Ballerina Ana Brassfield has her path to the stage of the Met in New York and her future with fiancé Peter Engberg all figured out—until her first love, renowned German dancer Claus Gert, shows up in Georgia to dance with her and win her back. Claus kisses her after a rehearsal, a kiss Peter witnesses from the darkened audience. Convinced a kiss between Claus and Ana is more than a one-time mistake, Peter breaks off his engagement with Ana. Rejected by Peter, and knowing Claus is dancing at the Met soon, Ana decides to repave her path to her dream. With her 2002 Thunderbird and Baryshnikov, an old dog crippled by arthritis, she moves to Germany to be with Claus. But the ghost of his late wife, Ana’s own memories of Peter, and the pressure of earning a spot in a large ballet company prove to be a high price for a shot at success.
A Season to Dance (2017) by Patricia Beal is an exquisite stand-alone debut novel. This novel comes in all forms including eBook, and is 253 pages in length. With a full-time job and a very vibrant five-year old, this story took me four days to read. I give this novel 5+++ STARS. This story is a Contemporary Christian Romance.
A Season to Dance is an amazing redemption story. It is a story of seasons: seasons of selfishness, seasons of change, seasons of utter joy and love, seasons of complete disbelief, and seasons of great sorrow. This novel is a roller-coaster ride that took me through every emotion. By the end of this book I was a sobbing mess tearing through a box of tissues hoping my husband didn’t look over at me and my crying, messy face.
The main character is Ana. Ana is a ballerina, and dancing is her entire life. At first, I didn’t like Ana very much. I found her to be rather immature and selfish. But, by the end of the story, Ana transforms into a wonderful woman, wife, and mother. The moments in the story that show Ana’s struggles with God, and her realization that God does truly want a personal relationship with her, were so well written and realistic; they were truly my most favorite parts to the novel. I can remember vividly feeling exactly like Ana a few times in my life, which is why this novel struck me so deeply. The prayers that Ana says by the end of the book are so beautiful, I’m copying them down and making them mine, too. The redemption story is so real, so poignant, and so gripping. I love this book so much!!!
This story needs to be experienced. I will not say a single word about the plot because I do not want to spoil one single second. I truly recommend this book. This is a story that will stay with me for a very long time.
Patricia Beal is a 2015 Genesis semi-finalist and First Impressions finalist. She is represented by Les Stobbe of the Leslie H. Stobbe Literary Agency, and A Season to Dance is her debut novel (Bling! Romance / Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, May 2017). She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Cincinnati in 1998 with a B.A. in English Literature and has worked for the U.S. Army as a writer and editor for many years. Patricia writes from Fayetteville, North Carolina, where she lives with her husband and two children. You can find more info about Patricia on her website here.