Sunday, December 6, 2015

Pretending to Dance by Diane Chamberlain

Book synopsis(via Goodreads):

Molly Arnette is very good at keeping secrets. She lives in San Diego with a husband she adores, and they are trying to adopt a baby because they can't have a child on their own. But the process of adoption brings to light many questions about Molly's past and her family—the family she left behind in North Carolina twenty years before. The mother she says is dead but who is very much alive. The father she adored and whose death sent her running from the small community of Morrison's Ridge. Her own birth mother whose mysterious presence in her family raised so many issues that came to a head. The summer of twenty years ago changed everything for Molly and as the past weaves together with the present story, Molly discovers that she learned to lie in the very family that taught her about pretending. If she learns the truth about her beloved father's death, can she find peace in the present to claim the life she really wants?

***Many thanks to Net Galley and St. Martin's Press for the advanced reader's copy of this novel in exchange for an honest opinion.***

This insomniac's opinion: 

I've always enjoyed the fast-moving novels written by Diane Chamberlain so I was delighted to receive this galley before the novel was published. This novel did not disappoint. 

As usual, the main character in this Chamberlain novel is a strong female character with an element of mystery about her. I really enjoyed Molly's sometimes strong personality, especially as the mystery of her childhood unraveled. I was very surprised by the multitude of topics that were handled in a compassionate way and turned the final page with a great sense of closure and a feeling that the characters will stay with me always. 

Worth staying up all night to read?



4 stars 


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