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At the age of forty-eight, happily remarried and retired from her legal assistant gerbil wheel, Kat decides to break out of her shell and try her hand at belly dancing. What begins as a hobby leads her to filling a coveted spot in Palmetto Oasis Middle Eastern Dance Troupe. With less than eight weeks to prepare, Kat's thrown into a world of performing she is terrified to f ...more
Paperback, 338 pages
Published November 1st 2013 by Boutique of Quality Books (first published July 24th 2013)
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Ameera, Unveiled is inspirational story of how, with courage to chase her dreams, Kat transforms herself to become Ameera, the exotic belly dancer of the Palmetto Oasis Middle Eastern Dance Troupe.This is a story about of how exhilarating and frightening it feels to take yourself out of yourcomfort zone and chase your dreams, and the amazing experiences you can have just by trying.

Kat spent most of her life doubting herself and her abilities--especially her ability to learn how to dance. Now at
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Idea Smith
This is supposed to be a story about a middle aged woman embracing her empowerment via belly-dancing. I expected it to have a lot of dance narratives. I also imagined that since it is a coming-of-age story (of a sort), it would have a number of ups and downs.

Instead, Ameera Unveiled runs on like a personal fantasy, with very little colour or detail to make it interesting. The actual dance sequences are skipped over with a line or two like 'In less than an hour, she slipped away'. I went all the
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Julie
This book was given to me by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Kat decided she wanted to do something new after retirement and decided to try belly dancing. By the description given of the book I expected a personal growth story. It almost felt as if it was one of that aims the author was going for, but she didn't quite get there.

The conflict of the story was Kat's stage fright. She talked about it to excess. At one point I was wondering if she was that stressed about dancing and prefor
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Julie
3.5 stars

I really liked reading Ameera, Unveiled. This was a book that speaks to the inner child in every woman who dared to dream of being a ballerina but was discouraged either by well meaning people or by fate. Kat Varn decides to take up belly dancing. She has always been interested in dance particularly ballet. She never thought that pursuing a childhood dream would yield so much more in terms of self-discovery, self- confidence and most especially the bonds she forged with the women she ev
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Terri Ann Leidich
Sometimes I just want to curl up with a good "chic flick in a book," and Ameera Unveiled was just that for me. The main character is trying to deal with her desire to/fear of dance along with trying to recover from a prior relationship that was subtly abusive, which can be the worst kind. In this quest, she signs up for a belly dancing class to help her with her dance desires/phobia. Unbeknownst to her, this simple act of signing up for a class opens up a brand new world of friendships, experien ...more
Deb Mangolt
Ameera Unveiled is not just a great story but it's an inspiration to all of us to overcome our own fears and childhood baggage. If you can't relate to Ameera, then you can relate to one of the other amazing women that Ms. Varn writes about. It will make you want to get out there and try something new. I love that Ms. Varn's demonstrates how precious girlfriend time is and the importance of having friends in your life. Well done, Kat!
Sorcha
Received from Netgalley.com in exchange for a review

This is a semi autobiographical story (the main character being called Kat Varn) about a middle aged woman on her second marriage, retired, and looking for something new to do. She signs up for a belly dancing class, which makes her confront her crippling self doubt. This started in childhood, when her mother and ballet teacher were overheard agreeing not to let her keep coming to class, followed by years with a controlling first husband who co
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Brandy
I appreciated the perspective of this book. This is Kat Varn's first book and it feels like part memoir and part fiction, but where ever the truth falls the story was a whole bunch of fun. I received a copy of Ameera Unveiled from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, and as such, the opinions that follow are my own and uninfluenced by publisher or author. I've always been intrigued by bellydance and have secretly wish to learn. Perhaps that is what initially drew me in, the beautiful cove ...more
Chana
I have a personal tie to the story as Kat/Ameera is my mother. That being said, and I've said this to her, I had a hard time having patience with the character. I found myself wanting to say, "this is supposed to be fun! Quit your stressing and whining!" The story brought me to a new perspective of appreciating other people's journeys and having patience and meeting people at the place they are. Plus, with this story being the "based on actual events" type, it meant that much more to me to reliv ...more
Angel **Book Junkie**
If I would have known I would be reading a coming of age diary I am not sure I would have read the book.

At No Time I did not feel that this was a story and at no time did the narrative drag me in and make me want to read this. I also did not understand how someone who could not dance, had never danced, and it was pretty annoying that all of a sudden in six weeks you are ready to perform. I thought the book was too rushed and to much for not enough of a story. I didn't like the character and rea
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Hilary
3.5 stars

I enjoyed Kat/Ameera's journey, but felt the dance instruction progressed very quickly for older beginners taking one hourly class a week (veil work after 2 classes, for example). Readers without any experience of bellydancing or Middle Eastern culture may find themselves confused by the terms tossed around without explanation, such as zaghareets, but may also enjoy the feeling of solidarity and personal growth that Kat and the others experienced.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy from
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Kat Varn’s love affair with words manifested when she turned four and taught herself to read. As she grew older, books and reading were an escape from responsibility. As the oldest daughter in a transient Navy family, words fed her imagination to embrace adventure and magical worlds. Kat was drawn to the strength of little girls in The Little Princess and The Secret Garden.

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