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My friend, Julie Klassen, gives me the best Christmas present every year, and she doesn’t even know it. It all started in 2008 when her first novel, Lady of Milkweed Manor, released. The next year, The Apothecary’s Daughter … Each year, just before Christmas I get a lovely copy of Julie’s latest book from Bethany House. And each year, I put it under the Christmas Tree, still in the envelope. It’s like a carrot dangling out beyond the frantic pace of Christmas. Shortly after the kids open their gifts and disappear to enjoy their new “toys,” I open up that gift and lose myself in the story of the year.

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I have friends who enjoy countless novels a year. I’m not in a season in which that’s possible, though I’m hoping it comes around one day.  I read lots of books every year, but often only one fiction book, and it’s always Julie’s. This year, I absolutely loved The Dancing Master.

What I especially appreciate about her books is that I can lose myself in a captivating, British Regency era, that’s replete with unexpected twists and turns, and I learn new things – every.single.time. Julie does a tremendous amount of research. Over the years, I’ve learned about apothecaries, governesses, 19th century writers, and now dance masters.

Julie’s writing is flawless and engaging. Her characters are rich and multi-faceted.  They are perfectly imperfect people, which makes them all the more enjoyable because they are relatable.

Julie Klassen is the twenty-first century Jane Austin.

I’m a huge Downton Abbey fan. Honestly, I think I became a fan of the TV series because of Klassen’s books.  If you’re a fan too, then you will adore all of Julie’s books, but particularly, The Dancing Master.


dancing-masterBook Description

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.
Paperback: 432 pages
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (January 7, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 076421070X
ISBN-13: 978-0764210709
Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 1.1 inches
Retail Price: $14.99
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About the AuthorJulie Klassen
Julie Klassen loves all things Jane–Jane Eyre and Jane Austen. She worked in publishing for sixteen years and now writes full time. Three of her novels have won the Christy Award for Historical Romance. Her book, The Silent Governess, was also a finalist in the Minnesota Book Awards, ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Awards, and Romance Writers of America’s RITA Awards. Julie is a graduate of the University of Illinois. She and her husband have two sons and live near St. Paul, Minnesota. Visit www.julieklassen.com for more information.