Title: Pretending to Dance
Author: Diane Chamberlain
Rating: 3 stars
Days it Took to Read: 6 Days
Genre: Fiction, Contemporary
Publication Date: October 6th, 2015
Goodreads Synopsis: Molly Arnette is very good at keeping secrets. She lives in San Diego with a husband she adores, and they are trying to adopt a baby because they can’t have a child on their own. But the process of adoption brings to light many questions about Molly’s past and her family—the family she left behind in North Carolina twenty years before. The mother she says is dead but who is very much alive. The father she adored and whose death sent her running from the small community of Morrison’s Ridge. Her own birth mother whose mysterious presence in her family raised so many issues that came to a head. The summer of twenty years ago changed everything for Molly and as the past weaves together with the present story, Molly discovers that she learned to lie in the very family that taught her about pretending. If she learns the truth about her beloved father’s death, can she find peace in the present to claim the life she really wants?
Review: I did like this book but comparing it to the other books I have read recently resulted in a 3-star rating. The narrative is told using two alternating timelines, one is the present and the other is from when Molly was 14 years old. I enjoyed this style of storytelling as it allowed me to learn about Molly’s history while trying to figure out how she ended up the way she did down the line. Some parts were predictable, even the emotional twist that explains everything. However, it is still a good read that I would recommend to the right person, especially someone who likes Young Adult as this had a YA type of feel to it.
Other Books By Author: The Silent Sister, Necessary Lies, The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes, and more