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At 45, Carlson (beauty & health director, Town & Country magazine) was stuck-in her words, "half-dead." Once a competitive ballroom dancer, she gave up that pursuit for a more traditional life as wife, mother, and writer/editor. Exhausted with juggling her roles, despondent over a failing marriage, and feeling she could do better, she was ashamed of not celebrating the good fortunes in her life-a glamorous job, healthy children, and a comfortable lifestyle. When her husband gave her a Valentine's Day gift of refresher ballroom dancing lessons, she began a challenging but ultimately life-affirming journey toward self-awareness. Through the partnership that is ballroom dancing, she gained insight on relationships and rediscovered passion, self-expression, confidence, and trust. At the end of the book, two years have passed, and Carlson is a single parent, comfortable with who she is and looking forward, with optimism, to each new day. This honest and heartfelt memoir will have limited appeal to dancers or dance fans, but it will resonate with women in their forties and fifties who have lost a sense of self in the midst of trying to be the perfect wife and mother. Recommended for public libraries.