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One Last Dance [Paperback]

Judith Lennox
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30 Jan 2014

For fans of Downton Abbey and MY LAST DUCHESS...

'Times change, and sometimes for the better...'

As the twentieth century draws to a close, Esme Reddaway knows that she must uncover the truth. A truth that began during the First World War when Devlin Reddaway fell passionately in love with Esme's elder sister, Camilla, and promised to rebuild his ancestral home, Rosindell, for her.

But the war changes everything and Devlin returns to England to find that Camilla is engaged to someone else. Angry and vengeful, he marries Esme, who has been secretly in love with him for years. Esme tries to win Devlin's heart by reviving the annual summer dance. But as the years pass she fears that Rosindell has a malign influence on those who live there, and the revelation of a shocking secret on the night of the dance at Rosindell tears her life apart. Decades later, it is she who must lay the ghosts of Rosindell to rest.

Spanning the last century, Esme's story of sibling rivalry, heartbreak, betrayal and forgiveness is sure to appeal to fans of Kate Morton, Rachel Hore and Downton Abbey.

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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Review (30 Jan 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075538413X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755384136
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 15.2 x 4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 744,272 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A fast-moving, complex story (The Times)

A beautifully turned, compassionate novel. Judith Lennox's writing is so keenly honest it could sever heartstrings (Daily Mail)

Completely unputdownable...a lovely, entrancing book (New Books magazine)

A sensitive examination of love and loss by this master storyteller (Choice magazine)

A gripping and intelligent romance (Good Book Guide)

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Judith Lennox's novels are full of excitement and drama, with great appeal for readers of Kate Morton

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Judith Lennox is absolutely my favourite author and I have read of all her books but I have to say that I did not think this was one of her best.Somehow her style of writing has changed - there were lots of little sentences and then the next sentence began with "and" or "but" which was for me very off putting. I know that authors these days don't take the construction of a sentence as I was taught at grammar school (never begin a sentence with "and" or "but" as these are joining words) but I feel that Judith Lennox has diminished herself in my eyes by using this style of writing.She hasn't used this style in any of her previous books. Also, I was amazed that one character said "Give me a bell next time you are in town" - this was the 1920's for heavens sake and I am sure no one ever uttered those words at that time! It is little details like that that have contributed to my star rating. I would have so loved to have given it 5 stars like all her other books but this book missed the mark and I feel sad that having looked forward to reading it - the story itself is fine - I found myself mentally picking out the bad grammar and this spoiled my enjoyment of this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Effortless Downtime Read 31 Jan 2014
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During the First World War Devlin Reddaway meets the coolly beautiful Camilla and falls immediately in love with her. She shows Devlin that she feels the same and the pair become unofficially engaged just before he returns to the front, Devlin telling Camilla that when the war ends, he plans to restore his crumbling family home, Rosindell, just for her. After battling through some terrible, life-altering experiences, Devlin manages to survive the war and looks forward to returning home to Rosindell and to the lovely Camilla. However, Camilla has not let the grass grow under her feet while Devlin has been away and she has become formally engaged to another man, and when Devlin calls unexpectedly at her home, she has no hesitation in making him aware that she fully intends to marry her current fiancé. Hurt, angry and confused, Devlin later proposes to Camilla's younger sister, Esme, unaware that Esme has been secretly in love with him for years, and the two of them make plans for the restoration of Devlin's beloved family home. Gradually Devlin begins to have deeper feelings for Esme, but has he really put his passion for Camilla behind him? And when Esme is away from home and Camilla comes calling, Devlin's actions towards his manipulative sister-in-law, have long-lasting consequences for everyone involved. (No spoilers, we learn all of this early on in the novel and, with five hundred plus pages, there is plenty more for prospective readers to discover).

Moving from the Great War, through the Second World War and beyond, Judith Lennox's latest novel is a tale of love, lies, secrets and sibling rivalry, and is a sweeping and unashamedly romantic story.
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4.0 out of 5 stars One Last Dance 13 Mar 2014
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In 1974, the elderly Esme wakes on the morning of a family gathering. She knows that her family will prove difficult, but she must follow through with her plan. She starts to consider her life, and the narrative moves back to 1917. Devlin Reddaway is home on leave from the Western Front for a few days, and finds himself falling in love with Camilla Langdon. When he goes back to France, he is committed to her, and believes she is committed to him. But when the war is over and he returns to claim his heritage after his father’s death, and his bride he finds that time has not stood still in England either, and Camilla has moved on. Camilla’s sister Esme believes she could make Devlin happy. This is the story of Esme’s life, and the England that was left behind after the Great War. The narrative moves from 1917 through to 1974 and we learn not only of Esme’s life but also of the families that became intertwined, and all the things that families go through.

A pleasant and undemanding read, well written by a skilful author, this book offered a glimpse into a world that has passed by, and is a well-drawn family saga.
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4.0 out of 5 stars INTELLIGENT ROMANTIC DRAMA 6 Feb 2014
A book you can lose yourself in and thoroughly enjoy..She is a cut above "similar" authors.I do agree with another reviewer that her style has "thinned out" or changed from her early books.

But-- there is a slight "predictable"plot blip halfway through.The novel soon recovers and i would love to have read more about selfish,glamorous Camilla and scheming minor character Bonnie.Plenty of relationship tangles -just the thing i love.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping family saga 3 Oct 2014
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One Last Dance is the gripping new novel from Judith Lennox. This is a family saga spanning three generations beginning during World War One and continuing right up until the early 1970’s. At over 500 pages this is quite a long book but it does give the author ample time to develop most of the characters and for the reader to follow the ups and downs of the family. I love historical fiction novels and this certainly did not disappoint. Judith Lennox writes really well and the story is full of varied characters some you will love and others you will just despise. The plot progresses at just the right pace without the reader becoming bored and the author made the transition from one section to the next appear seamless. Ultimately this is a story of love, betrayal, sibling rivalry, power and forgiveness and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
In the first half of the novel the story focuses on the Langdon sisters- Esme and Camilla they are poles apart in every way and this is reflected throughout the book. Camilla is ruthless and always wants what isn’t hers and is determined to achieve this even though her methods may hurt others. Esme is the younger sister, shy and quiet she yearns for the simple things in life and to be loved by someone special. Onto the scene arrives Devlin Reddaway, he has returned wounded from World War One and soon catches the eye of Camilla, falling deep in love and wanting to marry her. But early on Camilla shows her nasty side and agrees to marry another man despite her promises to Devlin. Needing a woman to help restore and run his crumbling ancestral home Rosindell House, Devlin turns to Esme and soon they are married.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful storytelling and Characters
I can never wait for Judith Lennox to write a new book and this one doesn't disappoint, I have read all her books,she weaves a very good tale.
Published 14 days ago by Karen Lingard
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Judith Lennox
Love Judith Lennox. Cant wait for her next book
Published 1 month ago by Yvonne Kennedy
4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable, well-written family saga
In 1974 Esme decides she wants her 75 birthday party to be held at Rosindell a somewhat diminished grand house which belongs to the Reddaway family and while we witness a scene... Read more
Published 1 month ago by C. Bannister
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great book
Published 3 months ago by Miles Hazlewood
4.0 out of 5 stars Reads like a Sunday evening period drama
On leave during the First World War, Devlin Reddaway, in love with the beautiful Camilla Langdon, makes her an offer of marriage, and a promise that he will restore his ancient... Read more
Published 6 months ago by little bookworm
5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner from Judith Lennox
I have read everything Judith Lennox has written and have loved every one of them. Her characters are always well observed and this novel is full of people I cared about. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Ann L
5.0 out of 5 stars one last dance
A truly gripping read. So many characters and the story told so well over a considerable timespan. Sad to finish
Published 7 months ago by Isla
5.0 out of 5 stars Judith Lennox never disappoints!
I love Judith Lennox novels and she never disappoints with her brilliant story telling. This one got off to a slower start than usual but once the story really got going I... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Christine A Elsdon
5.0 out of 5 stars One last dance
Five stars
Beautifully written
Its always a joy to read a judith Lennox book
Pure nostalgia and life like characters.
Published 8 months ago by Alice Dillon
5.0 out of 5 stars another great book from Judith
I absolutely love everything Judith Lennox writes.. this is another example of her excellence. Her characters are so well developed. Hate to come to the end of the book.
Published 8 months ago by C. Blackman
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