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The Midnight Dancers: A Fairy Tale Retold Hardcover – October 16, 2008
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This is the question that "The Midnight Dancers" both asks and answers. The pull of the night lures twelve sisters out of their home of strict rules and dress codes into a tantalizing world of dancing, moonlight, and dashing "princes." But people are not always what they seem, and danger lurks in the darkness, waiting for one wrong step...
In her latest book Regina Doman retells the beloved fairy-tale "The Twelve Dancing Princesses." Only instead of princesses, we are introduced to the twelve daughters of Robert and Sally Durham. The Durhams, unlike previous heroines (who were all Catholic), belong to an extremely conservative Protestant church. The restrictions and limitations leave the girls with little to do and much to wish for. And the eldest daughter, Rachel, decides to make their wishes come true.
When the girls discover a secret passageway in their bedroom, they realize that they can slip out of the house at night without their parents knowledge. Quickly, swimming gives way to boating- and since the Durhams have no boats of their own, they must enlist the help of their guy friends. Of course this adds a whole new layer of forbiddenness to their midnight excursions.
Twelve girls cannot dance the night away without being tired, nor can they contain a secret without their parents guessing that something is amiss. The concerned parents try everything they can think of to discover the secret but without success. At last, Mr. Durham enlists the help of a young friend from his military days.
Enter Paul Fester. Fans of the previous Fairy-Tale novels will recognize Paul from Waking Rose as one of ninja/knights belonging to the Sacra Cor.Read more ›
Author Regina Doman has been retelling fairy tales (this is her fourth such book), and takes up Grimm's fairy story of the same name. In Doman's retelling, which involves a blended family of twelve daughters and two young sons, a stranger becomes involved with the family, a stranger who happens to be young, handsome, and interesting.
The transformation of the father of the girls is as intriguing as the rest of the story.
This story is for young adults--men and women--who love mysteries, fairy tales, stories that make you think, stories you can discuss with others, and romantic tales of danger and rescues.
AND it clearly defines the difference between "nice" and "good", for all those who are mistaken in thinking that they are one and the same. :)
Paul Fester's behaviour, both in his interaction with the Durham girls and in general, is an inspiring role model for Catholic males. In some ways he's almost too good to be true, but only almost. In particular, the way he thinks is very interesting. I think any guy will be able to relate to some of his thoughts, but the way he approaches the solutions is what's most thought-provoking. It's very rare to find a book where the guys think about girls without objectifying them, which makes this book even more wonderful. Paul's outlook on life is one very different to that portrayed by secular media in general.
As others have mentioned, the difference between "nice" and "good" is one of my favourite parts of this book. Also, the percieved Catholic/Protestant divide is covered in some depth, and Paul dispels some common myths about Catholicism very effectively. Plus, practices karate and prays the rosary in Japanese!
This is a book for young adults, not teens as some of the earlier books were. There are some dark aspects and mature themes, but unlike many novels covering these themes, the message is still positive. It's a romance, but most importantly it's a life lesson. Regina Doman has differentiated herself yet again by writing an excellent character study for young adults, while creating an engaging novel at the same time.
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I did enjoy this very much. I didn't expect to fall for Paul's charachter but he was so sweet and loyal and humble. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Sarah
Wow! I loved how Paul talked about the twisted looking glass! I think I understand men and their struggles a little better.Published 12 months ago by Lilgiles
I loved this book! It's a faith-filled, fun-filled, romantic novel with many a thrill and an unexpected ending.Published 13 months ago by Diane Salgado
The Midnight Dancers by Regina Doman is one of her series of fairy tales retold. This one is based on one of the Grimm’s brothers lesser known tales entitled, The Twelve Dancing... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Kari Burke
One of my favorite retold fairy tales OF ALL TIME!!! I read all six of Regina Doman's books in one week, and you should read them too!! Go Mrs. Doman!!Published on December 25, 2013 by readerchick
I love Paul. Readers of the other four books will love the midnight dancers. In highly recommend it for 13 and older.Published on May 12, 2013 by Melayna Mckinney
I enjoyed reading this book even though I am the mother of the intended audience. My 16-year-old daughter really liked it, too. Read morePublished on January 13, 2013 by Homeschooling mother of 5
THE MIDNIGHT DANCERS is a retelling of THE TWELVE DANCING PRINCESSES set in contemporary times. Paul is a soldier who saves an older man's life in a situation that sounds just like... Read morePublished on September 4, 2012 by Cynthia S. Haggard
I often wonder how to pass on good morals to my children. This book is a great step. I enjoyed reading the book thoroughly and I'm sure my daughters will appreciate it when they... Read morePublished on April 13, 2011 by James F. Volpe