A Midnight Dance by Joanna Davidson Politano: Book Review
About the book:
Title: A Midnight Dance
Author: Joanna Davidson Politano
Release Date: September 7, 2021
Genre: Christian Historical Romance
All theater romances are tragedies. Ella Blythe knows this. Still, she cannot help but hope her own story may turn out different than most–and certainly different than the tragic story of the Ghost of Craven Street Theater. Yet as she struggles to maintain her tenuous place in the ever-shrinking ballet company, win the attentions of principal dancer Philippe, and avoid company flirt Jack, Ella cannot deny the uncanny feeling that her life is mirroring that of the dead ballerina.
Is she dancing ever closer to the edge of her own tragic end? Or will the secrets that are about to come to light offer release from the past?
Mystery and romance make the perfect dance partners in this evocative story from fan-favorite Joanna Davidson Politano.
Where do I even begin with this one? It was so good, I’ve been stumped over what to write in a review. When I pick up a Politano book, I know I’m in for beautiful prose and a deeply-rooted story, but I was still taken aback by just how amazing this story was. Not just the prose that swept me off my feet and carried me into Ella’s world, but the messages that turned up time and again. Ella is searching for her own story, her own ending, that is different from what everyone says it will be. More than that, she’s searching for love and has an idea of where she’ll find it. That was what spoke to me throughout each chapter. Ella thought she knew what she wanted and what was best for her. She followed that path and pushed aside anything that she thought didn’t line up with her idea of happily ever after. But all the while, God was there. He knew what she needed, if Ella would only take a moment to be still and listen. I felt that to my bones. I have a habit of being like Ella, and reading this story brought a moment of clarity that I’ve needed for a while. Excellent novel. It’s going on the keeper shelf. I received a copy of this book from Revell Reads. I was not required to leave a positive review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.