Thursday, 9 July 2015

Book review: Summer Flings and Dancing Dreams - Sue Watson


Dance like nobody’s watching. Love like you’ll never get hurt…
Laura Watkin’s heart isn’t broken, she’s just forgotten how to use it.

After years on her own, the highlight of single mum Laura’s week is watching Strictly Come Dancing with a glass of Pinot Grigio and a large helping of imagination.

With her daughter Sophie going travelling, Laura knows the time is right to do something for herself for a change. One disastrous Zumba class later and Laura ends up at the feet (literally) of gorgeous dance instructor Tony Hernandez.

A natural dancer and inspiring teacher, Tony rekindles in Laura a passion she inherited from her ballroom dancer father – and with it comes a dream… to make him proud.

But when Tony enters them to perform at the National Dance Festival, can Laura’s new-found confidence survive the test? And with a once-in-a-lifetime chance to learn Flamenco in Spain, could Laura truly learn to dance like nobody’s watching… and love like she’ll never get hurt?

A laugh-out-loud, uplifting comedy about finding the courage to be yourself, the importance of dreams, and learning to grab life by the glitter balls.

My opinion.
It seemed like everyone was reading and talking about Summer Flings and Dancing Dreams. It caught my eye immediately with that deliciously inviting title and cover so I couldn't wait to start reading.
Laura is an amazing woman. I warmed up to her from the start and along with Tony, they made for the perfect main characters. Colourful, kind, funny,... A perfect match!
The book, as well as Laura's life, actually, can be divided into two parts: pre- and post- Spain. Although I loved Laura's transformation, I'm afraid the first part paled in comparison to the emotional, fierce and even sexy chapters that followed. The passion of the dance, the emotional revelations and the wonderful relationships in the second part of the book really moved me. (Yes, I cried, I admit).
Summer Flings and Dancing Dreams is a fun, uplifting book that will make you want to put on your dancing shoes. Or watch Harry Judd's Strictly Come Dancing performances. Your pick!


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