on May 11th 2016
The Dance is the story of what happens after the happily ever.
Bryson Walker stumbled heart first into the steady rhythm of her
life, never questioning whether other possibilities existed. She had been Will’s girl since their junior year in high school, followed him to college, and married him soon after graduation.
In every respect, they were a loving and successful couple, until a series of missteps shattered all of Bryson’s truths. Maybe their life was nothing more than smoke and mirrors. A performance that was never based in reality.
Hart was barely an acquaintance. He and Bryson shared one brief
moment during senior prom, full of friction and heat that ignited a spark. But that night Bryson walked away and Hart let her go.
Years later, twisted fate brings Bryson and Hart together again,
causing her to wonder if this is her second chance at once in a lifetime.
“The perfect man is the one who gives you strength, encouragement, and love. He builds you up and holds you up. He protects you while giving you room to grow as a person. He desires you and lets you know just how special and lovely you are. He appreciates your intellect and opinions. He supports your dreams. And he’s the one you can cry in front of and laugh out loud with.”
This was a great read. It was so different than the books I’ve read recently and a true roller coaster ride. I think when I read the blurb and the prologue I was expecting the book to go a certain way and the book totally went in a different direction, it was simply so much more.
This is Bryson’s story, plain and simple. This is not about Hart or Will although they both play a huge part in her story. But this is Bryson’s journey, like the blurb says, about what happens after the after the happily ever after. It’s hard to explain this book without giving away some major spoilers and I don’t want to do that. I do want to say that this is definitely not a love triangle. The story starts a few years in the past, Bryson is dating Will, but Bryson and Hart have a brief encounter at Prom that they’ll never forget. They really don’t know each other, they just share a dance together. The book then goes on to chronicle Bryson’s life, getting married to Will like she always planned to and all the trials and tribulations of married life. I have to say that some parts of the story made me mad, at Will for his behavior and at Bryson for staying with him. Anyways, at some point the façade crumbles and years later fate brings Hart back to Bryson’s life although their circumstances are very different that when they were in High School. The story is full of surprises and twists and turns that you need to read to understand.
I loved Hart, he is definitely the heart of the story. He’s such a beautiful, wonderful man, and he definitely is the catalyst that changes Bryson’s life. Love, love, love him. Will made me mad most of the book, but he does redeem himself in the end. And Bryson, what can I say about her. At times, I couldn’t understand why she made the decisions she made or if she was just a doormat/Mary Sue type until I figured out that she just had the biggest heart and there was no way she could’ve done it any different.
Anyways, more than a book, this story is a beautiful journey of some very real, very flawed people navigating through life. I loved that it was raw. I loved that it was original. I loved that it made me feel so much. And I loved that it made me think, think about how things happen for a reason and just when they’re supposed to. I totally recommend The Dance. I guarantee it will stay with you for a while after you’re done!
“I’m a true believer that we each have a soulmate. That one person you connect with on such a deep level that no words come close to describing it. I used to think Will was that person but I was so off track. Looking into his loving eyes, I knew without a doubt Hart was my soulmate. He was the person I was put on earth for. But just because that person exists somewhere out in the world doesn’t always translate into them being with you. People consider finding their soulmate to be the ultimate challenge in life. The challenge was not in the search. The challenge was being brave enough to let them into your life.”
**An ARC was generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review**