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After a decade in prison for a murder she did not commit, Lulu begins a new life at the Court of St Jerome in the Old Sea City. An albino, abandoned as a young child at a Holding Camp for unwanted children, she has always been ostracised, for her difference to others makes her an easy victim of prejudice. Once, she believed, she had a friend to love her. Then that friend b...more
Paperback, First, 154 pages
Published June 1st 2011 by Aztar Press (first published May 14th 2011)
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Anne Gallagher
DANCING IN THE SHADOWS OF LOVE was a fascinating look at how the other side of the world looks at their religion (which I'm presuming is Christianity) and the humanity that encompasses. Part other worldly, part time travel, I was taken into an African sub-culture where brutality and the lowest faces of poverty live and how each of the characters escapes.

This is the story of three women, Jamila, Zahra, and Lulu, their lives intertwining, along with their search for love. Its raw emotion kept me...more
Jayne Bauling
Judy Croome's novel offers a salutary lesson. It's not the sort of book that would be my first or even my second choice of reading material, yet I found myself engrossed, eager to follow the three central characters, all women, along their different and difficult paths.
The landscape is familiar yet strange. Likewise the Faith at the heart of this novel, summoning and at times repelling Zahra, Lulu and Jamila. The time is as flexible as landscape. It could be the future, yet The Old Man and the S...more
Avry15
originally appeared on:Bookshelf Confessions

*I won a free copy of this e-book in a LibraryThing Member Giveaway*

the book is sooo good!

I would like also to appreciate the book cover...emphasizing arts..it's wonderful.
what i like most about the book..is that..in every chapter it has an opening statement of a saying or a quote..and the book really has deep meanings about love and life.

the storyline and the characters are very well delivered and developed.. you can actually remember their names and...more
Linda Lewis
Dancing in the Shadows of Love is the kind of book that makes me wish I knew how to write a better review. I’m simply overwhelmed. Judy Croome has written a book that’s gorgeous, brilliant, heart-breaking, uplifting, empowering … and more!

Although the story takes place in a purposely undefined place and time, the characters are painfully real. The story follows three women, each with a damaged soul, as they yearn to be loved, but first they need to define love and, in order to do that, they must...more
Jinx
Jul 17, 2012 Jinx marked it as to-read
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I loved this book, its emotionally charged spiritual storyline really haunted me. Without giving the storyline away, it centers around 3 characters Lulu, Jamila and Zahra, living in Africa who each have quite traumatic pasts, which obviously affects the way they view life, love and their maker. The characters try to find true love in their lives, whilst wrestling with their inner demons. Bitterness, trust issues, emotional backlashes and pure hatred are commonplace... then mysterious stranger En...more
Kitty Bullard
This book made me cry! Reading this you get to spend time with three women that have such strength it's almost amazing. Lulu is a woman that has been kicked down so hard she has no hope of ever regaining the trust she has lost in humanity until she meets two women that turn her life around. This story is simply wonderful and touching. I would definitely recommend this book!

Kitty Bullard / Great Minds Think Aloud / http://www.greatmindsliterarycommunit...
Nas Dean
DANCING IN THE SHADOWS OF LOVE by author Judy Croome is a fantastically woven tale of the lives of three women and their journey to find peace within themselves.

Lulu, Jamila and Zahra each have their own secrets from their past. There's the elegant Mrs Grace Templeton to whom Jamila and Zahra aspire to as they search to find their own place as a Templeton wife.

Lulu is an albino who has faced strong prejudices throughout her life, and has been betrayed, but her strength is formidable as she lear...more
Mirrani
Once the reader's mind settles in to the three characters and sorts each life, past and current, the book dances you through symbolism and faith to a point where those three characters meet in the shadow of one man, one destiny, one point in their lives where they realize things can change.

Readers are brought through the pains of abuse, the frustrations of the under class not fitting in with the upper, and the sadness of being excluded through prejudice. Along the way they might find a change in...more
Claire Robyns
Ms Croome writes a breathtaking tale of the lives of three women: their past, their mistakes and their journey to overcome the trials life throw out to reach, if not happiness, then some form of peace each in their own way.

Lulu, Jamila and Zahra each have demons from their past that mold their character and then there's the elegant Grace Templeton to whom both Jamila and Zahra aspire as they search to find their own place as a Templeton wife.

Lulu is my favorite character: an albino who has fac...more
Jesse Hanson
What is Love Anyway?

Judy Croome's spiritual fiction work, Dancing in the Shadows of Love is a fine example of how fiction can be an attractive medium for conveying an intended message. "The driving motivation of my characters is the search for love in all its forms."
Set in southern Africa, Judy has created a spiritual enclave—the Court of St Jerome—that proves to be the point of convergence of the principal characters, three of whom are women of diversely troubled backgrounds. All three are ind...more
Giovanni Gelati
Generally I stay to lighter reads, things explode, people die, spies are caught, the bad guy gets his in the end, that kind of stuff. When I received this novel, I was on the fence about it. Was it my thing? Could I groove on her universe? The answer is YES, I did and I am a better person for taking the time to have this author expand my mind and my soul. If you are looking for a read that is going to make you question the core of your being, what life is about, perspective, forgiveness, seeing...more
Krystal


This is an emotionally powerful book and the reader has to be prepared to allow the author to expand his/her knowledge of forgiveness. Jamila, Zahra, and Lulu all have complicated, unhappy pasts-Lulu is an albino and Jamila and Zahra lived in poverty and abuse. The author does an excellent job of developing these characters and helping the reader to understand them and think of them as friends. The reader will be rooting for these three throughout the novel. Lulu needs to learn to let go of her...more
Leonie Anderson-steinhauer
Ms. Croome writes in a profoundly moving way. The characters in this book are finely drawn, allowing the reader to relate to each in a deeply spiritual way. Their lives are bound together in a unique and engaging way, as each tries to work through the pain and emotional baggage of her past, toward a brighter, more hopeful future. At the very heart of this story is the exploration of love in all its forms: platonic love (friendship), physical love (desire), and agape (divine love), and the salvat...more
LuAnn
This book is nothing but fascinating. Told in the voices of the main women characters, it takes the reader to a world many are not privy to. It’s a place where prejudice abounds and a person is avoided just because he or she is different than others.

Full of brutal honesty, the story is not an easy one to read. It makes readers face their own fears and bigotries, while at the same time, coming to terms with the opinions of those who refuse to honestly look inside themselves for the truth.

On the o...more
Evelyn
*I won this in a Goodreads giveaway*
Dancing in the Shadows of Love is a cleverly written story that follows the lives of three inspiring women; Lulu, Jamila and Zahra, as they try to overcome their past troubles and become at peace in their own skins and with the not so friendly world around them. It touches upon issues such as poverty, prejudice, war etc and how ultimately love can triumph over these evils. I wasn't sure whether I was going to like this at first but I was pleasantly surprised b...more
Karen
A beautifully written, lyrical book. I can pick it up at any point and find paragraphs that just amaze me with the writing. The book follows three women in their search for love, three broken women who seek healing and redemption and in the process their paths cross. I got drawn into these characters and really wanted more of each of them! Lulu and Zahra were my favorite. I like how the author goes deep into dark places and doesn't shy away from the reality of experience that made these women wh...more
Nadyne
This is a book in a genre that I normally wouldn't read (sort of spiritual literary fiction), but I had won it in a give-away from the author herself and so I decided to read it. And I am really happy I did, because it was a nice story, or rather three stories intertwined about three women struggling with themselves, their identity, their faith and love. I liked Lulu, an albino woman, who tries to hold feelings off in order to not get hurt, the best.

Thank you Judy for this pleasant and interesti...more
Francine
Dancing in the Shadows of Love is what you expect a book from Oprah's now defunct book club to be like. It is brilliantly written, giving voices to three women and their elegant stories of trials and errors that we all make in life and yet still come through it all. I don't want to give the story away because you MUST read this book. It is a keeper!
Tiah
I am an e-friend of the author, so any stars or review from me would be far too biased. But please see the Q&A I did with her on my blog to see if the book might be for you.
http://tiahbeautement.typepad.com/tra...
Chioma Iwunze
I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. The characters seemed real. Jamilia and Lulu are my most-memorable characters. But Enoch felt surreal.

Judy Croome is an interesting writer,
Gary Butler
6th book read in 2012.

Number 65 out of 238 on my all time book list.

Follow the link below to see my video review:

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Kate Policani
The tales and perspectives of three women intertwine in a story through time. The child Lulu is an abandoned and shunned albino living in a society that considers her cursed. Zahra overcomes her shattered past of abuse, suppressing her victimized inner child to become a proper "Templeton wife" for a rich son of a pharmaceutical empire. But she lives on a precipice of self-control, and always in the shadow of her beloved, charismatic mother-in-law, Grace. Jamila grows up in poverty and shame beca...more
Lee Harmon
It never breaks. The haunting tone of this book, with its aura of simmering emotion, never breaks until the final word. Ten pages into the book, I was already flipping through it trying to find a picture of the author. Who writes like this? Who names their main character Lulu?

This is about three ordinary-but-extraordinary women and their struggle to ride the waves of life. It’s about love, betrayal, lust, trust, and learning to live again. So, yeah, it’s about God.

Dancing in the shadows of love....more
Kiwinyx
Three women deal with their own personal demons and their struggles to understand what it really means to love when all hope is gone.

Lulu is an albino, one of the cursed 'pale ones', and subjected to hatred and prejudice where-ever she goes. She has just been released from 10 years in jail for a murder she didn't commit and betrayal is the only kind of emotion other people have ever offered her before now.

Jamila has suffered poverty and cruelty from her peers and yearns to be accepted. She leave...more
Lorretta
I received this through the GoodReads Giveaway.

I really wanted to love this book. The premise was promising and the blend of items from past and present in another timeline was intriguing.

I think my problem is that I did not care for any of the three main characters. I know that each represents a hard facet of hurt, but they were just so uninspiring and their singularity of purpose did little to cultivate sympathy for them. The early choices they make are understandable even laudable, but as th...more
PJ Swanwick
Search for love drives this powerful story

This novel explores the lives of three very different women who struggle to overcome difficult pasts and discover "love in all its forms." Although set in contemporary South Africa, magical realism frees the story somewhat to explore complex spiritual themes. The author uses symbolism to work through issues that clearly relate to Christianity and Catholicism; however, her use of symbology enables the book to be read as "spiritual fiction" instead of "rel...more
Marishka Valentine
Dancing in the Shadows of Love

I received this book from Goodreads quite a while ago, and gave it to a friend as a gift as I realized, with my book list at the time, I would never get around to it. However, after she had read it, she practically thrust it back at me and demanded I read it now, it was that good. So…I agreed and promptly put it aside. A few months of constant badgering later, however, I finally decided to read Dancing in the Shadows of Love and…well…I have to say, I enjoyed the boo...more
Sheila
It’s worth reading the glossary before reading Judy Croome’s Dancing in the Shadows of Love, as a reminder that the story’s symbols aren’t tied to one language, or one place. Sacred Heart is not what my Catholic background tells me, for all that the Spirit King was nailed to something (a nova, not a cross). At the start of the book it’s unsettling, but perhaps that’s just me, having moved from my own culture, too eager to find a cultural place to stand while reading a book that’s not meant to be...more
Kristen Byers
Dancing in the Shadows of Love tells the story of 3 women whose lives eventually intersect. Lulu is an albino orphan who has lived her entire life as an outcast. Zahra grew up with a beggar for a father and is determined to leave behind her troubled past. Jamila has desired a particular man since the day many years ago when she lost her innocence to him. All 3 of these women must discover their own definition of love as it relates to their faith in the Spirit King, and each of them must also lea...more
Christine
A story about 3 women with difficult pasts whose paths cross. They all are working towards having a better life and finding a way to deal with their mistakes. This is a story that deals with forgiveness, love, pain, and loss.

My thoughts:

This book was very spiritual. I didn't realize that at first, but slowly came to understand the importance of certain characters and their actions. It made the story more compelling, and made me think about why Lulu, Jamila and Zahra acted the way they did.

I have...more
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Judy Croome lives and writes in Johannesburg, South Africa. Shortlisted in the African Writing Flash Fiction 2011 competition, Judy’s short stories and poems have appeared in various magazines and anthologies, such as the Huffington Post and the University of the Witwatersrand’s Itch Magazine.

A vegetarian, Judy loves her family, cats, exploring the meaning of life, chocolate, cats, rainy days, an...more
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