Can dancing mend Ruth’s broken heart?
Ruth Henderson has moved back in with her parents–something she swore she would never do, particularly not at the age of thirty-three. But in the face of the mountain of debt left by her late partner, and the fact that her teenage daughter, Maggie, is expressing her grief through actions of delinquency, there was really just one option.
Returning to a house Ruth declared never to set foot in again is awful enough. Add to this an estranged dad, whirlwind mother, and David–the boy next door who destroyed her heart–and it is little wonder Ruth can hardly make it out of bed.
But then, reunited with her old pal Lois, Ruth is convinced to go along to your monthly girls’ night. Here she meets a bunch of unbelievable girls and for the very first time since leaving home at eighteen, Ruth starts to make some real friends.
She also has her first ever date–with the enticing Dr. Carl Barker. Yet, after a devastating dinner, and an distressed Maggie still struggling with her father‘s departure, Ruth promises her daughter she will not go out with any other men. A promise she quickly repents when David, the boy next door, asks her to dance. . .
I loved this novel. A few years ago I found Making Marion inside my mailbox. It was a charming read and I loved the skill Beth Moran revealed in her portrayal. And to my joy I opened the post several weeks ago and found I Hope You Dance. Sigh.
I would like to sing the praises of this novel. First off, Moran writes enchanting yet significant plots. A little wistfulness, lots of humor, and a cast full of unique characters that are sensibly complicated. Secondly, Moran handles yearning and despair and faith struggles and challenges with realistic elegance and shows the gossamer threaded frailty of humankind. Finally, Moran only tells a great story filled with hope and realization and growth.
Those who love British novels and attraction and certainly individuals who eat up realistic fiction that has characters limping toward or returning to religion might want to check this one out. I love that I received a copy in exchange for an honest review. And seriously, I adored it.