Dancing in the Rain by Jennifer Slattery and Eileen Rife

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About The Book

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Loni Parker, a music major struggling to find employment, seeks refuge at Camp Hope only to encounter the man who took her sight.

On the verge of college graduation, Loni Parker seeks employment as a music teacher, but no one will hire her since she’s blind. Or so she thinks. To take her mind off her troubles, her roommate invites her to spring retreat at Camp Hope in the gorgeous North Carolina mountains. Unbeknown to Loni, Michael Ackerman, the director, is an ex-con responsible for the accident that caused her blindness. When Loni warms up to camp and wants to return as a summer counselor, Michael opposes the idea, which only makes Loni want to prove herself all the more. Though she doesn’t expect to fall for the guy. Still, her need for independence and dream of teaching win out, taking her far away from her beloved Camp Hope . . . and a certain director.

Camp director Michael Ackerman recognizes Lonie instantly and wants to avoid her at all costs. Yet, despite the guilt pushing him from her, a growing attraction draws him to the determined woman. She sees more with her heart than the average person does with his eyes. But her presence also dredges up a long-buried anger toward his alcoholic father that he’d just as soon keep hidden. When circumstances spin out of control, Michael is forced to face a past that may destroy his present.

My Review

I remember so vividly the months after graduation from college with my degree in education, and the devastation when every school wanted a more experienced teacher. Loni Parker, the heroine of Dancing in the Rain, has to deal with a similar situation, only she had one additional complication. She's blind.

Before I started this story, I was curious how the authors would handle Loni's blindness. After all, the one sense we tend to use the most is visual. But the authors did a beautiful job of describing life from the eyes of a character who is blind. As a romance lover, I loved the tension between Loni and Michael. The story deals with forgiveness, and no one has to deal with more forgiveness than the main character. I could relate to the characters and the setting, as a teacher and as I remembered the times I went to camp as a teenager.

While I enjoyed the book, I did struggle with the timeline. The story takes place over a year, with portions of the story happening in different places. It seemed like there were stretches of time that moved too quickly.

Overall, I enjoyed the story and would recommend it. I give this book a 4 star rating. I was given a complimentary copy of this book. No review was required. All opinions are my own.

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