Sunday, September 1, 2013

Book Review: Tears to Dancing by Laura Thomas

Title: Tears to Dancing
Author: Laura Thomas
Category: Christian Teen Fiction
Pub. Date: 04/12/2012
Publisher: Dancing with Bear Publishing
Format: Paperback
Pages: 144
ISBN#: 0615614663

Budding ballerina, Bethany St.Clair wakes up in a hospital bed, confused and in pain. After celebrating her fourteenth birthday at the Nutcracker ballet with her parents, she remembers beginning the car ride home to unwrap her final birthday present. Her life unravels before her when she realizes she is the sole survivor from the vehicle. With a severely broken leg and a crushed spirit, Bethany is left in the loving care of her aunt Alice, and the young ballerina’s desperate struggles begin. Dealing with unimaginable grief, Bethany embarks on a new chapter in her life, living with her young Christian aunt. A waging war in Bethany's heart pulls her further away from God, and her only hope of comfort is beyond her reach. How long until she can dance again? One evening, Bethany discovers the unopened birthday present from her parents, but is unable to muster the emotional strength to unwrap it. She buries it beneath her bed; the constant reminder of that fateful night hidden from sight. Every day brings its own mountains for Bethany to climb, and she is forced to choose between old friends and new, forgiveness and bitterness, and ultimately life and death. Moments of joy in the form of her puppy, the theater, and a new guy with a fascinating past start to break through Bethany's hopelessness, and she begins feeling human again. But an appointment back at the hospital threatens to cruelly shred every fiber of hope she clung to, and the downward spiral accelerates. Nobody else can understand the ramifications of this news. Bethany’s lifelong dream was to be a ballerina. If there even is a God, how could He do this to her? She is utterly devastated, and there is only one way out. Too exhausted to care about life any more, she needs to be with her parents. It's too much for her to handle on her own. The bottle of painkillers will do the job. As a final act of respect to her parents, there is one last thing she feels compelled to do. Bethany gingerly unwraps the present from the night of the accident. But will her discovery be enough to save her life?  

My Review:  

When first starting this book I was caught up in the life of a young lady, Bethany St.Clair. Her life is was turned up side down but she has a outlook on life that makes you love her. And I was immediately pulled into the book and all the emotions of Bethany's life. 

Author Laura Thomas has a unique way of writing on the level for young girls that I totally enjoyed reading. Her characters are loveable, real, and have real life issues that you can relate to. 

The plot in this story is incredible. You go through all the twists and turns, all the feelings from high to low, from scared to hope, from crying to laughing. I feel that all young teen and adults should have this on their shelf's. The ending makes you want more. Leaves you looking for the next chapter.

A MUST READ for all avid young readers, awesome clean read. 
So due to the above, if I could it would be higher, I am giving this book a Breath of Life ratings of: 

Five Clock Rating!!!  

Disclosure: I did received the above book in exchange for my honest opinion and review. Opinions are my own and yours may differ. 

About the Author:   

Author of 2 Christian teen fiction novels- TEARS TO DANCING and TEARS OF A PRINCESS, published by Dancing With Bear Publishing.

I am married to my high school sweetheart, have three wonderful children, and an adorable English bulldog! Born and raised in England and Wales, I immigrated to Canada in my mid-twenties, and now live in Kelowna, British Columbia, where my authoring dreams have become a reality.

After completing thirteen years of home schooling my children, I am now able to focus on writing, and treasure the privilege of sharing my heart in the form of novels, short stories, and Bible devotions.

My strongest desire is to provide wholesome reading with good, solid morals for children, challenging books for teens, and encouragement for adults.


Laura Thomas said...

Thanks SO much for this fantastic review! I hope your readers will also check out the sequel, TEARS OF A PRINCESS! All details can be found on my website:

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