Pretending to Dance: A Novel by Diane Chamberlain Paperback Book


Rent Pretending to Dance: A Novel

Author: Diane Chamberlain

Format: Unabridged-CD, Paperback

Publisher: MacMillan Audio

Published: Oct 2015

Genre: Fiction - Contemporary Women

Retail Price: $39.99

Discs: 10


Molly Arnette is very good at keeping secrets. She and her husband live in San Diego, where they hope to soon adopt a baby. But the process terrifies her.

As the questions and background checks come one after another, Molly worries that the truth she's kept hidden about her North Carolina childhood will rise to the surface and destroy not only her chance at adoption, but her marriage as well. She ran away from her family twenty years ago after a shocking event left her devastated and distrustful of those she loved: Her mother, the woman who raised her and who Molly says is dead but is very much alive. Her birth mother, whose mysterious presence raised so many issues. The father she adored, whose death sent her running from the small community of Morrison Ridge.

Now, as she tries to find a way to make peace with her past and embrace a future filled with promise, she discovers that even she doesn't know the truth of what happened in her family of pretenders.

Told with Diane Chamberlain's compelling prose and gift for deft exploration of the human heart, Pretending to Dance is an exploration of family, lies, and the complexities of both.

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BookLender review by Celia on 2017-10-05 08:48:37

The word PRETEND now has new meaning and relevance for me. When you want to do something but dont have the courage or attitude to do it, PRETEND to do it and pretty soon you WILL be doing it.This book was not only a good and emotional read... it taught me something.Molly is good at pretending and not so good at lying. But she is trying to keep her childhood life a secret from her husband, Aiden. The James, Molly and Aiden, cannot have children of their own, so are attempting to adopt. The adoption will be OPEN the birth mother will select the new parents and remain in the adoptive parents and her childs lives.The book is written in a current and flashback style. As Molly and Aiden work their way through the adoption process, we flashback to Mollys childhood in NC and start to understand the secrets she is keeping.The book, written by my favorite author, Diane Chamberlain, is more than a worthy read, another Chamberlain triumph. Other books I have loved by Chamberlain: Necessary Lies and The Silent Sister.As are many of Chamberlains books, Pretending to Dance is available on audio and lovingly read by Susan Bennett. Five stars!!