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The Last Dance by Fiona McIntosh
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it was amazing
bookshelves: 2015-release, aussie-authors, 5000-books, historical-fiction, mystery, own-read

When Stella Myles’ parents died, she was devastated. Suddenly she found herself caring for her younger brother and sister, Rory and Carys. They were shell-shocked but looked to Stella to answer all their questions and provide the stability they needed. Stella knew the small amount of money she made in her job wouldn’t be enough to keep their house, feed and care for the three of them. The suggestion from a friend of going to the dances and charging her dance partners for the privilege was abhorrent to her, but needs must.

The outcome was an interview as a governess which she acquired without difficulty – suddenly she found herself travelling to Harp’s End in Sussex to educate and supervise sixteen-year-old Georgina and nine-year-old Grace. The wealthy Ainsworth family were her employers for the foreseeable future, while Aunt Dil and Uncle Bryn would care for her siblings.

But her arrival contained one shock after another – she wasn’t sure what she had let herself in for. Tensions, friction and downright hatred rippled through the family and encompassed Stella. When notified she was to attend the family cruise, her reluctance was obvious. Stella had no idea this would change her life completely…

The Last Dance by Aussie author Fiona McIntosh is an intense and suspenseful novel set between WWI and WWII in and around London and on the streets of Morocco. The dangers, passions, frictions and intrigue created an excellent story with a strong and independent woman at the helm. I thoroughly enjoyed it and wish I hadn't left it so long to read! Highly recommended.

With thanks to Penguin Random House for my ARC to read in exchange for an honest review.
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Reading Progress

January 15, 2015 – Shelved
January 15, 2015 – Shelved as: to-read
January 15, 2015 – Shelved as: 2015-release
January 15, 2015 – Shelved as: aussie-authors
November 24, 2018 – Started Reading
November 24, 2018 – Shelved as: 5000-books
November 24, 2018 – Shelved as: historical-fiction
November 24, 2018 – Shelved as: mystery
November 24, 2018 – Shelved as: own-read
November 25, 2018 – Finished Reading

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