Thursday, March 1, 2012
To Dance Once More by Sherri Wilson Johnson
All Lydia wants is to travel the world before she has to settle down with a husband. But she may not have that choice anymore.April 1886.Debutante Lydia Jane Barrington lives a carefree, protected existence on Live Oaks Plantation in Florida. But while her sisters happily learn the traditional tasks of women and talk of courting, Lydia dreams of adventure and independence. Even her friendship with handsome Hamilton Scarbrough isn't enough to hold her back.Then one day Hamilton opens Lydia's eyes and her heart to love. But before they can receive permission to court, Lydia overhears a secret conversation about an unscrupulous business deal. Worse, it has everything to do with her and her future. Now she's faced with the biggest decision of her life-to concede or to fight. Either choice will require great sacrifice...and, perhaps, countless rewards.Passion. Friendship. A bitter enemy. A life-changing decision.Set in Victorian-era Florida.
I loved this book. Lydia's ideas for life are nothing like her sisters'. She doesn't want to just be married and have a family. She wants her freedom and to make a difference! She has romantic feelings for Hamilton, but will that stop her from having her independence? Most of all will the words she overhears be the end of all her dreams?
I completely love that this book is a romance and not suspense but it still has mystery to it! The setting of 1800s Flordia plantation was described perfectly. Lydia and really all the characters are developed well and completely real. Her faith is challenged, she feels pain, heartbreak and a whole range of emotions and you are right along with her. I loved the overall theme of God being in control of our lives and everything works in His time.
I rate this a 5/5. It is on my keeper shelf!
Thank you to the author for the complimentry copy of this book. I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.