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Dancing Master, The
by Julie Klassen

Published: 2014-01-07
Paperback : 432 pages
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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 ...
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Introduction

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.



Praise for Julie Klassen's The Tutor's Daughter

"Whether you're a fan of Jane Austen or Charlotte Bronte, or both, you will soon become a fan of Julie Klassen once you read this wonderful book."--GoodReads

"Well-developed characters, plot twists, and attention to period detail make this a sure bet for fans of Regency novels."--Library Journal

"Regency/Klassen fans will love the mystery, romance, and drama."--Publishers Weekly



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Discussion Questions

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The characters we enjoyed or related to, or did not enjoy.
The "secrets" that were throughout the book.
Dancing and it's role in our lives growing up.
by sisters4 (see profile) 06/06/14

Compare and contrast the character qualities of Julia, Lady Amelia, Alex, Mrs. Tickle,Mr. Barlow, the Wilcox brothers, and John Desmond. How did each character contribute to the tone of the book? and how did each of these characters make you feel about t
What is it about a Regency novel attracts or detracts you? Do you wish you lived during this time?
Would you have changed the outcome of the book in any way?
by wileygreen (see profile) 05/19/14

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Each attendee had a list of the characters of the book, plus the sub plots.
by sisters4 (see profile) 06/06/14
We had shortbread cookies and English scones.
Time for Tea
by wileygreen (see profile) 05/19/14
Food: British High Tea with English tea, and scrumptious, iced, decadent cupcakes- to represent Mrs. Tickle and Lady Amelia.

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  "Dancing Master, The"by sisters4 (see profile) 06/06/14

Enjoyable light read for the Regency era. I learned things about Dancing Masters. The society rules were so different, yet the human hearts longed for similar things.

 
by cmcglocklin (see profile) 06/06/14

 
  "Fantastic Regency Romance"by wileygreen (see profile) 05/19/14

A regency romance with many interesting twists and turns as family secrets are revealed after many years of being hidden. Alex Valcourt comes to town with his mother and sister to resume his career as... (read more)

 
  "The Dancing Master"by rksjschulze (see profile) 06/07/14

While the book provided some insight on how restricted life was in those days, It was tedious reading, and the end was anticlimactic for me. I wonder if a sequel is in store.

 
  "The Dancing Master"by 3goodbooks (see profile) 06/06/14

Attempt to write like Jane Austin not very successful. Characters rather one dimensional. A light romance to read at the beach.

 
  "The Dancing Master"by 26grandkids (see profile) 06/06/14

Simple, predictable, it moved alone and wasn't boring but it wasn't riveting either. Nothing much to talk about in book club.

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