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Dance With Me

(Art of Love #1)

4.72  ·  Rating details ·  46 ratings  ·  39 reviews
Will a new partnership tear their worlds apart … or will it be the piece they never knew was missing?

In 1959, Arleen Thatcher and Neil Fox are fierce competitors on the dance floor, so they’re the least likely pair to enter a televised competition together. But when rivaling studio owners decide to team up, the two find a partnership they never thought possible.
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Paperback, 210 pages
Published April 2019 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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Abigail Harris
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: launch-teams
My Review:

Genre: Historical, romance, Christian fiction.

My Rating: 5 stars.

My Recommendation: 13 up.

My Favorite Character/s: Neil, was sweet and strong. I’ve never read a book so focused on dancers and I loved getting to read his and Arleen’s story! I want to say more about them but … You need to read the book to find out more about them!

My Verse for both Niel and Arleen is Psalm 86:12

I will praise thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart: and I will glorify thy name for evermore. (King James Vers
Loretta Marchize
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Five stars

Prose: 4/5
Romance: 5/5
Characters: 5/5
Plot: 5/5


The story was told through two different characters, and in two different time periods. I enjoyed how Mrs. Heath carried out these sections and thought she did an excellent job.

One of my favorite parts! I love how it was a slow falling for character traits rather than a lust sort of relationship.

A very good point of the novel. One of Mrs. Heath’s strengths for sure. I fell in love with each of these characters and t
Feb 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Told from the future (2010) looking back in the format of a human interest story for a news story, Arleen and Neil take turns telling the story of their rivalry turned partnership in 1959.

Neil and Arleen are rivals on the floor, each representing competing dance clubs they go 1-2 in every competition. When their dance clubs decide to join forces for a televised competition, Neil and Arleen are matched up as partners for the first time.

A captivating read with compelling characters, each sharing
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I can't say I have read every book by many authors but I have read every one of A.M. Heath's book and I am pleased that none has disappointed me. The thing that I absolutely love the most is that her boos have so much heart and soul poured into her stories. When reading her books, the reader knows that her faith is real and she wants her readers to know that and there is always one character that shows the Christian faith is the best way to live life.

"Dance with Me" is about dance competitions.
Alicia Ruggieri
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Review to come.
Kim Hampton
Feb 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I've read all of this author's books, and they just keep getting better and better! Her characters are so real, you feel like you could meet them for lunch and a chat. I also love the Gospel message that she weaves into her stories. Do yourself a favor and pick up a few copies of this book, because once you read it, you'll want to share it with your friends. ...more
Linda Ellen
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh my stars, I couldn’t put this book down! I was privileged to receive an ARC of "Dance with Me" from the author in exchange for a fair review, and I was totally blessed. This may be, quite literally, the best book I’ve read in years. A.M. Heath can write! I hadn’t read any of her books before this one, but I’m sure going to invest in them now. I can’t think of one negative thing to say, it was just totally wonderful.
The plot, about two ballroom dancers from competing dance studios who are aske
Becky Dempsey
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"Dance With Me" is the first book in the Art of Love series, but each book is a stand alone novel and not necessary for the others. I really enjoyed reading "Dance With Me" and once I started, I didn't want to stop. I found the book to be well written and felt that it flowed well. I liked how even though most of the story was a flashback, we got to see the story unfold and not know the conclusion before the end of the book. I liked getting to know Arleen and Neil. I felt the faith thread was wov ...more
May 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It is a super sweet story of a couple of dancers learning about each other and learning to love each other. The Christian aspect was well done, not super preachy, super unrealistic, nor shallow.
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I received a copy of Dance With Me from the author, A.M. Heath. All opinions expressed are my own.

Trigger warning: alcoholism, abusive parents

"The truth was, I knew better than to look twice at Arleen Thatcher. That gal was trouble if there ever was trouble."

1. The characters. In this story, two main characters take the stage, so to speak: Arleen and Neil. They're surrounded by a moderate amount of supporting cast characters (the two owners
Jana Tenbrook (Reviews from the Stacks)
I did not expect to love this book as much as I do. As in, this review is not just a casual endorsement of a book that is clean and tells a good story, but rather I loved this book!

Interestingly, the book starts in the present day, with Neil and Arleen recounting their story for a reporter. The story quickly jumps back in time to 1959, when the two were competitors instead of partners. From there we watch their relationship develop and change as they are thrown into the unusual situation of danc
Deana Dick
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Grace, beauty, nostalgia, memories, healing and God's love. Those are the first words I thought of after reading this wonderful story of two people who are not only dance partners but so much more. I loved reading about the dances and it reminded me of the show American Bandstand. I may be showing my age, but that show had couples sliding across the dance floor with moves that impressed everyone. The story takes us from present day back to the late 1950s where dancing was just starting to be the ...more
Karen Hadley
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I've had the privilege to have read all of her books! I love the way she
can transform a story of a life lived in the past to a life that is led to the now.
I loved the era in which this story takes place. I'm like, how do you do that?
She truly is a gifted author. In her newest release "Dance with me", you'll met Neil and Arleen and you will be in their corner rooting them on as they dance together in competition as well as battle each othe
Connie Carpenter
Feb 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Dance with Me By: A.M. Heath is a Christian Historical Romance. This book is set in the late 1950/early 1960 time period. I have read books by this author before and I have always enjoyed them. In this book we see Arleen Thatcher and Neil Fox . They are dance competitors. They are paired together for a dance competition. Neil is nervous about this pairing. Arleen does not have a great reputation. Neil is worried about his being tarnished so he holds her at arm's lengths. (ha ha) However as they ...more
Ashley Dawn
Feb 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This was an entertaining read. I will be the first to admit that I know very little about dance. That being said, the author does a great job with her descriptions that I felt I knew most of what was going on. Neil is hands down my favorite character in the book. He is just wonderful on so many levels.

I felt for Arleen. She didn't have it easy at all, and of course people and rumors make things worse. This isn't an instant love story, but more of a grow and show God's love type story. It was swe
Feb 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Dance With Me is one of those feel good books that leave you smiling. Whether it is the music, the dancing, the romance, or truthfully, the saving grace of our Lord, this book moved me. The Christian perspective completes this story. Learning one’s worth in the eyes of our Lord changes everything. From the book: “I know in Christ, we’ll find peace that surpasses all understanding and strength to endure the pains of this sinful world. And I know that He promised to take everything and use it for ...more
Mar 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was truly an “Art of Love”! I certainly can give this book an easy 5 stars. An emotional book that will touch your heart. The dance was so much more than just a dance as each partner had to find just what they needed by themselves and together. Heartbreak, love, faith, redemption and triumph as this story of Neil and Arleen unfolds. I have enjoyed this authors books all along but I think she outdid herself this time. I believe this couple’s story will stay in my mind for a long while. I rec ...more
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A.M. Heath has done it again!! She has written another hard to put down book. I loved going back to 1959 and learning about Neil and Arleen and how they became who the are in 2010. While reading I felt like I had actually slipped into another world, a world of dance.
I could hear the music through the pages and their dances swept me away from one chapter to the next. The way Heath wrote the dances I could actually see them and I completely understood all those dance moves. The title is so perfec
Hailey Rose
Apr 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I'm not one to gush about books if I don't absolutely love them, and I'm definitely not one to spend money on a paperback copy just to have it on my shelf unless I plan to read over and over again forever. Both of those things happened after reading this book. <3

Oh. My. Gosh. *heart eyes* I don't think I could POSSIBLY love this book any more. Every single thing that makes a perfect story a perfect story is in this book, and then add in the magic of the 1950's and ballroom dancing.... *swoons*
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, romance, christian
Art of Love first book, Dance With Me, is one that will remain with this reader in days ahead. A.M. Heath has a way to create dimensional characters no matter the genre she’s writing. This time slip story of two dancers, Neil and Arlene, was inspired as they recalled their younger years of dancing with others until the time for a large competition that gave way to both dance studio owners suggesting Neil and Arlene partner together. Neil and Arlene’s lives were different but one never know what ...more
Maureen Chritzman
Engaging Read

I really enjoyed reading this book. The story and the characters drew me in. This is a great story of healing and the developing relationship between the two dancers. As a reader, i could feel the chemistry between those two.

I definitely recommend this book!
Darla Damron
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When Neil says - Dance with Me? to Arleen I squealed out loud. Such a simple yet romantic line. I loved the story line and loved the spiritual content that was weaved in so naturally.
Esther Filbrun
I’ve been on an unusual reading kick these past few months—a legal thriller (a genre I haven’t read from before!), a Study Bible, and now a book about ballroom dancing in the ‘60s! Apparently, either I’ve been feeling ambitious, or the books’ synopses were too intriguing!

Dance With Me was a fascinating book. Neil and Arleen work for competing dance studios, but when the competition opportunity of a lifetime comes up, they are asked to make an unusual collaboration to see if they can put their to
Jan 29, 2021 rated it really liked it
Dance With Me begins the Art of Love series. It is, also, the first book I have read by AM Heath. I thought it was a great read. It was set during the late 1950s. I enjoyed watching Arleen and Neil grow throughout the book and see how they lived during this era. There were a few lessons learned within the pages that so many readers could relate to. I thought it was such a beautiful, sweet and entertaining tale. I liked it.

I am giving Dance With Me four stars. I recommend it for readers who enjoy
Linda Aldridge
Apr 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A beautiful story! Loved it!
Angie Thompson
Admittedly, I knew going in that I was not really the perfect audience for this book, but I was interested to see what the author did with it. So let me make clear right off that most of my discomfort with this story comes from my personal opinions about dancing (not that I think it's sinful, but I don't really think it's smart), and as sweet as the story was, it just pretty much reinforced my opinions about the whole subject. (view spoiler) ...more
Aug 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a slow simmer romance. I really liked the H and his interactions with the h. A good story of things aren't always what they seem and the layers people have. I appreciated it being a clean story with the emphasis on two people growing and coming together and not all things physical. It had good dialogue and made me wish I could go dancing. We were show not told the romance and character growth. ...more
Kimberly Bowie
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This story is exactly why A.M. Heath has quickly become one of my favorite authors! She has such a way with words that draws one straight into the story. It's like being a character in the story! This is the story of Neil and Arlene and is a wonderful example of the good that can come if people can just put aside their differences.

I can't think of anything that I didn't like about this story!

I recommend this book to anyone looking for a clean read, Christian fiction, page-turner, and looking for
Raechel Lenore
Mar 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-reads
I love dancing. Let me rephrase that; I love the idea of dancing and watching other talented people dance. ;) I have never been very skilled at it myself, but it is a joy to watch, and such a pleasure to read a book where the main characters were professional dancers. In the 50’s no less! I loved mentally picturing each scene as it unfolded. The writing style made that particularly easy to do. Written in first person, it felt like you were right there with the characters.
The story starts out in
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It was not your typical love story, but felt so realistic and yet, heart wrenching.
Abusive father.
Beautiful girl.
Kind boy.
Dance competitions.
It set up this storyline told in a unique way, that I just throughly enjoyed without being over the top romance.
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Besides being an Indie Author, I’m a wife, mother of four, Sunday School teacher, sweet tea drinker, history fanatic, romantic, bubbly, lover of broccoli, and a retired cake decorator who has a soft spot for Christmas trees, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, and sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ.
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