

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by Rose Senehi

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Simmering beneath the skin and hiding around every corner are a family's painful memories of a child who disappeared in the middle of the night 30 years ago.

Following her mother's motorcycle accident, Georgie Haydock returns to the mountain tourist town at the foot of Chimney Rock State Park. But the summer is full of turmoil. As Georgie tries to perform


Simmering beneath the skin and hiding around every corner are a family's painful memories of a child who disappeared in the middle of the night 30 years ago.

Following her mother's motorcycle accident, Georgie Haydock returns to the mountain tourist town at the foot of Chimney Rock State Park. But the summer is full of turmoil. As Georgie tries to perform her nursing duties, her mother thrashes in her bed, insisting that the strange woman stalking her store downstairs is Georgie's missing sister. Meanwhile, Georgie aches to reunite with her childhood sweetheart, but she's too ashamed of the guilt that drove her away 15 years earlier. For his part, Ron Elliott, the state park's naturalist, doesn't care what Georgie did all those years back. She's the one creature he's always yearned to possess.

Dancing on Rocks weaves through the network of memories, secrets, and mutual dependencies holding together Chimney Rock, an isolated community of 112 people tucked into Hickory Nut Gorge. Thousands of visitors stream through the tourist destination every week. But in reality, the people in the town have only each other.

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Publishers Weekly
A bit of mystery, a touch of romance, a good deal of local history, and vivid descriptions of dramatic scenery distinguish Senehi’s well-crafted fourth Blue Ridge standalone (after 2012’s Render Unto the Valley). Georgia “Georgie” Haydock comes home to Chimney Rock, N.C., to assist during her mother’s recuperation following an injury. Georgie ran away many years before, harboring a secret about a child’s disappearance and leaving behind the man she loved. Will her return resolve her dilemma, and can she rekindle her old beau’s love? The women in this old-fashioned tale are strong, hard-working, determined, compassionate, and shrewd in business. Georgie’s beau, a committed environmentalist, is the sort of thoroughly decent man rarely portrayed in contemporary fiction. The plot moves steadily along, blending danger without violence and conflict without malice. Fans of Margaret Maron and books about the mountain South will find much to like. Author tour. (May)

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Dancing on Rocks is Rose Senehi's seventh novel, and the fourth that takes place in the southern Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Her previous novel, Render Unto the Valley, was awarded a 2012 IPPY Gold Medal as the Best Fiction—Southeast. In the Shadows of Chimney Rock was nominated for the 2009 SIBA Book Award as the Best in Southern Literature. Senehi moved from Upstate New York in 1996 to Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, where she wrote Pelican Watch, Windfall, and Shadows in the Grass. She spent two years writing and researching the history of the North Carolina village of Chimney Rock so she could weave historically accurate details into this portrait of the iconic mountain community where she now lives.

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Dancing on Rocks 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
bookchickdi More than 1 year ago
One of the reasons I enjoy reading is that a good story can take me places I've never been and make me feel like I am there. Senehi does just that with her seventh novel. The setting of the actual mountain town of Chimney Rock is a very real character in this story, and I fell in love with the tourist town and its quaint stores and townspeople who know everything about everybody. Anyone from a small town can relate to the wonderful scene where the older women prepare to make sandwiches for the emergency response team who are searching on the mountain for a missing person. Fans of Nora Roberts' novels should pick up Dancing on Rocks, as Senehi mines similar territory and had gotten better with each successive book. There is a sweet romance between Georgie and Ron, and  terrific family stories with Ron and his daughter and Georgie and her mother and sister and sister's sons. Every good novel has a secret and this one has a doozy- what really happened the night Georgie's sister disappeared? The characters fascinated me, and I especially liked matriarch Dinah, even though her grief over her missing daughter caused her to treat her other daughters in an unthinking manner. She felt so real to me. Each of the characters are well drawn, they all have shade of gray instead of being stock good-or-bad characters. Senehi discusses the extensive research she did for this novel in the acknowledgments section, which I found so interesting and greatly added to this captivating book. Anyone who likes nature and flora and fauna will get an added dimension of enjoyment to this novel, as Ron's work is also a big part of the story. Reading Dancing on Rocks will have you heading for Trip Advisor to plan a visit to see this beautiful area of the country for yourself. And if you do, be sure to stop in to the cute little shops for some souvenirs.
wendyld More than 1 year ago
Senehi has written another winner. If you like books where the setting is a character, you’ll love this latest novel in her Blue Ridge series. Set in the touristy town of Chimney Rock and the Hickory Nut Gorge, you get a true sense of what it must have been like to live the history of this craggy yet breathtaking mountain scape. Senehi weaves a story of a family shattered by the disappearance of a child and secrets held. As with Senehi’s other novels she draws strong women who must struggle internally to overcome adversity. Nurse, Georgie Haydock is no exception. She has returned to her home in Chimney Rock to help nurse the mother she has been at odds with for years, back to health. It’s a chance to rebuild her relationship with her younger sister and nephews as she takes turns helping with the family business and searching for a cave with hidden gold. Thrust into the mix is the boy she left behind, now a well-respected naturalist with a daughter and an ex-wife. Georgie, longs for her old sweetheart, but does she deserve him? And what about the nice doctor she’s engaged to back in Boone? Then there’s the mysterious woman who’s asking questions around town about her family. All the while she struggles with a long held secret that has pushed her away from everyone she’s ever cared about. As always, Senehi draws all these events together in a soul-satisfying conclusion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent read with excitment to turn the next page! Would recomend to travel to the NC Mountains and get the true history of where so many of us have traveled and where my Mother's family was raised in that area. The author made the charecters come to life where you could have become one of ! Take the timevto read this book was well worth my time! Read it in 2 days.