Thursday, June 18, 2009

Tour de Force by Elizabeth White



Today on Net's Book Notes, I'm featuring Elizabeth White's Tour de Force a delightful read about a ballerina, a new ballet and a choreographer with a passion for God. I loved this book! Here's the back cover copy:

A Passion for Dance

Gillian Kincade is a soloist with Ballet
New York, a sought-after guest artist, and a committed Christian. Though she may be an anomaly in the world of dance, Gilly believes her devotion to God isn’t compromised by following her dreams. Then she meets Jacob Ferrar.

A Passion for God
.

Jacob is the brilliant young artistic director of the Birmingham Ballet Theatre and a born-again Christian. When he offers Gillian the lead in his latest ballet she accepts, knowing it won’t necessarily further her career, but it will touch her soul.

Becomes Love’s Tour de Force
.

On the chaotic road to opening night, Gilly and Jacob develop a deep professional respect for each other and begin to fall in love. Then their brilliant first performance is destroyed by a terrible accident, and suddenly both must face an uncertain future. Together, they dance the fine line between personal vision and God’s will, listening for the guidance of the Father’s heart.

Elizabeth White is the author of Controlling Interest, Off the Record, Fair Game, Fireworks, and the Texas Gatekeepers series for Steeple Hill’s Love Inspired Suspense line. She lives in Mobile, Alabama.

And now, my review:

As a girl, I dreamed of expressing myself through dance, one day, professionally. I would choreograph twirling dances to Mom’s 8-tracks. So reading this novel, set around dance, captivated my imagination. Elizabeth’s focus on Jesus, and Mary’s extravagant worship of Him, touched my spirit. Sometimes, I find a book which specifically lends itself to movie material. This book reads like a movie and I believe it would make a fantastic visual impression.

Beyond the dance and the delicious spiritual themes, Elizabeth penned a believable and fun romance. Her heroine was fun and outgoing, strong and sensitive. I related with her even as I marveled. The hero, a dashing Englishman, came across as heroic in his sacrifice to care for his orphaned nephew. His relationship with that little guy was a delightful element to this novel.

The author had a way with words which kept me turning pages. I want to see this ballet she invented (Perfume), and I’d love to read more of her novels. Love how she ministered to readers and shared her heart through the story’s content. Satisfying. Delightful. A pure gem of a read. Highly recommended.

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Happy reading!

2 comments:

bethsquill said...

Thanks for a lovely review, Annette!
Blessings,
Beth

Annette M. Irby said...

You're welcome, Beth. Can't wait to read more of your work!

All His best,
Annette