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Even if you're not a swing dancer, the novel has enough romance, character growth, and plot to carry you through to the exciting end. Don't miss this fun read.
At first glance this novel appears to be all about romance, and trust me, there’s plenty of that to go around. Macie falls hard for Matt, even though she’s had her heart broken before by a man who wasn’t willing to be with a strong, independent woman. So, she’s very concerned about Matt’s intentions, and whether she sees a future with him. Rachael has plenty of love life to go around. So do a lot of other secondary characters, lending into the romance.
However, I felt as though the strongest vein was the one pertaining to Macie’s passions in life. She loves to travel, she loves her job. She’s worked hard to get to where she’s at, having a hard time coming to grips with the possibility of having to give it all up for someone. That’s what ruined her prior relationship. Will it be the final straw for Matt?
I could totally relate to Macie. I suppose most of us could. I can think of several times in my life when I’ve given up something I’ve wanted or felt I needed in order to maintain the status quo, to keep others happy. I think the real work happens when you find a way to compromise, so both people in the relationship are able to fulfill their passions in life. It’s not always easy, it doesn’t always happen, but you can always hope. And, Macie has to try and find balance, or it will never work.
Life has a way of changing up the things that matter most to us, our life goals and passions often pliable. I appreciated Renee Conoulty’s take on what it means to find who you really are in not only a relationship with other people, but in the relationship that really matters most; the one you have with yourself. I don't think there are enough motivating novels out there that support a character who tries hard at achieving her goals, never giving up. It's incredibly motivating!
I found this to be a very unique chick lit read, and was intrigued from the beginning. From following a military career-woman to the lovely (and HOT!) setting of Darwin, it felt like I was learning while reading, and I just loved that about this read. Macie was a great heroine, relatable and likeable, and I took to her right away. It was so interesting reading about the RAAF and what her role was, and at the same time, I loved the swing dancing scenes and learning about a dance I really don’t know much about. The romance between her and Matt is cute and even a little quick, and the end scene was just lovely. I will say I didn’t think there was quite enough conflict in this book to create some drama. Each time there seemed to be a plot twist it was easily fixed and moved on from, but that is my only critique of Don’t Mean A Thing. A very fabulous debut from Renee Conoulty.
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I REALLY loved this story!!! That being said,I hope the sequel comes out really soon.
I have also been a fan of swing music, ever since i watched the movie Swing Kids in high school but i never really found a story surrounding swing music that i liked. Until this one. Macie is such a sweet character, there was truly not a thing i found annoying about her. I found her very re-latable, and brave to have left everything behind to join the military. The dance scenes with Matt where amazing! they where so well written i felt as if i was actually watching them dance in real life. They where so fun!
There where some tense moments in the story, centered around Macie's insecurities and decision ifshe should give up the life she built for herself or stay on course if Matt's willing to try having a military wife. Those scenes where kind of heartbreaking but i loved it, because you found yourself understanding why Macie is so torn, and realizing the decision is not so simple.
This story will grab you from chapter one and hold you until the very last page. It leaves you wanting more and hoping the sequel comes out asap!
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