Pretending to Dance
Judy Blume’s Forever & Johnny Depp need I say more…….
Why I wanted to read this one……Diane Chamberlain is one of my favourite authors and I always like to pick up one of her novels to change up the pace between all the thrillers/suspense novels that I read. I really like her writing style as it always flows so naturally, and her novels are always enjoyable, ingenious, easy to follow along, and engaging stories with relatable and loveable characters.
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Unfortunately , even though I have enjoyed a couple of Chamberlain's novels , especially Necessary Lies , this one just did not grab me . I liked the prequel much more than the novel .
The story moves back and forth between Molly's life in San Diego as an adult and her teen age life in Morrison Ridge , NC. Way too much time was spent on her teenage years and while this is when the secrets of her past are divulged , the ones that she has kept from her husband , it was just too YA . I felt like I ...more
THE DANCE BEGINS set the stage, and now we find out.........What REALLY happened on Morrison Ridge?
The shocking and heartbreaking truth comes out as a fourteen year old Molly tells the story of the close and loving relationship with her disabled father and their unusual, complicated life on Morrison Ridge.
As the narrative unfolds, and the secret family meetings begin without her, a naive Molly finds a "wild" new friend who introduces her to a cute older guy and educates her about th...more
Meet Molly-happily married, successful lawyer who has just started the process of looking to adopt a baby with her husband. While giving background information to the agency, Molly tells her first lie, saying her Mother is dead. What other lies will she have to tell about her family history, and why?
The next chapter you meet 14 year old Molly. Living on the family compound, caught between that age ...more
Molly Arnette, a successful lawyer and her loving ...more
I am relatively new to Diane Chamberlain, only having read The Silent Sister, which I loved, and the prequel to this novel, The Dance Begins. After reading those, I jumped at the chance to obtain a review copy of her newest book.
Pretending to Dance did not disappoint. The story is told by 14-year-old Molly alternating with chapters narrated by the same charac ...more
E X T R A O R D I N A R Y !
Top 50 Books of 2015. "2015 Best emotionally driven exploration of family, lies, secrets & moral dilemma (MS)."
Diane Chamberlain once again delivers a bittersweet, and compelling suspense page-turner, PRETENDING TO DANCE, hooking you from page one to the end. 5 Stars+ “Must Read” not to be missed!
“Life may not be the party we hoped for, but whil ...more
For the most part this book reminded me of a Judy Blume book, which I used to enjoy when I was a teenager, but now that I'm in my 30's? Not so much.
I kept waiting for the book to get started, which it never did. I kept waiting for some likable characters, which I never found. I kept waiting for some kind of a point, which never happened. Instead I was subject to reading far too much about Molly's awkward and borin ...more
Wowza! Diane Chamberlain cannot write a bad book. She's a sure thing. So if you haven't yet discovered her, you really must. Pretending to Dance was heartfelt and full of family, secrets, compassion and anger. The relationship between father and daughter here was so, so special, it left me envious. Sigh....
The narration alternates between adult Molly and 14 year old Molly. I loved how well defined the teenage Molly was portrayed, and I adored the relationship she had with her father.
In the end, I could relate to the main character, both as an adult and child, and I even feel closer to my own dad.
I am extremely grateful to have received an arc of Pretend ...more
The story follows Molly, a 38 year-old lawyer, who's on the verge of adopting a baby girl, but her past has sort of come back t ...more
Second--- Diane got teenage drama right! I did not like the self centered 14 year old Molly. Also I felt like I was an adult reading one of my Judy Blume books. Though the character Molly reads the Judy Blume book, forever to get pointers about sex, it felt very Young Adult. And that is ok to re ...more
But Molly’s childhood is a secret to everyone who knows her, including ...more
Pretending about things was what Molly's family did. Her dad was a therapist, and that was his strategy with patients and the strategy that he brought to the family.
PRETENDING TO DANCE goes back and forth in Molly's life as the reader shares her sorrows and joys as a child and as an adult. Her joys and sorrows as a child surround her parentage and growing up. Her ...more
Molly is a successful lawyer who is desperately trying to build the family she craves with her loving husband, Aiden. In order to create the family she craves, she is forced to confront the many skeletons in her closet.
As always, I was captivated by Chamber ...more
In Pretending to Dance, the story's protagonist is Molly Arnette, a thirty something San Diego lawyer, who, along with her husband is looking to adopt a baby and have an open adoption. Similar to many of DC's characters, Molly is haunted by h ...more
First, Chamberlain is a crackerjack storyteller and though her fiction may not be classified as literary, it certainly is lovely to rea ...more
In “Pretending to Dance”, Molly and her husband Aidan, are faced with the challenges that come with adopting a child. However, secrets from Molly’s past soon reveal themselves (did her mother really kill her father? Should she tell her husband that her mother is not dead, after all? And then there’s the issue of Molly’s own birth mother and her mysterious appearance…..) and Molly must decide if her unborn child is worth t ...more
It is not often that I feel compelled to immediately sit down to write a review. But with this story, I have no choice, although first I had to quit crying.
Told in alternating chapters of Molly’s current l ...more
4.5 stars review up soon
It's no secret I'm a Diane Chamberlain fan. I've read eight or nine books now and enjoyed them all. I haven't loved them all but Pretending to Dance is right up there with another favourite ... The Midwife's Confession. Chamberlain's writing is smart and poignant and topical and I found Pretending to Dance particularly relevant.
Molly has kept her past a secret from her husband Aidan, a past that has laid the ground work for Molly's fears and anxieties as the couple begin ...more
Molly and her husband Aidan are in the process of adopting a child but Molly is keeping a secret from her husband. Will her past get in the way of their future, ruining any chance of adopting a child they so desperately want? The chapters fluidly alternate between Molly’s childhood and the ...more