A Season to Dance

A Season to Dance

by Patricia Beal


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Ana Brassfield has her path to the stage of the Metropolitan Opera House all figured out until her first love, renowned German dancer Claus Gert, returns to Georgia to win her back. Despite a promising start toward her ballet career and pending marriage to landscape architect Peter Engberg, Ana wonders if her dreams of dancing at the Met are as impossible as her previous romantic relationship with Claus. Then an on-stage kiss between Ana and Claus changes everything.

Convinced the kiss is more than a one-time mistake, Peter breaks off their engagement. With an old dog crippled by arthritis and dreams deferred but not left behind, Ana moves to Germany to be with Claus. But the ghost of his late wife, Ana's own feelings for Peter, and the pressure of earning a spot in a large ballet company are a high price for a shot at success. Ana seems on the verge of having everything she ever dreamed of, but will it be enough?

"Readers who believe in second chances and a twist in the Happily Ever After will delight in this tale!" - New York Times Bestselling author Rachel Hauck

"Ah, how this brought back my seasons in the Nutcracker, dancing Juliet, and years of rigor at the barre. A Season to Dance is a story of grace in all forms, ultimate romance and finding spiritual center. Thank you, Patricia Beal!" - New York Times bestselling author Tosca Lee

Written for the General Market (G) (I): Contains little or no; sexual dialogue or situations or strong language. May also contain content of an inspirational nature.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781946016164
Publisher: Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas
Publication date: 05/06/2017
Pages: 268
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.61(d)

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A Season to Dance 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
TheBeccaFiles More than 1 year ago
A season to Dance is one woman’s journey through this messy world towards a redeeming relationship with her Heavenly Father. Ana has spent her life looking for fulfillment through men and dance, but neither is able to fill the God-shaped hole in her heart. Deeply emotional, often frustrating, and occasionally heartbreaking, this is a story you won’t soon forget. I would consider this a story to share with unsaved friends because through most of the story the characters aren’t Christian, but slowly find their ways to Christ. The author manages to magnificently weave in this transformation without coming off as cheesy or superficial. If you’re looking for a super-clean read this isn’t one I’d recommend, as there is plenty of content of sinful behavior, especially in terms of sex. The characters are openly in sexual relationships prior to marriage technically including promiscuity. This can be guessed simply by reading the back cover of the book, so it doesn’t come as too much as a surprise. A big point in the book is that God meets us where we are, even (especially) when life is messy. While you don’t have to be an expert in dance to read this story, it would help to at least have some level of interest due to the page space devoted to dance in this story. Ana is a professional dancer and it’s a major part of her life. It’s also what sparks her conflict between Claus and Peter. Patricia Beal herself is a dancer, and her expertise and passion for dance is clearly seen through her words on the page. There is so much that I could say about this story, but I feel like anything I say would be a spoiler in one way or another. There were plenty of twists and turns and emotional situations that will keep the book firmly placed in your hands instead of waiting on the table. This is definitely a book that’s worth the read! *I received a free copy of this from a giveaway. I was not required to share a positive review. Thoughts and opinions expressed are mine alone.
annelr More than 1 year ago
A Season to Dance is a captivating debut novel by Patricia Beal. It is a story of a ballerina who loves and is loved by two men and who finds true love as she finds faith in God. This is an emotional and passionate story that gives insight into the world of ballet as Ana's story is told. The characters are strong and yet are portrayed with their flaws and foibles too. The story draws the reader in and doesn't let go as Ana reaches for her dream and makes choices that reap consequences. I am looking forward to reading more from this author. I was given a complimentary copy of the audiobook and narrator Maryann Carlson does a wonderful job giving voice to the characters and telling the story, which makes for an enjoyable listening experience. I am looking forward to reading more from this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A Season to Dance reminded me of one of those horror movies where you spend the entire time yelling at the characters to "STOP!" and "DON'T DO THAT!" But yet, you can't look away because you are dying to know what happens! The novel stars Ana, ballerina, and maker of terrible life decisions. Beal did a fantastic job of bringing alive the world of the ballet. My daughter wants to be a professional ballerina, so it was a fascinating glimpse into those who invest so much time and energy into this pursuit. I wish that Ana had been portrayed with a little more backbone and a little more thought before she made decisions, just so she wouldn't drive me crazy. But, when a fictional character can drive you crazy, that's a sign that you've become invested in the book! I received a review copy of this book from the author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is about a ballerina, Ana, and her two love interests. It was like one guy represented her past self and all her dreams, and the other guy represented her possible future. And I loved the role of her parents as a part of her support system in life. This story took me through some many emotions from beginning to end. I was cheering for Ana to make her ballerina-dreams come true and cried when she felt unlovable. I liked that there were glimpses of hope for Ana throughout the story. If you enjoy reading more contemporary Christian fiction and anything to do with ballet, then you should check out “A Season to Dance”.
MeezCarrie More than 1 year ago
Beal’s experience as a ballerina graces Ana’s character as well as the ballet scenes. The dance movements come alive under Beal’s exquisite pen, and readers will feel like they are in the front row of the performances and classes. At the same time, she avoids making it too clinical. Non-dancers may not understand all of the terms and nuances but the overall beauty is vividly captured and keeps readers riveted breathlessly to the page. Especially when Ana is dancing with Claus (still fanning). Keep several boxes of tissue handy for this read! Just like the sweeping emotions found in a ballet (exquisite highs and agonizing lows), Ana’s story is wrapped in ups and downs. Grief hits you in the gut from the first chapter, and you find yourself holding your breath for the rest of the book. Waiting to revisit that tragic moment, but this time with all of the backstory in hand. A backstory with its own measure of grief. There are sweet moments on these pages, too. Moments of delight. Moments of triumph. Moments of joy. Moments of grace. Because, you see, Ana is on a journey toward a personal relationship with Jesus and the emphasis here is on the word 'journey'. Bottom Line: A Season to Dance is a beautiful debut novel, capturing the ins and outs of ballet life as well as the tenderness of a heart moving toward Jesus. Vivid imagery, layered characters, and breathtaking emotion keep readers engaged from page one until the end. Some of the pacing could be a bit more structured, and some of the character motivations could stand a bit more dimension. BUT overall, this is a top-notch debut novel and I look forward to watching this author continue to grow. If her debut is this beautiful, with only a few minor issues, I can’t wait to see what her next novel will be like! Brava! (I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book)
JuliaBuzard More than 1 year ago
A Season to Dance is the compelling story of Ana, a promising ballerina, who is struggling in so many areas of her life. She dreams of performing at the Metropolitan Opera House and seems to be on her way until a former love shows up and turns both her personal life and her ballet dreams upside down. Ana attempts to handle her conflicts on her own, but discovers there is something missing. Her journey to faith is at times heartwarming and at times heartbreaking. I recommend this book to anyone looking for a good book about the journey to surrender our own will and follow Christ. It is also provides a fascinating look into the world of ballet. Thank you Patricia Beal, I look forward to reading more of your work!
LucyMR1 More than 1 year ago
This is a book that I went into not sure about and ended up staying up till 1:00 AM to finish. It is real, honest, and takes you on a journey into God's Amazing Grace and Forgiveness. You see the broken road that takes us to the place where God can work in Ana's life. For me it shows how we have a divine purpose and God woos us through other people that He has placed in our paths. It will make you laugh, cry, want to scream no...don't do that, and rejoice. The writing is exquisite and I look forward to more by this author. I received a complimentary copy from the author. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.
Mary_F More than 1 year ago
Wow! It is hard to believe that this is Patricia Beal’s debut novel. Ana, a ballerina with dreams of one day performing at the Met, finds love twice. She gives up her professional aspirations and joins her first husband, Peter, as a landscape architect. After Peter’s death, she returns to dance at the urging of her second husband, Claus, who is also a professional dancer. Emotions run strong in this beautiful story. I felt the triumphal highs of her dancing success, the love in her marriages, the sadness of loss, and the commitment in her final decision to accept Christ. I don’t typically become weepy when reading a book, but this one made me bleary-eyed on more than one occasion. This is a book I had a hard time putting down. I am hoping for more great work from Ms. Beal in the future. *I received a free copy of this book from the author and have voluntarily chosen to provide a review.
BBulow More than 1 year ago
Ana Brassfield has her heart set on dancing at the Metropolitan Opera House. Her future is set. She is on her way to achieving her dancing dream and engaged to a wonderful man, Peter. Things are on the right track, until her first love, Claus, a famous dancer, returns to Georgia to dance on the stage, and of course, win his way back into Ana’s heart. After a misunderstanding from a scene on the dance floor, her engagement to Peter is off, and so begins Ana’s winding journey to realizing that her dreams may not be what she wants after all. In A Season to Dance Patricia Beal brings the artistic nature of ballet to life, all the while illustrating a life lived chasing after dreams deferred, and sometimes chasing all of the wrong things. The debut is an emotional story of redemption. Ana makes choices that heart this reader’s heart, but it was all worth it in the end when I saw the culmination of Ana’s journey. There are several emotional twists and turns, often twists of Ana’s own making. The story is introspective and told from Ana’s first person perspective. I really enjoyed Ana’s voice and getting to know her through the course of the story. Her journey illustrates perfectly that life will not go as planned, but in the end, you’re where you need to be. Ana comes to the end of her rope and finds an answer in Christ. Beal’s descriptions of ballet were as much a thing of beauty as the dance steps she was describing. The passion and exhilaration that come with telling a story through dance and the moves themselves came to life for me through Ana’s experiences. These seemed especially beautiful for me because I grew up dancing, and while I was never a ballerina like Ana, I still have a special place in my heart for dance. The author is familiar with the world of ballet, but the way she brings it to life is impressive and enthralling. Likewise, the descriptions of the different settings, whether in Georgia or Germany, are so well done. I felt as if I was walking through the fragrant gardens of Georgia in springtime or enjoying a picnic along the Rhine right along with Ana. Beal paints a beautiful picture with her words, whether describing the setting or ballet. Ana’s journey made my heart ache at times, and her disappointment in herself when she makes the wrong decisions is palpable. Though the consequences might have played out to Ana’s detriment, God took those consequences and made them turn out for Ana’s ultimate good. I appreciated that, even when Ana was living counter to what she knew was God’s will for her, everything was handled with delicacy and without unnecessary descriptions. Ana’s thoughts accurately portrayed the negativity of her choices, even when the actual choice didn’t play out on the page. Beal does a great job of giving the reader the information they need and doing so in a way that portrays Ana’s emotions nicely. I am glad for the opportunity to read this debut. It is obvious that the story is close to the author’s heart and that she was willing to make the hard choices when it comes to telling Ana’s story. If you do give this a read, please do read the author’s note because it adds another layer to this beautiful story. I hope there are more stories to come from Patricia Beal. Any future books of her will for sure be on my to-read list. Recommended wholeheartedly for readers of contemporary, realistic fiction and stories of redemption. I received a complimentary copy of this novel. This is my honest opinion.
SavvyOdom More than 1 year ago
As I finished the book and closed the last page, I just sat and smiled for a few minutes. Wow. This book is unlike other Christian fiction books I have read. I really felt a connection to Ana and the other characters. They felt so REAL. They have personal struggles and temptations and thoughts and actions that are so humanly relatable. Many other Christian fiction books I've read generally have a "just so happens this falls into place at the perfect moment" and ends with a huge buildup up to happily-ever-after. The author does a phenomenal job of describing the characters and the scenery around them so much so that it draws you into the book as if you were there in person watching the events unfold. So many times, I could empathize with the characters in similar feelings and situations of my own life, thinking as I read, "Man, I know how that feels!" I have been raving about this book to all my family and friends since reading. It definitely is a MUST READ! **I voluntarily received a complimentary copy of this book to read and review. All opinions expressed are my own and without influence from the author.**
BethErin More than 1 year ago
The artistry of dance and nature saturates every moment of this beauty from ashes tale while heartache, betrayal, and turmoil beg for redemption, restoration, and grace. Ana has regrets. Lots of regrets. Ana has a lot going for her but her focus is continually drawn to what she doesn't (and perhaps can't) have. Her journey is long, winding, and complicated but the destination makes it a road worth taking. A Season to Dance perfectly conveys the hopelessness, emptiness, and inner turmoil many have endured as a young man or woman in need of a Savior. Bravo! I requested the opportunity to read this book through the author. The opinions expressed are my own.
NatalieRae More than 1 year ago
Debut author, Patrica Beal, delights the senses with A Season To Dance. Opening the pages I was treated to an emotional journey as ballet dancer, Ana Brassfield, struggles to find sufficiency in a life that seems to be falling apart at every pirouette. I truly enjoyed the stunning detail Ms. Beal creates in describing the setting throughout the story, which allowed me to breathe in the fragrance of lavender and hear the babbling of the Rhine or feel the chest thumping current of an orchestra warming up as dancers take their place on stage. This kind of writing makes it impossible to not become enraptured in the story. Among the exotic settings that don't require you to get a passport, Ms. Beal introduces a cast of characters that would've made Mr. Shakespeare proud. These characters are not perfect. They don't pretend to be. They are broken and searching. Ms. Beal offers a compass of hope, truth, and relevance that proves thoughtful and impactful. There are discussion questions at the end, which I think will provide readers and book clubs another level of depth to the story. ***I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
StacyTS More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It's about a mid-level ballerina, Ana Brassfield who is at a crossroads searching for faith, the elusive center-stage career, and love. Patricia Beal wrote a gorgeous story which made me giggle, grab a tissue and read late into the night. All of these things are the hallmark of a great book to me. I read this book in exchange for my honest opinion.