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Dance the Moon Down

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  50 ratings  ·  47 reviews
In 1910, no one believed there would ever be a war with Germany. Safe in her affluent middle-class life, the rumours held no significance for Victoria either. It was her father's decision to enroll her at university that began to change all that. There she befriendes the rebellious and outspoken Beryl Whittaker, an emergent suffragette, but it is her love for Gerald Avery, ...more
Paperback, 300 pages
Published November 4th 2011 by New Generation Publishing
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May 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Every once in a while there will be books that I will get very excited to write a review about. This is one of those books! Historical Fiction is one of my favorite genres anyway, but I really love one that is written so well. I also really like books that I can learn something from, something that I can take away from it. This story has a lot of historical facts, interesting ones that I will remember.

This story is mainly about one woman during WW1. I had never read a book that took place in En
Jan 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
'Do you think they'll remember us, when we're gone?' Victoria asked. 'The next generation, I mean. What we did, what we saw, how far we've come? Or will it be just another history lesson, a story in a book?'

Dance the Moon Down is an engaging and well-researched historical portrait of one young woman's life in rural England during the Great War.

Victoria has enjoyed a comfortable middle-class life prior to the war, with her father supporting her continuing her studies, enabling her to benefit from
May 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014
I received this book to give an honest review.

I am not a huge fan of historical books it normally takes me a while to actually get into them and sometimes I get bored. But with this one I just drove right into the story and found myself captured into the life of Victoria. Now at the beginning you get a list of characters which you can refer to if you get confused, but I found myself not even needing to go back and look because there was no confusion.

This author really pulled me into the world o
Tracy Terry
Sep 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
One of the best historical romances I've read in a long while. Though less than 300 pages Dance The Moon Down is a story of epic proportions.

Well, I say romance but just as much as it is the moving love story of Victoria and her poet-come-soldier husband, Gerald, it is just as much a fascinating portrayal of life lived during the 'war to end all wars'.

Beautifully written by an author who obviously knows his subject, Robert L. Bartram's words really bring to life this story of a changing society
Yvonne (Fiction Books)
Jul 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Yvonne (Fiction Books) by: Author Review Request
“Because they’re men of honour, fighting a war created by men without honour”

There were simply so many poignant, profound and thought provoking words in this book, that I could have gone on quoting them forever, such was the power and emotion behind the unfolding story.

Whilst for me ‘Dance the Moon Down’ is essentially a character driven story, a sense of time and place is more than convincingly evoked in Richard’s meticulous and well presented research, his keen attention to detail and his acut
Dec 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
The story is set during the First World War, the war that was supposed to end all wars. In 1910, Victoria's parents debate whether to let her go to University. Her Father, a scholar is keen for her to go, her Mother, more conservative believes that she does not need to further her education. Her Father wins and Victoria goes off to study. It is whilst she is at University that she meets Gerald and falls in love.

Despite initial opposition from her Mother, they get married and move out to the coun
Oct 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bedside-table
There have been points over the last year where I feared I might have battle fatigue, I was reading so many novels set around the World Wars. This book was a real breath of fresh air: straightforward and endearing in style, it focused instead on the women left behind, and gave a beautiful insight into the morals of the time. Victoria is the most sympathetic of heroines, and I loved her dedication to waiting for Gerald, her friendships with both Beryl the suffragette and the farm girls, and her r ...more
Meg - A Bookish Affair
2.5 stars."Dance the Moon Down" is a historical fiction story about Victoria, who lives in England during the beginning stages of World War I. It's a story of love and never giving up. I love reading accounts, both fictional and non-fiction by every day people living during extraordinary events so I was really interested to read this book. I enjoyed the story but parts of the telling fell flat for me.

The story itself was interesting and kept me reading. I really liked Victoria's character. It wa
Louise Graham
Jan 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was approached to review this book and told it wasn't your normal WW1 war story, this was a love story. This in its self made me want to read it.

What R.L.Bartram has written is truly a beautiful, heartfelt account of one ladies WW1 experience. It is so detailed and gripping that you are transported to that time and can smell, feel what is going on around. Victoria and Gerald have everything they could possibly want, each other and are blissfully happy until war breaks out. Gerald does what eve
Mar 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Story Description:
Authors Online|November 4, 2011|Trade Paperback|ISBN: 978-0-7552-0682-7
In 1910, no one believed there would ever be a war with Germany. Safe in her affluent middle-class life, the rumours held no significance for Victoria either. It was her father's decision to enroll her at university that began to change all that. There she befriends the rebellious and outspoken Beryl Wittaker, an emergent suffragette, but it is her love for Gerald Avery, a talented young poet from a neighbou
Jun 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
At First Glance:
At first, there wasn't much positiveness in what I thought of the book. The cover, for instance. I definitely wouldn't read it if I just saw the cover. The red just reminds me of the devil. And the teaser. I don't read things that happen in the early 1900's Books were so boring back then. At least the books I have read. And plus, I don't do Victorian styles. The 1800's.....nyah. I can take. I do more medieval stuff. And future. Or modern.

But hold on guys, it's just at a glance.

Nov 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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* I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.*

I am a huge fan of historical fiction and stories relating to war so I was happy to read and review this book for the author. My only concern before beginning this book was that it would be just the same as the numerous other books I have read that take place during that time. I didn't need to worry as I found myself captivated from the beginning.

Jun 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
What I initially found to be intriguing about this novel was that the story was from the perspective of the women of the First World War. I thought it would be refreshing to read a tale about life back home as opposed to life on the front. Especially since there were a lot of interesting things going on for women during that time period as well. Our main character, Victoria is a rather privileged young woman of the 1900s - she has gone to college, there was no indication that money was necessari ...more
Mar 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
One word. Awesome. Love this book so much, so before I move on to my review, I want to thank Mr. Bartram for the amazing opportunity of reviewing this book! At the end, I still couldn't believe that this book is written by a man. Dance the Moon Down has one of the strongest heroines I've met until now.

Victoria, our main character, was happily married to the man she loves (who is also a poet, and I love poetry). She was a happy woman, at least until her husband left for war. Gerald always sent h
Nov 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy from the author for an honest review. I usually read Young-Adult books and reading Dance the Moon Down was a refreshing break from all those YA stuff. Not to mention that it's historical fiction. I would usually prefer to read genres where I am comfortable but this book really surprised me.

The story revolves around Victoria who was lucky enough to have a University education which was rare during the 1900s. At the start of the novel, it is apparent that women during that time w
Dance the Moon Down focuses on the women who were left behind in England in WWI. The protagonist of the story is Victoria, a newlywed whose husband left to fight in the war. When there is no word from her husband, she begins to fear that something bad has happened to him. Months later, there is still no word from her husband, and the English army believes that her husband is dead. Victoria still has hope that he may be alive, and continues to search for him. When her money is depleted for the re ...more
Katie Cross
Apr 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
My single mom raised two kids, had three jobs, and held down the house, so I’m all about strong, independent women.

I’m also all about finding literary gems.

Introducing Dance the Moon Down by R.L. Bartram. It’s a historial fiction literary gem that holds up the banner and says, “I am woman; hear me roar!”
Written by a man. <--- Mind. Blown.

You’re welcome.

Let me start off with the shortest summary ever so you can get grounded:

It’s 1910 in England. Victoria decides to go to University and expand
Sep 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It has been a while since I've read a historical fiction novel that I adored. This genre is usually a hit or miss with me, fortunately Dance the Moon Down was the formal. It did take me longer than usual to read this book, but that was due to the emotional turmoil I was experiencing when reading this book. It was a very well told love story filled with historical facts that won my heart.

I could not help but admire the heroine of the story, Victoria. She was loyal, courageous, strong but submiss
Jan 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
In the spring of 1910 Victoria’s parents are debating whether Victoria should carry on her education to University level or stay home and look for a husband.
Her Father, an advocate for education would like her to carry on her studies but her Mother deems it unnecessary for a lady.
Victoria, finally given the chance by her Father to carry on to University goes on to do very well and during this time she meets Gerald.
Gerald is a well-known Poet and Victoria immediately falls for him.
From this point
Rabid Readers Reviews
Aug 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Victoria starts out an immature young woman who isn’t sure where she wants to go in life. When she meets Gerald all that changes. Victoria grows immeasurably over the course of the novel but in a realistic sense. WWI is not the slap in the face that changes her completely. She still, as people do, has some of the less attractive qualities we witness early on in the novel but as life changes so does she very gradually.

The historical detail in “Dance the Moon Down” is stunning. I can see high sch
Beth Cutwright
Jul 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
This historical romance came as a surprise to me. Our main character, Victoria, is of the upper class and it took me awhile to warm up to her. I admired her silence and reverence when she supported her husband's patriotism and entrance into the British Militia. and I could empathize with her. However when he went missing, I was not very forgiving of the relationship that developed between her and the officer assigned to look into Gerald's whereabouts for her. But when she took up a position as a ...more
Rachelia (Bookish Comforts)
Aug 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Actual rating: 4.5

Dance the Moon Down tells the story of a young woman and her experience living through the first World War, from having to send off her newlywed husband to having to go work on a farm doing back-breaking labour to avoid being homeless. While many books focus on the battle fields, this one tells the story of the fight on the home front, lead by women, who kept England running while dealing with battles of their own, including grief over loved ones lost.

I really enjoyed reading D
Bex 'n' Books
Aug 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: john-s-reviews
Reviewer: John
Rating 5 out of 5 Fairies

At first, I was somewhat worried by the cast list at the front of the book, there seemed to be so many characters to remember; my worries were unfounded though, I never had to refer to the list, as most of the characters they passed into & out of the narrative as it unfolded.

The book is undoubtedly historically accurate and paints a picture of WW1 that most of us will be unfamiliar with, that of the effect of the war at home. The story is based around t
Kristen Buchanan
My Thoughts: Wow. Can I just take a second to say how much I was truly craving a really really good historical fiction? Dance The Moon Down seriously couldn't have come at a better time. I have a strange fascination with all things World War. I love hearing stories from the soldiers point of view, and when I first looked at this, I thought that's what it would be. Rare do you find a historical fiction, about World War I, no less, written in a woman's point of view. I seriously loved reading abou ...more
Jo Barton
Sep 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
This lovely story opens on the cusp of WW1, and although there is a real sense of change within the country, sadly, the expectations of the middle classes seems to be stuck in the Edwardian era. When sixteen year old Victoria tentatively asks her parents if she may continue her formal education at university, it seems likely that her parents, who both believe that a woman’s place is in the home, will refuse. However, against their better judgement Victoria attends Caulfield’s, a residential ladi ...more
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Dance The Moon Down begins is about Victoria. She's a young woman who just wants to attend university during the early 1900's. After her parents granter her permission she spends the next few years there, until she meets the man of her dreams Gerald. After a year of a secret relationship these two decide to marry. But they never thought once they actually got married all of the problems they would face. Soon after their marriage, the war began and Gerald volunteered to go fight. Short
Renae Sattazahn
Jan 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Dance the Moon Down is a historical novel set during the outbreak of the World War with Germany. The main character, Victoria, comes from a high class home where the possibility of war is not considered threatening. At college she changes, becomes friends with someone who influences her greatly, and marries. Shortly thereafter, her new husband leaves for war.
This story is mainly about the people left behind and the struggles and temptations they faced. The book is very "real," and if you are a
Kathleen Kelly
Aug 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing

The main character, Victoria,is a well educated woman for her time, she is friends with a suffragette and has an overbearing mother. She meets Gerald Avery and falls madly in love and the love is reciprocated. They marry in 1914 and the story takes off from there. Gerald volunteers in the war but goes missing. Victoria believes with all her heart that Gerald is still alive, even though time passes without a word from him. After awhile she finds that she is running out of money and is having diff
Wendy Hines
Aug 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Dance the Moon Down is an epic tale of historical fiction. The reader is given a slice of times in the past and how those moments helped furrow Victoria's life. Raised as a middle class young lady, Victoria longs to further her education and it is at the university that she meets the first two people who will change her life. One is Beryl, an outspoken, opinionated woman who speaks out for women's rights. The other is Gerald, the man that Victoria falls in love with and yearns to spend the rest ...more
Tipsy Lit
Apr 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Let me start off with the shortest summary ever so you can get grounded:

It’s 1910 in England. Victoria decides to go to University and expand her education despite popular resistance against it. She falls in love. WW1 breaks out, her husband goes to war, and after a few letters, she promptly loses all contact with him. Is he alive? It’s the pervading question. She’s stuck in the English countryside with no parents, no husband, and no income.

Enter the rise of the strong, independent female here.

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