A Midnight Dance by Joanna Davidson Politano ~ Book Review

October 9, 2021


About the Book 

Book: A Midnight Dance
Author: Joanna  Davidson Politano
Genre: Christian Historical Romance
Publisher: Revell
Release Date: September 7, 2021

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.

My Thoughts 

Goodness gracious I just don't even know what to say to let you know how AMAZING this book is. I also don't know how to word this review without giving you anything away as it would completely ruin the story if I do.  This is the second book I have read by Politano and so far she has not disappointed. She has such an amazing gift at captivating you and pulling you into the story as soon as you start reading. She infuses mystery and intrigue in such a way that makes the book incredibly hard to put down. 

We meet some great characters in this story. Right away we meet Ella Blythe who desperately wants to realize her dream of becoming a ballerina while still honoring her mother's wishes. Even though she was a bit frustrating at times I loved that passion for following her dream and her love for God was so realistic. 

We also meet Philippe who is the principal ballet dancer and Ella dreams of dancing with him and Jack Dorian who definitely took me by surprise especially after meeting him in the story as a "ladies man". I can't tell you too much on these characters without giving too much away but know that Politano writes them with such depth that you can't help but getting immersed into their lives and wanting to know what is going to happen to them. 

I will say I learned quite a lot of things about ballet that I didn't know about and boy are those ballet dancers ruthless. I guess you do find that in every kind of sport. You just never think of anything like that in such a beautiful dance. 

If you enjoy mystery, there is plenty of it in this story. Romance? Of course there is and it was dreamy!! Is this book worth you getting? 10000% yes!! Go grab it now! I promise you will not be able to put it down. Now I must wait patiently as I await another one of her books. 

My Rating: 5 Stars/LOVED IT!! 

I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

About the Author

Joanna Davidson Politano freelances for a small nonfiction publisher but spends much of her time spinning tales that capture the colorful, exquisite details in ordinary lives. Her manuscript for Lady Jayne Disappears was a finalist for several contests, including the 2016 Genesis Award from ACFW, and won the OCW Cascade Award and the Maggie Award for Excellence. She is always on the hunt for random acts of kindness, people willing to share their deepest secrets with a stranger, and hidden stashes of sweets. She lives with her husband and their two babies in a house in the woods near Lake Michigan and shares stories that move her at www.jdpstories.com.

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