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Slow Dancing on Price's Pier

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  251 ratings  ·  66 reviews
A family learns that time can erase mistakes when the heart remains true- from a refreshing new storyteller.

Fifteen years ago, Garret Sorensen's family, trust, and heart were destroyed when Thea Celik betrayed him and married his brother. Now they are divorcing. Garret's ready to finally mend his relationship with his brother. But being back in Newport, Rhode Island, tr
Paperback, 368 pages
Published April 5th 2011 by Berkley
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Jul 25, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011-reads
This is the perfect book to take to the beach and just escape into the pages. I really enjoyed the setting and the characters. I truly loved reading the intro pages for each chapter as they were based around coffee and interesting tid-bits that foreshadowed what was going to unfold next. Even though nothing earth-shattering occurred and I pretty much figured out how the story would end, I still enjoyed my time spent in Newport, Rhode Island. If you're looking for a great family drama with a bit ...more
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews

Lisa Dale waltzes right into the heart with her complex and intriguing new romance, Slow Dancing on Price’s Pier.

Main characters Thea and Garrett are so right - but also so wrong for each other - for so many reasons. Reasons they both see (and feel) all too clearly. If the opinions of Price’s Pier, Rhode Island townies don’t put them off, and If the risks too many family connections are a not an overwhelming concern, then there is still the impact Thea’s daughter, and Garett’
Apr 21, 2011 rated it liked it
When Thea and Jonathan divorced, the rumors started. In a small town like Price’s Pier, by the evening, everyone knew about Thea and Jonathan. Thea and Jonathan’s daughter, Irina is not handling her parent’s divorce so well. Another person that seems to have a grudge with Thea is Jonathan’s brother…Garret.

Fifteen years ago, Garret thought that he and Thea would end up together but instead she married Jonathan. Thea is trying to adjust to the single life again but it isn’t easy when everywhere s
Aug 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Give me a story about coffee, and I guarantee you I will love it. I am simply a coffee fanatic. Not cappuccino. Not frappuccino. Not mochas, or lattes, or macchiatos. Just plain, simple coffee. Black. My true favorite is New Orleans-style coffee with chicory. Lisa Dale's novel Slow Dancing on Price's Pier tells readers that chicory was initially included with coffee grounds as a way to make the once-rare treat stretch. Chicory is a root that is darkened so that it looks like coffee, then mixed i ...more
Lady Lioness
I am actually rather surprised that this is a RITA finalist in the Contemporary Single Title Romance. I wouldn't classify this as a romance at all. Yes, technically, there's a happy ending, but the focus of the book isn't just about the relationship between a hero and a heroine. It's about Garrett and his brother, Jonathan. It's about Garrett and his ex-girlfriend, Thea. It's about Jonathan and his ex-wife, Thea. It's about Jonathan and Thea and their daughter, Irina. It's about Thea and her ex- ...more
Oct 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great book! A super romance.
Romancing the Book
Jun 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya
Reviewer: Valerie
Stories about summertime and first loves always bring me back to my teen years – before the life you think you’ll have actually starts, for real. I recently read the young adult trilogy by Jenny Han (book one is The Summer I Turned Pretty), which was fantastic and I wanted something to read along those lines again...I was not disappointed in Slow Dancing on Price’s Pier.

I really enjoyed the small town feeling of this book and Thea’s “coffee columns” from the local newspaper foun
Stephanie Dahlberg
Jun 26, 2011 rated it it was ok
After reading most of the positive reviews, I feel somewhat like a Scroog to say that I thought the book was just okay. While probably pretty realistic, I kept wanting to sit all of the characters down in a room together and let them duke it out or, at the very least, get all of their problems out into the open. There was a lot of wasted time and energy invested in past grudges but I suppose that's the way it might be. I guess I have no patience with that. It sort of went on and on and on....wit ...more
Aug 28, 2011 rated it liked it
I enjoyed reading this book, with its sympathetic characters, but was constantly frustrated by the format the author chose. The story jumps back and forth in time and changes perspective between several characters. It was a challenge to figure out when and who I was reading about. I've read other books that switch back and forth between characters with each having alternating chapters, but in this book the perspective changed ever couple of pages.
Tara Young
Jan 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
A roller-coaster of emotions! I felt every emotion throughout the story with many lessons of forgiveness and love. Lisa Dale really brought the characters to life.
I do feel like it ended a bit abruptly, however. Like it was building up for so long that it left little time to wind down. I'd love to see it as a movie, though!
Nov 16, 2019 rated it did not like it
A three-hour airport read. Characters felt a bit flat; story was unrealistic.
Oct 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
Each chapter of Slow Dancing on Price's Pier begins with Thea's newspaper column From "The Coffee Diaries" by Thea Celik. In this one page column Thea explores the history of coffee, but of course there's more there as each gorgeous little story applies to her life and to that of those around her. I love the way Dale uses them in conjunction with the story.

Slow Dancing on Price's Pier is a complex story of friendship and love that involves one woman, two brothers, and a family. It's a triangle t
May 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
I love reading books about relationship; be it a romance, friendship or the tie within a family. Thus when I received a pitch from the publisher to review Slow Dancing on Price's Pier, I didn't hesitate because this book seems to have all the elements I mentioned above.

Set in Newport, Rhode Island, Slow Dancing on Price's Pier tells a story of a young woman named Thea Celik and her relationship with the two Sorensen's brothers - Jonathan and Garret, and how a hasty decision she made years ago h
May 04, 2012 rated it liked it
More like 3 1/2 stars.

I liked it. Not only did I learn about coffee but I got a wonderful story to go with it. The story follows Thea, Jonathan, & Garrett as the weave through broken friendships, broken hearts, a civil divorce, a hurt child caught in the middle and finally coming to terms with the past. In many ways, I feel I am bit biased as I am a total sucker for relationship stories, especially second chances and first loves and this was exactly that. While the writing wasn't spectacular, t
Feb 19, 2017 rated it liked it
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Samantha March
May 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
Thea Celik couldn’t help but to fall head over heels for Garret Sorensen when she was in high school. The Sorenson family took her in when her family left the country, and she thought she had it all- a second family, a boyfriend, and a best friend- Garret’s brother Jonathan. But when she and Garret break up, Thea is left heartbroken and confused. When Thea finds herself in a tough position, Jonathan steps up and asks Thea to marry him. Still confused and bewildered over Garret, Thea accepts the ...more
Jun 23, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a great summer read! Here are three people – Garret, Jonathan and Thea – who grew up, lived together and shared everything together. As teens, Thea fell deeply in love with Garret, but due to circumstances, married Jonathan. Garret hurt her and broke her heart and Jonathan offered to pick up the pieces. However, the marriage threw Garret into a rage and he disowned his brother and refused to attend family events if Jonathan and Thea were in attendance.

Now, Jonathan and Thea are divorcing an
May 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Each chapter of this book followed a pattern. First there would be a column by the heroine about coffee. (The heroine owns a coffee shop.) I must confess that I don't drink coffee. Not because it's bad for you or any such thing. I just plain don't like the taste. So, while I grant that others might like it, I just don't get the point of a paean to coffee. I'm sure there was supposed to be a link between the coffee column and the chapter afterward, but most of the time I missed it.

Anyway, after
Lori Moore
Nov 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
I only purchased this book because of a sale at the book store, and had never heard of Lisa Dale. I will say I was pleasantly surprised. I started this book on a Friday evening only reading a few chapters but on Sunday morning I was curled up on the couch on a cool rainy day and finished it off. It was a touching story that proves some people choose a path out of convinence rather than following their heart. Just because your love is tested you shouldn't be so quick to give up, real love is wort ...more
Jan 18, 2012 rated it liked it
My first book by this author and not exactly all I was hoping it would be, but not bad either. At times, I feel like books just barely scratch the surface of their potential and that was where this book stood for me.
It was entertaining, well-written and didn't ramble yet it never really grabbed my emotions.

Before each chapter was a newspaper column about coffee which pertains to the main character owning a coffee shop and was written by her. These were full of facts and trivia I didn't know and
Mar 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
i really enjoyed this book sometimes it was hard to understand the author parts of the book was the past and present. but you really got to know the charactors better. Thea and Garret and Jonathan were best friends when the were young kids until they got to high school that is when Garret and Thea started dating Jonathan was already at college. Jonathan and Garret are brothers. which in some ways the two would compete for Thea. Garret was the jock and the popular one every girl wanted him. Jonat ...more
Jamie Raintree
Oct 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Lisa Dale is a beautiful writer. I loved this book, a story about a family intertwined by love, marriage, regrets and grudges. Dale did a flawless job of interweaving the character's current lives with flashbacks of how they came to know each other, fell in love, and then got torn apart. Her voice and style are slow and quiet, yet still entrancing in such a way that I never lost interest. I fact, I read the last 130 pages in one day! (That's a lot for me.) I highly recommend this book to anyone ...more
Jul 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
Main character Thea is best friends with the Sorenson brothers Garrett and Jonathan and she dates Garrett only to end up marrying Jonathan, which pulls the family apart. Fast forward years later and they are divorcing and Garrett is back in the picture to help Jonathan get back on his feet, but can't fight his feelings for Thea. Feelings that Thea also has for him. I can understand how some people wouldn't exactly care for that type of story line, but it was soooo good. There was a ton of tensi ...more
May 02, 2015 rated it did not like it
So this is what passes as romance? As the mother of sons, quite a few sons, this story bothered me on so many levels. Thea is in love with the bad boy brother, but marries the nice guy. Does he have absolutely any feelings in this story? Ten years later they realize that their marriage has no spark, because we all know that nice guys are boring.... the list goes on as I won't even get started on the relationship of the brothers, but suffice it to say that I can't imagine my sons (allowing themse ...more
Jaime Stricklin
May 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2011
ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL!!!! This was an amazing love story and I couldn't read it fast enough. I wanted to know what was going to happen, but I didn't want to skip one word. I could write a long review and pick apart the story and the characters, but it would all come down to the same thing. I want to bask in the glow of finishing an extremely great read and recommend all romance-lovers rush to find a copy for themselves!!!! ...more
Jun 10, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Met the author at an event and bought the book (she is a friend of a friend). This is not the kind of book I usually read (contemporary romance), but I was able to admire what she did within the genre.

Thea is an engaging character, and the love scenes are hot without being trite or gross. The Newport environment was fun and made me want to go back to Newport. The connections between Thea's articles about coffee and the plot and character development were a nice touch.
Nancy H
Aug 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is the story of a woman, Thea, who married the wrong man, and we meet her at the beginning of the book when she is divorcing him. They have a daughter, Irina, who does not react well to the breaking up of their family. Things are complicated, because Thea's best friend is her ex-husband's mother, a woman who helped her after her own family returned to Turkey. This is a story of loss, struggles, and ultimately, redemption and new love. This was a great book and I did not want it to end. ...more
Allen Steele
Jan 14, 2013 rated it liked it
More Dramtic than story. The construction was intriguing on 2 parts: good was the coffee tidbits & history before each chapter that furnished it with richness & depth.Bad was the continual flashbacks from their highschool days that was arduously hard to follow. The characters were well thought-out & descriptive.The fire at the end accentuated a good twist i didnt see coming. The name of the coffee house(Dancing Goat) priceless.
Margie Senechal
Apr 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This was wonderfully, romantic book. I loved all the characters and rooted for each one to find their version of happily ever after. I came home after a stressful day at work, curled up on the couch, and indulged in three hours of bliss with this book. After reading this one, I am definitely seeking out Lisa Dale's previous books. I can't wait to get lost in her words once again. ...more
Jun 09, 2011 rated it liked it
The story takes place in Newport Rhode Island and deals with three friends who met as children;a girl, Thea, and two brothers, Jonathon and Garrett.This is an entertaining family drama which covers everything from high school crushes, to marriage, to divorce to finding your true love.
Grab your beach towel and head to the beach with this book.
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A lifelong bookworm, Lisa Dale is a firm believer that there are few things in life better than curling up with a novel and a cup of tea. Lisa Dale grew up in rural Northwestern New Jersey before attending McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland. She worked briefly in publishing before going back to school to get an MFA in fiction at Fairleigh Dickinson University. A nominee for Best New America ...more

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