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  • Excellent Book!

    I received this book from the BookSparks 2015 Fall Reading Challenge in exchange for a honest review. In Pretending To Dance, it's the story of Molly and how one summer when she was 14 changed everything. Molly and her husband are trying to adopt a baby after failed attempts to have one of their own when her distant cousin writes her a email reminding her of family that she wants to forget. When Molly was 14, her dad had MS and during that summer everything changed, from her discovering about boys to losing herself from everything that happened with her dad, it made her see life different. As Molly and Aiden go through the adoption process, it makes Molly look back on how everything turned out and after she tells Aiden what happened that summer, she goes back and discovers that you can go home again and things will be alright. I loved how this book played out with the whole going back and forth from preset day to 1990 and it ended just on the right note as well. Diane knows how to get the reader so evolved with the story that it makes you happy but sad all at the same time. Mrs. Chamberlain is gonna be on my top list of authors to be reading now just because this is my first novel that I read by her and it was awesome!!! Thank You to Diane Chamberlain for writing such a great book and I'm looking forward to more stories!!

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  • Great Story of Love and Family

    Pretending to Dance was an amazing story. Taking place during two pivotal times in Molly's life, we uncover her past as she tries to come to terms with it in her future. The summer of Molly 14th year was the one that changed her life forever. Molly experienced so many changes in her life that year that stay with her for the rest of her life. It was a summer full of fun and tragedy, and it haunts her still. This summer is beautifully told and at times it seems like such a magical time of discovery for her. In the present, Molly has lied about her past and her family to everyone. As she gets ready to adopt a child, she begins to re-visit her past more and more, terrified that it will somehow come out and ruin her chances. Her struggle with this is very real. As the adoption itself begins to falter, she goes into a downward spiral both mentally and physically.I learned so much about open adoption, the pitfalls and the joys. It is such a different process than I had ever imagined. Her present and past come to a head when she is forced to face her past and address what happened there. While she finds a little of what she expected, things weren't quite as she had thought. And so much has changed since then that it's almost unrecognizable. This was a beautiful story of a family's love and the things a family may be willing to do to help the children. I think this is a must read for readers of all sorts. There are so many very special elements that you will find a way to connect to the characters and their lives. *This book was received in exchange for an honest review*

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  • Pretending to Dance

    This is one of my favourite authors. I loved this book, it is a beautiful story and one you are not soon to forget. Well done!!

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  • Dancing

    Incredible. This story is so realistic, I'm sure every reader will see some part of their own lives in this book, from all the decisions made by Molly, to the relationships she has with family, and the culture of the family in this story. Absolutely a must read.

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