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Tour de Force: A Love Story

4.06  ·  Rating Details  ·  204 Ratings  ·  26 Reviews
Gillian Kincade is a soloist with Ballet New York, a sought-after guest artist, and a committed Christian. Though she may be an anomaly in the world of dance, Gilly believes her devotion to God isn’t compromised by following her dreams. Then she meets Jacob Ferrar.

Jacob is the brilliant young artistic director of the Birmingham Ballet Theatre and a born-again Christian. Wh
Paperback, 326 pages
Published May 10th 2009 by Zondervan (first published May 1st 2009)
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Jill Williamson
Oct 14, 2009 Jill Williamson rated it really liked it
Review by Gretchen Hoffman

I love ballet. Although I never got past intermediate ballet class as a kid, I love going to see dance performances, and if there’s a book about dancers, you bet it’ll pique my interest.

Gillian Kincade is an upcoming ballet star in the New York dance scene. Jacob Ferrar left the glitz of performing to become an artistic director, focusing on dance that glorifies God. When Jacob offers Gilly the lead in his play, she has to decide where she’s supposed to be. But after an
Jun 17, 2009 Bailey rated it did not like it
Can Christian fiction become any more cliche? From the ultra conservative interests of Gilly and Jacob to their life situations, Tour de Force reeks of complacency.
Gillian is a twenty-one year old ballet dancer who always manages to stay positive and focused in addition to her brilliant career. She is (of course) a wonderful influence to her past roommate and (of course) is semi-dating an equally beautiful and successful Christian. Jared is a former ballet dancer who gave up the stardom to foll
Apr 27, 2012 Casey rated it really liked it
“Tour de Force” is a magnificent glimpse into a world of tutus and frills and pointe shoes. It’s always a wide-eyed view of the human condition and how far someone will go to get what they want.

If ever someone, who has no coordination and can’t be graceful if she tried, wanted to experiment in the world of ballet, this book would be the ticket. Detail, research and understanding of that world really brought it to life. I thought I might be in New York looking through the window of the high rise
May 27, 2009 Christy rated it it was amazing
I have waiting for Elizabeth White’s new book for months. First because I love her writing, and secondly because it involves ballet! I have long been a fan of the ballet, the dancing, the music, and how it all comes together, beautiful.

Tour De Force features a character we have met before if you have read Elizabeth’s book Off the Record. Laurel’s sister Gilly is the main character. She is a fun spitfire character with a heart for the Lord. We also get to meet Jacob, who is a handsome, Godly man
Jul 01, 2009 Jane added it
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Jane by: Elizabeth White - author
What a book. It kept my interest from beginning to end. It was encouraging and uplifting as you realize couples face a lot in a relationship even in secular world jobs. Also it showed the struggles Gilly and Jacob faced in their positions being a Christian. I could so relate to Gilly's back injury as I was having back procedures myself at the time of reading this. Also Jacob's struggles overcoming his past before he became a Christian and making amends for problems he faced before knowing Christ ...more
May 29, 2015 Rebecca rated it really liked it
Gillian Kincaid dances to the brink of a brilliant career in ballet; grasping the New York limelight after years of working her way to the pinnacle of recognition in her field. Upon returning to her Alabama roots to perform in a local exhibition, her path crosses that of artistic director Jacob Ferrar; a renowned dancer in his own right, who left the very notoriety that Gillian is quietly embracing.

Gillian's beautiful movements on stage are extremely impressive and Jacob approaches her with the
Unfortunately I'm giving up on this one. Normally I love a ballet setting, having danced and performing myself for roughly 30 years, however I'm only 32 pages in and there are already things that don't mesh for me.

#1 When the principal ballerina is injured during a performance her understudy takes her place. All good except for the fact that the understudy is from the corps de ballet rather then a soloist. I don't know how it is in other places but in my experience a corp dancer understudies a
Dec 25, 2015 Tracy rated it liked it
Tour de Force is the story of a rising ballet NYC ballet star, Gillian Kincade, who meets the artistic director of her hometown ballet center. They discover they not only share a passion for ballet but also for Christianity. Together they learn to navigate both of those waters to make their love work.

I gave this book four stars, not because it's destined to be a classic because I'm not sure it is, but because it's a real page-turner and because the layers of the plot are more complex than they a
Carrie Webber
Jan 21, 2013 Carrie Webber rated it really liked it
As a former ballet dancer myself (okay I quit when I was seven) but this book made me wish I had continue. I loved how real all the characters felt. The love story was perfect and their battle with Christianity is something I really understood. It was a quick read but a good read.
Karen Barnett
May 28, 2014 Karen Barnett rated it really liked it
I read this in order to see if it was appropriate for my 12-year-old ballet-obsessed girl. It might be a bit too adult for her, what with Gillie runs into in her New York ballet world. But with that said, it's a fantastic story. I appreciated the author delving into how Christians can choose to be a light in the entertainment industry. Also, after spending five years watching my daughter's classes, I was impressed with the author's use of ballet term and culture. She's either a dancer herself, o ...more
Mar 01, 2014 Ruth rated it liked it
Shelves: adult, christian, romance
I've been discovering that I have a bit of a weakness for ballet books like this, since every time I read one I can't help falling in love just a little. I also enjoy Christian fiction when it's well-written as I appreciate their "cleanliness" and the lovely insights some of the authors demonstrate. Therefore, I expected to love this book, and theoretically really should have... but unfortunately I kind of didn't.

Obviously I didn't hate the book, considering I gave it three stars, and admittedly
Annie Riley
Aug 09, 2012 Annie Riley rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed so many things about this novel that I'm not entirely certain about where to begin my review. Characters, plot, settings, themes... Which one do I talk about first? Perhaps that list will help. So then, first is the characters.

Gilly was so fun to read. Her POV on things was refreshing, and I really appreciated her strength. She had such a kindred spirit mixed in with all that spunk. Her determination to glorify God in all she did was inspiring to me, and so was her love for others. As
Sep 02, 2009 Cindy rated it really liked it
Tour de Force A Love Story
Elizabeth White

Reviewed by Cindy Loven

Gilly Kincaide, is an up and coming ballet dancer, with a bright future in New York. A small town girl from Alabama, she is a devout Christian, who lives her life out loud, with a positive witness to her fellow ballet troupe. An accident to another dancer places her in a lead role, which in turn thrusts her into two prominent ballets with lead dance positions.

I at first struggled ge
Sep 16, 2009 Amydeanne rated it really liked it
Every little girls dream is to be a ballerina, isn’t it? I remember dancing for many years imagining what it would be like to be one. Unfortunately I have elephant feet and didn’t get far (only took me 11 years to figure that out hehe)

So when Gillian (Gilly as her friends call her) get the opportunity to dance as a soloist there is no looking back – a whole new world opens up. But even more important to Gillian is her faith in Christ and how she displays it to her dance friends and family. To co
Michele Minor
Jan 20, 2012 Michele Minor rated it really liked it
Gillian Kincade is a soloist with a New York ballet company who is originally from Alabama and is returning to dance the lead in the Nutcracker for Jacob Ferrar’s regional ballet company. Both Gillian and Jacob are Christians who had dealt with the New York ballet scene in different ways, since Jacob was a former dancer in New York until he became a Christian. This book offers a realistic view of the ballet world in New York where Gillian doesn’t live in a Christian bubble but instead has a danc ...more
Dec 10, 2013 Josephine rated it it was amazing
I love dance, so I picked this book up because of the cover. It's a sweet love story that made those warm and fuzzy feelings come up. There are many layers to this book, and I got so attached to each one of the characters. I was able to relate to them really well. I would definitely recommend this book. I feel like it's a very realistic plot where the main character, Gilly doesn't live in a perfect world. She struggles with personal problems and also the problems of others. This book is inspirin ...more
Dec 13, 2009 Sara rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! As with Elizabeth White's other books, there is the heroine, Gilly, and the hero, Jacob. One of the two main characters always has a "past" to overcome and ultimately the two fall in love. This book brought up a lot of interesting issues that Christians in today's society often face and I think Ms. White addressed then appropriately and has a nack of always bringing everything back to God.

This is the 3rd book that I've read by this author and I'm planning to continue reading m
Eddie Snipes
Apr 23, 2010 Eddie Snipes rated it really liked it
I laughed. I cried. It moved me.

Another Christian novel that did a wonderful job of building believable characters around a believable story line. I didn't have high hopes when I started this. I only read it because I wanted to see how the author dealt with a subject I had also written on. It captured my attention from the begining.
Jul 11, 2009 Ky rated it it was amazing
I thought this was really good. It was an inspirational chick-lit book, but it had an interesting element because the main character was a ballerina, not something you read about every day. I liked reading about the profession as well as the love story. The ending did wrap up rather easily, but it was still a fun read.
Mar 06, 2012 Noelle rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-fun
The book was really good. The plot was pretty predictable, although there were a few surprises thrown in.
I read the book really fast, as it caught and held my attention.
Janet W.
Jul 12, 2010 Janet W. rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult, fiction
A quick read,Christian romance, by a really nice Alabama author I met at the Flowood library.
Jessica Nybeck
Aug 30, 2012 Jessica Nybeck rated it it was amazing
One of My Favorite Books! Great story of Faith and trusting God will Provide
Jessie Jones
Jan 05, 2010 Jessie Jones rated it really liked it
Another great book by Elizabeth White. Loved the ballet focus...
Feb 18, 2015 Christie rated it liked it
I really enjoyed the dance aspect of this book.
Dina Sleiman
Aug 29, 2009 Dina Sleiman rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Dancers and romance fans
Dancers and dance lovers need to read this book!
Sep 09, 2010 Lori rated it it was amazing
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