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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
Gabi is a very talented ballerina. She could have a lead role in any big dance company in the world, but she’s chosen a small ballet company in Florida to follow her dream. Seems rather unusual and mysterious, but then just about everything about the woman is unusual and mysterious. She has her cozy life of dance and time spent with her cat, and she’s quite comfortable with the way things are. That is, until she meets the good looking doctor who happens to be the son of the ballet company’s benefactor. Then things start to unravel as the relationship gets serious and Gabi can’t tell anyone, not even the doctor she’s starting to love, her true story.
Judith Erwin’s novel, The Ballet: Shadow of Dance Series Book 2, grabbed my attention from the first page. Combining mystery, intrigue and the beauty of classical dance and music makes this story a powerful expression of passion on so many different levels. The characters are both likeable and believable, as is the awkward position in which Gabi must lead her life of mystery. The plot progresses steadily with lots of interesting character interactions and moving dialogue that further defines each character. The author has a flair for building tension and moving the story along with ease, allowing the reader to believe that they are watching a performance unfold before their eyes. The author also obviously knows dance and music well enough to weave it effectively into the story. A compelling read full of unexpected twists and turns.