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Summary

Anna is the newest member of an elite ballet company. Her first class with her mysterious idol Victoria almost ruins her career before it starts. When she shows she might be a potential star, Victoria chooses Anna to launch a new season around.

Now Anna must face down jealousy, sabotage, and injury, not to mention navigate the circus of friends and lovers within the company. The pressure builds as she knows she must pour everything she has into opening night and prove to her rivals and herself that Victoria’s faith in her is not misplaced.

In the process, Anna discovers that she and the daring, beautiful Victoria have a lot more than a talent for ballet in common, and that not every thrilling dance can be found on stage.

©2018 Lola Keeley (P)2018 Ylva Publishing

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Incredible!!

I love how in-depth the storyline is I have nothing negative to say abt this wonderful book😘absolute gem! Needless to say it rates very high up in my favourites list🥰 I actually read it twice before this review. In addition the narrator’s voice fits perfectly and is lovely to the hear which in turn had all my other senses reeling it gets 100% from me😘

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Oh dear! What a shame...

I SO wanted this to be good as I love ballet and thought I was on to a winner as other reviewers seem to be in love with this book. But sadly I found the story thin and rather immature! Everything was too black and white, problems too easily overcome, characters too simplistic, irritating or both. I found myself having to rewind a lot as the story is so dull and improbable and I would suddenly realise that had missed several minutes due to lack of interest/boredom or just zoning out. Sometimes I was just one click away from requesting my credit back but would then decide to give it the benefit of the doubt and allow just a few more minutes and eventually I got so far through that I resigned myself to wait and see what happened in the end.... unsurprisingly there was no big surprise and I wish I had requested my credit back! Sadly the narration was 'meh' which probably didn't help but I won't be holding my breath for another book from the author, nor seeking out the narrator unless for assistance with sleep issues.

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brilliant story - captivating

Very good book and well performed. The kind of audiobook that makes you want to run further just to listen longer.

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  • Liv
  • 15-02-19

Wow

When people told me this was the best book of the year I was skeptical. It absolutely is. The build up is amazing, the ending is amazing. I can’t wait until I read it again.

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  • soar1024
  • 01-03-21

Disappointing

This is a really good book. Read it. Loved it. I like to listen to audiobooks, thought, “Good book, fun listen.” Bleah! Wrong! The narrator ruins a really good book.

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  • Kristy
  • 22-04-19

Wonderful

Amazing story I loved this book so much The characters were spot on and the narrator brought this story to life for me

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  • Lynette
  • 13-03-19

the music and the mirror

I love this book one of my favorites. I will definitely be looking up other books by this author I'm absolutely impressed by the romance and charm of this book. PS Abigail was the perfect Voice for this book

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  • Margaret
  • 18-02-19

Excellent audio!

I loved The Music and The Mirror. Great love story. Great behind the scenes look at a ballet company. Abigail Rakocy does an excellent job with the narration.

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  • AJ Holmes
  • 16-02-19

I'm in love!❤

I fell in love with this book and have read it countless times. The budding romance between Anna and Victoria throughout the story is not at all rushed and flowed quite nicely. I enjoyed Anna's growth and increasing boldness throughout the story. I do wish I had learned more about Victoria than was revealed but I have also been hoping for a sequel that may delve into her more. The supporting characters: Jess, Irina, Delphine, Gabriel, Ethan, etc were all just as engaging and made the story hard to put down. I've been waiting for the Audible version to come out and will definitely keep my eyes and ears open for more from Lola Keeley, who is a phenomenal writer.

The narrator was not entirely what I was looking for but she didn't at all take away from the story. I was honestly hoping Stephanie Murphy had been chosen to narrate as she has a nack for making a story really come alive with her voice changes and the passion she pours into the stories she narrates.

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  • Lisa
  • 15-08-21

This book is in my Top 3

I’ve listened to a lot of WLW books and this one is in the top 3!

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  • Ashley
  • 29-06-21

The narrator

The story was great I really liked the character development and the side characters. I loved the I knowledge gained about ballet.

The narrator ruined it for me. She sounds as if she’s trying to project her voice on the stage of an amateur Shakespearean play. I couldn’t handle listening to her. I made it through the book because the story was good. But, many times I was drawn out of it because of her voice. Her character voices didn’t sound like a real person… more like a caricature. She had the same voice for the men as she did for Victoria and making it hard for me to tell them apart. I was also frustrated with her intonation. I don’t feel like they went with the story.
On a positive note, her voice would really go well for children’s books.

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  • Angelica Evans
  • 11-04-21

Good book bad narrator

Could been a great book but the narrator kind of destroyed the experience, she is bad.

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  • Karissa Castle
  • 19-03-21

A must read for slow burns

My first time reading Keeley and I must say I was not disappointed! The book was very well written and easily understood even though I have no knowledge of ballet. I definitely recommend this one, especially if you are a sucker for a slow burn romance.