Book Critique: Dance Of The Heart

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"Michael Baldwin is profitable and flourishing. He is well-balanced in his profession as a profitable specialist dancer and residence life with a longtime partner, David. And,...
Dance of the Heart is a fast-read novel of only 118 pages, nonetheless, there is so much more to this story than one would anticipate. Initial of all, Therrian does a amazing job of setting up the scenes, the characters, and the beginning. It was quite clear to me who the characters were and what function they played.
Michael Baldwin is profitable and flourishing. He is nicely-balanced in his career as a successful professional dancer and home life with a longtime partner, David. And, they just built a gorgeous house on Lake Michigan. All goes well until his lead partner, who is morbidly disliked, accidentally dies.
Michael has mixed emotions over her death but even far more so, mixed emotions when a new dance partner, Elizabeth, replaces Margo, the dead lead. Michael, acknowledging becoming gay from as long as he can remember, is incredibly attracted to Elizabeth. The drama continues as Michael struggles with his emotions and ultimately discloses his feelings to his partner David.
Of course, David, as any partner would be, is crushed and reacts accordingly. In the meantime, Elizabeth, getting only a temporary replacement for Margo, returns to her house. Michael, with all intentions in place, was going to tell Elizabeth how he felt, however, she left just before he was able to do so. This outcomes in more mixed emotions for Michael.
Dance of the Heart is appropriately named, because there surely is a lot of heart dancing in the book. Does Michael ever tell Elizabeth how he feels? Can a gay man truly fall in love with a woman? Was Michaels infatuation with Elizabeth real or a fantasy? Does David move on to other lovers?
What a great story! Dance of the Heart is an account that proves how complex love can be. Therrians story shows how we, as human beings, can spin ourselves into a hole of confusion when we dont comply with our accurate feelings. Michaels mother, Sally, summed it up greatest by saying You cant select who you fall in enjoy with, but you can choose what you do with it. In the end, its all up to you.
ISBN 9780615135007
Reviewed by Irene Watson for Reader Views (5/07) muscle gaining secrets"
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