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At long last, the legendary New York Times bestselling author returns with a heartfelt novel of womanhood, a wild heart, and the healing power of love.

Run, run, as fast as you can!

When life throws her one setback too many, midwife and young widow Tess Hartsong takes off for Runaway Mountain. In this small town high in the Tennessee mountains, surrounded by nature, she hope
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Hardcover, 400 pages
Published June 9th 2020 by William Morrow
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Jun 12, 2020 rated it liked it
No! Nooooo! What the heck! I needed to read something sweet, smart, sassy, entertaining like usual SEP style.

I naturally adored Chicago Stars series! They are special books to reread when you feel depressed, stressful, needing something to cure your soul and warm your heart.
So as soon as I saw my favorite feel good books queen released a new book, I wore my dusty dance shoes to celebrate this special occasion but as soon as I open the book.... yes choo choo sounds of disappointment train was t
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Corina
Jul 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Dance Away With Me was wonderfully different. It still had the author’s signature style, but it also was more emotional, with some heart-breaking moments, and delivered a surprisingly complex plot.

The story reminded me in a small way about all the books I recently read that have been set in the Appalachian mountains. It’s set in a small mountain community, with many courageous and colorful characters.

And it had a wonderfully gruff hero which I adore. With his blunt way, dry humor, and grumpy nat
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Mo
Jun 11, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am torn! I wanted to LOVE this book. I love SEP - she is one of my favourite authors ... ever! I have read and re-read and listened and re-listened to many of her books over the years. But, this one fell a bit flat for me. While reading it, I was enjoying it but I kept comparing it to the brilliance of some of her other books (It Had to Be You, Dream a Little Dream, Nobody's Baby But Mine ... and more). I have rated 99% of her books 5 stars - one book I did not enjoy at all - gave it 2 stars a ...more
Holly
Jun 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

I generally have some strong love for SEP, and this was enjoyable by normal book reading standards for this genre - I read it over the course of just 24 hours! But it's not necessarily this author's best (which is a high standard!). If you have read other SEP books then you will know that this book will feature A) a 'quirky' (in some small way) female MC that is usually kind of poor and almost everyone likes her except for a couple of people who REALLY don't like her and B) a male MC th
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Katie
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was ok
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This book didn't read like the sassy, energetic romances that I've come to expect from SEP. It was slow and sad and a little unnerving at times. The heroine was... different. A little annoying, exasperating, and troubled, but expectedly so. The hero was... the same. Believe it or not. I felt like one or the other needed to be grounded for this relationship to really function effectively and, even by the end of the book, I didn't fee
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Berit☀️✨
It’s complicated. SEP usually writes light warm hearted stories and this book was not that. This book was complex, emotional and beautiful. Tess has escaped her busy life and settled in a small town where she spends her days working in a coffee shop and her nights dancing in the rain. When her path first crosses with Ian an unfriendly arrogant Artis Tess has no idea how much he will change her life. This story is a romance but more than that it is a story of these 2 characters finding their way ...more
Karen
Jun 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
5 STARS



I finished this book late last night, so my thoughts are still a little jumbled. What I will say is that this author never fails to impress me. And I must also add that this book was not at all what I expected from her. In fact, throughout the first half of the book, I was sorely disappointed. It was heart wrenching and painful to read, but worst of all, the characters were doing nothing for me. Hardly a redeeming quality among the lot of them.

But as the book evolved, so did the characte
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Wendy'sThoughts
Jun 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Susan Elizabeth Phillips Fans, Romance
Recommended to Wendy'sThoughts by: Mo, Ⓐlleskelle - teamSøren♗ ⊲I like big b00ks⊳ and ♥Sharon♥
4.5 Understanding What You Need Stars
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When I started reading romance, I discovered SEP. To this day, I will never forget the joy and want I had when reading her. She opened my eyes to how a romance novel could capture and take me away from the day to day while still presenting real-life traumas and challenges. I was lucky to be able to binge read almost all of her books due to an amazing dollar bookstore, sadly no longer around.

Her writing held
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Madison Warner Fairbanks
Dance Away With Me by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

There’s a reason this author is continually on The NY Times bestseller lists. It includes phenomenal writing, multi-dimensional characters and a story to invest your emotions and time in reading.
This story includes a street artist learning to let go of his anger, a widow learning to live with her grief and learning to live and love again. And a small town learning to encompass change.
Overly dramatic? I will admit to shedding some tears in a couple o
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Mirjana **DTR - Down to Read**

***2 Stars***

WARNING: Rant review ahead.

First off, let me start off by saying that this book is WAY TOO DAMN LONG. You ever have one of those dreams where you're running towards something, and the faster and harder you run, the further and further away your destination gets? Yeah, that's this book. It's the book that doesn't end. It goes on and on my friend...

Second, the first 70(ish) pages of this book were terrific. I was sucked in from the beginning and invested in the story. I was whacked w
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Antonella
Some of SEP's books are my comfort read and I love to reread them.
If you haven't definitely check her books out!!

This is definitely a book where romance doesn't play the central part. Sure, it is a part of this book, but not in the way I expected. Also, their connection is not believable. This small town is filled with pregnant women! There is a lot of condoms talk. Tess, the leading lady, is some kind of savior giving the kids the TED talks about safe sex. When she is not doing that she is pla
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Ⓐlleskelle - teamSøren♗ ⊲I like big b00ks⊳


There are a few things I’ve come to expect when I crack open a SEP book.
A gruff hero, a spirited heroine, humor and enough conflict to build some angst—usually brought by the hero acting like a total jerk, all of it packaged in a heartwarming romance.

Dance Away With Me offers all of the above and more, however it was positively different from what I’m used to from this author. For instance, I didn’t expect the story to hit me in the feels and make me cry ugly tears 15% in. It's a definite somber
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DeAnn
Nov 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
4 complex stars

I know this author for some of the light-hearted but clever romances that I’ve read in the past. This one feels different than her usual style, more drama and complexity, but I still enjoyed this read. This is a stand-alone tale, not part of her earlier series of books.

Our main character Tess Hartsong is living in a secluded cabin in Tennessee, trying to recover from heartbreak and sorrow. She doesn’t realize that a tortured painter and his pregnant wife have moved into the restor
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Jacob Proffitt
Jul 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
I'm a huge SEP fan and it has been a while since she last released a book. And the publisher does a great job indicating that this one is different from her norm. So I had trepidation in starting it (not least because I've been unable to follow Nora Roberts in her latest tone shift to romantic-thrillers). I'm relieved to see that, while different, I still enjoyed the story a lot.

Tess is struggling with grief and has fled to the small town in Tennessee to try to build something new. She's still w
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Anne OK
Jun 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-reads
FULL REVIEW POSTED - 6/16/2020

After a lengthy hiatus, Susan Elizabeth Phillips has returned with a solid and well-written standalone novel that has caused a stir among her many fans. It has no connection to any of her other books and introduces readers to Ian and Tess, who aren't cookie cutter characters. They aren't warm and fuzzy, nor are they lively and humorous. But they're entertaining and certainly both bring a well-thought-out message to the pages.

No, I’ll admit that it didn’t read like
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Jennifer
Susan Elizabeth Phillips's new release came at just the right time. Her books are a sure thing when it comes to adult romance lovers, and this one was no exception. Dance Away with Me features Phillips' classic leading lady, strong and resilient, and adds complex backstories and the rural, medical backdrop reminiscent of Robyn Carr's Virgin River. Bonus: My favorite pretend relationship trope is included ... well kinda. You'll just have to read it.

Overall, it's a bit heavier than her usual, but
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Heidi
Dec 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-goal
This was one of those rare evenings when I read a book in one sitting (okay lounging, since I was in my comfy bed).

Generally I avoid (like Covid-19) romances with kids/babies. Why you say? Because as a Mom of two boys, reading was a big way to unplug from the Mom job. As an empty nester, kids remind me that I’m over the hill, or I’ve been there-done that.

But SEP sucked me in, twisted the heart strings ever so gently and I fell in love with the storyline (which was a big departure from her othe
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StMargarets
This is really woman's fiction with romantic elements thrown in. It's a slow-moving, small-town tale of two strangers (to each other and the town) who are thrown together because of traumatic experience (view spoiler) and they end up caring for a premature infant together.

Other things you should know: heroine is an obstetrics nurse and a widow. Her husband died of a virulent pneumonia after ten days of illness. She is
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♥Sharon♥
Jun 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

"As you can see, I am in the tree house....."


WOW! I just finished this one and I have to say it was not what I was expecting. I loved it though.

I’m keeping my review vague as I think the best way to go into this one is blind. Truly. Keep an open mind and heart. ❤

Dance Away with Me took me on the latest creative journey of Susan Elizabeth Phillips. She has written so many wonderful stories that I have read and loved and read again. This book was different from those. And frankly I wasn’t
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Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
I am trying to process all of my emotions after reading the last page and since there are so many of them...it's hard for me to write a decent review right now.

More to come....
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Dana
Jan 24, 2020 rated it it was ok
After reading First Star I See Tonight and Heroes Are My Weakness I was expecting another zany, hilarious adventure as only Susan Elizabeth Phillips can write. But this felt tired and outdated, with bland characters that I had trouble connecting with. The spirited young progressive who ensures condoms are available to youths in the sleepy conservative town, the tortured artist (whose street name continually reminded me of a strain of flu virus), the flighty but beautiful model... it was just cli ...more
Jessi
If you like a Man Who Steps Up, this might be a book for you. It takes awhile but Ian North eventually falls in line. Tess Hartsong is emotionally brittle. Her husband died young and, two years later, she is still working through her grief (because grief really, really sucks.) But she decides that a rural area is going to be the place to heal. Also healing? 2 am dance parties. But her neighbor isn't into that. At least the male half isn't. But he ends up as a single father and Tess steps in. Wel ...more
Ingie
3.7 STARS - Demanding, some tough parts, but finally good enough

🧸🧸🧸🧸

A new Susan Elizabeth Phillips novel to read don’t happens that often and her admirers expectations are probably huge. I must admit I was a bit disappointed halfway trough. But as some GR friends already said and written; Dance Away with Me gets better and better ... and when you reach the beautiful end you just smile a brilliant big happy smile.

These main characters Tess Hartsong and Ian North and their grand story (and romanc
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Silver
Nov 04, 2019 marked it as to-read
I don't even care if it's a four star or not, I'm here for it. Susan has given us so much! ...more
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)


I was looking to reading this book since I’ve been a fan of SEP’s previous novels. However, I really had no idea what this book was going to be about. It turns out that I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I thought I would. I’ve come to expect a level of writing from SEP after many years of reading her books as well as some fun dialogue and interesting characters. However, I felt like this book was written by a totally different person. Not only did I not like the characters, but it lacked
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Tina
Jun 26, 2020 rated it it was ok
This book was honestly a mess.

I was enjoying the first, oh 25-30% of it. A lot.

I liked Tess the heroine was who a widow who had bought a cabin in a small town in Tennessee to get over her grief. She is also a trained nurse/midwife and her nursing skills come into play A LOT.

I liked Ian, the gruff, moody mural/street/wunderkind artist. I actually liked how she wrote about his tortured artiness. It felt overwrought in some places, but it did work overall. And I just liked this vision she created
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Eve
Publication Date: June 9, 2020.

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Tess Hartsong (35) heads to the Tennessee mountains hoping to escape her heartbreak; find the solace she needs to grief and heal. Instead of peace and quiet, she encounters a town suspicious of outsiders, especially one as headstrong and opinionated as Tess. Just as headstrong, is Ian North (36), a difficult, gifted man with a tortured soul---a man who makes Tess question everything. In running away to this new life, Tess wonders---has she lost herself . . . or
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TeriLyn
Jul 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing

5 "This is my grand gesture." Stars

This was gifted to me for my birthday and I'm so thrilled that it was. What a lovely, easy to read, slow burn romance. I enjoyed every zany detail, every quirky character, and the fast progression of growth couples with the slow progression and heated tension of the burgeoning romance. It was fun, heart felt, humorous, and a perfect Sunday afternoon read.
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Chatting About
DANCE AWAY WITH ME goes on my Top 5 List of Most Favorite Books I’ve ever read. SEP is a true wordsmith and this story packs a punch of emotion in many regards. Both the heroine, Tess, and the hero, Ian, are tortured individuals. Only the love of a newborn baby begins melting their anger, grief, and fear, and starts them both on the healing route to recovery. I laughed-out-loud throughout the book at the witty sarcasm Tess and Ian volley back and forth at each other on the gorgeous mountain sett ...more
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Susan Elizabeth Phillips is the creator of the sports romance, beginning with her 1989 bestseller, FANCY PANTS. An internationally acclaimed author, her books have been published in over 30 languages. She’s the only four-time recipient of the Romance Writers of America’s prestigious Favorite Book of the Year Award, and a recipient of their Lifetime Achievement Award.

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