Monday, 5 October 2015

I Hope You Dance - Beth Moran

"Ruth Henderson has moved back in with her parents - something she swore she would never do, especially not at the age of thirty-three. But in the face of the mountain of debt left by her late-partner and the fact that her teenage daughter, Maggie, is expressing her grief through acts of delinquency, there was really only one option.
Returning to a house Ruth swore never to set foot in again is bad enough. Add to this an estranged father, whirlwind mother, and David - the boy next door who broke her heart - and it is little wonder Ruth can barely make it out of bed. But then, reunited with her old friend Lois, Ruth is persuaded to go along to a monthly girls' night. Here she meets a bunch of incredible women and for the first time since leaving home at eighteen, Ruth begins to make some genuine friends. She also has her first ever date - with the charming Dr Carl Barker. However, after a disastrous dinner, and a fraught Maggie still struggling with her father's death, Ruth promises her daughter she won't go out with any other men. A promise she quickly regrets when David, the boy next door, asks her to dance…"

A chick-lit type novel with a difference, I really enjoyed this book. A bit tougher than the fluffy chick-lit I was expecting, this novel surpassed my expectations. 
With very real, honest characters, I found myself sympathising with Ruth and the situation she found herself in, hoping that Maggie would find her feet and rooting for Ruth's mum over her new rival. The plot is quite clever - one that on the surface doesn't appear to be all that different to the thousands of other romantic novels out there - but it carries a sinister twist, which I loved, as it makes the story all that more intriguing, and I found myself reading on and on in an attempt to discover the final outcome.
It's a fairly emotional read, one that did bring a tear to my eye, which only reinforced how invested I was in the characters, but definitely a book I will be recommending to others.

I Hope You Dance is out now and you can get it here:

**My thanks to the publisher for my ARC**

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