Book Review: Dance Over Me by Candee Fick

September 14, 2016 Candee Fick, Christian, contemporary, romance 10

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about the book

Danielle Lefontaine, a fledgling actress raised to the lullaby of Broadway, searches for her long-lost brother and her place on the stage, but a jealous cast member and numerous fruitless leads threaten to drop the curtain on her dreams and shine a spotlight on her longing for a place to belong.

Meanwhile, Alex Sheridan is living his dream except for someone to share it with. When Dani dances into his life, he hopes he’s found the missing piece to his heart but fears the bright lights of the stage could steal her away.

Will the rhythm of dancing feet usher in their deepest desires or leave them stranded in the wings?

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GENRE: Contemporary Romance
PUBLISHER: Bling! Romance
RELEASE DATE: September 19, 2016
PAGES: 268

“Sometimes the best gifts are the ones that catch you by surprise.”

dance-over-me-book-reviewDance Over Me is a sweet romance that combines faith and family with the drama of … well… drama 🙂  As someone who once made her illustrious stage debut as “Chinese dancing girl #2” in a local children’s theater production of Rumpelstiltskin, I loved all the elements related to the theater in Dance Over Me.  (I can hear you saying, “I don’t remember Chinese dancing girls in Rumpelstiltskin… and besides, Carrie, you’re not remotely Chinese.” Artistic license at its best, folks. My only explanation.)

Dani is such a great character – lots of depth here – and since the third-person narrative is only told from her perspective we really get to know her during the course of the novel. I enjoy that her character is one who loves Jesus and wants to honor Him the best she can. She doesn’t always get it perfect but she tries … and He’s the One she turns to often throughout her day. Sometimes, the only way she makes it with her sanity and her integrity intact is because she is leaning in to Him and His strength. I love seeing this authentic picture (in a strong main character) of what it looks like to walk with Him on a daily basis. When you’re on cloud nine. When you’re facing discouragement. When you’re confused. When you’re dealing with less-than-pleasant people. When you’re surrounded by people who don’t know Him. When you’re unfairly accused. When you’re falling in love.

dance-over-me-quoteSpeaking of that last one, Alex is easy to fall in love with. So is his family. Particularly Margaret – from the moment she surreptiously gave the director a beaming thumbs-up after Dani’s performance, Margaret stole my heart. The rest of the Sheridans are also delightful but Alex and Margaret are by far my favorites.

Bottom Line: Dance Over Me is an emotional journey, from rejoicing over Dani’s successes to wanting to purse whomp the antagonists (or at least trip them) to crying with Dani over her frustrations. Through it all, we are gently reminded – through the authenticity of Dani’s walk with Jesus – to let Him fight for us and to rest in His love. Candee Fick’s writing voice is genuine and engaging, and I was immediately invested in this story. In fact, I’m sad to see it over – I would love to see a series surrounding the Wardrobe Dinner Theater and the people who cross the Sheridans’ path.

(I received a copy of this book in exchange for only my honest review.)

My Rating: 4 stars / Loved it!

KissingBook Level: 3 / may forget to breathe on occasion 🙂

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about the author

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Candee Fick is the wife of a high school football coach and the mother of three children, including a daughter with a rare genetic syndrome. When not busy with her day job or writing, she can be found cheering on the home team at football, basketball, baseball, cross country, and Special Olympics games. In what little free time remains, she enjoys exploring the great Colorado outdoors, indulging in dark chocolate, and savoring happily-ever-after endings through a good book.

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10 Responses to “Book Review: Dance Over Me by Candee Fick”

    • Carrie

      LOL!! Now that I’ve read the book and written my review I can go circulate amongst everyone else’s lol

  1. Rebecca Maney

    Now I know where all the “purse-whomping” chatter came from. This sounds like a delightful book. Musicals? Who could ever forget “The Sound of Music” or “My Fair Lady” or “Mary Poppins”(this one dates me)? OR my husband’s favorite (NOT)”Seven Brides for Seven Brothers?

    • Carrie

      hahaha Seven Brides is definitely not my fave either hahaha! But the others you mentioned are at the top of my list! 😀

  2. Winnie Thomas

    I love Sound of Music. I even went on the Sound of Music tour in Salzburg, Austria just so I could go stand in a mountain meadow and twirl while singing, “The hills are alive with the sound of music.” I also love The Music Man and Paint Your Wagon.

    Loved your review! This book sounds wonderful, and I’ve heard so many good things about it. It must go on my TBR pile, as soon as I finish the book I’m reading so the pile won’t topple.

    And Carrie, I think you are getting much too purse-whomp happy! You’re enjoying it far too much! 😀 Do you practice every day so you can become extremely proficient? Do you have a black belt in purse whomping yet? Maybe you should plan a purse whomp competition for the next CFRR, with the prize being some books, of course (to put in your purse–the better to whomp with). Okay, sorry I got carried away. Too little sleep, I guess, or not enough chocolate.

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