Men Dancing Paperback – 29 Oct 2011
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A chance meeting with a performer you've always admired - an exciting story to tell your family and friends. But not if that excitement won't go away, and turns into the chronic ache of obsession...Dr Rosie Buchanan - weary hospital scientist, frustrated musician, cheated wife and struggling mother - finds herself sitting next to charismatic Royal Ballet star Alejandro Cortes on a London train. Half an hour and a shared bag of errant Maltesers later, she starts to feel she's misheard her true calling - and is soon doing research of a very different kind. Rosie arranges a bogus research visit at Alejandro's home, and is thrilled when he and his girlfriend ask her to become their piano teacher. And she tries to overcome the pain of her failing marriage to former soulmate Jez, and the obsession with Alejandro, by accepting consolation from an old friend, consultant Ricardo Pereira. But so begins a complex dance of passion, betrayal, loss and redemption...Sensual, witty, and at times deeply moving, Cherry Radford's first novel is a sweeping tour-de-force.
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When she accidentally comes across some information of his girlfriend while checking patient records, she pretends to come for a research visit at their house. She ends up becoming their piano teacher. Meanwhile, her marriage to Jez is not going well, and she finds herself attracted to another South-American, a colleague at work.
Attracted to two men, a man at home she's not much interested in anymore, a difficult teenager and an autistic younger son: she's got a lot on her plate.
This was a good read... eventually. It started off with the meeting in the train, which was a little over the top, followed by some chapters where I was a bit confused what was going on, followed by a chapter or two full of dance-obsession and Alejandro obsession.
But after that, it settled down into a nice read, towards the chick-lit-y side but not quite. With all the passion going on, you might expect a lot of (explicit) sex, but there was less than there could have been, it was not that sort of book.
At first, I found Rosie a bit silly with her teenage fan behaviour towards the dancer Alejandro but later I warmed to her. And I wanted her to get away from an obviously "wrong" man who was trying to control her in every way.
Rosie wants out of her boring life and live the life of her dreams. But then a shocking event puts her back firmly with her feet on the ground.
For a debut book this was amazing, and endorsed by Sir Bruce (Forsyth) himself! Rosie was a very likeable and identifiable heroine. I am a partner and a mother myself so I could relate to her problems especially as my youngest has attention problems. The characters were all well-defined and I had no trouble imagining them. The storyline was believable and went along at a fair pace until just before the end when it took a shocking twist. I am sitting here with hanky in hand just thinking about it!
In short this is a very good book - if you like the Ballet and dancing you will love it. For a debut novel it shows great promise.
`Men Dancing' is a book that presents the reader with a vivid and imaginative story about Dr Rosie Buchanan, a weary hospital scientist who among other things could be described as a frustrated musician, a cheated wife and a struggling mother! Within this already complex mix, a multifaceted and moving story of betrayal, obsession, passion, loss and redemption is played out within the pages of this very well written narrative.
The story found within the book is fairly fast paced and has a very good flow from chapter to chapter. It is one of those books that once started can be quite difficult to put down, as the reader wants to find out what happens next!
This narrative could be described as being sad, some what sensual in places and yet quite humorous in other parts. Rosie the principal character within this story seems to walk herself right into a number of situations that one could only think that if this happened in reality one would 'run away', as these add immensely to the complexities of the life that she is already facing! There is a small amount of adult content within the story, but it does fit in appropriately with the tale that is being told.
Cherry Radford is a fresh new author on the block. As her first novel, `Men Dancing' is an excellent book, I am really looking forward to reading further works that will hopefully be written by this new up and coming author fairly soon.