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Summary

The Dance is a book about love, family and friendship, and learning how to dance with life's constant spin.

Dog trainer Jacky Applebaum is focused on one thing - making up for a grave misunderstanding that damaged her relationship with her 15-year-old stepdaughter, Sophie. They are suffocating under the pressure of hurt and guilt. Old wounds begin to heal between them when a spirited beekeeper named Brooke Hastings contracts Jacky to train her overly-protective dog, Bee. A mutual affinity grows instantly between them, an affinity Jacky won't allow herself to embrace. But, the heart knows what it needs. Meanwhile, Brooke hires Sophie as her assistant in the bee apiary. A trust forms, and soon Sophie begins to feel alive again as she comes face-to-face with the many parallels between her and the honeybees she nurtures.

Just as they learn to open up and dance with life again, a hurtful truth reveals itself. Will this truth set them free, or unravel all they've come to learn about life?

©2016 Suzie Carr (P)2016 Suzie Carr

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"Breathtakingly beautiful." ( Curve Magazine)

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beautifully written and freeing

a beautiful romance that follows the straggles and hardships of live. pointing out the beauty of nature and how taking a moment in time to stop and look around can be so freeing in yourself.

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Beautiful Story, wonderfully performed a pure joy

If you could sum up The Dance in three words, what would they be?

Beautiful, Joyful and Friendship

What did you like best about this story?

Just an awesome book which is a celebration of love, friendship and nature. I loved the way if was framed around honeybees and was really impressed by the amount of research that Suzie has obviously done to weave this element into a what is, for me, a touching, passionate and heart-warming story.

Which character – as performed by Clara Nipper – was your favourite?

Brooke Hastings

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Just too many to count - right from the beginning it captures your heart and emotions

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This is a such a beautiful story, so delicately written with a poignant message. You just can't help but fall in love with it I loved Clara's performance and emotion in telling book, it really drew me in and made me feel part of it and the characters story. Couldn't recommend it highly enough. A pure joy.

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  • Amy
  • 13-08-16

I love how a story comes alive when read out loud

Where does The Dance rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The last audio book I have listened to was Fountainhead book on cassette, so my experience here is way out of date. The Dance is ranked the highest as it has reminded me how fun it is to have something read to me, especially a book I read and loved already.

If you could take any character from The Dance out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Jackie, mainly because I love when character flaws and difficulties are presented and then I can watch how the character navigates through them. We all love the perfect characters for their perfections. I love the characters that teach me something, or validate things I have experienced myself.

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  • Swansong
  • 07-12-16

wonderful story terrible reader

The narrator was absolutely terrible, but I loved the story despite the preachy standpoint of the writer.

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  • J.K.R.
  • 04-09-16

The narrator deadens this story...

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I really enjoy reading Suzie Carr books. I can sit and have a terrific story unfold in the pages in front of me, but this narrator seeps the life from this story like the color draining from a photograph.I have listen to some bad narration in my time and have been able to withstand many of bad reading, but I got as far as 51minutes and 16 seconds before I said, "No more". I did nothing to justify taking that sort of punishment. This is the second time I have listen to this narrator slowly drone on in her narration of a Susie Carr book. I refuse to do it again.

What could Suzie Carr have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Choose another narrator (and that doesn't mean she should read it herself, I've been through that hell too).

How did the narrator detract from the book?

She detracted by reading it.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

I am sure the story is fine. As a matter of fact I am going to Amazon.com and get a copy of the ebook.

Any additional comments?

Yes, audiobooks should add something wonderful and bring an author's book to life.

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  • Charlotte Cox
  • 06-09-17

Narrator is awful

This story was good. But narration horrible. If see her name again will not buy.

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  • Margaret
  • 30-10-16

Enjoyable.

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I enjoyed this Audible edition of The Dance. Clara Nipper does a good job with the narration.I wished she used a little more inflection in her reading. But it does not detract from the excellent book. Message of this book: Watch your mouth and what comes out of it. Think before you speak, especially in anger.

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  • Skip
  • 08-10-16

Wonderful story!

This was a beautiful, thought provoking story. A deeper glimpse into the lives and thoughts of three people who had tragedy and fears and hopes of their own, individually and collectively working through these to makes sense of their lives. The thoughts nd fears of Sophie and they way she evolved throughout the story were deep and heart breaking. How she came to terms with all that happened was wonderful to see. Jacky and Brooke's relationship was fascinating and sweet to watch. Heart aching at times but genuine and sweet. This was an excellent story.