Disclaimer:  I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


A historical novel taking place in England when balls were common and wealthy daughters were introduced to society during the London season, The Dancing Master, takes place in rural England.

So much more than a simple romance, The Dancing Master is the story of a rural village. The Lady of the village has outlawed dancing. After a scandal surrounding a well-known London dancing school, the family moves in with a relative in the village. Unbeknownst to the young dancing & fencing instructor, his services are unwelcome there. Secrets woven through decades start to come out & turn the village and everyone in it upside down.

The Dancing Master was one of the most enjoyable books I’ve read in awhile. Julie Klassen did a marvelous job of unraveling a generation of secrets, each one explaining a myriad of other pieces of the story. The story progressed slowly enough that it was a joy to savor. Sometimes, I get carried away and end up skimming to find out what happened because I just. can’t. stand. it! That didn’t happen with The Dancing Master.

The characters were all complex and believable and I enjoyed the aspects of the time period, place & relationship of the classes of people in England. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys historical fiction, especially fans of England’s monarchy. There was plenty of fighting, fencing & horsemanship to go with the romance & dancing. It was also clean enough for an older teenager, I think. Preview for your home & standards, though.


Best-selling author Julie Klassen will be hosting a Kindle Fire HDX giveaway and a live webcast event (1/23) to celebrate the release of her latest novel, The Dancing Master. Enter and RSVP today!



One winner will receive:

  • A Kindle Fire HDX
  • The Dancing Master by Julie Klassen

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on January 23rd. Winner will be announced at the “All Things Jane (from Austen to Eyre)” Live Webcast Event on January 23rd. Connect with Julie for an evening of book chat, trivia, laughter, and more! Julie will also be taking questions from the audience and giving away books, Jane Austen DVDs, fun “Jane” merchandise, and gift certificates throughout the evening.

So grab your copy of The Dancing Master and join Julie and friends on the evening of January 23rd for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven’t read the book, don’t let that stop you from coming!)

Don’t miss a moment of the fun; RSVP today by signing up for a reminder. Tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 23rd!


Good luck!

Jen S.



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