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Reviewed by Edith Wairimu for Readers' Favorite
Dancing Between the Beats by Lynn Nicholas is an impressive novel whose main character, Paige Russell, moves to Tucson, Arizona in search of her father. After her mother’s untimely death, Paige (now twenty-four) signs up as a dance instructor at Desert DanceSport studio. Naïve and unsure, Paige is only slightly aware of the discord that lurks below the surface of the studio’s circle. She is soon caught up in the feuding as Sylvie Goldstein, a professional dancer, begins to view Paige as a threat to her professional career, when Sylvie’s dance partner, instructor Tony Moreno, becomes captivated by the new arrival. Adding to the drama, Paige also catches studio manager Marcos Stephanos’s eye. Meanwhile, Katherine Carrington, the studio manager, struggles to keep the studio financially stable.
From the story-telling to the development of the characters, the novel is adeptly written and results in an engaging and entertaining story. Adding to the main plot about Paige’s obsession to find her father, the tantalizing gossip going on in the studio reveals other characters’ intriguing pasts. Katherine, for instance, struggles with wounds developed during her childhood and past marriage. The novel is infused with humor, which makes the work even more appealing. As the story moves forward, unexpected revelations are made and dramatic scenes play out, further developing the conflicts in the plot. Despite the different sub-plots, the story comes together beautifully, and, in the end, answers are provided for all the sub-plots introduced in the work. It also remains focused on its main characters which give the story direction. Dancing Between the Beats by Lynn Nicholas is a fantastic women’s novel that features an entertaining set of characters.