Dance Over Me by Candee Fick | My Review

 There is an old worship song that goes, You dance over me. When I am unaware...
And this novel, colored with the golden glimmer of classic musical theater of days gone by, a mystery, romance, and oh, so much heart, was a delightful trip down the light fantastic.
And a worshipful one, at that.

Danielle "Dani" Lefontaine, the heroine, is a multi-faceted brilliant diamond of a character that shines as bright as a theater marquee from page one, to the tear-jerking ending. Thanks to Candee's incredibly gifted skill in penning her story, solely told in Dani's 3rd person POV, we get to watch Dani's journey from the best seats in the house. And what a journey, ya'll.
The mark of a great book (in my book) is one that I did not want to see end. And Dance Over Me fits that bill in its entirety. Mainly because of dear Dani--quite possibly my favorite fictional heroine of the year.
This gifted dancer has a heart of gold--but a work in progress one, I will say, that is just as dedicated to her Lord and Savior as she is to her passion for dancing. She is down to earth, humble, real--and clings to the love of the Lord. Through her past, her hopes and dreams for the future, and all the upsets and divas that come along in between. And that is what endeared her to me the most--her authenticity. A fictional character painted so vividly across the pages that you can't help but invest in her life and want to be friends with her.
Couple this fantastic heroine with a humble, cute and talented musician hero in Alex Sheridan?
Plus the delightful and unusual setting of musical theater, supporting characters varying from a grandmotherly fairy matchmaking godmother to a derisive diva and endless tap routines and old songs--makes this novel a true show-stopper for this reader. SO very privileged to have read this impactful and heartwarming story from Candee Fick. One that left me humming that old worship song. (Okay, and a lot of old musical tunes!)
Because Jesus, His perfect love and the reminder that HIS plans are not ours--but still perfect--shone through every page of this book.
**Disclaimer: I received this novel from the author in exchange for my honest review**


ABOUT THE BOOK:
Danielle Lefontaine, a fledgling actress raised to the lullaby of Broadway, searches for her long-lost brother and her place on the stage, but a jealous cast member and numerous fruitless leads threaten to drop the curtain on her dreams and shine a spotlight on her longing for a place to belong.

Meanwhile, Alex Sheridan is living his dream except for someone to share it with. When Dani dances into his life, he hopes he’s found the missing piece to his heart but fears the bright lights of the stage could steal her away. Will the rhythm of dancing feet usher in their deepest desires or leave them stranded in the wings?



ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Candee Fick is the wife of a high school football coach and the mother of three children, including a daughter with a rare genetic syndrome. When not busy with her day job or writing, she can be found cheering on the home team at football, basketball, baseball, and Special Olympics games. In what little free time remains, she enjoys exploring the great Colorado outdoors, indulging in dark chocolate, and savoring happily-ever-after endings through a good book.
In addition to her inspirational romance and non-fiction titles, Candee has published a dozen articles in publications including In Touch, The War Cry, Exceptional Parent, and Special Education Today. As a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), she was a Double Finalist and WINNER in the 2014 ACFW Genesis contest short novel category, 2011 Semi-finalist in contemporary fiction, and 2009 Runner-Up in women's fiction.
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