Monday, April 30, 2018

Fiction Review: Dancing in the Rain by Eileen Rife & Jennifer Slattery

On the verge of college graduation, Loni Parker seeks employment as a music teacher, but no one will hire her since she’s blind. Or so she thinks. To take her mind off her troubles,
her roommate invites her to spring retreat at Camp Hope in the gorgeous North Carolina mountains. Unbeknown to Loni, Michael Ackerman, the director, is an ex-con responsible for the accident that caused her blindness. When Loni warms up to camp and to Michael, and wants to return as a summer counselor, Michael opposes the idea, which only makes Loni want to prove herself all the more.

Camp director Michael Ackerman recognizes Loni instantly and wants to avoid her at all costs. Yet, despite the guilt pushing him from her, a growing attraction draws him to the determined woman. She sees more with her heart than the average person does with his eyes. But her presence also dredges up a long-buried anger toward his alcoholic father that he’d just as soon keep hidden. When circumstances spin out of control, Michael is forced to face a past that may destroy his present.

My Review:
Dancing in the Rain is a beautifully written story of changed hearts and forgiveness. Eileen and Jennifer did an excellent job with Loni's point of view as someone who is blind. The description they gave of what Loni hears, tastes, touches and smells had to be a challenge. Yet, they did this with beauty and grace. As I read, I had a better understanding of Loni's trials and a great appreciation for her ability to stand on her own and face her challenges with confidence. I loved the camp setting. The author's description reminded me of all the times I attended camp. I can't write a good review without mentioning my favorite character, Loni's guide dog, John Thomson. He's an exquisite creature she trusts with her life. Michael's story is also one to be appreciated. I love this story's unique perspective. I received this book for free, with no expectation of a good or bad review. This book will be available on Amazon in late May.

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