The Dance of Love is a coming-of-age tale that spans more than two decades of vast change. Against a backdrop of high Edwardian luxury, Natalie Edwardes is poised on the brink of adulthood and, in an age when a woman's destiny is decided by marriage, her beauty, wit and wealth would seem to guarantee her a glittering future. But, isolated by her father's position as a selfThe Dance of Love is a coming-of-age tale that spans more than two decades of vast change. Against a backdrop of high Edwardian luxury, Natalie Edwardes is poised on the brink of adulthood and, in an age when a woman's destiny is decided by marriage, her beauty, wit and wealth would seem to guarantee her a glittering future. But, isolated by her father's position as a self-made man, Natalie has never felt at ease in a society bound by a maze of conventions. Heart, for her, will always rule head, and so it seems that an encounter with a dashing yet gentle artist-soldier contains all the seeds of her life's happiness. The dance of Natalie's life whirls her from the glittering ballrooms of London and the grand houses of Scotland and Devon, to the Scottish Highlands. But the strictures of polite society are far-reaching and Natalie's happiness is abruptly snatched away. She is forced to compromise her romantic ideals and it is only when the tragedy of the Titanic touches her life, years later, that she discovers what love really means and the heartrending choices it poses. Choices that even the cataclysmic events of 1914-1919 seem unlikely to challenge....
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The Dance of Love Reviews
'The Dance of Love' by Angela YoungA reader response by Kevin MannionWhile this genre of book isn't typically what I look for, I decided to take a chance with 'The Dance of Love'. I was glad I did.I enjoyed getting a taste of Edwardian high society, and how that society changed in the years leading up to, during, and just after the First World War. But it's the novel's main character, Natalie Edwardes, that is very much what the story is really about - as well as how those big events around her touched and shaped her life and the lives of her family and friends.I was afraid at first that, being a tale of historical romance, the book would run the risk of being awash with situational constraints that modern society could not relate to. And yes, the specific problems that come up are very much of their time - but nevertheless conceptually they shine through for today's readers. You can't help but feel for Natalie.Yes, the book flirts with clichéd situations - but it then skilfully diverts away from them: Set-ups that I was ready to groan at, believing I knew exactly what was coming, then actually surprised me with payoffs that were in fact satisfying. I think it's because the characters felt like real, rational, and emotional people - not Edwardian cardboard cut-out villains and victims.The tale is expertly and traditionally told - there's nothing edgy or risque about the writing style. This isn't a criticism; just an observation. Having not read the classics like 'Pride and Prejudice', but based on what I've picked up about those worlds, I can imagine that fans of Jane Austen (and contemporary equivalents) would relish this book.I had to get to the end of the story to appreciate it fully. For the first half of the novel, when Natalie is younger, I found it harder to sympathise with her. I felt as if, even though on the surface she seemed to struggle fitting in with society and it's rules, in fact everything was being handed to her on a plate. However, it's as we follow her over time that we really appreciate the complexities in her life – we come to understand how that first half was really showing us one possible trajectory; and how, when that trajectory is disrupted, she handles the hardships that follow.I always like to comment on the book's design, so thought I'd just add that that's what attracted me to this book initially. I loved the washed-out watercolour blue and yellow, and the empty shoe. Just be aware that the book isn't predominately 'about' dancing (although there is some dancing in the book) but serves as a metaphor.A good read – I hope you enjoy it.
The Dance of Love tells the story of Natalie Edwardes, a headstrong young girl with no desire to obey the rules of life in Edwardian 'High Society'; where love plays second-fiddle to class and wealth, and where she is too often reminded that she doesn't really belong. Instead, Natalie follows her heart, and experiences the many ways in which it can be broken, and healed; and learns that 'love' can exist in many different forms and is seldom straightforward. Now, cards on the table... 'Way-back-when' period novels are not really my thing, love stories are not especially my thing, and yet I find myself again knocked sideways by the astonishing works of the extremely talented Angela Young! Admittedly, the first half of the book was really quite predictable plot-wise; high society, betrothals, dowries, 'she doesn't love the guy you are all making her marry, she loves the other guy' etcetera, etcetera... nevertheless, the beauty of the language was touching; “He likes shadows, you know, and I think he understands me better than I understand myself. Or, perhaps, when I'm with him, I understand myself better because he shows me who I am.” and the mesmerising scene-setting that not only really placed you there, but which cleverly related the imagery to the characters;'The hills were pale green in the sunlight ad the wide expanse of lawn that flowed down to the park from the terrace glowed emerald. Hoxash's carefully planted and tended herbaceous borders were crowded with colour and life and Natalie's happiness flourished in harmony with her garden'Both elements ensured my perseverance – I feel Young has a very special talent for writing and could probably make a 'flat-pack' instruction manual sound just sublime!It turned out though, that this was not just a very beautifully written whole load of nothing! Much like my experience of Young's first novel, Speaking of Love, I found myself very slowly and subtly reeled in until I was completely consumed and there was no way on Earth I could possibly put this book down! And when Natalie's already quite tragic life is hit hard by such historical events as the sinking of the Titanic, and the breakout of World War I, well let me tell you there are few books that can make me well up!I am fast becoming a huge fan of Young's work. The talent this author has for delivering such moving, heart-wrenching misery, within the most stunning settings described in such beautiful, fine detail is completely mesmerising. The jury is still out on how the book ends – which I'm afraid I can say very little about without ruining it for you – but I feel this story will touch each reader individually in a very unique way. *My thanks to the author and publishers for providing this book for review.
The Dance of Love is historical fiction set at the turn of the twentieth century between 1899 and 1919. It is outstanding and I loved it so much. At times as I read it I could hardly see the pages through my tears – and there have not been many books that have that effect on me. It’s a brilliant book, both a heart-rending love story and a dramatic story too, as the sinking of the Titanic in 1912 and the devastating and tragic effects of the First World War impact on the characters’ lives.It’s the story of Natalie, the daughter of Sir Thomas Edwardes, a wealthy business man, a self-made man who is socially unsure of himself, but who wants his daughter to be accepted into society. It begins in 1899, a period when young ladies were presented at Court for the London Season, an opportunity to meet their future husbands. Natalie’s friends, the daughters of Lady Bridewell, are looking forward to the London Season. But Natalie has little desire to be presented at Court, relishing the idea that she would be free to live without such restraints and marry for love, someone who will care for her for herself, not because of her family connections. However, she falls in with her father’s wishes and when she meets a handsome artist-soldier, Lieutenant Haffie, it seems her wish for a happy marriage will come true.What I really liked about this book is the way historical background is seamlessly interwoven with the narrative and how it captures the changes in society as the years went by. Natalie grows from a young, impulsive teenager with passion for romance and dancing into a responsible young woman whose hopes for a happy marriage are in the balance. The portrait of the Edwardian upper classes, with their lavish life style, glittering balls and all their extravagances is fascinating, contrasting with the enormous changes in society as the War takes its effect.I liked all the details about paintings as Haffie shows his work to Natalie – Angela Young’s beautiful descriptions draw such vivid full colour images that I could easily visualise the paintings, which Natalie says are ‘mysteries made of light.’ And her portrayal of the settings, whether in London, Devon or the Scottish Highlands are just as vivid, making this a richly descriptive book.But it is the effect of the War and the effect on the families of those people travelling across the Atlantic on the Titanic that really brought home to me the whole human tragedy that people lived through, much more than any historical account has done. I think it’s seeing these events through the eyes of the people left at home that has the most impact.
I had the great luck to read this book just before it came out this summer. I'm already a fan of Young's writing and greatly enjoyed her earlier novel, Speaking of Love. This new novel shows just how far Young can go - writing in a different period (historical fiction) but with the same urgency as she wrote her contemporary novel. Here is my review:In this affecting historical drama, Angela Young captures turn-of-20th century England by distilling its various joys and tragedies into the life story of an extraordinary young woman, Natalie Edwardes, and her journey to marriage and motherhood. Young successfully combines the charm of an Edwardian period piece—think Wharton, Hardy or James—with the solemn thematic project of a novel like Rebecca West's The Return of the Soldier. This beautiful book is a pure pleasure to read, but has a very serious heart. It is carefully crafted, and both heartrending and joyful.
Honestly, I couldn't put it down. Without giving too much away, the book was such a pleasure to read. A mix of romance and suspense, coupled with key historical events of the time. You really feel every emotion that Natalie feels and the emotional journey she takes over the years. You accompany her through lust, love, guilt and betrayal and feel every emotion with her. The characters that I particularly enjoyed were Millie and Gussie, we all have a friend like the both of them, the dreamy one searching for true love and the one who just sometimes puts her foot in her mouth. You will find yourself becoming so emotional as you share the ups and downs with Natalie. I strongly suggest you pick up this book as like myself you will struggle to put it down.**I was lucky enough to receive the book from one of Good Read's First Reads giveaways*
The Dance of Love is a wonderful book, a delight from cover to cover, a bringer of pure pleasure. The heroine is as curious and emotional as the narrative is elegant and controlled. This is a truly charming story, beautifully told.
This novel was not at all what I expected but in a positive way - it is a really enjable read.