Pretending to dance by Diane Chamberlain
Release date: October 6, 2015
Publisher:St. Martins Press
My rating: 5*****
Molly Arnette is very good at keeping secrets. She and her husband live in San Diego, where they hope to soon adopt a baby. But the process terrifies her. As the questions and background checks come one after another, Molly worries that the truth she's kept hidden about her North Carolina childhood will rise to the surface and destroy not only her chance at adoption, but her marriage as well. She ran away from her family twenty years ago after a shocking event left her devastated and distrustful of those she loved: Her mother, the woman who raised her and who Molly says is dead but is very much alive. Her birth mother, whose mysterious presence raised so many issues. The father she adored, whose death sent her running from the small community of Morrison Ridge. Now, as she tries to find a way to make peace with her past and embrace a future filled with promise, she discovers that even she doesn't know the truth of what happened in her family of pretenders. Told with Diane Chamberlain's compelling prose and gift for deft exploration of the human heart, Pretending to Dance is an exploration of family, lies, and the complexities of both.
I always look forward to a new Diane Chamberlain book coming out every year. I've been hooked on her books since The Midwives confession. She is such an amazing author and that she has a way of slowly revealing secrets and keeping the reader completely engrossed. I've never read one of her books that I haven't loved and I completely loved this book. We start with present day Molly and learning about her life in San Diego with her husband, Aiden, and their journey to adopt a baby. Then we find out that she doesn't even speak to any of her family back home. That's when Ms. Chamberlain takes us back to Morrison Ridge and builds up Molly's childhood for us before revealing the real reason's why she says her parents are dead. I usually don't like then\now chapters, but for this book is was completely necessary and I loved it. I could easily picture the family land and all the people on it. I can't say enough good things about this book. There were secrets that I thought I had figured out, only to learn that I was completely wrong in the next chapter. Easily one of the best books of 2015. Do yourself a favor and RUN don't walk, to get a copy of this book. Trust me.