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Marriage was the last thing on her mind. Now it may be her only choice.
If you like a little sass in your heroine or you can identify with the love-hate relationship we all have with Scarlett O’Hara, then you’re going to love this book. If you’re not looking for a perfect heroine or hero, then you’ve found what you’re looking for in To Dance Once More. Lydia Barrington may have a lot to learn, but learn she does.
Debutante Lydia Barrington lives a carefree, protected existence on Live Oaks Plantation in Florida. While her sisters happily prepare for their traditional roles as women and talk of courting, Lydia dreams of adventure and independence. She counts the days until she can leave home to explore the world, to dance with cultured gentlemen, to explore politics and art, to leave behind the confining expectations of her family and community—and her God. Even her friendship with handsome Hamilton Scarbrough isn’t enough to hold her back…until they dance, and her heart considers love.
Confused by her heart’s betrayal, Lydia struggles to gain her independence. Then she overhears a private conversation about a business deal that has everything to do with her future. Now she’s faced with the biggest decision of her life—to concede or to fight. Either choice will require great sacrifice…and, perhaps, countless rewards. In an attempt to escape her imminent destiny, Lydia scrambles to find a solution—at all costs. Amidst the trials that follow, as Lydia runs out of time, she learns the meaning of sacrifice, forgiveness, hope and faith. Stripped of her future, will she concede or fight?
Will she ever be able TO DANCE ONCE MORE?
Romance. Scandal. Desperation. Hope.
Psalm 30:10-12 (NIV) Hear, Lord, and be merciful to me; Lord, be my help. ” You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent. Lord my God, I will praise you forever.
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Review on Barnes & Noble: “This is my first experience reading a book by Sherri Wilson Johnson. I loved it and will look forward to her books in the future. While this book isn’t a suspense, it had enough twists and turns to keep me guessing until the final chapter. I enjoyed reading about Lydia’s life, her heartaches, her desires, and her walk outside the norm of society. Her character was real and believable.
I’ve always wondered what it would have been like to live in the late 1800’s. Now I know, at least in part. Ms. Johnson did a wonderful job of showing me Lydia’s life, as well as that of the other characters, without taking me out of the story.
My take from this story: Sometimes the right thing doesn’t feel right, but God works everything out in His time.”
Another Review from Barnes & Noble: “From the very first page, I was caught up in 1800s Florida plantation life, from the smell of the flowers to the sounds of nature. Ms. Wilson Johnson captured the setting to perfection, casting me back over 100 years as I watched the charming Miss Lydia Barrington come of age. As a young, idealistic teen, Lydia has high hopes of travel and freedom. However, society¿s restrictions and a sneaky business deal threaten to steal it all away. Caught between duty and hope, Lydia is a tormented soul, struggling to determine which path she should take and how she must face it all while presenting herself with charm and grace. As she grows, she feels heartbreak and joy, love and pain, and ultimately learns that life is what you make of it. But the Lord works in mysterious ways, and in the end Lydia is able to find love and happiness in this charming, historical story that will warm you to your toes.”
Quote from the book:
“I guess sometimes it seems like God doesn’t even know who I am,” Lydia said.
Eliza, her eldest sister replied, “Of course He does. Just because things aren’t always as you want them doesn’t mean God is absent in your life. In fact, it may be His very presence in your life that makes you feel that way.”
“What do you mean?” Lydia put the skein of yarn in her lap.
“I mean that you may feel that way because some things you wish for do not come true. And it could be that God’s all-caring hand is guiding you down another path that He knows is better for you.”
“Oh,” Lydia said, quietly reflecting on Eliza’s words.