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Dancing at Midnight: The Life of June Parker

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  69 ratings  ·  40 reviews
After a fifteen year absence, Carolyn Graves has returned to her childhood home following the death of her mother. With the purpose of settling her mother's estate, Carolyn attempts to push past the emotions of their strained relationship - and her own anxiety - to quickly complete the process and be on her way. But as Carolyn begins to sort through her mother's private do ...more
Paperback, Second, 242 pages
Published October 28th 2016 by Create Space Publishing Platform (first published February 11th 2016)
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(Mellifluous Grant)
Won this book in a Giveaway here on Goodreads and feel completely guilty for only reading 82 pages. I could no longer handle the depth of abuse this woman's mother had suffered as a child during the Great Depression. As a mother of four I can attest that any level of physical or emotional abuse to anyone of any age is unacceptable... but what I was reading I found contemptable.

The author's voice came across a bit staccato, the way the story unvails through journaling is unique and almost leaves
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We are proud to announce that DANCING AT MIDNIGHT: THE LIFE OF JUNE PARKER by Rebecca Yelland is a B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree. This tells a reader that this book is well worth their time and money!
Allen Madding
Aug 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A book you will read cover to cover

I simply couldn't set it down. A compelling story of a woman learning her mother's secret past. It has a well balanced mixture of romance, tragedy, abuse, healing, and forgiveness. Highly recommended
May 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dancing at Midnight: The Life of June Parker is a powerful debut novel from author, Rebecca Yelland. The story is a non-stop page turning adventure filled with a rollercoaster of emotions. Yelland does a fantastic job at grabbing her readers from the very first page and making sure she holds on throughout the story. I was blown out of the water with Yelland's writing and ability to tell a powerful and emotional story in a page turning and detailed manner. I found myself holding my breathe with e ...more
Mrs. Y
Everyone has five senses that they are familiar with, and everyone has emotions they are familiar with. Regarding emotion, most consider happiness or anger to be in the top, while some look toward fear or disgust, perhaps even sadness. There is an entire movie that embraces literal emotions and goes into how they complement and enhance each other by Pixar and Disney. This review is not about that movie. Instead, this review is about a book that chose sadness as a theme and turned it into somethi ...more
Mar 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was easily pulled into the plot of this novel because I can ALWAYS relate to a character that has not had a happy relationship with their mother. Initially, it was Carolyn that I related to, but once she began reading the journals I felt an instant connection with June also. This is somewhat challenging to review because so many things happen in June’s life and I do not want to provide any spoilers. But I will say this, Carolyn learns that her mother went through absolute hell for most of her ...more
Emae Church
Feb 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a beautiful, well-written story and I loved it.

I won't give away spoilers, as that is unfair but the characters are likeable, without being cheesy.

I won't pretend I didn't guess the ending - I always do, no matter what - but the journey to that ending is heartfelt and real.

I'm happy to see there is a sequel, so expect a report back with regards to that soon.

Thank you, Rebecca.
Helen Whistberry
Aug 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: recent-lit, romance
I enjoyed this heartfelt novel of a daughter discovering long kept secrets after her mother's death. Told simply and effectively mainly through the mother's journals, it paints a picture of a woman who suffered unimaginable tragedies and heartbreak, but also earned great love and friendship. Reads like a romance in many ways but also works as a fictional memoir. With an involving story and characters that you root for, this is an often joyous celebration of the power of the family that you find ...more
Phyllis Saunders
Oh my!

What a story of abuse, neglect and betrayal by those who should have been protecting little June. We follow her escape from these uncaring people and her trying to make a good life with her only two friends. She had a brief time of happiness with her soulmate Jimmy and her best friend Alice. Alas, that happiness was not to last and her life becomes a series of breakdowns. I felt her terror, her happiness and in the end her uncontrollable emotions. I would recommend this book with a b
Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was an intense and emotional read for me. Gripping me from page one to the end; I am glad I had the sequel "The Other Side Of Midnight" on hand. ! **I was gifted this by the author,Rebecca Yelland.
Cheyanne Lepka
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So, this book got me. When I first started reading it, I thought to myself, yeah, I’ll read a chapter or two before I go to sleep. Not a chance. I couldn’t put it down and by the end, I was sitting there sobbing my face off. What an emotional roller coaster. The story is told in two time-periods, Carolyn’s present day (the 1990’s) and in the 1940’s as June looks back at her life and writes down everything that happened.

The thing that got me the most about this book, is how in the midst of every
Rebecca Hefner
May 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an emotional roller coaster of a book! In all the right ways! We begin this story by meeting Carolyn, who has come home to bury her mother, June. They had a strained relationship, as many mothers and daughters do, and Carolyn begins to go through her mother's things. Finding a journal, she begins to read June's story.

Filled with so much tragedy and loss, I was taken by how June managed to find the silver lining in her childhood. Her sweet friendship with Jimmy and Alice was wond
Jul 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: give-away
This book was so interesting and emotional, I read it cover to cover the day I opened it.

While the frame story is a little lacking and uncompelling, the main story is intriguing and pulls you in the second you start. Told through letters written by June, we hear the heart-breaking stories of how she went from poverty in the Great Depression to becoming the mother of Carolyn, who is now reading her mother's letters. This is a tragic and wonderful story, and I had to put it down at times to colle
K Charlene
Aug 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dancing at Midnight is a book about a woman who stumbles upon her mother's journals after her death. As she reads through them, she discovers a life that is much more than she has bargained for. Carolyn is shocked and humbled by her entries. However, in the process, she eventually finds a bittersweet resolution to their relationship and a new perspective on her mother's guarded personality.

It is a tragic story at times, with moments of sweetness and love. June, the main character, ha
Marina Spirova
Mar 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is amazing. I had totally different expectations of it. I thought that it was going to be a melodramatic love story – sweet and boring. But NO. This book is amazing. It is deep and it touched my heart in a way that so little books can.
June Parker’s story is about a young girl who has only one wish – to have a true family. It appears, that a family as we know it is something very luxurious to have. It is also shown in this book that families are not always your relatives, but the peopl
Jan 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed Dancing at Midnight: The Life of June Parker. As other reviewers have said, it is a definite page turner of 234 pages and a gripping story of a family to whom life happened in ways most could not imagine. I appreciate how the protagonist's daughter was able to take her challenging mother-daughter relationship and allow the revelation of her mother's life help herself to be healed. I read this book when it was first released and then again recently so that I could write a review. New au ...more
Aug 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! What an incredible story! The life of June Parker haunted me for days afterward. It just goes to show how much we don't truly know someone unless we've lived in their shoes. A lesson I will try to remember in the future.

The author's writing style captured my attention immediately. I held my breath through each chapter wondering was going to happen next. I look forward to reading more from this author. Perhaps she will consider a sequel to this book.
Mar 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book was very well written and catches the reader's interest immediately. I'm very picky with what books I read and I know within the first chapter if I will continue to read it or not. This book grabbed my interest and I quickly read it cover to cover. Great story, looking forward to read more from the author in the future.
Susan Newark
Jun 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was really a sweet book. Quick read but very enjoyable.
Dawn Hosmer
Jul 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
A heart-breaking yet beautiful story of love, loss, redemption and forgiveness. I read this book in less than a day, eager to find out June's story.
jerry guyer
Feb 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I could not put the book down and recommend this highly. Wonderful story and a true Mother's love is shown.
Tracey Bureau
Apr 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first thing I can say right off the bat with Rebecca's books, is that there an easy read. Meaning, that while she is setting everything up, you the reader are not confused along the way. You're not wondering how what you're reading fits into the story. You know exactly what's happening and why, while the story is being built. It's the type of books that if you have a few hours in your day to sit and read, you can finish in one sitting. It's nice to have to books to read such as these in your ...more
Sam Hendricks
Sep 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Reviewer’s Notes: Rebecca Yelland is an independent author from California currently living on the east coast. Among other things, she’s worked in human resources for over two decades. She self-published “Dancing at Midnight: The Life of June Parker,” in October 2016. It’s received rave reviews and won an Indie B.R.A.G. Medallion for Literary Fiction. She released the sequel to “Dancing at Midnight,” in September 2017. It will be reviewed by Peak Story Reviews at a later date.

The maj
Wanda Adams
Feb 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
I like the author's approach to the delicate subject matter in this book. The idea of a daughter's finding secret writings of her mother is believable and solid. I can imagine so many adult children--especially those of my age--coming across such diary-like material, locked away, only to be found upon the death of a parent or other elderly relative, revealing secret details of a life that no one could have imagined.

In the context of the times--the Great Depression, the aftermath of World War II
C.L. Ogilvie
A fast, easy read. If you're looking for a flawed, anti-heroine, though, you won't find it in June or Alice. It sticks pretty close to the genre's parameters. The good guys are clearly portrayed as such, and the villains are strictly that. But that's not really focus of the story, nor are the traumas June experienced. This is a story about the unbreakable bond between three orphans (essentially, that's what they are) who met at a time they had no one else in the world, and the joy they brought i ...more
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This novel was beyond amazing, it was phenomenal. The author Rebecca Yelland plunges you into the struggles of June's era and all it entails. The story itself is a roller coaster ride of triumph and loss. Your heart will bleed when the character's go through their trials and it will rejoice in their success. This story helped me understand a personal event that happened in my grandmother's life and gave me a better understanding of how hard life was for everyone in that time period. I highly rec ...more
Rachel Bonner
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I chose this book because I've interacted with the author on Twitter, and I love dual timeline books. Like another reviewer, I thought it would be a slow read, a couple of chapters at a time. Instead, like the main character with her mother's journals, I was hooked, unwilling to put the book down. You think know, from the later timeline, what is going to happen in the earler one, but I was still hoping against hope that it wouldn't, that there would be happiness ahead. Now I want to go on and re ...more
Misha Jordan
Mar 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Anita Heck
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Stop what you are presently reading and pick up this book! You will happy you did; well not entirely happy because there are parts that will make you cry, make you angry and make you re-imagine the way you look at some of the people in your life who are closest to you! Rebecca takes you on a journey of sadness, revelation and forgiveness to such depths as those only known in family relationships. You won't be disappointed!
Raven Price
Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Mother's redemption

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It intrigued me how the author wrote. The story starts when Carolyn finds her mothers journals before scattering her mother's ashes. This is a wonderful story of the dramas her mother and two friends endured. It ends by giving Carolyn a new perspective and someone to seek. I feel the story deserves a 5 star.
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