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One Last Dance

3.76  ·  Rating Details ·  879 Ratings  ·  63 Reviews
The Seagrave sisters were about to come home to celebrate the fortieth anniversary of their parents' marriage. Instead, they are attending their father's funeral -- and their mother's trial for his murder...With more than three million copies of her novels sold, Eileen Goudge is already renowned for her rich, compelling sagas of women's lives. Now, with One Last Dance, she ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published May 1st 2000 by Signet (first published May 1st 1999)
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Apr 28, 2016 Jodi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Let me start by saying I wasn't sure if this was going to be a book for me. I purchased this years ago & had forgotten about it. The beginning was entirely too slow for my taste....I did, however, decide to stick it out & was delightfully glad I that did. A down home novel about life, secrets, love found, and love lost. Secrets....they can destroy a life, destroy trust, rip a family apart. can bring you joy, or it can bring you much pain. This book has a bit of it all-secrets, ...more
Jul 11, 2014 Amy rated it did not like it
This book manages to cram in every single horrible cliche of "chick lit": adult women who still lust after their first-love/teen-aged "bad boy" boyfriend who has grown up to become a respectable, totally hot guy (who is conveniently either still single or divorced and still pining after his old girlfriend); women who make a mess of their lives and are grateful for a man to "scoop" (literally) them off their feet and save them from their problems; men with "smoky eyes and broad shoulders"; name-d ...more
May 01, 2013 Mary rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes contemporary fiction
Recommended to Mary by: Library Book Sale
The Seagraves are among the most enviable couples living in Miramonte, California. On the eve of their fortieth wedding anniversary, and just as much in love with each other today as they were on the day they married - until the night Lydia Seagrave picks up a gun and shoots her husband. Novelist Daphne - the couple's oldest daughter - returns home and is forced to contend not only with her father's murder but also with her undeniable feelings for the only man she has ever loved - the District A ...more
Judi/Judith Riddle

Eileen Goudge has written some good novels in the past, however, about 100 pages into this one I started skimming pages. Characters and plot that were annoying causing me to care nothing about either. The author tried to create a lot of melodrama with endless descriptions in every scene. One word...boring!
Sep 13, 2015 Joanne rated it really liked it
This is chick-lit. We all know that by the cover. (Yeah, yeah, and we know about judging books by the cover, too.) That said, it was enjoyable. Flawed, yes. What book isn't? I have a couple of favorites that I would say lack flaws...but the next person would find them extremely flawed. So, let's face it, my favorite anything is probably not going to be your favorite. That said, I enjoyed this book. I wish there had been a little more between the nightmare and the ending--after all the detail in ...more
Apr 13, 2015 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good story!
Mar 27, 2015 Anachronistic rated it it was ok
I suffered a really hard time reading this book. Between the heart attacks that I had and the cursing provoked by some of the characters' actions, I am able -in a way- to say that I enjoyed reading One Last Dance.
At first, I didn't like the very long chapters it felt like they were endless. I was bored but that certainly disappeared when the events started kicking in after the 8th chapter when I found that Leanne was in fact the one who was having an affair with the late Vernun Seagrave. I don't
Jan 20, 2009 Nicole rated it really liked it
This is book is one of my favorite books that i have yet read. It is about a girl named Rachel Deering loves dance and has dreamed of someday becoming a professional dancer.She would apply for so many dance scholorships but never get any untill one day she gets invited to audtion for the new york city ballet companty.She goes and auditions and actually does make it.Everything starts going the ways she planned and shes loving it untill one day she gets an unexpected illness that will never go awa ...more
May 14, 2012 Stasha rated it really liked it
At first, I found the book a little hard to get into, it felt like that a few more times throughout the story, I guess that's why I took so long to finish it! But anyway, I thought that the storyline was fantastic, I liked the authors use of similes throughout the story. I really enjoyed how each of the sisters' lives were stories within the general novel itself. It was very interesting how their private lives were very different but at the same time had a similar backbone to them, in that each ...more
Kathleen Hagen
One Last Dance, by Eileen Goudge, B-plus. Narrated by Sandra Burr, produced by Brilliance Audio, downloaded from

The Seagraves to all appearances were a happy couple getting ready to celebrate their 40th anniversary. Then one night Mrs. Seagrave picked up a gun and shot her husband. She would not do anything to help her lawyer defend her. She pleaded guilty. The three daughters were shattered by events. Alex, the youngest, had been her “daddy’s girl”. She blamed her mother for his de
Oct 27, 2015 Mary rated it really liked it
Three adult sisters are in the process of planning a 40th anniversary party for their parents when they receive word that their father has been murdered and their mother has confessed. It was hard to put this book down as many secrets and lies are uncovered about each character, some of them shocking. My only criticisms are, that at the end of the book there are still some loose ends. Also, I don't know what the title of the book has to do with the story.
Mary Beth
Feb 15, 2010 Mary Beth rated it really liked it
Eileen Goudge has a knack for mixing high drama with family situations that make for an excellent story. This book is no exception, but the added twist of a murder mystery adds yet another layer of intrique. The mystery being not in whodunit, but why.

Three adult sisters got the shock of their lives on the eve of their parents 40th anniversary when their mother, a real June Cleaver type, put a bullet in their father's chest. The sisters were stunned but each, in time, came to accept their dupilic
Elaine Cougler
Aug 18, 2016 Elaine Cougler rated it really liked it
One Last Dance by Eileen Goudge is really quite different. Just before their 40th anniversary a woman murders her husband. The novel plays out the thread of why through the three daughters' interaction and through the mother's refusal to defend herself. A very good read.
Marianne Broccolo Bair
Different but very enjoyable

I really enjoyed One Last Dance and how Eileen Goudge told this story. It was one of those books that I wasn't sure I would find hard to put down. But I was,so wrong. I was hooked on this story from beginning to end.
Jun 21, 2014 Judy rated it liked it
Enjoyable and def chick lit. Rather predictable ending. Best part is the relationships. Three sisters with family secrets. Fast read and not heavy. Good beach/summer/vacation read
Diane Wachter
Eileen Goudge, HB-B @ 1999, 3/09. A husband is hot and his 40 year old bride is jailed for his murder. Their three daughters struggle to find out what went wrong. Okay.
Mar 11, 2016 Michele rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1990-2009
When one parent is unfaithful diring a lifetime of marriage, it can wreak havoc on the entire family, and even end in tragedy.
Feb 21, 2015 Myra rated it it was amazing
Eileen Goudge certainly knows how to bring her characters to life. Readers are drawn in to the story
so it seems as if they part of it.
Dawn Devall
Aug 14, 2014 Dawn Devall rated it it was amazing
It was a great book! Easy read, easy to follow, not too much going on at once;) It's a love story, murder/mystery all in one!
Brenda Lancaster
Jun 18, 2014 Brenda Lancaster rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good read

This is a good book. It does leave a few holes in the plot. Could have been better in places.
Denise Hoecker
Nov 13, 2015 Denise Hoecker rated it liked it
I would give this 3.5 stars if that were an option. It wasn't something I couldn't put down but was good.
Jun 05, 2014 Valerie rated it it was amazing

Wow, is all I can say.
Nov 02, 2014 Andrea rated it it was ok
Not good... Due to endless descriptions and bad metaphores, you can never get in to the story. It seems to drag on forever.
Laura Wimberly
May 21, 2014 Laura Wimberly rated it liked it
Read this for book club. It was easy to read and entertaining. I enjoyed it. I did want to find out what happened to the characters but it was pretty predictable and shallow.
Pat Fahrenthold
Jan 18, 2015 Pat Fahrenthold rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
Good book to read on vacation.
Mary Frances
Jun 09, 2014 Mary Frances rated it liked it
Kind of predictable and silly- each sister simply a caricature of one "type" of woman, everything neatly tied up by true love at the end, except of course for the stuff that would take most families decades to recover from- that stuff just vaporized in the "one year later" happy ending. I had read one or two books by the author before but it is clear to me that once she became popular her focus was on quantity and not quality. This is just a somewhat disguised romance novel without much to raise ...more
Jan 09, 2015 Dora rated it really liked it
what a web she weaves!
Apr 09, 2015 Janet rated it liked it
Interesting story and quick read.
Sep 29, 2014 Shelly rated it really liked it
good read but most of the situations were predictable, I figured out the endings way before the end of the book.
Jun 16, 2014 Lynn rated it liked it
Decent beach read. All of the big 'surprises' we're very predictable. An easy (but pretty long) chick book.
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I began writing at the age of eight, and wrote my way through the lean years, more than one marriage, single motherhood,and moving to the Big Apple on a wing and a prayer, with fifteen women's fiction novels to show for it. Every life experience I've weathered has found its way into my novels in one form or another:bad exes, births, deaths,divorces, pregnancy scares,true crime (I was nearly kidnap ...more
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