When the pretending ends, the lying begins....
It's the summer of 1990, and 14-year-old Molly Arnette lives with her extended family on 100 acres in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The summer seems idyllic at first. The mountains are Molly's playground, and she's well loved by her father, a therapist famous for books he's written about a method called 'Pretend Therapy'; her adoptive mother, who has raised Molly as her own; and Amalia, her birth mother who also lives on the family land. The adults in Molly's life have created a safe and secure world for her to grow up in.
But Molly's security begins to crumble as she becomes aware of a plan taking shape in her extended family - a plan she can't stop and that threatens to turn her idyllic summer into a nightmare.
Pretending to Dance by Diane Chamberlain, the best-selling author of The Silent Sister, is a fascinating and deftly woven novel that reveals the devastating power of secrets.
©2015 Diane Chamberlain (P)2015 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.
"Prepare to have your heartstrings tugged by this cleverly crafted family drama." (Sunday Mirror)
"Tightly written with a great plot, this book will keep you hooked." (Fabulous Magazine)
"Beautiful story, heart felt and captivating"
This is a beautiful story of personal development and really tough choices. I loved the honesty of the characters and the easily imagined back drop. Susan was a perfect narrator with an age appropriate voice. I have personally and professionally related to this book as I am a Therapist and a girl who also grew up loving New Kids On The Block! It reminds me of Judy Blume and Freya North. Love them both.
Easy to read (listen to) yet fulfilling.
I guessed the twist. And I thought the main character was selfish. But by design. Neither of these things made the book any less enthralling. Loved it.
"A new take on coming of age teenage angst. A good story, well told"
This American family drama has it all: family secrets, teenage rebellion and its outcome, and terminal illness. It deals with some very difficult subject matter and still delivers a satisfying story with a good ending. Ultimately a heartwarming story which is well told. I enjoyed it very much.
"Absorbing and involving"
I thoroughly enjoyed this thought provoking and involving book. As with most modern fiction there were areas which stretched credulity but overall it was a lovely, true read. Well narrated and well crafted. I shall look to read more by Diane Chamberlain.
"Started great but sickly sweet unbearable ending"
I loved the adventures of the young Molly but the present Molly came across as pathetically hard done by with a constant 'woe is me' attitude. The subject matter of euthanasia could have been so great and gritty but it wasn't It was disappointingly dull. The ending was also a real let down, all lose ends are tied up in a cheesy big pink sickly bow. 1...2...3..group hug!!!
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