Echoes of the Dance Paperback – 1 Apr 2006
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"Marcia's writing is, as always, lyrical and immensely readable and her characters well rounded and believable... An excellent and uplifting read." (Western Morning News) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
A glorious and heartwarming novel of families, tragedy and renewal - perfect for fans of Erica James, Victoria Hislop and Santa Montefiore --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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She dealt with some difficult issues which she wove into her characters' lives and problems. This seemed a departure in context but not style and was an excellent development of her genre. I loved it. Roly and Nat were super guys; Monica quite awful as she was intended to be - a brilliant study of a controlling, manipulative woman who only exists for herself when things revolve around her and who only sees things in relation to how they affect her. I wasn't desperately keen on Janna but she had a role and I did become sympathetic to her as the story moved on.
Wonderful. Now waiting for Memories of the Storm to decrease in price. Why are Marcia Willett's books so very slow to come down in price?
Marcia's style of writing is comforting and easy, and starting a new book is always like catching up with an old friend.
In my opinion she could write a book a month, and I would enjoy each and every one of them.
That’s not to say the basic premise isn’t interesting, as it is. Daisy is forced to reconsider her dancing career due to injury, Kate is coming to terms with the death of her husband, and Roly has to move on from an unrequited romance. A great deal of tension could have resulted from this set of circumstances but unfortunately the sheer amount of emoting dissolved any sliver of tension away that there might once have been. It’s a case of a misguided attempt at poetic prose killing all the plot stone dead.
The characters are themselves rather clichéd as well and so, no matter how much they discuss their various tragedies with each other, I never really cared about any of it. I did have some sympathy with Monica who’s cast as the evil mother of the piece, as she found everyone else in the book just as irritating as I did – but even she is really too much of a caricature to come to life on the page.
Towards the end, I got very bored and began skipping the purple prose to see if anything important happened. It doesn’t, and to cap it all the whole sudden issue of the sexuality of one of the characters in the final chapters is both badly planned and utterly ridiculous. It made me laugh and for all the wrong reasons.
Verdict: 2 stars. Badly-written and unrealistic
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Marcia Willett is one of my favourite authors and this book was a great read.Published 4 months ago by timothy munns
Great story asusual.a bit difficult to sort out the characters at firstPublished 9 months ago by Mary Mordey
A good read, about relationships and friendships. Characters from previous books by M Willetts, and introducing new ones, makes a good story.Published 13 months ago by jane austin
great story line - fast moving - lots of different twists and turns - humour - very sad and moving