The Unexpected Waltz

The Unexpected Waltz

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by Kim Wright
     
 

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From the author of the critically acclaimed debut Love in Mid Air comes this moving novel about a middle-aged widow who finds her feet by embracing a new hobby: ballroom dancing.

Kelly Wilder becomes recently widowed from a much older wealthy man with whom she spent her married life doing charity work, building a lovely home, and, as she says,

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From the author of the critically acclaimed debut Love in Mid Air comes this moving novel about a middle-aged widow who finds her feet by embracing a new hobby: ballroom dancing.

Kelly Wilder becomes recently widowed from a much older wealthy man with whom she spent her married life doing charity work, building a lovely home, and, as she says, “pretending to be a whole lot more conservative and stupid and nicer than I really am.”

Now, with too much time and money on her hands, Kelly has absolutely no idea what happens next. So on a whim she signs up for a ballroom dancing class, and slowly, step by high-heeled step, begins to rebuild her life with the help of friends old and new: Nik, a young Russian dance teacher who sees the artistic potential she left behind; Carolina, a woman in hospice, anxious to experience a whole lifetime in a few months; and Elyse, Kelly’s girlhood best friend who knows all of her past secrets—including the truth about the man who long ago broke Kelly’s heart.

In the vein of Jennifer Weiner's novels, Unexpected Waltz is a deeply felt story about moving on after loss and finding a new walk—or dance—of life through the power of second chances.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
★ 04/28/2014
Wealthy widow Kelly is ready for a change, after 20 years of “pretending to be a whole lot more conservative and stupider and nicer than I really am.” When she mistakenly wanders into the Canterbury Ballroom, the 52-year-old Charlotte, N.C., belle discovers her new passion: dancing. While frequenting the ballroom, she bonds with Russian émigré dance teacher Nik and cancer-stricken, hospice-bound Carolina. Kelly’s newfound interest also allows her to come to terms with a long-ago affair, precipitated by her distant relationship with her late husband. For in dance, and in life, Kelly learns, “you have to lose your balance in order to find it.” Wright (Love in Mid Air) builds this dance drama—and Kelly’s painful reinvention—with a cast of deftly drawn secondary characters: quirky best friend Elyse and her headstrong daughter Tory, pampered diva Pamela, feared studio owner Anatoly. She then expertly guides us through a moving, layered, and lyrical exploration of transformation. (June)
Sarah Pekkanen
"An insightful novel about the unexpected places where we stumble upon second chances. Kim Wright writes with wisdom and grace."
Booklist
"Wright’s second novel, after Love in Mid Air (2010), captures our fear of the unknown and the tender joys of coming into one’s own.”
Romantic Times
The Unexpected Waltz is [as] inspiring as [it is] awakening of oneself. Additionally, it feels genuine, as new beginnings and second chances aren’t always prefect and fairy-tale like, even if outward appearances suggest otherwise. With strong characterization and a cast of intriguing secondary characters, the story dances its way through all the right steps as readers watch Kelly Wilder embrace waltzing through her new life,stumbles and all.”
Charlotte Observer
“The novel has everything I look for in a good read: intrigue, interesting characters at a crossroads and a comfortable authority that allows me to surrender to whatever happens next. What's more, the novel is set in Charlotte.”
"Great Summer Reads" PEOPLE Magazine
“From the author of the overlooked gem Love in Mid Air (check it out in paperback), a joyful novel about regaining your midlife groove through ballroom dancing.”
BookReporter.com
“I often read books that eventually pull me in, but it is an all-too-rare experience for me to browse the first page of a new book and become instantly hooked, as I was with THE UNEXPECTED WALTZ.”
Elin Hilderbrand
"Kim Wright's charming novel chronicles one woman's second chance at happiness and an opportunity to find her authentic self. The writing is pitch perfect — this is a winner!"

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781476754246
Publisher:
Gallery Books
Publication date:
06/03/2014
Sold by:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
99,415
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Kim Wright is the author of Love in Mid Air, The Unexpected Waltz, and The Canterbury Sisters. A two-time winner of the Lowell Thomas Award for travel writing, she has been writing about travel, food, and wine for more than twenty years for magazines such as Wine Spectator, Self, Travel & Leisure, and Vogue. She also ballroom dances competitively. Kim lives in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Unexpected Waltz 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kim Wright has given her readers everything they could want in a great summer read: smart, funny, likable characters with problems which are both fascinating and familiar; a glamorous and intriguing setting - ballroom dancing; and a story with depth, surprises and heart. Kelly Wilder is left with millions of dollars and a socialite life that bores her when her older, wealthy husband of 20 years dies of a heart attack in his sleep. With no need to work and nothing much of interest in her life, there is not much for the 52 year old widow to look forward to in her life. That is, until she stumbles by accident into the ballroom dancing studio next to her grocery market. Here she meets a cast of characters and finds a fascination which pivots her life into a whole new direction. A very enjoyable read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It could have been written about my dance studio where my husband "unexpectedly" signed us up fro lessons 2 years ago. I loved this book.
love2readCD More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this novel and was swept away by the descriptive and fascinating world of ballroom dancing. Descriptive, enjoyable, relatable, it is a very fun and quick read. I would recommend adding it to your summer reading list.
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