The Dancer Paperback – May 26, 2020
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I didn’t want this book to end. Michelle Vernal is one of the best fiction writers that I’ve ever read.
You can’t go wrong with any of her books. I’ve read them all. If you haven’t read The Promise, read that first.
Buy them both. You will be extremely happy you did. Love to Michelle’s Mum ❤️xx
Veronica Stanley wanted nothing more than to be a great dancer. She had the talent to be one of the greatest. She met Gabe, a young boy, when they went to dance class together. She was poor and he was rich; but their love for ballet brought them together. They began performing together and were magnificent. They auditioned for a place in a major ballet company but when the second audition came up, Veronica had to drop out, she was pregnant. Gabe’s mother arranged for her to give birth in a secluded place and give the baby up for adoption. No one else knew about the pregnancy. The only thing Veronica asked what that the adoptive parents keep the name she gave her,- Isobel. After having to give up her baby, there really was no way she could care for her, Veronica lost all interest in dancing. She eventually married, had twin boys, and divorced. Now she was wondering what was next.
Next, was taking care of her Mother, Margo. Margo had developed Alzheimer’s and was in a home. Veronica would visit regularly. Then, when her sister, Abi, was visiting, she found a box of her ballet things. She began taking them one at a time to the home, handing it to her Mother, and talking about the item and what she was feeling at the time. She used these as a segue to telling her Mother about her life and the daughter she gave up and hoped one day would try to find her. After a while, she got to Paris and told her Mother about her daughter and giving her up. Then Margo told her a family secret that caused her life to explode. What is she to do now with that information?
Meanwhile, Isobel had decided to hunt for her birth mother. She talked it over with her adoptive parents and assured them she wasn’t looking to replace them; but to get answers. She finally located Veronica and wrote her a letter; but kept the letter in her purse for a very long time before mailing it. What if she didn’t answer?