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Ask Me to Dance

by Sylvia Colley

Crime / Mystery eBooks of the Month Family Drama Modern and Classic Literary Fiction

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Fresh and different, yet age-old and wise, this searing novel explores all the emotions summed up by the term grief. Rose Gregory has been prescribed rest after a double bereavement, the retreat she attends at a Monastery is not the peaceful embrace she was hoping for. Grief is a highly personal reaction to loss, yet the writing opened up and allowed me entry. Sylvia Colley notes the small details that matter, that enabled me to see, to feel, to almost touch her descriptions. It feels as though the author has an inner connection to, and full awareness of what it is to feel grief. As Rose looks backwards, and surfs memories from her childhood on, she actually travels forward, and I was with her every step of the way. Ask Me to Dance is a touching, beautiful novel that wrapped itself into and around my thoughts. 

Liz Robinson

Ask Me to Dance Synopsis

Rose Gregory has suffered a devastating blow, a double bereavement from which months later she is still reeling. Sanctuary and rest are prescribed by her doctor. But when she arrives at her refuge, a dank and decaying Monastery, she finds it is not the haven promised. Despite the veneer of calm contemplation, the Monastery turns out to be a hotbed of intrigue and disharmony. Rose witnesses bullying and cruelty and ultimately in defence of the vulnerable turns to violence herself. Sylvia Colley's extraordinary understanding of a woman's struggle to deal with grief, the denial, the anger, the loneliness, is described without sentimentality. A beautifully written and moving story

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ISBN: 9781999811709
Publication date: 26/04/2018
Publisher: Muswell Press
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781999811709
Publication date: 26th April 2018
Author: Sylvia Colley
Publisher: Muswell Press
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 240 pages
Genres: Crime / Mystery, eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Literary Fiction,
Categories: Crime & mystery,

About Sylvia Colley

Sylvia Colley became a teacher and spent many years as Head of English at the Purcell School in North London. She has published a book of poetry, Its Not What I Wanted Though and a novel, Lights on Dark Water.

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