BOOK REVIEW – TO DANCE ONCE MORE by SHERRI WILSON JOHNSON
Feisty. Impetuous. Sassy. And more than a little bit spoiled. The youngest of five siblings, including her twin brother, Lydia Barrington never wanted to conform to the life that awaited her: that of a genteel Southern lady. With a husband. And children. Tethered to the plantation and the homestead.
No, Lydia had dreams and aspirations. She wanted to travel, to have great adventures. She resisted the expectation that she would follow in her mother’s footsteps. As she struggles with coming of age, love throws a knot in the works: she had definitely not planned of falling for a beau. And that feeling leaves her more confused than ever.
I was a bit confused with the timeline in places. There were a few times that passage of time didn’t add up, but not so much that it took away from the flow of the story. Dialogue, however, seemed artificial and forced, in this reviewer’s opinion. I came across a few instances of malapropisms which grates this reviewer’s OCD, but otherwise did not take away from the story; in each occurrence, the meaning was clear if less than crystal. Lydia’s angst seemed belabored and perhaps overdone, but still, not to such an extreme to take away from the twists and unexpected turns within the story. Like the conversation Lydia overhears, or the trip to visit her aunt – and her sister tags along – or the tragedy that strikes.
Lydia struggles through her uncertain world, whorling emotions, and confusion to find her anchor and her peace. And latches on to her faith which will guide her through tough decisions.
Lydia reminded me more than once of how a young and impetuous Scarlett O’Hara might have been. Strong-willed, outspoken, and determined to get what she wants. Unlike Scarlett, however, Lydia yields to grace in the end.
I was given a copy of this book in return for my honest review.
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