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Reviewed by Gobi Jane for Readers' Favorite
Dance with the Devil by Ren'e Fedyna is the second entry in the Dance Series, a book that follows the lives of three women and their unavoidable destinies. Lola La Fontaine refuses to marry the man betrothed to her from birth and is disinherited by her father. Her dream is to become a cabaret performer, and she travels to the US where she experiences immense success, living her dream. Then when everything seems perfect in her life, she learns of secrets that force her to return to France. Mimi La Fontaine is Lola’s daughter born in France. She believes that her mother died in childbirth, a lie peddled by her rich grandfather, Emile La Fontaine. She lives a life of luxury, a spoiled child who will do anything to get what she wants. Rita O’Reilly is also Lola’s daughter who feels abandoned by her parents. At the age of twelve, she is on a dangerous journey that brings her into contact with dubious characters and danger.
This novel is cleverly plotted. The international setting in Paris is brilliantly portrayed and the author introduces the key players right off the bat. Readers immediately understand the disagreements between father and daughter, a conflict at the heart of the story that will affect the daughters and granddaughters of Lola La Fontaine and Emile La Fontaine. I enjoyed the way the author captures the details of life in Paris at the period in which the story takes place. The characters are elaborately developed and I loved how well the author handles motivation in the characters. The writing in Dance with the Devil is gorgeous and the descriptions are terrific. The cultural elements of the setting are skillfully woven into the narrative, and expressions that are typically French are aptly inserted into the dialogues to give readers a feel of the place. Ren'e Fedyna has a gift for both plot and character and has written a story that kept me reading.