Dancing at The Chance
Pepper MacClair and her mother arrive ...more
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Yes, I'm the author and I hope you'll forgive my enthusiasm, but I am thrilled to share this story about a young vaudeville dancer with a sharp tongue, big dreams and a wardrobe full of quirky costume castoffs, and I hope you'll join her as she fights for her stage dreams, squares off with the notorious impresario Florenz Ziegfeld, and finally learns the meaning of true love.
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“Old New York comes ...more
She's rebellious yet also naive. She thinks a fine man is going to marry her and while I could tell from the get-go he only intended to make her a mist ...more
This would have been a five and a half star read for me except I felt the book needed just a bit more romance. Thank you DeAnna Cameron for writing such an entertaining book!
Pepper lives at The Chance theatre and it is all she knows. She is young, very young and as with all young women she thinks she knows everything. She is a very well drawn characte ...more
Initial reaction: Historical fiction! WHOO! (cue music) In New York! Concrete jungle where dreams are made of, there’s nothing you can’t do! Seriously. For the main character in this book, there’s nothing she can’t do. I love Old New York. This book was so sassy, classy, and dancey. Great, great fun.
New York City in 1907 is a hopping place where dreams come true and anything is possible. DeAnna Cameron’s Dancing at The Chance centers on Pepper MacClair, a dancer at a failing vaudeville theater,...more
Unfortunately, it took me 200 pages to get to that point.
For most of the book, I wanted to jolt Pepper out of her daydreams and tell her to grow up. Her naive worldview that everything would be all right as soon as she could talk to Robert was infuriating. She wasn't exactly an unlikeable protagonis ...more
Quick & Dirty: A heartwarmingly beautiful story of loss, love and talent.
Opening Sentence: For a full half hour the stage manager sat on a stool near the footlights, his fingers curled on the hooked head of his cane, silently watching the vaudeville players at morning rehearsal.
Picture, if you will, early twentieth century New York City. Back before terrorism, before the Great Depression, or even the Roaring Twenties. Back to the days of stage p ...more
Dancing at the chance follows a young woman named Pepper who dances at the once grand Chance theater. She is one dancer among many who longs for her big break. When her past lover, who also happens to have inherited the theater returns she hopes to get a more prominent rol ...more
What I enjoyed about Dancing At The Chance is that I really felt like I was in the midst of the Chance Theater and experiencing all of the goings on within its walls. I felt like I should have been eating popcorn as I read.
Pepper MacClair is a vaudeville chorus ...more
Being a fan of historical novels, I was thrilled to have been chosen to review Dancing At The Chance. And being a dancer and theater girl myself, I was really excited to see how Ms. Cameron depicted the atmosphere of early 20th century vaudeville.
I was not disappointed in the slightest. Ms. Cameron brought the vitality, dedication, struggles and triumphs of theater to vivid life, and since she uses the medium of pen and pa ...more
The romance wasn't particularly sweeping but it was ...more
Gregory loves to tinker and is very interested in the cameras for the new moving pictures. Pepper thinks ...more
by: DeAnna Cameron
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This book is set in the early 1900's in New York City's The Chance Theatre. This is a Vaudeville type theater and the author is great at making it all come alive. The characters are all wonderful but the main character is Pepper MacClair. she's in the chorus line and has been around vaudeville since coming to America as a small child. Her love interest is the owners son, Robert DeGraff who has come back ...more
I loved Pepper MacClair's enthusiasm. She throws herself with gusto at love, at dancing, and at making the Chance vaudeville theater the best it can be.
I also loved the fresh characters and setting. One of the things Cameron does excellently is to choose interesting ...more
Great book with good storyline and characters that made you smile. The main character Pepper is realistically naive with a really good coming of age side-story. I kinda wished there was more dancing in this book, as it's in the title, but it's there a bit. The love story could have been a bit more realistic, as it felt there was no real build-up for those of reading. It could have done with more reminiscing on past experiences and things lik ...more