Will a new partnership tear their worlds apart … or will it be the piece they never knew was missing?
In 1959, Arleen Thatcher and Neil Fox are fierce competitors on the dance floor, so they’re the least likely pair to enter a televised competition together. But when rivaling studio owners decide to team up, the two find a partnership they never thought possible.
Arleen’s reputation around town is reason enough for Neil to keep his distance from his new partner. But as Neil gets to know Arleen, he discovers a side of her few others have seen, one of dark family secrets and carefully-constructed facades.
God’s plan for their partnership may involve more than a single dance; it may be the key to the healing Arleen so desperately needs.
The Art of Love series is compiled of stand-alone novels where the characters tell their own stories and love means so much more than passion.
My thoughts: This story and the setting were just so much fun! I really loved the glimpse of ballroom dancing and the start of shows on TV where couples competed. The time period alone was a delight!
The characters were well written, the author did an excellent job of telling the story from both of their points of view, as well as giving them back stories that set the stage for how they related to one another. Arleen's abusive father may be a trigger for some.
This is a wonderful historical read to pick up and enjoy!
I received this book from Celebrate Lit. This is my honest review an is in no way influenced by receiving a complimentary copy.
About the Author
Besides being an Indie Author, I’m a wife, mother of four, children’s Sunday School teacher, sweet tea drinker, history fanatic, romantic, bubbly, lover of broccoli, and a retired cake decorator who has a soft spot for Christmas trees, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, and sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ.
What I’m not is a laundress (or at least not one who keeps up very well), a duster, tall, or patient in a doctor’s office.
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Breathing Life Into A Novel
One of the common remarks I get from my readers is how they felt like they had been transported into the story. The characters felt like real people and the setting felt authentic. And that’s always a blessing to hear as an author!
But the question is how do I do it?
Well, I’ll let the cat out of the bag. Since I’m not big on heavy descriptions, I allow other features to weigh in and help create the setting. In a nutshell, “I’m just keeping it real” (as we used to say in the 90s). And there are 3 areas to focus in on, especially when working with a historical novel:
Common objects or daily habits
It’s all about those minor details. The everyday objects or habits that a character might have that will help create the setting and bring authenticity to it.
Here are a few items found in the 1950s that aren’t as common today:
Two-toned painted vehicles
Phones attached to the wall, with a cord, and a rotary dial
Pull tab canned drinks
Clothes lines and ironing boards
I use the U.S. census to preview the top 1000 baby names in any given year starting in 1880. But I also make note when I run across a name that sounds modern but is found in a real historical document.
While I’m writing, I create a name bank so I have era approved names on hand to use for my secondary characters.
Here’s a preview of a name bank for characters set in the 1950s:
I must admit, the slang is my absolute favorite. I browse slang for each era through online searches and history books. But my favorite place to collect phrases is directly from the source. Anytime I’m watching an old movie or TV show, I jot down phrases I heard and the year it was filmed. It doesn’t get anymore authentic than hearing it straight from the horse’s mouth.
While I’m writing, I’ll preview my list and create a smaller word bank of phrases that my characters are most likely to use, so I can remember to weave them into the story.
Here’s a look at some of the fun phrases:
Say, (use at the start of your sentence)
Don’t have a cow
Teed off or sore (mad)
I hope you enjoyed this little sneak peek into the 1950s. Dance With Me was a real neat novel to write. It’s set in 1959, so there’s a strong greaser vibe throughout the story. Believe me, I was on cloud 9 the entire time.
Now it’s your turn! Do you have a favorite era in history to read about?
Which one of these swell phrases will you dust off and use in normal conversation today? Lol You should definitely surprise someone with it, then tell me about it. It’s a load of fun. My kids get sore at me all the time for using “lame” phrases, but I must say that they have a wide lingo vocabulary whether they wanted it or not.
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