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    Enjoyable Contemporary Romance!

    Shall We Dance? is the first book of a new series by Shelley Shepard Gray and this is a contemporary series instead of the Amish books that she often writes. Twenty-seven year old Shannon Murphy has convinced her two sisters to come to Bridgeport, Ohio, to live with her in her dance studio. Sounds normal, right? Well, not quite because Shannon has just discovered that she even has sisters so there is sure to be a lot of adjustment for all three of them! This is a heartwarming story that follows Shannon, Traci, and Kimber as they explore their new relationship and there are also some feelings to explore between Shannon and a dance student. Police officer Dylan Lange doesn't seem the type to want dance lessons but he has no choice...he lost a dare and he has to pay up! Dylan is a good guy who is trying to help and support his troubled sister Jennifer but he also feels an intense attraction when he is with Shannon. I always enjoy a story that has familiar names and places and Gray includes many references to Ohio and Kentucky in her plotline. Readers who live in these states will recognize many of the sites and places that she mentions. As I read this story, I could imagine how all of these characters will influence the future books of the Dance With Me series and I look forward to learning more about them. Will Shannon and Dylan stop at six dance lessons or will they continue to dance with each other? Do Traci and Kimber adapt to life in small-town Bridgeport, Ohio? Can Jennifer overcome her past and find a happy future? If you enjoy contemporary fiction with a small-town setting, intriguing characters, and romance, you will want to read Shall We Dance? I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author but there was no obligation to write a positive review. These are my own thoughts.
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    Shall We Dance

    Shelley is a wonderful author and she's another great storyteller! I've followed her ever since her first Amish book came out. Her style of writing does tend to change a little bit. Of course it all depends on what story she writes too! I love it that she branches out and I look forward to seeing what she comes out with next! I never miss any of her books! This story really hit home to me. You see I have two other sisters out there somewhere too. I've often wondered what they're like and would someday Lord willing I will get to me them. Some this this story left me with strong emotions for this reason. It made me feel like I was missing out on so much! Being raised as an only child got rather lonely. Shannon has more guts than I do that's for sure. It was fun getting to know Shannon and her sisters. Living together can be a blessing because you get to find out a lot of things. I really enjoyed what this story had to offer. I felt blessed to be able to get to read this book. It left my heart feeling full as I imagined what meeting my own sisters could be like. This is the 1st book in a new series and to me it's off to a great start! My thanks to Netgalley. I was NOT required to write a review. NO compensations were received and all opinions are my own.
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    Give This A Twirl

    I’m doing pirouettes over this new Dance With Me Series. My toe tapping starts with the beautiful cover and ends with the creative words between the covers. I loved the concept of three sisters finding each other and living together to explore their developing relationships and personalities. I found it refreshing to read something new and different. I definitely loved the lesser character of Jennifer and hope there is more of her in future books. I will say I am used to reading Ms. Gray’s Christian fiction, therefore I wasn’t sure about the characters drinking alcohol. I realize this is a common occurrence in today’s society, but it isn’t part of my world. It didn’t offend me, but it might some readers. This book made me want to visit the dance studio and watch Shannon work her magic teaching. I look forward to visiting Bridgeport, Ohio again in future books of this series. In the meantime I’ll practice my two step. I received a complimentary copy from the author/publisher. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.
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    An emotional tale!

    Shall We Dance? By Shelley Shepard Gray is the first tale in The Dance with Me Series. It is an extension of The Bridgeport Social Club Series, but Shall We Dance? can be read on its own. I found the story easy to read thanks to Shelley Shepard Gray’s writing. The story moved along at a swift pace and I quickly finished it. I love the setting of Bridgeport, Ohio. It seems that a friendly town especially with the addition of Shannon Murphy and her two sisters, Kimber and Traci. Shannon took a DNA test and was shocked to find she had two sisters. After the three of them connected, Kimber and Traci agreed to move to Bridgeport with Shannon who is opening Dance with Me. The three sisters are sharing the loft apartment above the studio. Shannon opens her dance studio and Dylan Lange is her first private client. It turns out that he lost the fantasy football league pool which forced him to perform a penance (Shannon really did not appreciate that word). Dylan must take five dancing lessons. I believe his friends expected the teacher to be an older woman with white hair and thick lensed glasses. When I began reading Shall We Dance?, I felt like I was dumped into the middle of an existing book. I kept wondering if there was a prequel. I liked the main characters (Shannon, Kimber, Traci, Dylan and Jennifer) who are friendly and relatable. I wish the author had taken more time to establish the characters. As this is only the first book, I am sure we will get more details on Traci and Kimber in their books (I am curious to Kimber’s last name). While we do learn about Shannon, I felt details about Dylan were missing. The romance between Dylan and Shannon started off nicely, but then it was shoved aside when a threating note was left inside Jennifer Lange’s (Dylan’s sister) car. Jennifer went through a horrific incident about two years ago and it devastated her as well as her family. She is finally venturing out into the world by visiting a local bookstore, Backdoor Books which has a fabulous cookbook section. I loved the descriptions of the cookbook area of Backdoor Books (reminds you of a 1950s kitchen). I felt for Jennifer and I like how she handled the situation. Jennifer’s story, in my opinion, should have been a novella on its own. I felt the dancing and romance aspects of the story were neglected. The parts of the romance that I wish were featured were left out (spoilers). I did appreciate the epilogue that nicely wrapped up Shall We Dance? I enjoyed the quotes on dancing before each chapter. There is humor sprinkled throughout especially regarding the sisters’ inability to cook. There is also a puppy named Harvard who provides amusing and tender scenes. It was nice to see the sisters connecting and establishing bonds. They were getting to know each other after a lifetime apart. I thought it was sweet and touching. Shall We Dance? is an emotive story with revealed relations, a serious stalker, whirling waltzes, bibliophile bliss, racy rumbas, and scrumptious culinary creations.
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