Monday, February 20, 2017

Book Review: The Midnight Dancers by Regina Doman

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Title: The Midnight Dancers

Author: Regina Doman

Series: A Fairy Tale Retold #4

Genre: Fairy Tale/Contemporary

Audience: Young Adult


Why live in the light, when the night seems so irresistible?

Rachel Durham, 18, is tired of her father and stepmother’s staid morality and pristine prosperity. The summer of her senior year, she’s more than ready for a walk on the wild side, and the door opens - literally - when she and her eleven sisters and stepsisters discover a secret passageway out of their historic home on the Chesapeake Bay. At night, boys in boats and a forbidden island beckon from the shore, and Rachel and her sisters jump aboard. The night becomes Rachel’s true world, and her daytime life becomes a disposable mask. Her puzzled father tries to tow his daughters back into line by enlisting the help of Paul, a med student with a seasonal job juggling at the town festival. But Paul realizes that simply blocking the girls from their midnight parties isn’t going to solve the family’s problems. So he embarks on a risky balancing act to gain the girls’ trust – and to make Rachel see that splitting her life between night and light is a dangerous dance.

**4 stars**

I really enjoyed this, the fourth installment to the A FAIRY TALE RETOLD series! It was interesting and thoughtful; a poignant look at father/daughter relationships, religion and rebellion. The romance, just budding at the end, was really sweet. All the sisters, fun. It had it's darker side, but nothing marginal. (Caution: there may have a been a minor swear or two). A good lesson, overall. I wish there would have been more on how a relationship with Jesus is what changes the heart and makes the soul long to do good and live in the light ... but the author did talk about that in her end-notes anyway! *smiles*

Overall, very much liked it! I don't know that I'll ever tire of these modern-day, magic-less, but delightful fairy tale retellings! ^_^

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