Today I will review Elizabeth White's novel Tour de Force.
I was so excited to read this novel! If you've been following my posts this week, you know I have two dancing daughters, one of whom is hoping to make ballet a career.
I truly enjoyed this novel and hope that the author has other plans to write about being a Christian in the world of dance.
Tour de Force tells Gillian Kincade's story. Gilly is a dancer with the Ballet New York company. She is a Christian in the arts, and these two worlds often collide. However, Gilly loves dance and she loves her job, so she tries to be a friend to all of her coworkers and keep her nose clean.
One night, a principal dancer is injured in a performance, and Gilly is chosen to fill in for the rest of the show. Voila! She is now the darling of the company director. She also caught the eye of Christian dance company director Jacob Ferrar, who chooses her and another dancer to dance in his school's version of the Nutcracker. At this point in the story, I just knew that Gillian and Jacob were MFEO (meant for each other)!
Just as one might expect, egos collide, values clash, and both Gilly's and Jacob's faith is put to the test in ways neither of them expect. In fact, in some ways it was shocking and sad, but not wholly unexpected either, in an art form that is also a sport.
And I can't say more without blowing the story! I want you to read this with the same anticipation and abandon that I did. I truly enjoyed this novel, and Elizabeth White has a new fan in me.
Many thanks to the publisher, Zondervan, for the review copy they mailed me. I appreciate it!
And special thanks to this lady:
She has commented on several of my posts this week and that encourages me so much! Thank you very much, Elizabeth! I used to be a high school English teacher in my previous life, so I feel a bit of kinship with you! :)
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