Dance with Me

Dance with Me

by Luanne Rice
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Dance with Me by Luanne Rice

Acclaimed for her insightful depiction of the magic and mystery in everyday life and relationships, Luanne Rice is one of today’s most gifted novelists. Now the author of eight consecutive New York Times bestsellers delivers her most powerful book yet—the story of a man and woman forced to choose between the past that haunts them and the love that won’t let them go.

Jane Porter left the apple orchards of rural Twin Rivers, Rhode Island, years ago, fleeing memories that could tear two families apart. Now she has been unexpectedly drawn home to her mother and only sister. Dylan Chadwick has come back, too, shedding the steely exterior he wore as a federal agent in order to follow in the footsteps of his apple-farming father and forget the life he once lived. Amid this landscape of loss and renewal, a haunting story of converging lives, small-town secrets—and the magical sway of unexpected miracles—unfolds. Deeply moving and richly told, Dance with Me explores emotional connections at their very core, with keen insights into the lives of mothers and daughters, sisters and lovers that will resonate long after the final page is turned.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780553586923
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/28/2004
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 516,461
Product dimensions: 4.15(w) x 6.87(h) x 1.05(d)

About the Author

Luanne Rice is the author, most recently, of Last Kiss and Light of the Moon, among many other New York Times bestsellers. She lives in New York City and on the Connecticut shore.

Date of Birth:

September 25, 1955

Place of Birth:

New Britain, CT

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Dance with Me 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the best parts of this book was the way the author developed each of the characters. The relationship(s) between Jan and Chloe, Chloe and Mona, Jane and Dylan, etc. were all extremely real and heartwarming. I loved everything about it and would highly recommend it to others.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In Twin Rivers, Rhode Island, former high school Principal Margaret Porter slides in and out of senility. Her youngest daughter Sylvie takes a leave of absence from her job as the local high school librarian to care for her mom. Margaret¿s oldest daughter Jane, a successful New York baker, comes home to help, but brings with her a very sweet cake that her mom the diabetic should not eat. Though her mother seems to have forgotten the secret they shared, Jane feels guilt over the hush-hush that drove her out of town. Jane meets and befriends young Chloe, the child she gave up at birth under pressure from her own mother. The Chadwick brood adopted Chloe and love her as if she was biologically one of their own. Soon Jane and Dylan Chadwick, a former US Marshal whose wife and child died in a shootout, fall in love. However, she has the Chloe secret and he still feels guilt over what happened to his previous family making anything permanent seem impossible.

Fans of contemporary romantic family dramas with deep relationships will appreciate the latest Luanne Rice entry. The story line is solid due to a realistic cast struggling with interrelating with one another. The two siblings and the Chadwick crew seem so genuine while Margaret¿s condition comes across so real and adds depth as to what is best for an aging parent and for their caretaker. Though the reconciliation ending seems to easily done even if Chloe ¿named¿ herself, fans will enjoy this delightful

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Madison Uttermark More than 1 year ago
its my new favorite. it is romatic, sad, and a nice ending.i could not put it down. a stayed up all night reading it!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my first Luann Rice book to read -- and definitely not my last! Ms. Rice really draws the reader into the story, sharing the sadness or joy of the circumstance.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book, Dance With Me, has the potential to be a significant read for both birth and adoptive parents. Luanne understands the emotions both sides experience, and could be a valuable resource in the field of adoption. As an adoption professional who works with both adoptive parents and birth parents, I am especially sensitive to the way words affect these vulnerable people. The term, ¿real parent(s)¿, referring to a birth parent, is extremely offensive to adoptive parents. They see themselves as the REAL parents, as they are raising the child. (If birth parents are real, would the adoptive parents be the artificial parents?) The accepted term would be ¿birth parent(s)¿, for those mothers and fathers who gave birth to the child. The other area that struck me as hurtful was when she spoke of ¿giving away a child.¿ That expression implies the need to rid oneself of something one no longer needs. (like a worn out piece of clothing or an old car). It is much kinder to use the expressions, ¿make an adoption plan¿ or ¿to place a child for adoption.¿ In the book, the family chose to ¿grow their family through adoption.¿ Most adoptees struggle enough with feeling that they were discarded. They worry that they were ugly or that they did something wrong to cause their mothers and fathers to ¿give them away.¿ I am always looking for resources for my adoptive parents to read, books with which they can identify. I believe that Luanne has true sensitivity towards what birthparents and adoptive parents are feeling. If she can update your language, I know many social workers would highly recommend the reading of Dance With Me. I know that I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Author Luanne Rice is known for her writings of life and relationships. In Dance With Me, main character Jane Porter returns to her hometown of Twin Rivers, Rhode Island, to be with her sister and ill mother. Jane has been away from RI for years, escaping her past, living in New York City's Greenwich Village and founding a successful bakery business. Her motives to return aren't just for her mother and sister, but also to search out a teenager named Chloe, whom she gave up to adoption at the time of the baby's birth. Not a day has gone by that she hasn't thought of her daughter. She meets Chloe under secret circumstances, hiding the fact that she is her birth mother. Jane unexpectedly finds love with Chloe's uncle... but when she reveals that she is Chloe's birth mother, the news is not welcomed but vehemently rejected. After assisting her sister in settling mother in a much needed constant-care nursing home, Jane reluctantly returns to New York to reopen her bakery to escape the pain of Chloe's and the uncle's rejection. Does forgiveness come out of love lost, to be regained? Rice's book has a realistic premise, but soft on character development and depth of the plot lost in the repetitiveness of 'will she love me?', 'will she accept me?' 'will he understand?' If you are a reader who enjoys a no nonsense, light romantic read, then Dance With Me is for you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I would love to see the author write a follow up to this story and find out more about Chloe's real father. I had tears in my eyes more then once when reading this. I pictured Chloe looking like katie in Elizabeth Berg's three books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"I really....Really.....Do not fe like being here right now."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Psh. Yea. Mabe tomorrow. Todays Saturday. So of course ppl r out. N plus its spring. So its getting they're definitley out. Sunday. More ppl are usually on. Especially night time.