by Luanne Rice

February 2004
ISBN: 0-553-80227-5
Reviewer Graphic Button Bantam Books

Jane Porter left Twin Rivers, RI more than ten years ago with more than a few regrets. She has made a name for herself in the big apple as a baker and owner of one of the most exclusive bakeries in NYC. She is known for the fabulous desserts she creates.

Jane has returned to Rhode Island to help her sister care for their elderly mother, whose health is failing. With the return home, Jane begins to feel all the old hurts and regrets that caused her to leave her hometown to begin with. She brings with her issues that threaten to destroy not only her, but another local family as well.

After the death of his wife and daughter in a deadly shootout in NYC, ex-federal agent Dylan Chadwick returns to Twin Rivers, Rhode Island to heal from the deaths he believes were his fault. Dylan also hopes to restore the family apple orchard to the magnificent place he remembers it being so long ago. Despite his brotherís desire to just sell the place and split the profits, Dylan is determined to restore the place to what he remembers it being.

Dylan is close to his niece Chloe, but despite his love for her it is hard for him to be around her because she reminds him a great deal of the daughter he lost. Dylan and Jane meet and become fast friends and Jane develops a strong attachment to Chloe as well. The past mistakes these two had made and the secrets they have, threatens to destroy both their families and all that they hold dear.

Luanne Rice has made a name for herself creating not only great love stories, but emotionally charged stories that show family life at itís best and worst. Dance With Me continues that reputation as it shows the struggles two families have endured, the mistakes they have made in the past and the choices they have made to arrive at where they are today. Dance With Me is a heartwarming, emotional tale of mistakes made, relationships harmed, the great power of forgiveness and the beauty of second chances. It is a story the reader will remember long after the last page is turned and the cover has been closed.

Ms Rice has penned another winning story sure to tug at the readerís emotions and make them believe in the power of love and happy endings. Dance With Me will win a place in your heart and will long be remembered.

Reviewed in February 2004 by Barbara.

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