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Reflections and Dreams: (Combining Reflections and Dances of Dreams) [Mass Market Paperback]

Nora Roberts
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15 Mar 2003
Nora Roberts will enchant and entertain her millions of fans with this special volume containing two full-length novels. In these editorially connected stories, two inspiring women learn that they must live...and love...on their own terms.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Silhouette Books; Reprint edition (15 Mar 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373484429
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373484423
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 10.9 x 4.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,135,289 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nora Roberts is the New York Times bestselling author of more than 190 novels and there are 300 million copies of her books in print. Under the pen name J. D. Robb, she is author of the New York Times bestselling futuristic suspense series, which features Lieutenant Eve Dallas and Roarke.

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4.0 out of 5 stars the saga continues 11 Aug 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Nora Roberts adds to her Stanislaski family set of books with this two-in-one volume featuring characters that are peripheral to the actual family. In Reflections, Lindsay Dunne is a famous ballerina who has opened a ballet school in a small town. One of her biggest fans is Ruth Bannion, a young girl who has been orphaned and now lives with her uncle Seth. Lindsay and Seth clash over Ruth's ability but soon the two are fighting a fierce attraction.
In Dreams, Ruth Bannion is all grown up and a member of Nickolai Davidov's famous company. Davidov is a world famous ballet dancer with a mercurial temperature, used to women falling at his feet but Ruth is determined to be the one who he falls in love with.
For those readers bought up on Roberts' suspense filled novels, these stories will be a disappointment as there is no element of mystery in these novels. They are simple, light-hearted romances with fully developed characters and story lines set in the demanding ballet world. For those who have read others of the Stanislaski saga this book fits in after the stories of the four brothers and sisters, but before Considering Kate. However it is not necessary to have read any of the previous books to fully enjoy this volume.
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I really liked Reflections, which tells the story of prima ballerina Lindsay Dunne, who gives up her ballet to look after her badly hurt mother after her Father is killed. She becomes a dance teacher and meets Seth Bannion when his niece Ruth convinces him to allow Lindsay to teach her to dance. I was disappointed about the lack of actual ballet content hinted at in this book but loved the characters of Lindsay, Seth and Nickolai Davidov, Lindsay's dance partner in Romeo and Juliet who turns up at her dance studio to made Seth realise he needs to make a move on Lindsay!
Having 'fallen in love' with Nickolai in Reflections I was really pleased when I discovered he was the main character in Dance Of Dreams. This book rivalled one of my favourites from childhood, 'Ballet Shoes', but was made better by the sizzling attraction between Nickolai and Ruth. I have read romances for years, including most of Nora Roberts novels, and I disagree with other reviewers who felt that it was a let down. At the risk of sounding argumentative this was one of the best books I have ever read. Ruth becomes the leading ballerina in a New York ballet company where Nick is both director and lead dancer. Ruth is by no means the simpering woman. She gives Nickolai a run for his money - as he does her - in a romance which was very modern for its time (it was originally published back in 1983). They dance together and cause waves. I love this book. I wished it was twice as long!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not up to her usual standard. 21 Aug 2001
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Don't get me wrong - these are still way better than the average romance novel, but since they were written very, very early in Nora's career, they're, well, less than perfect. Shocking as it may seem to imply that NR has ever produced anything less than flawless, early on she hadn't gained the unique style we know and love - as anyone who bought 'Irish Hearts' when it was re-issued, only to wonder if it could possibly have been written by the same woman - will attest.
These definately don't have the in depth character development of her later Silhouettes - the Stanislaski or MacGregor books for instance. There are a few lose ends here that are never tied up satisfactorily and some little niggles in the plot that irritate. Plus, if you are anything like me, you'll be disappointed by the submissive flavour of the heroines in both books, characteristic of romances penned in the eighties. NR eventually broke that mold - but not for a while after she published these.
Also, in order to correct the impression given by several other reviews - these books are not part of the Stanislaski Saga. There is not even one Stanislaski character in them. These books feature two characters who were present in one chapter of 'Considering Kate' in cameo roles.
These are worth buying, but brace yourself for a little disappointment when you have to admitt that NR is not, in fact, practically perfect in every way.
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