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- Print Length: 272 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Bling! Romance (May 9, 2017)
- Publication Date: May 9, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06XT5CSH5
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #335,598 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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"For 272 pages I was a world-traveling ballerina. This book was not only a captivating story, but an impacting journey. I am changed. Bravo, Ms. Beal." -Christy finalist and Carol Award winner Nadine Brandes
"Ah, how this brought back my seasons in the Nutcracker, dancing Juliet, and years of rigor at the barre. A Season to Dance is a story of grace in all forms, ultimate romance and finding spiritual center. Thank you, Patricia Beal!" -New York Times bestselling author Tosca Lee
"Beal's debut captures the drama and lyricism of the ballet - faith, life and love dance across the story, reaching a satisfying and sigh-worthy dénouement." -Katherine Reay, author of A Portrait of Emily Price
"Patricia Beal's first novel is a skillfully written tale of a woman's journey to faith and love. A Season to Dance will bless every reader." -Lorraine Beatty, author of the Home to Dover series from Love Inspired
"More than a romance, A Season to Dance is a layered love story that pulls at the heartstrings while taking you on a trip through dance around the world. I adored it." -Teri Wilson, author of Unleashing Mr. Darcy and His Ballerina Bride
"Patricia Beal has crafted a compelling debut about grace and redemption when life takes unexpected turns." -Kara Isaac, author of Close To You and Can't Help Falling
"A Season To Dance offers readers a beautiful message of redemption and second chances that will dance across the heart. An elegant and graceful journey across two continents as one woman seeks to fill the God-shaped hole in her heart and finally discovers her own season to dance." -Candee Fick, author of Dance Over Me and Catch of a Lifetime
"A tender romantic tale composed of grace and redemption. Patricia Beal's poignant novel gently touches our deepest emotional cords with a panoply of characters who remind us of our friends, family, and ourselves. As a Christian author with autism who has experienced my own battles decoding relationships and the repeated stings of shattered dreams, I could easily relate to Patricia's voice and Ana's struggles. A Season to Dance brims with the light of Christ' healing power to mend wounded relationships and make all things new. Patricia's graceful writing style is a joy to read and I highly recommend it." -Ron Sandison, founder of Spectrum Inclusion, author of A Parent's Guide to Autism: Practical Advice. Biblical Wisdom
From the Author
Self-gratification became the chief end of my existence, and I looked behind every door for happiness and satisfaction. I didn't find anything worth keeping though, and at the end of every new pursuit, I was still tired and lonely--and this time surrounded by a darkness and a hopelessness that was brand new and incredibly scary.
Then Jesus passed by, and where I saw the end, He saw the beginning. He fought for me, lifted me out of what had quickly become a murky and joyless existence, and brought me into His perfect light. I was born again in January of 2013, during the writing of this novel. This book, A Season to Dance, is the book that wrote me. I journeyed with Ana and now you can journey with us. Welcome to A Season to Dance.
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The love triangle in the story was a little overwhelming for me. I couldn't quite understand how Ana was able to turn her feelings on and off so quickly. This book does include sex outside of marriage, but it is not described in any detail. Beal masterfully uses it to show how Ana is searching for fulfillment in relationships, in her dancing, etc. that she will only be able to find if she surrenders her life to Christ.
My absolute favorite thing about this book is the way Beal beautifully illustrates how God pursues us. Throughout the book, you can see the Holy Spirit working in Ana's heart and life. I was reminded that God never gives up on us. I look forward to reading more by Patricia Beal in the future.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own.
In A Season to Dance Patricia Beal brings the artistic nature of ballet to life, all the while illustrating a life lived chasing after dreams deferred, and sometimes chasing all of the wrong things. The debut is an emotional story of redemption. Ana makes choices that heart this reader’s heart, but it was all worth it in the end when I saw the culmination of Ana’s journey. There are several emotional twists and turns, often twists of Ana’s own making. The story is introspective and told from Ana’s first person perspective. I really enjoyed Ana’s voice and getting to know her through the course of the story. Her journey illustrates perfectly that life will not go as planned, but in the end, you’re where you need to be. Ana comes to the end of her rope and finds an answer in Christ.
Beal’s descriptions of ballet were as much a thing of beauty as the dance steps she was describing. The passion and exhilaration that come with telling a story through dance and the moves themselves came to life for me through Ana’s experiences. These seemed especially beautiful for me because I grew up dancing, and while I was never a ballerina like Ana, I still have a special place in my heart for dance. The author is familiar with the world of ballet, but the way she brings it to life is impressive and enthralling.
Likewise, the descriptions of the different settings, whether in Georgia or Germany, are so well done. I felt as if I was walking through the fragrant gardens of Georgia in springtime or enjoying a picnic along the Rhine right along with Ana. Beal paints a beautiful picture with her words, whether describing the setting or ballet.
Ana’s journey made my heart ache at times, and her disappointment in herself when she makes the wrong decisions is palpable. Though the consequences might have played out to Ana’s detriment, God took those consequences and made them turn out for Ana’s ultimate good. I appreciated that, even when Ana was living counter to what she knew was God’s will for her, everything was handled with delicacy and without unnecessary descriptions. Ana’s thoughts accurately portrayed the negativity of her choices, even when the actual choice didn’t play out on the page. Beal does a great job of giving the reader the information they need and doing so in a way that portrays Ana’s emotions nicely.
I am glad for the opportunity to read this debut. It is obvious that the story is close to the author’s heart and that she was willing to make the hard choices when it comes to telling Ana’s story. If you do give this a read, please do read the author’s note because it adds another layer to this beautiful story. I hope there are more stories to come from Patricia Beal. Any future books of her will for sure be on my to-read list. Recommended wholeheartedly for readers of contemporary, realistic fiction and stories of redemption.
I received a complimentary copy of this novel. This review is my honest opinion, and I was not required to write a positive review.
Initially, I wasn't sure I would like the book. I know nothing of dancing and wasn't sure I would be able to keep up with the dance jargon, but it wasn't overwhelming. I felt like in the time I was reading A SEASON TO DANCE, I was right there watching Ana go through each event.
If you're into emotional reads, this book is for you! I'm at a loss for words as to how much I loved A SEASON TO DANCE! I truly wanted to cry through the bigger part of the book...not a little tear here and there, but a break out ugly cry. Beal did a beautiful job at showing how deep our Saviors love is for each sinful soul. It further shows how Christ never said life would be easy, but that He would be with us each step of the way if we but accept Him. I'm not a big one at crying over fiction, but I'm still reeling after finishing it and letting it sink in...bravo for a beautiful read!
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This book was not what I was expecting and there were times I struggled through it. I don’t know ballet at all and the many references to dance movements and songs confused me. I also found myself getting annoyed with some actions of various characters, not just Ana. However I stuck with it and ended up becoming so connected with a few of the characters that I was shedding tears near the end. Not many books get me that emotional. I enjoyed the characters that were put in Ana’s life to share Christ, the way the various interactions interweaved showed how God was always caring for Ana. Eventually Ana discovers peace and true happiness once she lets go and turns to God. I was proud of Ana at the end and am glad that I kept reading. I think those who have an appreciation for dance will enjoy this book.
Tissue alert: Ana goes through some pretty heavy stuff, and some major heartbreak. I do think the book ended on a happy note, especially with regards to Ana finally figuring out 'the God thing'.
Once Ana stabilizes her life, I liked the story progression.
I would not recommend this to friends.