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Dance with Me (Rice, Luanne) Hardcover – Feb 2004

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"'Luanne Rice touches the deepest, most tender corners of the heart' Tami Hoag 'Exciting, emotional, terrific - what more could you want?' The New York Times Book Review 'Her message remains a powerful one: the strength of precious family ties can ultimately set things right.' Publishers Weekly 'Brilliant' Entertainment Weekly" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
A return to a hometown, and a search... 19 Oct 2004
By Josephine Kaszuba Locke - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Author Luanne Rice is known for her writings of life and relationships. In Dance With Me, main character Jane Porter returns to her hometown of Twin Rivers, Rhode Island, to be with her sister and ill mother. Jane has been away from RI for years, escaping her past, living in New York City's Greenwich Village and founding a successful bakery business. Her motives to return aren't just for her mother and sister, but also to search out a teenager named Chloe, whom she gave up to adoption at the time of the baby's birth. Not a day has gone by that she hasn't thought of her daughter. She meets Chloe under secret circumstances, hiding the fact that she is her birth mother. Jane unexpectedly finds love with Chloe's uncle... but when she reveals that she is Chloe's birth mother, the news is not welcomed but vehemently rejected. After assisting her sister in settling mother in a much needed constant-care nursing home, Jane reluctantly returns to New York to reopen her bakery to escape the pain of Chloe's and the uncle's rejection. Does forgiveness come out of love lost, to be regained? Rice's book has a realistic premise, but soft on character development and depth of the plot lost in the repetitiveness of 'will she love me?', 'will she accept me?' "will he understand?' If you are a reader who enjoys a no nonsense, light romantic read, then Dance With Me is for you. (Recommended Reading: The Pearl Diver by Jeff Talarigo)
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Another success 16 Mar 2004
By Theresa W - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I always look forward to a Luanne Rice book. Inside the covers, they each hold something special, magical- a tale of love, family and redemption. And they always keep me coming back for more!
Dance with me is about two sisters, Sylvie and Jane and their ailing mother. Even though they are both about 30 years old, in so many ways they've never grown up. But now is the time to face the past and start anew. For Sylvie it's dealing with a mother who has Alzheimers, who she's built her whole life around- but now it's time to start a life of her own. For Jane, it's about forgiving her mother for encouraging her to give up a baby she had when she was 20 and finding a way to make up for lost time. And then we get to know the family of the little girl Jane put up for adoption, Chloe, and her family- who have their own secrets and problems.
Again, Luanne Rice takes topics we've read about a million times before and some how still manages to hold our interest. And she never gives us a cheesy ending, anything forced or fake. It's as real as real life can get. I'd recommend this book for anyone who enjoys romance or family stories. The story keeps you interested and the characters endear themselves to you. Also- read any of her other books, they're all wonderful!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Engrossing second chance love story 24 Oct 2005
By Tracy Vest - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Jane Porter returns to her Rhode Island hometown to help her sister care for their ailing mother. Jane rarely makes the trip due to the painful memories that have scarred her even into adulthood. When she was a sophomore in college, her mother forced her to give up her child for adoption, and it was handled privately, with the baby girl going to a local family.

Dylan Chadwick has also returned home. After his wife and daughter were killed in a crossfire while he was a US Marshall, he has returned to the family apple orchard, determined to bring it back to life. He has forged a loving and protective relationship with his niece, who it turns out, is the child that Jane gave birth to 15 years earlier.

Coming home affords Jane with the opportunity to meet the child she could never forget. Soon, she is spending time with Dylan, who has suddenly come out of his shell, and has fallen for her. She too is smitten with Dylan, but worries that her motivations for being with him will be misconstrued once he finds out about her relationship to Chloe.

Dance with Me is an absorbing story about two lost souls who manage to find each other, only to find themselves at odds. The icy relationship between the sisters and the mother is believable and engrossing.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Dance With Me 21 Feb 2004
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This story was exceptionally LuAnne Rice and yet, somehow a lovely departure. Jane Porter has been seeking that which complete her, the child she gave up as a young college student. Her journey sets many free and in the end Jane rediscovers the love of family and of a most exceptional and wounded man. Dylan Chadwick is perhaps on a similar journey, to find peace after losing his own daughter, in Jane he discovers that peace and a forever love.
The story was almost lyrical in voice. I was pulled into both Jane and Dylan's journey and unable to stop reading.
To compare Ms. Rice's books would be unfair, but Dance With Me does prove that her story telling improves with each new offering.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A bit unrealistic 5 Jan 2005
By Elena - Published on
Format: Hardcover
While it was great that the adoptive mother wants what is best for her daughter, I found the acceptance of the birth mother - particularly after her deception - to be unbelievable.

Also, Ms Rice kept pointing out the differences between Chloe and her adoptive family and how much she was like Jane. Yet, when Chloe is clinging to her mother, we don't really see why. The portrayal of the adoptive parents was too one dimensional.
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