At forty-five, Maggie McIntyre has been abandoned by her husband for a much younger woman. But some old letters in the attic from the first love in her life remind her of the precious summers she spent at the Harvest Moon dance hall so many years ago. Now she is returning to Little Bear Lake, to the peace of the northern wilderness, hoping to recapture the woman she once was--and the woman she knows she could be again. But time has changed the place she knew. Until a second chance at love makes an unexpected appearance. . . .
"Don't publicists know at this point that whenever The Bridges of Madison County is mentioned in comparison to a new book, many readers shudder at the thought of reading it; nevertheless, they should give Dancing a chance. McKinnon's lyrical prose flows effortlessly to the last page. While cleaning the attic, Maggie McIntyre discovers a memento of her first love, Rob Flaubert. With a failed marriage behind her, Maggie plans to revisit Harvest Moon, the summer lodge where she and Rob worked. She wants to find Rob and ask his forgiveness for breaking his heart and to rekindle old friendships (and, possibly, old flames). When she arrives at Little Bear Lake, she discovers the Harvest Moon is for sale, and as she reconstructs memories from her past by purchasing the lodge, a special love finds her in a most unexpected way. K. C. McKinnon is the pseudonym of a "respected literary novelist" whose identity is closely guarded; this is her eighth book, and it is receiving the attention it deserves. TriStar Television/CBS/Farrah Fawcett own television movie rights; Good Housekeeping owns serial rights; national radio, television, and print ads are planned; and it will be a main selection of the Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club. Accented with pencil illustrations, the book tries to replicate, or stir up, the feelings of first love. Fans of Nicholas Sparks' The Notebook [BKL Ag 96] will appreciate the high-quality storytelling evident from page one. A must purchase for all libraries. --Melanie Duncan"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review:
"The season's prize for sentimentality surely will go to this vapid romantic novel by "an established literary writer" publishing under a synonym. (And no wonder.) The question is whether women who wept over thwarted love in The Bridges of Madison County, to which this book is being compared by the publisher, will be equally enraptured by a story in which the heartbreak is fleeting and the syrupy ending is a blatant plug for feminine sexual liberation. After 40-ish Kansas City English professor Maggie McIntyre is dumped by her lawyer husband for a woman half his age, she decides to return to the Canadian lakeside hotel called The Harvest Moon, where she and Robbie Flaubertgentle backwoodsman and poet manquéenjoyed first love as teenagers. In a series of absurd coincidences, as soon as Maggie finds that the hotel is for sale, the owners just happen to come down the road; they tell her that Claire, her best friend of former years, just happens to be back in town after three divorces; Claire breaks the news that (shock!) Robbie is dead, but his spittin' image son, Eliot (named after the poet!), just happens to be living in his father's house; and Eliot just happens to turn up in answer to Maggie's ad for an assistant (she buys the hotel, of course). Then passion strikes Maggie for the second time. Such tension as there is centers around Maggie's dilemma about whether or not to defy convention and accept the sexual attentions of a kid who could be her son. McKinnon reaches for faux sophistication by quoting Yeats, Eliot and Robert Louis Stevensonand for nostalgia by using the popular songs of the 1960s as background music. Illustrations by Carl Hileman have a spare dignity, but they fail to dilute the saccharine in a narrative morsel palatable only to those who can stomach such lines as, "He was like some kind of unicorn in the deep Canadian woods." 250,000 first printing; Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club main selections; first serial to Good Housekeeping; TV movie rights to Farrah Fawcett/CBS; foreign rights sold in Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Sweden and Finland; major ad/promo. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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