In the mellow stone house of his childhood, Roly Carradine has found refuge from a broken marriage. Here he welcomes Kate, who has just lost her husband, and young Daisy Quin, a dancer recovering from a back injury. Roly's son Nat lives not far away, and he must suffer visits of his unsympathetic mother Monica, Roly's ex-wife. All seek peace and quiet, but the disclosure of a secret proves that life is not so simple. . . .
Treating Marcia Willett's ardent fans to a return visit with some of her most endearing characters from previous books, Echoes of the Dance is a gem of a story to be savored.
|Publisher:||St. Martin's Press|
|Edition description:||First Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.24(h) x 0.91(d)|
About the Author
Born in Somerset, in the west country of England, Marcia Willett was the youngest of five girls. Echoes of the Dance is her seventh book to be published in the United States by Thomas Dunne Books; other titles include A Week in Winter, A Summer in the Country, The Children's Hour, The Birdcage, First Friends, A Friend of the Family, The Courtyard, and Second Time Around.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is the third book I have read in this series and it is wonderful to join the same characters a little later in their lives. I love the way Marcia Willett writes---I could recognize any of her characters if I saw them walking down the street. She tells a story with several parts to it, pulling all the pieces together with their interrelationships. I cared very much about what happened to the same people I had come to know so well in the first two books, enough so that I actually exclaimed out loud with some of the events that came to pass. A wonderful escape experience.
I highly recommend it.
In Dartmoor, Cornwall, Roly converted his barn where he lives into a canine-rescue operation. Roly is unhappy as his overbearing former wife Monica is coming to town while her new mate is busy at work so that she can see their son Nat. Also besieged with the invasion of Hurricane Monica is Widow Kate, who sympathizes with Roly and Nat even as the dog rescuer tries to persuade the grieving widow to take in a canine. However, Kate soon realizes that father and son have hidden key elements in their relationship with calculating Monica that explains much. --- Meanwhile Roly¿s sister Mim runs a dance studio in London so they don¿t see each other as much as they used too when he was a photographer as he has since retired. She wants to help Daisy Quin, an injured former dancer adjust to becoming either becoming a civilian or an instructor while her sibling takes in the stray human. --- Fans of Marcia Willett will rejoice with the return of Kate Webster and friends (see FIRST FRIENDS and A FRIEND OF THE FAMILY) as everyone rallies to help one another work through their personal issues. The key characters as always are full blooded and remain consistent with past performances. Though the story line in some ways reads like a series of episodes that techniques works as it adds to the feel of real people with worries until the too sappy ending. --- Harriet Klausner