Dance with your heart, and love will follow.
Kindergarten teacher Spenser Harris has carved a quiet, stable future out of his tumultuous past, but his world turns upside down the night a homeless teen appears on his doorstep - a boy whose story mirrors the one Spenser has worked so hard to overcome. The decision to shelter Duon is easy. What's tricky is juggling the network of caregivers in Duon's life, especially TomAs Jimenez.
TomAs wouldn't have hesitated to take Duon in, but his plate is already full working three jobs to support his family. Though Spenser's carefully constructed walls are clearly designed to keep the world at bay, TomAs pushes past Spenser's defenses, determined to ensure the man is worthy of his charge. As the two of them grow closer, TomAs dares to dream of a life beyond his responsibilities, and Spenser begins to believe he might finally find a home of his own after all.
But Spenser and TomAs's world is forever poised to crash down around their ears. Duon's grandmother isn't sure she wants him to be raised by a gay man and challenges Spenser's custody. TomAs's undocumented parents could be deported at any time, and all the while the state of Minnesota votes on a constitutional amendment against marriage equality and the US Supreme Court debates whether or not Spenser and TomAs get a happily ever after. All they can do is hold tight to their love, hope for a better future...and remind each other to enjoy the dance.
©2016 Heidi Cullinan (P)2016 Heidi Cullinan
I listened to this twice as I missed part first time round and glad I did. I felt at first that it was a bit flat about a third of the way into it. I still feel that but it really seemed to pick up steam again.
It's particularly interesting listening to it in the light of the recent Republican victories in 2016 and also being a Brit living in UK. It became a real campaign story pushing the needs of minorities in a thought provoking way. I found myself moved towards the end. The descriptions of how the main participants felt were thought provoking and well written. The author conveys well the feelings of 'not beLonging'.
This book wrought so many emotions in my heart that I was crying and sometimes shouting at the same time. Good writing can do that but so can characters relatable to those we see daily and love singularly.
Enjoy the dance brings to light a host of issues in a way that is poignant and thoughtful. It also serves as a light to show how far we have come.
It is not only a truly beautiful love story it is an empowering life story.
Enjoy your dance my friends but love your life in its darkness and in its light. That's what this book says, in darkness there is strength in daring to hope and love and of course..to dance.
"Heidi does it again!"
I loved all the characters in this book. Even Alisa redeemed herself somewhat by the end. Spencer and Tomas were so perfect for each other.
Though this title isn't whisper synced, I had no trouble going from audio to kindle and back again.
This is a totally feel good book for me because even though there were sad issues in the book, there was never any doubt about the love Spencer and Tomas had for each other.
I will say it would be a good idea to have some hankies ready. There were several very emotional scenes.
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