Love in Three-Quarter Time
By Dina Sleiman
Review by Suzie Johnson
Dina Sleiman’s historical romance, Love in Three-Quarter Time, debuted last week as the launch title for Zondervan’s new Digital First line. It’s an incredible honor to be the author of a launch title, but knowing Dina and the way she intertwines story and faith, it’s no surprise her book is wonderful enough for this honor.
Before I tell you about the book, you need to know a little bit about Dina. Dina’s tagline is: Author of lyrical stories that dance with light.
Poetry and dancing are as much a part of her as breathing. It’s the way she expresses everything in her heart, the way she worships, the way she lives her life. This essence of Dina is evident in everything she writes. She weaves words in such a way the reader can’t help but be drawn into the lives of her characters. I found that to be true in Dance of the Dandelion, and I was delighted to find it to be true in Love in Three-Quarter Time.
Love in Three-Quarter Time is the story of Constance Cavendish, a young woman with a big heart and troubles that seem even bigger. When her father is killed and her family’s reputation is destroyed, Constance, her mother, sisters and grandmother are thrust into dire straits. And as she feels responsible for it all, Constance is desperate to come up with a way to save her family.
Having learned of a woman in Charlottesville, Virginia, who needs a dance teacher for her twin daughters’ coming-out party, Constance hopes to use her talent to spare her mother endless nights of needlework in order to feed her family. She dons a fake accent and prepares to pass herself off as a dance instructor.
Fortunately she secures the position. Unfortunately, the one person who could blow her cover is her former beau, the only man she ever dreamed of marrying.
Robbie Montgomery remembers her as a spoiled and fickle sixteen-year old. The drive to overcome hardship has changed Constance, and as she struggles to see God’s presence in her life, will Robbie be able to see her as a new creation that could very well be the woman he’s supposed to spend his life with?
Readers of romance expect a happy ending. It’s part of the genre. But getting to that happy ending is the key to the story, and the key to drawing the reader into the story is to give them an emotional experience. Dina, with the essence of dance and poetry weaving around the reader, succeeds. She’s a new talent in the world of Christian Fiction, a rising star who is now among my absolute favorites.
This book will find its way on many a Nook and Kindle virtual keeper shelf. It’s a definite must-read for historical fans, and all I can say to Dina is: Write more words FASTER. Please?
Suzie Johnson’s debut novel, No Substitute, a contemporary inspirational novel, released November 30, 2012 by White Rose Press. She is a member of ACFW, RWA, and is the cancer registrar at her local hospital. The mother of a wonderful young man, who makes her proud every day, Suzie lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and naughty little cat. You can visit her at the following places:
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