I have just completed another book written by Marcia Willett: Echoes of the Dance. This was the second novel written by her that I have read – and I was not disappointed. The story of Daisy, an injured ballet dancer, intrigued me from the beginning. As with the other novel I had read of Willett’s (here), this story does not progress as one would expect it to. Daisy’s love story and her struggles are interwoven with the life stories of Mim, Roly, Kat and Nat. These are characters who lives intersect; and whose actions and words help guide one another in the decisions that they have to make.
The teaser from this novel concerns Daisy herself as she experiences her first love:
“He took out his key, gave her a smiling little glance and vanished. Once again she experienced the sensation of being abandoned; the warmth he spread so comfortingly around her twitched away suddenly as if a blanket had been pulled from her shoulders. She slowly climbed the stairs, depression held at bay by the definite prospect of seeing him again, trying to analyse her feelings.” (p.28, McArthur & Company, 2006).
This novel is a story that does not follow the recipe for a romance story. I would describe it, instead, as a story that follows true life with all its ups and downs and the obstacles that are often encountered. Willett kept my interest from start to finish. I cried when the main characters experienced a downturn in their lives; and cheered them on as they worked towards resolving their issues. I enjoyed reading this novel and will scour the bookshelves for other stories written by Willett.
What are you reading this week?
(This post was inspired by Miz B’s Teaser Tuesdays)
© Colline Kook-Chun, 2013