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Hold Me Tight and Tango Me Home by Maria Finn
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Journalist Maria Finn is a lonely, heartbroken woman struggling to accept her divorce. In one passage from the book she describes herself as still searching for reasons on her face and body as to why he fell out of love with her. She immerses herself in the world of Tango until she finds a path to healing. Amidst tango lessons, practicas and social milongas, she interjects the history of the dance.

The Tango history infused in the story was interesting. The reader gets a good sense of the dance and of the experience of entering the dance world from a beginner's view. (Although Maria was already an accomplished salsa dancer so not exactly a fledgling.)

Characters are developed along the way but not in any great detail. I didn't get a sense of really knowing or caring deeply about any of them by the book's end. They were merely acquaintances, familar but not intimate friends.

And that is what kept me from giving this book more stars. It's lack of intimacy. At times the delivery seemed a bit stoic, almost bordering on aloof so I never really felt any excitement building. Emotionally it was a steady ride but failed to soar to great heights of exhilaration or to plummet into despair as this tale of heartbreak and renewal through dance may have.

Perhaps too much information was tackled in too few pages to develop any depth or emotional bond ... or perhaps the historical information was placed in a way that disrupted the flow a bit ... not sure but a "goodread" nonetheless.


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