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PRETENDING TO DANCE av Diane Chamberlain
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PRETENDING TO DANCE (utgåvan 2016)

av Diane Chamberlain (Författare)

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"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"--… (mer)
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Titel:PRETENDING TO DANCE
Författare:Diane Chamberlain (Författare)
Info:Griffin (2016), Edition: Reprint, 352 pages
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Pretending to Dance av Diane Chamberlain

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This book had so much potential yet it was trying to do too many important issues. There is the theme of open adoption which is complicated by Molly not telling her husband the truth of her past with its unique version of open adoption. There is the theme of a father losing the fight with MS and not wanting to continue living. There is the theme of teenage issues taking over a teens thinking regarding sex, life revolves only around them, hiding things from parents. There is the minor theme of a family losing their 'mountain' due to family members having different thoughts about the future. Amazed that her stepmother could handle having a sick husband, his former lover as a neighbor, and still stayed so controlled as a strict mother - glad she could get involved finally in the end as a real parent. Enjoyed the real mother, Amalia, with her idea of being a part of her daughter without interfering in the raising of her. Surprised that the pretend dancing at the end was actually Molly's father's own wish. ( )
  kshydog | Dec 13, 2020 |
Love DC books. This didn't disappoint. Made you see what living with a disability is like, for the care givers and the person effected. Open adoption can work, I've seen it first hand. This was beautifully captured in the book. ( )
  LoriKBoyd | Mar 24, 2020 |
Pretending to Dance by Diane Chamberlain is a bittersweet novel of healing and forgiveness. This compelling story within a story begins in the present as lead protagonist Molly Arnette and her husband Aidan James begin the process to adopt a baby. Completing the final paperwork of her family history thrusts Molly back in time to the summer she was fourteen and the tragic events that forever changed her life. In order to move forward, Molly must face the troubling memories that continue to haunt her but will she make peace with her past before it is too late?

Molly has been estranged from most of her family for the past twenty years and she has carefully fabricated a series of lies to hide the reason why. But as she and Aidan complete the adoption paperwork, she is terrified her carefully constructed history will be revealed. After hearing unsettling news from her cousin, Molly's disquieting memories from that pivotal summer rise to the forefront as she wrestles with her fears of agreeing to an open adoption.

The long ago summer begins on a happy note with Molly eagerly assisting her beloved father with completing his current book before embarking on a book tour. Her father, Graham, is paralyzed from the neck down due to multiple sclerosis and the two are extremely close. The once joyful summer is soon marred by family infighting but Molly's new friendship with newcomer Stacy Bateman offers an escape from the tense situation. Stacy shakes up Molly's rather sheltered world and introduces her to the wonders of older boys and other illicit teenage past times. As tensions increase at home, Molly's attention is focused on the boy she has a crush on and she misses some obvious signs that portend a tragic loss that will put her at odds with the rest of family for decades to come.

In the present, Molly and Aidan continue the adoption process while she tries to sort through her ambivalent feelings about open adoption. They are cautiously optimistic that a birth mother will select them to adopt her baby and these scenes are heartwarming while at the same time, anxious, since Aidan and Molly try to protect themselves from possible heartache. Molly is startlingly intuitive about the birth mother and she offers surprising advice and words of wisdom to the young mother. However, memories of that turbulent summer continue to surface and revisiting that time in her life gives her the opportunity to re-examine them with the maturity and wisdom from an adult point of view. Her perspective shifts but Molly still remains hard and unforgiving until an unexpected loss forces her to make a decision that changes the course of her life.

Pretending to Dance by Diane Chamberlain is a heartfelt and engaging novel that also has a bit of suspense element to the storyline. The characters are vibrantly life-like and appealing with relatable flaws and imperfections. Molly's past and present are seamlessly woven into a captivating story that is moving and poignant. Unexpected plot twists, shocking revelations and surprising reunions bring the novel to an emotional conclusion that will touch readers' hearts. A deeply affecting novel of reconciliation that I absolutely loved and strongly recommend to fans of contemporary women's fiction.
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  kbranfield | Feb 3, 2020 |
Stupid chick lit, and not a very good one either. The twist wasn't a twist and the whole plot seemed to lack polish. I kept checking that it wasn't meant to be in young adult. ( )
  AnnaHernandez | Oct 17, 2019 |
Molly and Aiden are hoping to adopt a baby. The process terrifies Molly as she doesn't want her childhood family secrets to be found out in background checks. Molly left home twenty years ago after an event that left her devastated.

I have read books by this author before and have enjoyed them. For me they are stories to get lost in and really are a comfort to read. The books are mainly about families and their secrets. This book is no different.

The story covers several topics, one is adoption and to say what the other are would spoil for anyone who hasn't read the book. The story goes back and forth, following Molly as a fourteen year old and in her present day. I enjoyed reading about Molly and what she got up to as a teenager. Her story is quite sad at times but also has some happier moments. Books like this for me are enjoyable to read. I really wanted to know why Molly left the family home and as the story progressed I did guess where it was going.

A very heart warming read for me and I will continue to read books by this author. ( )
  tina1969 | Mar 31, 2019 |
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"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"--

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