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All Lydia wants is to travel the world before she has to settle down with a husband. But she may not have that choice anymore. April 1886. Debutante Lydia Jane Barrington lives a carefree, protected existence on Live Oaks Plantation in Florida. But while her sisters happily learn the traditional tasks of women and talk of courting, Lydia dreams of adventure and independenc ...more
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Published September 1st 2011 by OakTara Publishers
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Collette Scott
What a delightful read! From the very first page, I was caught up in 1800s Florida plantation life, from the smell of the flowers to the sounds of nature. Ms. Wilson Johnson captured the setting to perfection, casting me back over 100 years as I watched the charming Miss Lydia Barrington come of age. As a young, idealistic teen, Lydia has high hopes of travel and freedom. However, society’s restrictions and a sneaky business deal threaten to steal it all away. Caught between duty and hope, Lydia ...more
Anne Baxter Campbell
This book is one early-American historical romance readers will like best--it is so true to the times!
Lydia Barrington is the youngest of four sisters and a twin brother--even though he preceded her by only a few minutes. She is so tired of having to wait to be old enough. Her sisters are allowed by their father to begin courting when they turn twenty, and she is only sixteen.
But then, she has no interest in courting. She wants to travel the world without a husband as cumbersome baggage to haul
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Rosie Cochran
In "To Dance Once More," Sherri Wilson Johnson masterfully pulls us into the life of Lydia as she reaches the brink of womanhood. Her sisters are content to marry and bear children, but not Lydia. She wants to make a difference in the world! Lydia's independent spirit is soon challenged by unexpected stirrings of romantic feelings for her brother's best friend. Can her dreams of making a difference in the world still be realized if she marries? Can she have the best of both worlds?

Even as Lydia
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Melanie
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To Dance Once More by Sherri Wilson Johnson is a great novel that I thoroughly enjoyed reading! While it did take me a few chapters to get into the story, after that, I was so captivated by it! I wanted to continue reading to find out what would happen, who (if anyone) Lydia would end up marrying, and if there would be a happily-ever-after ending.

With many twists, To Dance Once More held my attention to the end! I really liked the characters: Lydia, she said she wanted to travel the wo
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Michelle
More like 4.5 stars.

I really enjoyed the romantic elements in this story and the ways the characters struggled in many areas of their lives. At first the writing style took some getting used to and was a bit slow for me to read, but I figured it was set during the Victorian era so the author was shooting for a Jane Austen type style, which worked for the story. I have to say that once I got used to the style and lost in the story, I couldn't stop reading. A few times I got tearful as well. The s
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Ginger Solomon
This is my first experience reading a book by Sherri Wilson Johnson. I loved it and will look forward to her books in the future. While this book isn't a suspense, it had enough twists and turns to keep me guessing until the final chapter. I enjoyed reading about Lydia's life, her heartaches, her desires, and her walk outside the norm of society. Her character was real and believable.

I've always wondered what it would have been like to live in the late 1800's. Now I know, at least in part. Ms. J
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Andi Newberry ~Tubbs
Having lived in Florida I was drawn to this book immediately! I could smell the orange blossoms and feel the sea breeze. Sherri did a great job bringing the Victorian era to life. I felt for Lydia! Her sisters are all about wanting to get married and live the life their mother has, she does not. She wants to do something important! Lydia's faith gets challenged because of the decision she makes and I found myself cheering and even misty eyed. This is a great book and I highly recommend it!
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~~~Doris's Review~~~

Book 1 in the Hope Of The South Series, we are introduced to a southern family who live on a plantation in Georgia. There are many characters in the book but the main one is Lydia. She is the youngest daughter in her family.

The time is the 1800's right after the Civil War. The slaves have been freed.
Lydia comes from a wealthy family and is spoiled and self centered. She likes to spend her time fishing, reading or riding her horse. She also loves to dance! And, lately she has
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D.M. Webb
In the tradition of Lucy Maud Montgomery and Georgette Heyer, Sherri Wilson Johnson has written a beautiful and captivating story chronicling the trials and love of Lydia

Instead of Victorian-era England, To Dance Once More portrayed the conservatism of Victorian-era Florida.

What I found enjoyable was the prose and lyrical writing, drawing me in as though watching each scene play out before me on stage. From heartache to hope, the reader discovers the joy and rewards of sacrifice and waiting for
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Wyndy
It's the end of the 1800's and times are changing in the United States especially for women. Lydia has always dreamed of a life outside of the Florida plantation where she lives, a life of travel, excitement, and purpose and definitely not one involving men, families, and babies. The youngest of the family she has been sheltered as much as possible from the world of business and politics like all Victorian women of her status. I found the author's descriptions of the area and the era vivid, imme ...more
Sharron N
My 1st book by Sherri Johnson! I really enjoyed how she made you feel what the main character was going through. Even in a different time of life, there were still some of the same dating issues. And don't we all remember that trying time of our lives?

I didn't want to put the books down!! I'll be searching for more books by this author.

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I am Sherri Wilson Johnson. I live in Georgia with my husband, children and dogs. Writing is my favorite pastime and, fortunately, I have been able to see my dream of publication come true. I write fiction, non-fiction and homeschool resources, but fiction is my true love.

My debut novel, To Dance Once More (OakTara), was released in September 2011. My second novel, Song of the Meadowlark (OakTara
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