I Hope You Dance
Beth Moran
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I Hope You Dance
Beth Moran
Lion Fiction
384 pages
November 2015
rated 4 1/2 of 5 possible stars

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Ruth has always had trouble with timing. She could never get the dance steps right when performing with her mother and father’s dance troupe. As a teen, it only took one night with a strange boy to leave her pregnant and a teen mother. When the strange boy agreed to help support the baby, Ruth and Fraser did everything right to provide a healthy home for Maggie. Fraser was a hard worker and gave them shelter, food and security, but he was unable to give Ruth the “happily ever after” for which she hoped. When Fraser’s untimely death reveals his poor money management skills, leaving Ruth with no insurance, no bank account, and mounting bills, Ruth and Maggie return to her parents’ home. This is the last place Ruth expected to land and certainly the last place Maggie wanted to be, but Ruth has run out of options.

David has made a career out of saving the Earth's wild places. He has always been fascinated by the creatures and insects of his world. His celebrity status is what many would dream about, but David’s dreams are filled with Ruth: the girl who walked away from him those many years ago. David has been in love only once, and his heart continues to belong to Ruth. When David discovers that Ruth has returned home with a teenage daughter, his heart starts to beat again.

Both Ruth and David will encounter people, relationships and situations that try to keep them apart, but love always wins (at least in romance stories). Author Beth Moran gives us characters to care about and with whom we can identify. Matt, the school bully turned pastor, and Lois, the abused child-turned-foster-mother, give us hope when times are hard. Carl and his mother remind us that things are not always what they seem and that we should follow our instincts. Arnold and Ana Luisa teach us that love is worth fighting for, and Ruth’s mother and father bring us back to knowing that love can be forever. Readers will be anxious to read other stories by this author.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at www.curledup.com. © Joyce Rice, 2017

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