Review of I Hope You Dance: Fiction From Beth Moran

Leah Courtney
Last year I read and reviewed Making Marion by Beth Moran. This was a new to me author, and I really enjoyed the book. Now I've had the opportunity to review another of her books- I Hope You Dance.

Review of I Hope You Dance, fiction

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I Hope You Dance is set in the same small English town that Making Marion takes place in. Ruth, after the death of her partner of many years, is coming back home to the small down with her teen daughter Maggie. Ruth left the town in distress years ago when the boy next door that she'd always thought she's marry left her.

Now Ruth is back. And, although she didn't expect it, she begins to actually build friendships and to enjoy her relationships in her old hometown. But will she have another chance with David- the boy next door?

I love the setting. It's one thing that especially grabs me with both of these books by Beth Moran. Beth's great descriptions of the village and the people there make me want to be transported to England. It's a setting that readers can relate to.

The characters in I Hope You Dance are also especially compelling. The author does an excellent job of character development, and so I find myself truly liking the characters and wanting to get to know them. Ruth is a heroine who definitely isn't perfect, but she's relatable. She's real enough that I don't feel intimidated by her perfectness- like characters in some stories I read.

I Hope You Dance is filled with the hope of second chances. It touches on all of those relationships that define us- good relationships and difficult ones. And it leaves the reader with a hopeful expectation of good things to come.

I give I Hope You Dance 5 stars and a PG rating for content. You can find the book on Kregel here or on Amazon here.

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Leah Courtney / Author & Editor

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