PD Bell is one of the best extreme skiers on the planet and Mallory Prescott is used to his exploits. This time Bell is taking on the West Rib of Denali, highest and most dangerous mountain in North America. It's a feat that has never been accomplished. Five years ago, Bell had tried it. The attempt nearly killed him.
While he's gone, Mallory begins to question her relationship with Bell. Does he love her? What has loving him cost her? Should she have married her childhood sweetheart, Creche Crèche, who remains her dearest friend? Mallory's choices are thrown into stark relief when her daughter Emily takes a terrible fall. She faces the biggest challenge in her life as she works her way through a maze of uncharted territory at a hospital miles from home.
About the Author
Ute Carbone is the author of 9 novels, 4 novellas, and a short story collection.. Her books include SWEET AURALIE, which, was awarded an EPIC for best historical novel and the novella ALL THINGS RETURNED, which was voted best Civil War Era historical romance by Hearts through History, the historical arm of RWA. When not writing or reading one of the many books on her to be read list, Ute enjoys walking in the woods, feeding her photography habit, and drinking more cups of coffee than she should.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I received this book from the author for an honest review. Dancing in the White room is a book filled with human turmoil; finding your own way but still be with the one person you care about. We meet Mallory, a young mother that leads a very adventures life on her skies at Lake Placid. Her partner in life, PD Bell, is a adventurer, world renowned champion jumper; always looking for the next thing, which took him away from home for long periods of time. At first she didn't have a problem with it; excepting him for who he was, but as their daughter grew older, the responsibilities ever increasing, leaving her alone and overwhelmed; his times away started to leave a void and she reflects on her own choices and the reasons why she still needs to stay with him. When an accident struck leaving little Emily, age four, in hospital; more questions were raised. With the death of one of his team mates and bad weather that left them without any contact, she had to find a way to go back to him. Doing some introspection, even listening to some truths from caring parents that would eventually leads her to her future. Emily, a four old child with all the energy of that age was fearless, doing things that would stop any caring mother's heart. A delightful child that you love from the moment you met her in the book. Considering who her parents were you could only summarize that she would be more than a hand full. A story filled with human emotions as Mallory tries to find her own way, her heart, but mostly the man she loves. Creech, a life long friend she loves dearly always stayed with her. At times when Bell had to be there, but wasn't, he filled the gap and you got the impression that these two belongs together. That the love they shared were bigger than just friends, and in all honesty I really hold my breath, hoping that Creech would find happiness. A very realistic book filled with believable characters and the turmoil most couples face when challenged by life. Trying to find your own footing, remain true with yourself and still do what your heart desires. A great story I enjoyed.
Reviewed by Michelle Robertson for Readers' Favorite Some people are thrill seekers, or adrenaline junkies, others are romantics and love seekers. Both can have happy endings, and both can have fatal endings. What happens if you are both, or know someone who is both? Would you stop taking risks for the chance at love, or vice versa? Dancing in the White Room by Ute Carbone is a story involving extreme skiing, the skiing lifestyle, friendship, love, betrayal, self-doubt, risk-taking, and forgiveness. Mallory Prescott, a patrolwoman at White Face Mountain in Lake Placid, New York, is dating one of the best extreme skiers known in the industry, P.D. Bell. At first his fearlessness was what attracted her the most; that and his eyes. As he pushed the limits further and further and decided to take on the highest mountain in North America, the West Rib of Denali, and then nearly got himself killed, Mallory's attraction to the fearlessness began fading. So was her patience when, after 5 years, he decided he wanted to attempt it all again. P.D. will be gone for 6 weeks, leaving Mallory and their daughter alone. Will Mallory be able to shut off her subconscious thoughts that keep attacking her relationship with him? Will she be able to forgive him for pursing a dream and being thousands of miles away when their daughter has a terrible accident and she is left to take care of it all herself? Ute Carbone has skillfully written a highly enjoyable story filled with realistic circumstances and emotions, making it appealing to many different types of readers. The story itself has a transitional tone to it, popping from past to present, making it intriguing and entertaining, making the reader eager to read more.