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Echoes of the Dance Paperback – 1 Apr 2006

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Press; New edition edition (1 April 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0593054350
  • ISBN-13: 978-0593054352
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 14.8 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,265,205 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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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.

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Format: Paperback
This is the best Marcia Willet novel so far and I have read them all. It is easily her most ambitious in terms of plot, which was more complex than in previous novels and her characters had more complicated lives than those in her ealier stories, but they were no less credible.

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?
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I first was recommended to read Marcia Willett's books about 8 years ago, and have been an ardent fan ever since. I have now read all of her books, so am always eagerly awaiting her latest.

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.
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Format: Kindle Edition
This is a rather turgid and peculiar blend of the worst kind of American cod-psychology and a Mills & Boon novel. It’s very overwritten and contains long scenes where characters think through their emotions and situations in great and laborious detail, either by themselves or with other people. It was all very exhausting and at times unintentionally amusing.

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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Format: Paperback
I love Marcia Willett's books. I have only recently discovered them and they are a thoroughly enjoyable read. I spend my holidays in Devon so knowing the areas she writes about makes it all the more interesting. Echoes of the Dance was up to her usual standard, you can always relate to one of the characters and their predicament - in this book, it was Daisy and her bad back! More please.
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Format: Paperback
I was delighted to read Echoes of the Dance and to find old friends in it like Kate and Bruno. It is a fairly thin story but still a pleasure to read. More please Marcia! I particularly like your books because I live in the Quantock Hills and you often mention local places!
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Format: Paperback
I couldn't really get into this book at first. I felt as if the introduction to the charachters was neverending and I was always waiting for something to happen. Towards the last third of the book, I realised nothing really was going to happen but that is when I started to enjoy it more. This story isn't about events exactly, its about people and relationships and how they deal with the various hurdles in their lives. There are snippets of the charachters looking back over the past and reflecting on how things then can influence their decisions now. The descriptions of the natural surroundings evoked my imagination as did the dance and the music talked about. I really liked the charachters of Roly and Daisy especially and found I became more interested in their lives as the book went on.
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Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
As usual, Marcia Willet does not disappoint.Her insight into the minds and lives of her characters makes you get right inside the book and share all the troubles and joys as they come along. Her descriptions of the moors, the countryside and the sea are spot on.
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Set in the lovely countryside of the Southwest this gentle tale introduces new characters and mentions a few old friends. With all Marcia Willett books you can be sure of a really good story and a pleasant background
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