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Reviewed by Rebecca Carrico for Readers' Favorite
Dance The Moon Down begins in the spring of 1914. Victoria's parents are deciding whether or not to continue her education by sending her to college. They could not know that their decision would change her life forever. At college she makes many friends and rooms with a girl named Beryl Whittaker. Beryl is involved with the newly formed women's right movement and tries to get Victoria involved too. Victoria also meets the famous English poet, Gerald Alvey, whom she falls passionately in love with. After college, in 1914, they are married. A few months after their marriage, England is at war with Germany. Thinking it will only last a little while, Gerald enlists. He writes her letters every day until one day the letters stop. She goes to the War Department in London to see if they have any news of him. She finds out he is listed as missing in France. She continues on with her life, but eventually runs out of money. She has never worked before but realizes she must get a job. Since she has a college degree, she thinks it should be easy to find work. She tries everywhere but no one will hire her. Finally she tries a neighboring farm and is hired on a trial basis since she has never done manual labor. She meets three women working there who help her and she helps them in other ways. She still believes her husband is alive and has not given up hope that he will come home to her. But will he?
Dance The Moon Down is a wonderful book. I love the time period of the early 1900s. The characters are fully drawn. I could hardly put this book down and did not want it to end.