Molly Arnette and her husband are hoping to adopt a baby. But the process terrifies her. As the questions and background checks intensify, 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, despite Molly claiming is dead, is very much alive; her birth mother, whose mysterious presence raised so many issues, and 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.
I always look forward to reading Diane Chamberlains latest offering, and pretending to Dance is her best book yet, but be warned you may need a box of tissues at hand, whilst you read it. Diane writes an incredible story, which is very sensitively told, despite the subject matter. Pretending to Dance is a combination of family drama, intrigue and suspense. Her detailed research into multiple sclerosis is obvious, and done sensitively whilst helping the reader to understand not only the physical limitations, but also the emotional challenges, this illness brings.
As we follow Molly’s journey to motherhood we learn more about the shocking events that to place during her childhood, I really felt for Molly and at one point cried along with her. This is what makes Diane Chamberlain a great story teller, she draws you into her books and brings her characters alive, making you care very deeply for them and the difficulties they go through.
A moving story and sensitively told, the reader will feel a whole host of emotions throughout Pretending to Dance, and it will keep you gripped to the last page. Many thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for an Advanced Readers Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
It’s 5 ☕️☕️☕️☕️☕️ Out of 5 from me