The Dancing Master by Julie Klassen | Kindle HDX Giveaway, Live Webcast Event, and Blog Tour

Best-selling author Julie Klassen will be hosting a Kindle Fire HDX giveaway and a live webcast event (1/23) to celebrate the release of her latest novel, The Dancing Master. Filled with mystery and romance, The Dancing Master brings to life the social graces of ladies and gentlemen hoping to make a “good match” in Regency England.


One winner will receive:

  • A Kindle Fire HDX
  • The Dancing Master by Julie Klassen

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on January 23rd. Winner will be announced at the “All Things Jane (from Austen to Eyre)” Live Webcast Event on January 23rd. Connect with Julie for an evening of book chat, trivia, laughter, and more! Julie will also be taking questions from the audience and giving away books, Jane Austen and Jane Eyre DVDs, fun “Jane” merchandise, and gift certificates throughout the evening.

So grab your copy of The Dancing Master and join Julie and friends on the evening of January 23rd for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven’t read the book, don’t let that stop you from coming!)

Don’t miss a moment of the fun; RSVP today by signing up for a reminder. Tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 23rd!


{More about The Dancing Master}

Finding himself the man of the family, London dancing master Alec Valcourt moves his mother and sister to remote Devonshire, hoping to start over. But he is stunned to learn the village matriarch has prohibited all dancing, for reasons buried deep in her past.

Alec finds an unlikely ally in the matriarch’s daughter. Though he’s initially wary of Julia Midwinter’s reckless flirtation, he comes to realize her bold exterior disguises a vulnerable soul–and hidden sorrows of her own.

Julia is quickly attracted to the handsome dancing master–a man her mother would never approve of–but she cannot imagine why Mr. Valcourt would leave London, or why he evades questions about his past. With Alec’s help, can Julia uncover old secrets and restore life to her somber village…and to her mother’s tattered heart?

Filled with mystery and romance, The Dancing Master brings to life the intriguing profession of those who taught essential social graces for ladies and gentlemen hoping to make a “good match” in Regency England.

Purchase a copy and learn more at Julie’s website.

Julie Klassen

{More About Julie Klassen}

Julie Klassen loves all things Jane–”Jane Eyre” and Jane Austen. A graduate of the University of Illinois, Julie worked in publishing for sixteen years and now writes full time. She is a three-time Christy Award winner and a 2010 Midwest Book Award winner for Genre Fiction. Julie and her husband have two sons and live in a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota.

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Julie Klassen invites readers to make room on their dance card for webcast

Author to host a live web event on January 23 to celebrate release of The Dancing Master

Seattle: Best-selling author Julie Klassen will be hosting a webcast on January 23 at 8:00 PM EST, where she will be introducing readers to her latest release. Filled with mystery and romance, Klassen brings to life the social graces of ladies and gentlemen hoping to make a “good match” in Regency England within the pages of The Dancing Master (Bethany House Publishers/January 7, 2014/ISBN 9780764210709/ $14.99).

During the “All Things Jane” (from Jane Eyre to Jane Austen) themed live online event, Klassen will be hosting a book club discussion, answering reader questions and offering an exclusive sneak peek at her next book. Throughout the hour, readers will have an opportunity to chat with other fans, answer trivia about the book and submit their own questions for Klassen to answer during the evening. A number of Austen-themed prizes will be given away to those participating in the discussion, as well as copies of Klassen’s books and gift cards. At the end of the webcast, the winner of a Kindle Fire HDX will be announced. The Kindle giveaway is being held in conjunction with the blog tour for The Dancing Master blog tour being coordinated by Litfuse Publicity Group.

“We are pleased to partner with Julie Klassen and Litfuse for this exciting webcast event,” Noelle Buss, marketing manager at Bethany House states. “Julie is as delightful and entertaining a person as her novels. So we’re excited for this chance that readers will have to meet her and to get the insides scoop behind her stories”

The webcast will be hosted on Klassen’s Facebook page, as well as the Litfuse Publicity Group website for readers without a Facebook account. Leading up to the webcast, readers can RSVP for the event and sign up to receive an email reminder. From January 6-23, fans can also enter the contest for the Kindle Fire HDX via the author’s Facebook page. 

“I am looking forward to connecting with readers during my first-ever webcast, to celebrate my new book, The Dancing Master,” says Klassen. “I hope all my readers will join me and invite their friends for what is sure to be a fun evening!”

About The Dancing Master:

Finding himself the man of the family, London dancing master Alec Valcourt moves his mother and sister to remote Devonshire, hoping to start over. But he is stunned to learn the village matriarch has prohibited all dancing, for reasons buried deep in her past.

Alec finds an unlikely ally in the matriarch’s daughter. Though he’s initially wary of Julia Midwinter’s reckless flirtation, he comes to realize her bold exterior disguises a vulnerable soul–and hidden sorrows of her own.

Julia is quickly attracted to the handsome dancing master–a man her mother would never approve of–but she cannot imagine why Mr. Valcourt would leave London, or why he evades questions about his past. With Alec’s help, can Julia uncover old secrets and restore life to her somber village…and to her mother’s tattered heart?

Filled with mystery and romance, The Dancing Master brings to life the intriguing profession of those who taught essential social graces for ladies and gentlemen hoping to make a “good match” in Regency England.

About Julie Klassen:

Julie Klassen loves all things Jane — Jane Eyre and Jane Austen. A graduate of the University of Illinois, Julie worked in publishing for sixteen years and now writes full time. Three of her books, The Silent Governess, The Girl in the Gatehouse, and The Maid of Fairbourne Hall, have won the Christy Award for Historical Romance. She has also won Christian Retailing’s BEST Award, and has been a finalist in the Romance Writers of America’s RITA Awards, and the Minnesota Book Awards. The Dancing Master is her seventh book.

Julie and her husband have two sons and live in a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota. 

Readers can keep up with Klassen via her website and Facebook (Author Julie Klassen).

To request a review copy of The Dancing Master or for more information about Julie Klassen’s webcast, please contact Audra Jennings,


“Multiple Christy Award-winning Klassen once again demonstrates her gift for creating richly layered characters and skillfully integrating a multitude of fascinating historical facts into a spirited story that will have wide appeal to both inspirational fans as well as readers who enjoy sweet historical romances.”  — Booklist



    Do you ever read a book and feel as though you’re seeing the movie play out right before your eyes? That’s exactly the impression I got while reading The Dancing Master by Julie Klassen. If this were a movie, I’d definitely go see it! I loved Klassen’s writing style in The Dancing Master, she reminded me of Jane Austen. Downton Abbey fans would also appreciate this story since it deals with the hierarchy of society during the 1800s.

    Written by Savings in Seconds on February 5, 2014 | e
    Read my full review: Do you ever read a book and feel as though you’re seeing the movie play out right before your eyes? That’s exactly the impression I got while reading The Dancing Master by Julie Klassen. If this were a movie, I’d definitely go see it! I loved Klassen’s writing style in The Dancing Master, she reminded me of Jane Austen. Downton Abbey fans would also appreciate this story since it deals with the hierarchy of society during the 1800s.


    This book was a little different than most historical fiction romances that I have read in that the perspective of the male is given just as much time as that of the female. I liked the intrigue that accompanied the story and I agree with a few other reviews that I read this did seem like alittle like Footloose in England.

    Written by A Room without Books is Empty on February 5, 2014 | e
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    I really enjoyed the character development in this one. The plot is interesting and moves quickly. The characters and relationships are authentic. I would definitely recommend this one!

    Written by Inspired By Fiction on February 5, 2014 | e
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  • It took me a couple of days to get into the story, but once I made it past about page 100, I really could not put the book down. I enjoyed all of the back story included and learning the different dances. One thing I always enjoy about period pieces is reading about the etiquette. Miss Julia’s response to Alec when asked for a dance is certainly memorable!

    Written by A New Leaf on February 4, 2014 | e


    The characters, especially Alec and Julia, are so real, I had a hard time letting go at the end of the book. I wanted to read more, to see how they fared later in life. The story is full of historical detail, bringing alive the world as it was 200 years ago. I especially loved reading about Alec’s vocation in life, as it seems so much of the grace and elegance of the Regency period in England is lost in today’s society.

    Written by The Writer’s Tool on February 4, 2014 | e
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    This is a long, slow read – perfect for a holiday weekend in a hammock or on a porch swing. The plot has so many facets, it resembles real life. The characters are beautifully built and showcased to their full advantage. “The Dancing Master” brings to life a time long past that teaches the reader “simpler times” weren’t really simpler. I would whole-heartedly recommend this novel to anyone who loves classic literature like “Jane Eyre”, “Pride and Prejudice”, etc.

    Written by WORD Up! on February 3, 2014 | e
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    There is a sense of old world charm about this book. The time period takes you back without a lot of history verbiage (which I enjoy). Lies, deceit and hypocrites line the characters in this novel. You just do not know what is true or about to be unraveled to you, this keeps the book at a nail biting level. I must say I have lost some nails to this novel because I was so wrapped up in all of the drama, love and fencing scenes. This does not have a lot of romance to it so no hot and steamy scenes ladies! I would suggest this novel to just about anyone it has mystery, love, drama and action!

    Written by Western New Yorker on February 3, 2014 | e
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    Julie Klassen is a fantastic writer who creates characters and plots that I love. This book was no exception. I was quickly pulled into Regency England and the lives of two characters with lives shadowed by pain. A delightful read for those who love historicals filled with great characters, a strong faith thread, and a hint of mystery.

    Written by Cara Putman on February 3, 2014 | e
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    Oh my. I loved this book. How can one book contain so much? I loved the hints of mystery and intrigue. The setting of the book seems ideal in a quaint spot in England. I love the time period and often wish to have one of those manor houses. I’m in love with things English as my grandmother was from England. I also love the fashion of the period and appreciate the trouble the author went to to make sure her descriptions of their gowns and clothing were correct to the time period. I can count myself as a friend to Julia but also to Lady Amelia. As a young woman(hey I still am young) I can understand what Julia is going through. As a mother I can see what struggles Lady Amelia has. As a married woman I can sympathize with not being able to be with the one you love.

    Written by For Him and My Family on February 3, 2014 | e
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    The Regency novel presents the reader with word pictures that capture the imagination and fill the mind with visions of loveliness, gentility, culture, customs, and drama. Julie Klassen has done this in her novel The Dancing Master. We meet delightful characters whose individual voices and actions are well-crafted so that the story evolves revealing multiple stories intertwined with the end result a beautiful tapestry.

    Written by Chat With Vera on January 30, 2014 | e
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    The Dancing Master is the second book by Julie Klassen I have read and I loved it. I found it unique because it was told from Alec Valcourt’s perspective rather than Julia Midwinter’s. I loved the characters especially John Desmond, who has a very intimate and complicated past with Amelia Midwinter. I also loved Mr. Barlow, Amelia Midwinter’s right hand. These characters were the main ones that spoke of faith and God’s love to the others and demonstrated it to all who saw them. Julie Klassen writes with authority about dancing, fencing, England, The 1800′s and all that happened. I really felt like I was there in Beaworthy, Devonshire, England watching this story unfold from the vivid descriptions. I loved that this book has a little bit of everything: Romance, mystery, suspense, and deep history. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian Historical Fiction, you will not be disappointed. I cannot wait to read more by Julie Klassen. I give this book 4.5 Stars.

    Written by For The Love of Books on January 29, 2014 | e
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    The background characters really shine in The Dancing Master. We have love triangles, drama, intrigue and enough secrets to make this book into a reality show- The Real Housewives of Devonshire! I think perhaps that I enjoyed all of the background plot even more than I enjoyed the main romance in this book. I would be eager to read a book about Julia’s mother- I think it would make a very interesting and exciting novel.

    Written by The Best Books Ever on January 28, 2014 | e
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  • I was captivated from the start, and there was just enough intrigue and mystery to keep me drawn in through the end. I thought the characters were well developed, and I loved the interaction between them. I love books from this time period.

    Written by This Sweet Life on January 27, 2014 | e
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    I’ve read pretty much all of Julie Klassen’s books and for the first half of this one I thought that I was just one step ahead and knew what was coming next. But she pulled it all out and surprised me in the end.

    I do enjoy reading books about this period of time and all the crazy ways life was different then than it is now. The little details really bring this story to life. Suffice to say, I am thankful that I do NOT live back then, even as a high society lady.

    I highly recommend any of Julie’s books!

    Written by Welcome to Married Life on January 26, 2014 | e


    A dancing master in a town where dancing is not allowed. I imagine that was a surprise to both Alec and the town.

    Thank you, Ms Klassen. I enjoyed your book and learned a lot about dancing masters. I’m looking forward to your next book.

    Written by sunny island breezes on January 26, 2014 | e
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    I don’t know about you guys but I get super excited when I see that Julie has a new novel it! She is one of my top favorite authors and I look forward to her new novels so much and eagerly agreed to review this one!

    Once again she did not disappoint! One of the things that I love about her work, besides that they are Regency fiction is the fact of how long her books are. I love picking up that thick book and cracking open the first page on one of the new adventures that she has penned for us all.

    Written by Book Reviews By Jenny on January 24, 2014 | e
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    There are many themes which are present throughout the story, but grace was the one that shined the brightest, it is something that we all find ourselves needing from time to time. This message is so strong that your heart will be reminded of God’s great love that is so wonderfully woven throughout the story.

    Written by Our Homeschooling Pilgrimage on January 24, 2014 | e
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    Julie Klassen never disappoints. Once again, she has written a suburb novel, set in Regency England. Lovers of this period will be thrilled. Characters are portrayed brilliantly. This book is characterized by intrigue, romance and secrets.

    Written by Lynn McCallum on January 24, 2014 | e


    Set in Regency England, this book is full of romance, intrigue, and yes, secrecy. Alec Valcourt, a dancing master, leaves London and comes to live in the village of Beaworthy. Lady Amelia of Buckleigh Manor has secrets buried deep in her heart. She forbids dancing. Her daughter, Julia, has her own sorrows. Julia becomes attracted to Alec, while having questions about his past. Can he help her restore lie to her village, and to her mother’s heart?

    Lovers of Regency Period novels will love this book. Julie brings to life a society unknown to us in a beautiful way. You can count on Julie Klassen for another novel that doesn’t disappoint.

    Written by Lynn McCallum on January 24, 2014 | e


    The Dancing Master offers a glimpse of what life was like in the past when dancing and fencing were part of proper etiquette. As a reader unfamiliar to Klassen’s works, I was happy to read this book, I would give this book a 3 out of 5. I would not mind picking up the author’s other books because I like the “Jane Austen” type kind of time period.

    Written by Sophie and Momma’s Family Blog on January 23, 2014 | e
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    This was a beautifully written book that lends to Jane Austen for the prose and methods Julie uses to write. I found this to be an endearing novel that painted elaborate pictures of pain and love at the same time!

    Not only are the twists and turns coming at you at every bend, but the mysteries revealed about characters will surprise you and I find it difficult to be surprised!

    The main character is so unlike the expected girls of her time period that it keeps you glued page by page! You will want to read it once you start!

    Written by Crazy Stepford Wives on January 23, 2014 | e
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    My initial impression of The Dancing Master was not a favorable one. I mean, a town with a ban on dancing? Haven’t we already seen this in Footloose? It started out feeling so unbelievably unreal, to the point where I just wanted to roll my eyes over it.

    But I have to say, although it took me about a third of the way for it to happen, I was eventually won over! The dancing ban started to feel less cheesy and the characters became more than just predictable Jane Austen wannabes. Oh, there were some cliches, a few “saw that coming” moments but in the end, I found myself really enjoying see the story unfold.

    It did feel a bit long, it is a total of 432 pages long, and the main heroine’s transition from friendship to liking the hero felt…somewhat 180 degree-ish, without much development.

    What was it that I liked about it, though? I honestly can’t quite put my finger on it. It wasn’t a stand out original work of fiction, yet it held some endearing charm…although it took forging ahead through the first quarter of the book before I found it. :)

    Of the Julie Klassen works that I’ve read so far, The Dancing Master is my favorites.

    I give it 4 out of 5.

    Written by Nothing Less on January 23, 2014 | e
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    As I started reading The Dancing Master I found Julia’s reckless flirtation and attitude off-putting. It was really hard for me to like her. While in contrast to that I found Alec’s dedication and loyalty to his family charming. I think that this characterization made the book a better story for me. It made the characters real.

    You don’t like everyone in the world, some rub you the wrong way. However, in this story it was interesting to see Julia’s growth through the eyes of Alec.  As he gets to know her, how does this prickly rose transform through her contact and friendship with The Dancing Master?

    I am not a huge fan of dancing in practice (I’m terrible!), but I am a fan of Julie Klassen’s The Dancing Master.  It is definitely a book worth checking out.

    Written by The Sunset Won’t on January 23, 2014 | e
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    To put it quite simply, I have loved every book that I’ve read by Julie Klassen, and The Dancing Master is no exception. Julie’s prose is beautiful and the descriptions of village life are excellent. Her research must have been extensive and the historical quotes at the beginning of each chapter are a great touch. The theme of God’s love and grace is woven throughout this story, in a way that blends in simply with the storyline. Readers who like a Regency setting, strong characterization and entertaining story will enjoy The Dancing Master.

    Written by The Power of Words on January 23, 2014 | e
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    This story is a little bit of a twist on a familiar movie that outlined dancing prohibition, but it is also got a lot more involved than just that.

    Written by A Simple Life, really?! on January 23, 2014 | e
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    If you enjoy stories from the Regency period (eg Jane Austen) you will enjoy this. Think of it as a mix between Austen and Footloose.

    Written by Single Mommy Warrior on January 23, 2014 | e
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    Secrets, secrets, secrets!

    No Klassen novel would be complete without a good secret and this one was no exception. Usually I can pick out the mystery way before the answer is revealed, this one kept me guessing and kept throwing things off kilter just enough to make me question my judgement. I loved that. :)

    Written by Sheri Salatin on January 22, 2014 | e
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    “The Dancing Master” has something for almost every reader. There is romance but it is not the overwhelming focus of the narrative. Adequate attention is given to friendships and family relationships and a wealth of interesting characters populate the pages. Then there are the family secrets and mysteries as well as several scenes with action, danger, and conflict. Klassen creates the perfect atmosphere for each and every incident throughout the story. Several excellent examples of forgiveness, grace, and reconciliation are woven into the tale.

    Written by Daysong Reflections on January 22, 2014 | e
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    The Dancing Master is an intriguing look at a rarely portrayed character; the dance instructor behind many of the social graces typically described in well polished novels of this era. History buffs will love the details and the description of the dance and customs, while romance and mystery lovers will find a novel packed with intrigue. Unexpected twists and turns keep the characters and the reader guessing! The Dancing Master pulls at the heart strings of the reader and the character development is very successful in provoking emotional responses from the reader as the hero and heroines of the novel struggle with personal and familial relationships.

    Written by Prey Species on January 22, 2014 | e
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    This was the first book that I’ve read of Julie Klassen’s, but she is a favourite author of my elder sister, so I wasn’t too hesitant to read this book. It was written very well, and I enjoyed Mrs. Klassen’s way of writing. I probably will read more of her books in the future. I really liked the aspect of dancing and fencing; I found that all very interesting, and well, good!

    Written by God’s Peculiar Treasure Raechel on January 22, 2014 | e
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    I tried delaying the end of this novel as long as I could but somehow like all great things it has to come to an end. My only hope is that Julie Klassen has something else brewing very soon in the future. There simply hasn’t been a book of hers I haven’t fallen head over heels in love with. Fans of Jane Austen, Downton Abbey or traditional regency fans will LOVE this novel and is why I can easily give this one a 5 out of 5 stars in my opinion. There is even a discussion guide at the end that is excellent for book groups to utilize.

    Written by Reviews From The Heart on January 22, 2014 | e
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    Julie Klassen’s latest historical fiction brings an insight in the world of dancing and its rules for Society during the Regency period. Julie Klassen so obviously enjoys searching her material and writes of a romantic era which holds the interest of many an Anglophile! There is a little of everything for readers in this novel: romances, friendships and plenty of mysteries set in Regency England with the little touches Julie Klassen is well known for!

    Written by Live and Dream a little dream on January 21, 2014 | e
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    Well this was definitely another Julie Klassen masterpiece! Am I surprised? No. Am I happy? Yes!
    I love how this author knows how to give you just enough information to keep you reading but not enough so that you figure it all out! I was constantly kept guessing as to what exactly was going on and I liked that-it’s no fun when you figure out the story before the end!
    I enjoyed all of the characters even Lady Amelia who was technically the “bad” person wasn’t so bad once you got her side of the story. Alec and Julia were great but it was the secondary characters who stood out to me more!
    I loved the look into the world of dancing that this book gave and it was fun to imagine it all in my head. I was completely transported to a different place in time and it was awesome!

    Written by Christian Novels on January 21, 2014 | e
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  • In the beginning, I felt that this book moved slowly. The novel has 419 pages. However, soon I was caught up in trying to piece together a puzzle of loose ends, trying to guess how this tale would play out and I enjoyed that aspect of the book. The author has crafted an appealing cast of characters and in spite of Julia’s dislike of her rural home, I found myself thinking that the village of Beaworthy sounded like a wonderful place to live. The Dancing Master followed the format of a historical romance. The author has laid out a complicated plot that kept me reading. I enjoyed many things about the book – the setting, the characters, the mystery – and I do recommend it.

    Written by Manifest Blog on January 21, 2014 | e


    Stretch the imagination and reality and think modern-day (the original movie is my favorite) Footloose set in Regency England.

    The story moves along well with a balance of romance and intrigue.

    Alec is likeable enough and Julia starts out selfish and spoiled and a bit whiny although she does improve. The supporting characters are what make this novel. The Allen siblings are terrific and need their own book. I loved John Desmond. The Wilcox brothers are ridiculous, but every story needs its villains.

    I was slightly disappointed in the ending/epilogue as I would have liked to see more closure for Aurora and John and James, Walter and Patience, but the story is resolved nicely.

    Written by 2 Kids and Tired Books on January 21, 2014 | e


    My daughters and I enjoy all things regency, especially dancing, so I thought this book would be an enjoyable read, especially since the preview hinted at mystery. Those elements combined did keep my attention. The story had a familiar feel to it, and once I compared it to Footloose, that stayed in my mind until I completed the book. Mix a whole town following one influential person’s command not to dance, a handsome young newcomer trying to reintroduce dancing to the townspeople, but the time period changes it up. I love the chivalry and the clothing of the regency period, but this book wove more details into the story that added to its authenticity.

    Written by a glimpse of our life on January 20, 2014 | e


    The Dancing Master was one of the most enjoyable books I’ve read in awhile. Julie Klassen did a marvelous job of unraveling a generation of secrets, each one explaining a myriad of other pieces of the story. The story progressed slowly enough that it was a joy to savor. Sometimes, I get carried away and end up skimming to find out what happened because I just. can’t. stand. it! That didn’t happen with The Dancing Master.

    Written by Happy Little Homemaker on January 20, 2014 | e
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    My absolute favorite book by Julie Klassen! Delightfully memorable characters, a town controlled by a tragic secret, sizzling romance, forbidden dancing and more all take place in the town of Beaworthy. I highly recommend reading The Dancing Master!

    Written by Morning Glories and Moonflowers on January 20, 2014 | e
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    The Dancing Master took me by surprise. It was completely different from what I was expecting. This book is not one that grabs your attention immediately so much as one you sink into slowly. I have read all of Julie Klassen’s previous books, and I really enjoy her writing. I was expecting more intense romance and suspense, but this book was more of a gentle coming of age/healing type story.

    Written by Wandering the Pages on January 20, 2014 | e
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    Themes of courage and honor remain strong throughout this telling of a dancing master struggling to make himself worthy among his contemporaries, while the revelations are slow to reveal. Klassen’s previous works were page turners and tinged with a gothic mysticism which are elements that are missing with The Dancing Master. This novel is focused on character development and their interactions as the plot thickens. The ending was not a true surprise and yet it was still masterfully done. While this won’t be a favorite Klassen novel among her fans due to its slow nature, it is still worthy of high praise as a inspirational Regency novel and one that I would recommend to fellow readers who enjoy the Regency era.

    Written by Burton Book Review on January 20, 2014 | e
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    Julie Klassen is on my must read list; she is just one of those authors that when I find she has written and released a new book I am all over it! This book did not let me down. It will be placed right alongside her other books on my shelf.

    Written by Charming Chelsey’s on January 20, 2014 | e
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    When I started reading The Dancing Master, it took me a really long time to get interested in the characters and story line. There were A LOT of characters to get introduced to and it just didn’t catch my attention like most other books do.

    Towards the end, the story line seemed to pick up and I got more interested in the book, but it definitely took awhile to get there.

    Overall, I would definitely recommend reading this book only if you really get into classic 1800′s English books like Jane Eyre or Jane Austen novels. If so, then I bet it would make a great read for you!

    Written by The Review Stew on January 19, 2014 | e
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    As human beings what is the one thing we all like to keep? The answer, secrets. What is the one thing that God knows that we should not keep because it is detrimental to, not only our health, but our relationships as well? You guessed it, secrets. What is the one thing that Alec and Julia have in common? Of course, secrets. “The Dancing Master” is a story about guilt, bad choices and forgiveness. Both Alec and Julia made mistakes in their past and it takes God to work out everything in their lives and set them straight for their future. Ms. Klassen does a wonderful job of transporting back to that time with her vivid descriptions of clothing, language and wonderful characters. ”The Dancing Master” is a fine read and a wonderful romance.

    Written by Vic’s Media Room on January 19, 2014 | e
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    This book was full of romance, forgiveness and spiritual epiphanies. I loved the characters, especially Julia and Alec. Julia was so high spirited and Alec was so reserved. The perfect balance between the two. And I loved the fact that, through this book, Miss Julie tips her hat to Jane Austen in a sublte but evident way.This is my first book by Julie Klassen and I am so glad I read it. I have found a brand new author to love and I intend to devour her books from this point on. I can’t stress enough how enjoyable this book was and I MOST HIGHLY recommend it.

    Written by A Book Lover’s Retreat on January 18, 2014 | e
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    Klassen has once again proven herself as the premier writer of Regency fiction in the Christian market. While a little more ‘preachy’ than her previous novels, even those who don’t normally care for faith-based fiction will still find a lot to enjoy in this book. As usual, I can’t wait to pick up Julie’s next book to add to my permanent collection!

    Written by Renee C. @ Black ‘n Gold Girl’s Book Spot on January 18, 2014 | e
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    A dashing dancemaster, danger, and determination added to my appreciation of a story that kept my interest with every new plot twist. Perfect pitch between secrets and revelations. Steady pacing prevented any lags.

    historic research that made for solid period accuracy. And…
    I loved the dancemaster Ms Klassen imaginatively created!
    Depth of character that intensified in the book’s settings and situations. I cheered him on as he struggled with each unexpected loss, determined to find and take new directions. Definitely a hero, Ms Klassen has drawn him flawed, fallible and a favourite for this reader.

    Our female lead was another story. As was her mother. Both Midwinter women so conflicted, I found them less than likeable, yet, I’m sure intentionally so in order to make room for the character development intended. And there were plenty of episodes to provide opportunity for those improvements! Our author knew what she was about with plot twists, devious schemers, and intrigue, from past to present.

    Written by Faith Hope & Cherrytea on January 18, 2014 | e
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    Footloose in Regency England!…LOVED IT!!!…From the prologue this book grabbed me and took me on a great story with twists and surprises! Just when I though I knew what was coming Julie threw more twists in!…

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    The Dancing Master is an intriguing dance from beginning to end, with spins and flourishes and a few dips. I love that each of Klassen’s books that I’ve read so far has been unique, drawing off of her passion for Jane Eyre and Jane Austen books, but sharing characters and themes that are very much her own. Her latest is a bit quirkier in some regards than her others, but the overall rhythm is enjoyable.

    Written by Seasons of Humility on January 18, 2014 | e
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    Julie Klassan sweeps us back to regency England again with her beautiful writing style and superb attention to detail in The Dancing Master. As with the previous book that I have read, The Tutor’s Daughter, Julie is able to mix Jane Austen with Charlotte Bronte.

    Written by Too Read or Not Too Read on January 18, 2014 | e
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  • The struggles of Julia and Alec are timeless ones, with trying to find their place in the world as they become adults and Alec wondering if he should try to do what he loves or take a job that’s more stable. Julia struggles with not really feeling loved, so she looks for it in inappropriate places and goes about it in the wrong way. I also liked the glimpses we get into Lady Amelia’s inner life and her side of things in her relationship with her daughter, Julia. This story reminded me of the movie, Footloose, with a whole town forbidden to dance, but for slightly different reasons. I highly recommend this story!

    Written by Veronica’s ‘Views on January 17, 2014 | e


    Oh goodness…if you love a good Jane Austen novel or Regency Romance, you will LOVE “The Dancing Master”. It’s packed with love, mystery, suspense and of course lots of dancing as the name implies! One of my favorite things about this book is that it is not a shallow read. The author really takes her time to develop her characters, and takes much effort not to reveal all of the book’s secrets at once, which I love. Truly the best books are those that are suspenseful and leave you longing to read more!

    Written by Loving Mommahood on January 17, 2014 | e
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    Julia comes across as a selfish, entitled young girl until you get to know her and understand her heart and hurts. Her mother is instantly unlikeable, but as we learn the secrets she is keeping it becomes clear she needs some healing and forgiveness herself. Alec is immediately likeable and determined to make a new start for his family. Secrets play a big part in the story and changes for the better happen when they come to light. Another great story that teaches, enlightens and entertains.

    Written by Under the Boardwalk on January 17, 2014 | e
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    Whatever I may conclude about The Dancing Master, it’s inarguable that Klassen is a talented authoress and it’s easy to see why her style is so often compared to the greats. She has a flair for enticing familiarity to Austen and usually also sneaks in hints of mystery which explains the comparisons to the Bronte sisters. Her prose is stylistically gorgeous and descriptive which is what helps make the gorgeous cover design come alive – each of her scenes put us in mind of elegance personified and as such, we’ve no problem feeling as if we’re “living” in regency England through the lives of Alec, Julia and each supporting character we encounter. My reservations about this novel is more personal taste than objection to its content although I will say its “love story” fell flat…

    Written by Dreaming Under the Same Moon on January 17, 2014 | e
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    I was very intrigued by this story first by how Alec Valcourt was going to try to be a dancing master and also how he would win the heart of the mother of Julia in order to court her. This book had many secrets with twists and turns. I wasn’t quite sure what would happen next.

    Written by The Knowlton Nest on January 17, 2014 | e
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    Julie Klassen once again delivers a tale of romance and intrigue that will sweep you away to another era. As much as I love to read about the many balls and cotillions that filled the social calendar of the Regency elite, I never gave a thought to the subject of how the young people learned the many steps of the various dances required at such events. The Dancing Master gives a glimpse of the life of one in such a profession, wrapped up in a fascinating tale.

    Written by Mocha with Linda on January 17, 2014 | e
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    I really enjoyed the mixture of both romance and mystery in this book. This is a book that tells of small village life and their own way of doing things. The author Julie Klassen has written another great book. I love to read her books as they are very interesting with some really good characters that you can either love or hate.

    Written by 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too!on January 16, 2014 | e
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    Julie Klassen is a newer author to me, the first book of hers I read was the Tutor’s Daughter. I loved that book so much that I went a read her previous books, though some better than others. I was really excited for the Dancing Master and was surprised at how thick of a book it is. I love reading about the history of dancing masters, I had no idea they existed! It’s really very interesting history and Klassen does add a bit of mystery throughout the book till the end. I will say this story was not quite as clever as the Tutor’s Daughter, I figured out the “mystery” fairly quickly. The main characters are likable, but at times Julie irritated me. The setting is beautiful (at least in my imagination)and the story wraps up nicely. While this is not Klassen’s best work, it is a good novel. If

    Written by I Hope You Dance on January 16, 2014 | e
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    The Dancing Master is a pleasant tale, going beyond a simple boy-meets-girl story. It is filled with messages relating to honesty, moral values, prodigal family members, forgiveness and reconciliation. The nature of the art of dance in the life of the Body of Christ is of course clearly addressed, much as it was in Footloose. The Christian faith of several of the characters is certainly an important part of their lives, but that aspect does not dominate every page. Fans of the Regency period would enjoy the novel, but it would also make a good fit for those who enjoy clean, thoughtful romances mixed with a bit of family mystery. Julie Klassen has done fine work here. The Dancing Master is a delightful story, and one that I can easily recommend.

    Written by The Calico Critic on January 16, 2014 | e
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    I always enjoy Julie Klassen’s historical fiction books and am drawn in by her characters. This book was no exception. While told mainly from Alec Valcourt’s perspective, it seems to fit perfectly that he is the one to tell the story. Klassen’s books often remind me of Jane Austen and will fit quite nicely into the library of any Downton Abbey fangirl. They are filled to the brim with period history without overbearing the many twists and turns of the plot. Klassen has never failed to provide a happy ending, even if it is not quite what was expected.

    Written by Middle Places on January 16, 2014 | e
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    It’s a story that shows what happens to families when there are secrets that are suddenly revealed. It’s also a story about what forgiveness can do for us. The greatest thing about the book is that the love of Jesus is shared in a very real way with Julia. She feels unloved, especially by her earthly father, and someone shares the love of her heavenly father with her and it’s really beautiful and real. Faith is interwoven into the book like this throughout – in a real way.

    Written by Julie @ More Of Him on January 16, 2014 | e
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    I loved this book and the way that the characters are explained and how they act. The element of mystery was fun to read. Julia likes Alec who just came to her small village but knows her mother will not approve. What is her mother hiding from her past?

    Written by Deal Sharing Aunt on January 15, 2014 | e
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    The mix of mystery and romance in this regency novel kept me turning pages….

    I love the characters in this book. Not only are the main characters, Alec Valcourt, a dancing master instructor, and Julia Midwinter, daughter of the most powerful woman in the village, brought to life beautifully and fully, but even the characters with the smallest roles, like Mrs. Tickle the baker and the uncle are portrayed in such a vivid way, they seem truly real. My favorite, though, was the description of the grocer’s wife who was carrying a basket of lemons and looked like she had been sucking on them.

    Written by Harvest Lane Cottage on January 15, 2014 | e
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    Regency England seems to be the place to travel in today’s Christian fiction circles and there certainly seems to be plenty happening within the characters and their circumstances especially when it comes to living within their expected-and respectable-boundaries.

    Written by Writing for Christ on January 15, 2014 | e
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    All these characters, as different as they are, bring this story together like nothing I’ve read in quite some time. I simply adored this book, and I wish there were more like it. Julie Klassen has always been one of my favorite authors. I’ve read almost all of her books, but this book has got to be one of the best one’s that she has written. I wish there were more Christian authors like Klassen, she kind of reminds me a modern-day Jane Austen. This book also reminded me of old fairytales in a sense. Imagine this:

    A small village.

    A cranky town leader that forbids dancing.

    A dancing master that comes to sweep this woman’s daughter off of her feet.

    Whimsical, right? In addition to a great plot, this book contained all the things that make for an interesting novel. It had biased “law keepers”, action, adventure, and one very stubborn woman. I enjoyed “The Dancing Master” immensely, and I can’t wait for Klassen to release another book for me to get my hands on.

    Written by The Literary Maiden’s on January 15, 2014 | e
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    Since reading a few of Julie Klassen’s books I have marked her as an author who weaves suspense into her stories as well as a touch of romance.In “The Dancing Master” she did no less then that! It was a rather sad and painful suspense concerning all the heartache and old wounds that arise, but there was such grace shown that I thanked God He would bestow such a gift on man! Plus the true identity that comes from Christ and the real love He gives us compared to any earthly parent was an amazing part of the story as well!

    Written by Crafty Booksheeps on January 15, 2014 | e
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    Julie Klassen is the author of the book I deemed my favorite fiction novel that I read in 2013 which was her previous release, The Tutor’s Daughter. So naturally I was overjoyed to be able to read her newest book, The Dancing Master. While The Tutor’s Daughter still takes first place for me, I did enjoy The Dancing Master, and consider it a wonderful read which I enjoyed greatly. I am already the kind of girl who just can’t get enough regency fiction; so I knew I’d love this book even before reading it. Being that the regency time period was combined with Julie Klassen’s expert story telling and lovely writing style, I knew I was in for a treat-and I was!

    Written by The Literary Maidens on January 15, 2014 | e
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    Absorbed in the story, I was caught off guard by a change as much as the characters were! Such excellent writing of lives you become embedded in the times. Prayers were answered in a surprising way.
    I liked how the villains in the story were turned around. So absorbed in their talents, they were unaware they were being set aside. Pride does that. So offensive to others they avoid you.
    Traditions kept or broken turn a community toward each other or apart. Reaching out to each other or solitary, deeper issues kept them separated. By being open, the next generation was freed.
    A time to weep and a time to laugh; A time to mourn and a time to dance.
    –Ecclesiastes 3:4
    Music is such a part of life, its absence so obvious. Life, like songbirds stopping their trill upon notice of caution.

    Written by Lane Hill House on January 15, 2014 | e
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  • I really enjoyed Alec. It’s not often that the majority of a Christian fiction novel is told through the eyes of the male protagonist, and the more I read, the better I liked Alec. It was easy to have sympathy for his situation, and I appreciated his desire to provide for and protect his mom and sister. There were quite a few secondary characters that were delightful as well—Aurora and the Allens were a few favorites. Perhaps they’ll get their own stories one day?

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    When I delved into this book, I couldn’t help but think of the modern story “Footloose.” This is almost a historical Christian version of that story (side note–I never did see that movie–I just could not get into it.) And I will say that this alone made the book intriguing and entertaining. Added to this was some well-written mystery that was not resolved until almost the last page. For the most part, this follows the typical historical romance formula, but it has enough uniqueness that I think it will capture the interest of readers.
    While there are these definite positives, I do have a couple of issues with the book. This is one book I wish would have ended differently. I sometimes grow weary of the “happily ever after” philosophy. I didn’t care that much for Julia, and I did not find the transformation of her family all that believable. I think Patience would have been a better protagonist, but maybe I identified with her personality more than I did Julia’s. While the story is clean, the gospel message was awkwardly inserted about two-thirds of the way into the book. I prefer the message to be woven into the framework of the story.

    Written by My Devotional Thoughts on January 14, 2014 | e
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    I truly loved the characters in this story. They are well developed and believable. Several of them are surrounded by mystery and just when you think you have the plot figured out…..well you don’t!

    Written by My Blessings From Above on January 14, 2014 | e
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    This is a delightful book that thrusts you smack dab into the middle of an English countryside. Complete with dancing, horseback riding and fencing you will fall in love with the characters like you know them. Excellent novel from Julie!!

    Written by Giveaway Lady on January 14, 2014 | e
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    I found it quite entertaining! When reading The Dancing Master, I found myself taken back to Regency England. I was surrounded by the people and atmosphere, the rich and those with not so much money. Julie Klassen weaves together a story that will sneak into your heart, steal your attention, and not let go, even after you finish reading.

    Written by Splashes of Joy on January 14, 2014 | e
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    This story is so well written, it flows nicely and the friendship is developed well between Alec and Julia. The romance in this book is sweet and the mystery adds a nice touch as well as it will keep you reading and completely engrossed in the story and in the characters’ lives. I have enjoyed all of Julie’s books and she brings this time period to life and I love the escape while reading!

    Written by Moments on January 14, 2014 | e
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    Not only was this another enjoyable read for all Austen fans, but it was a peek into an aspect of the culture I knew very little of. It’s a lesson in the consequences of our actions as well as the beauty of forgiveness….

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    I like this book! It kept me reading for a full 24 hours, in every moment I had.
    *The Dancing Master* is a very good story.

    The elements of the plot include: legacies of wealth and weighty secrets, love that slowly and stubbornly blooms in unexpected places, murder and mystery, and forgiveness being given when it seems impossible.

    The way Julie writes captures all the different tones of the story… the tender moments and the reserved moments and the shocking ones.
    And the cast of characters she created and their intertwining relationships all felt fresh and new.

    Written by Found a Christian by His Grace on January 13, 2014 | e
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    The Dancing Master is a book with an intricate plot, and a stunning backstory that intrigued me slightly more than the story at hand. This book is brimming with secrets to be uncovered and wrongs to be put right.
    This book had a rich backstory and great honorable characters. A great book for lovers of regency fiction.

    Written by Labor Not in Vain on January 13, 2014 | e
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    I think the book has a really beautiful cover! I only wish they had shown Alec’s face on the front (it’s pictured on the spine) because he’s uber-handsome! I love the picture of Buckleigh Manor featured on the back…gorgeous!!! And the green twirlies make the title and author name dance lovely across the cover!
    This book was a lot thicker than I expected…but I loved all 419 pages!
    Each chapter begins with a dance themed quote- I thought these were very interesting and added so much historical value to the story…loved it! Great discussion questions are included as well.
    Alec Valcourt: oh, I felt so sorry for Alec when I first encountered him in the book! He is responsible for his mother and sister’s livelihood and all his life he’s known fencing and dancing, so naturally he would try to make a living doing the things he loves and is good at, but dancing is banned in Beaworthy….major bummer! I loved this character so much! He is so devoted to his talent and his family and is torn between his desire for dance and being able to provide for his family. He just has a very quiet strength about him and he presses on in the face of adversity. Absolutely one of my favorite characters in fiction!
    Julia Midwinter: ok honestly she reminded me a lot of Jane Austen’s Emma Woodhouse. In the beginning, she comes across as very privileged. She sort of crosses the lines of propriety and doesn’t care what people think about her. She speaks her mind, whether appropriate or not. But there is a deep vulnerability that comes across as well, I knew that there was more to this character than what she wanted to portray to others. With great privilege comes great responsibility and there is a pressure on Julia that other people just cannot understand.
    Lady Amelia Midwinter: this is Julia’s mother, she is also the village matriarch. She is the one who has banned dancing. To me, her story and reasons behind doing this was part of the mystery of the story. I really wanted to know- why was she so against dancing??? She also warns Alec to stay away from Julia. People in the town fear her, I guess in sort of a reverential way and this comes across well in the story. I enjoyed trying to figure her out.
    I literally could not stop reading this book! It was soooo good!
    The author draws us into Devonshire and the culture, the families and the atmosphere of this time period and I love it!
    She made me care about these characters- all of them.
    There were definitely some very unexpected moments and powerful reminders that things aren’t always what they seem.
    Grace is a major theme in this book. Something else that stood out to me was Julia’s desire for love. We all need to be reminded that God’s love for us is unfailing- THE DANCING MASTER is a glorious expression of this!

    Written by JoJo’s Corner on January 13, 2014 | e
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    Never would I have thought about the life of a dancing master before this book, but it was incredibly interesting to delve into. I thoroughly enjoyed learning about this profession and how they carried themselves, who their clients were and the level of integrity that must be maintained at all times.

    Written by Diane Estrella @ That’s What I’m Here For… on January 12, 2014 | e
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    Just as with the books I have read before by Julie I loved this one. I enjoy that she writes historical books and this one resembles Jane Austen which makes it that much more enjoyable to me. The characters are well developed and very easy to fall in love with. I also the little bit of mystery that was included in this book. If you enjoy books set in Regency times you will enjoy this book.

    Written by Griperang’s Bookmarks on January 12, 2014 | e
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    It seems to me that there are various kinds of dancing in this story by Julie Klassen. Many of the characters in Beaworthy are “dancing around” issues that need to be revealed, but kept secret. The character displaying the dominant leader in this dance is Lady Amelia Midwinter who due to some mysterious reason has banned dancing from the village of Beaworthy. This woman is rich in money, power and property; however quite impoverished from kindness and consideration in her heart. It was no wonder that her daughter, Julie was a mini-Amelia in her own sense. The emotional historical circumstances regarding these women lend credibility to why they lack in faith, love and depth of character.

    This writing of Ms.Klassen did not have the usual eloquent luster normally glowing brightly in her previous novels I have read. She is a master writer of the Regency era and seemed to tire of her story in spots before she reached its final conclusion. When I saw the beautiful cover of The Dancing Master, I eagerly began this read with expectation of personally relating to dance, having been trained as a performer in this enchanting art while young – it still fascinates me. However, at my age, the interest hasn’t waned, but the attempt to dance one step is precarious!

    Handsome Alec Valcourt, was a true dance and fencing master of the third generation in his family. Family tragedy through scandalous activity caused the disappearance of his father and left the family dancing school in ruins. Alec moved his mother and sister to Beaworthy to live with his uncle and the hope of finding employment in the Devonshire area. We meet other characters in this story that provide personality and wit. The author has provided many entertaining details to keep the mystery and romance alive. The weaknesses Julie Klassen wrote into her characters are realistic and very human. There are transformations in hearts, and I especially liked Julie’s subtle scenes showing God’s grace and love through salvation in Christ. Of course, some of the characters were church goers, but they didn’t behave in a Christian manner on a daily basis. I did enjoy and was amused with the animals Julie created.

    There are some redeeming qualities in Ms. Klassen’s The Dancing Master; however I enjoyed The Apothecary’s Daughter, The Girl in the Gatehouse and The Tutor’s Daughter more. This review will not end my admiration or enthusiastic following of Julie Klassen as I will certainly be looking forward to her next novel. God is not finished with what she can create next.

    Written by Barb Shelton on January 11, 2014 | e


    If you love a good story – if you love historical romance – if you love characters shrouded in secrets and mystery – you will love The Dancing Master by award-winning writer Julie Klassen!

    Julie is a masterful storyteller who magically transports you back in time and sweeps you off your feet with The Dancing Master – a beautifully written novel that brings the English Regency period to life.

    The stories of the main characters are compelling– it won’t be long until you find yourselves wrapped up in the drama of their lives!

    If you love Jane Eyre – if you love Jane Austen – you will feel right at home within the pages of this book.

    The Dancing Master is the first book I’ve read by Julie Klassen. Based on this story, I look forward to reading many more novels by this author!

    Written by Create With Joy on January 11, 2014 | e
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    Sometimes we have to trust that our path has been laid out for us for a reason and we have to travel our way along it trusting that there is a purpose and a meaning. The character who is most at peace with God’s plan is a man who left the village in scandal twenty years ago, but has never stopped trusting and loving and believing.

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    Julie Klassen is a master of Regency fiction, and I always eagerly anticipate her releases, each of which surprises me in some way. The Dancing Master surprised me because I expected it to be much more of a romance than it turned out to be. Yes, there are aspects of romance, including the expected attraction between dancing master Alec and Julia Midwinter. But the book is about so much more than romance: it’s about friendship, parenthood, family, prejudice, legalism, and forgiveness.

    Suffice it to say that I enjoyed The Dancing Master far more than I anticipated. I laughed; I cried (really, I did!); I sighed in contentment. Fans of Jane Austen or the regency period will find great pleasure in this book.

    Written by Christian Chick’s Thoughts on January 10, 2014 | e
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    I was immediately drawn into the story from the very beginning. I knew there would be some intrigue to the plot, some twists and turns and that is exactly how I like my novels. The prologue definitely opened up some questions right away and set up a great beginning for The Dancing Master. Right away, I had a soft spot for Alec and felt awful for him moving somewhere to avoid a family scandal only to find that his chosen profession of dancing master is prohibited. I also knew I was going to love Julia, despite her immaturity.

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    The intrigue of the Regency Era comes to life in the Dancing Master. Using the unlikely twist of banned dancing Julie Klassen brings the time period to life.

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    The Dancing Master deals with a variety of themes — secrets kept, betrayal, grudges and regrets. Many of the characters struggle with duty versus following their dreams. The two main characters are Alec Valcourt and Miss Julia Midwinter, but I was immediately drawn into Lady Amelia’s character. She is a puzzle. Seen as stern and aloof by everyone, including her daughter, Amelia has kept her warm, loving nature well hidden. I think she wants to do what is best for Julia and Beaworthy, but has let a broken heart and broken dreams color all she does. There are also some good minor characters that add flavor to the story — Miss Tinkle the baker, the dissenter/ranter Thorne family and even the despicable wrassling champions Felton and Joe. For Jane Austen fans, there are lots of hints of her books, from the dialogue to the character nuances. I was reminded of Emma, especially, while reading The Dancing Master.

    Written by By The Book on January 10, 2014 | e
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    It was the strength and determination of the other characters that made this book for me, character-wise, and the suspenseful way that Klassen played out the twenty-year-old mystery. She completely nailed it in this one. I’ve never seen an author delicately pluck mysterious threads in a way quite like this before – one that masterfully shows the hidden backstory of several major characters and of the area overall in distinct, slow, suspenseful ways.
    So while I enjoyed this story, and the suspense even more, Klassen revealed herself to be the true master here: The Mystery Master.

    Written by A Nest in the Rocks on January 10, 2014 | e
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    Regency England is my second favorite time period in history to read about. Klassen’s novel is a masterpiece that literally took me back in time and transported me right into the story. The characters in this book are second only to Jane Austen. Big as life, and so true to the time period, the people contained within these pages became alive, breathing remnants of the past. Klassen weaves each one to life; carefully crafting them one by one, piece by piece, layer by layer, and created this masterpiece.

    What got me about this novel was the Austen “feel”. It was unique with Klassen’s mysteries elements and in-depth character sketches, yet had a very classic vibe. I felt as if I was reading a book from someone who lived in that time period and was writing from a first-hand perspective. An amazing novel that I can’t say enough about, it’s a recommended read for any Austen and Klassen fans.

    Written by Book Reviews by Deb on January 9, 2014 | e
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    Once again Julie enthralled me in this historical fiction…the Dancing Master. Right from the prologue, where we meet Julie Midwinter in the midst of a scene that brought a lot of questions to my mind, to the end she was able with her vivid imagery, realistic and reliable characters to transport me to the year 1815 and keep me captivated. Not only do her story entertain, which they do admirably, but I learn about the history of the country, its cultures among the classes and the geography of the region.
    Traditions. There are sure to be well grounded reasons for any customs that we follow, but do the reasons stand up to reality? Are there reasons why these might be broken? I love it when an author is able to write one story, and I then find it can be related to my own circumstances, even though my life is nothing like the story and my situations are far removed. Very seldom does any author of merit have a character that I can not relate to. If I find one, I probably will not buy another novel she has written.
    Julie Klassen does a wonderful job of bringing her subjects to life through mere words.

    Written by Reviewing Novels Online on January 9, 2014 | e
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    Julie Klassen is a master at portraying the many nuances of the Regency era, drawing inspiration from the greats like Austen and Bronte while still maintaining her distinctive writer’s voice and vision. The plot slowly builds as secrets are unveiled and characters-specifically Alec and Julia-find their strength in the midst of trials and burdensome histories. The characters are not portrayed as virtuous and consummate products of their refined society; instead they are flawed in history in and personality. Admittedly I was not enthralled or particularly smitten with either lead initially, however their journey of grace was touching and they grew increasingly endearing.
    Julie Klassen never fails to draw readers in with stories of gentility and intrigue.

    Written by The Overweight Bookshelf on January 9, 2014 | e
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    What an enjoyable novel in the style of Jane Austen! I’d seen those intricate dances but never thought about how the socially essential skill was learned. Klassen brings that to life in this novel. This is a wonderful novel of secrets brought to light, forgiveness, healing and restoration.

    Written by Book Reviews from an Avid Reader on January 8, 2014 | e
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    I was captivated by the mysterious history of Beaworthy and the complexities of each of the main characters. Lady Amelia, Alec, Julia, and other supporting characters each exhibit their own weaknesses and struggles. Julie Klassen created a plot as graceful and as intricate as the dances she portrayed. The storyline played out with the nuances of a dance- the struggles, anticipation, mystery, climax, resolution and beauty.

    Written by The Ramblings of Two Readers on January 8, 2014 |e
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    I recently reviewed “The Dancing Master” by Julie Klassen. This is a Christian historical romance novel set in the 1800′s. I have to say, I believe Klassen had to do a whole lot of research in order to write this book. I did not even know what to expect, but it turns out that historically, dancing instructors were called dancing masters. This novel is the story of a dancing master who, through personal circumstances, comes to reside in a town that does not even allow dancing.

    This novel is full of mystery and romance. I enjoyed the story but I have to admit that there were a lot of twists and turns. I sometimes got a bit confused trying to figure out all the relationships and keeping up with all the different things going on with each character.

    Written by The Talbert Report on January 8, 2014 | e
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    I loved this book. It felt like a traditional or old fashioned version on ‘footloose’. When I first started to read the book and the story started that’s all I could think about…this book reminds me of ‘Footloose’. However as I got into the story I started to fall in love with some the characters – however, not necessarily the main ones. The story is not as simple as it seems when you start reading. There are some good twists in the story. I have never read a book written by Julie Klassen before and I was pleasantly surprised. I was intrigued because it was mentioned that she writes in the style of Jane Austen, which she pulled off quite well. As I am originally from England and a huge Jane Austin fan that’s a big complement.

    Written by chickensbunniesandhomeschool on January 8, 2014 | e
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    You will be in for some big surprises and will be guessing almost to the end.

    Written by Maureen’s Musings on January 8, 2014 | e
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    The Dancing Master will transport you to the quiet English countryside village of Beaworthy, where of all things, dancing is prohibited. At first, I thought this was going to be a Regency period meets “Footloose” type of story, but there is more than just the prohibition of dancing to Klassen’s storyline.

    The main character of this book is dancing master and valiant hero, Alec Valcourt. This is the first of Julie Klassen’s novels to be centered around the hero and not the heroine, which was an interesting, as well as refreshing, twist in itself. I thought the male characters in this novel were strong and likeable, their strength in direct contrast to the weakness of the Midwinter women.

    Written by Faithful Books on January 7, 2014 | e
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    This latest release by Julie Klassen reads like a great movie. Alec is a great hero, and Julia is a wonderful heroine.
    The storyline is engaging from beginning to end.
    I know it’s cold in the east so grab this book and let the romance warm you up.

    Written by Radiant Light on January 7, 2014 | e
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    An incredibly powerful and romantic historical fiction. The Dancing Master was a beautiful story of change, forgiveness and love. Julie pulls you in to the story letting you fully see into the minds of Alec and Julia. A must read!

    Written by Working Mommy Journal on January 7, 2014 | e
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    I definitely liked that the romance was sweet and developed over a period of time. There was also some very serious moments between the two of them as well as some humorous and romantic ones. It was very well done!

    Written by Tressa’s Wishful Endings on January 6, 2014 | e
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    I enjoy the occasional historical fiction novel, and am a fan of Jane Austen’s wit and characters. Julie Klassen is too, and her novel The Dancing Master perfectly fits this genre.

    Fans of the Jane Austen Regency period, or even the World War I Downton Abbey setting, will enjoy the peek into life on the country estates in Devonshire England.

    Written by 5 Minutes for Mom on January 5, 2014 | e
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    True to her own unique, classic style of writing, this book immediately deposits the reader into a delightful, bygone era, reminiscent of Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters.

    Filled to the brim with flawed yet lovable characters, this book was a pleasure to read. Mr. Valcourt, handsome, once successful dancing master with secrets to hide meets spirited and willful Julia Midwinter whose mother strikes fear into every townsperson who dares dance – because of tragedy and loss twenty years in the past that she won’t forgive and forget.

    Written by Books By Amanda on January 1, 2014 | e
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    If this were a movie, I’d definitely go see it! I loved Klassen’s writing style in The Dancing Master, she reminded me of Jane Austen. Downton Abbey fans would also appreciate this story since it deals with the hierarchy of society during the 1800s.

    Written by Savings in Seconds on January 1, 2014 | e
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