Monday, June 8, 2015
One More Dance by Valentine Cardinale Review
Author: Valentine Cardinale
Genre: Mystery, Romance
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
One More Dance is a story mixed with lots of suspense and a dash of romance. Julian is a widower, who on a trip to Italy falls for the beautiful Alegra. The two meet at a wedding and make plans to see each other again, but their plans are thwarted when Julian returns to home to find his son Leo has been beaten. His romantic life takes a backseat as he begins the search for his son's attacker.
Throughout the ordeal, you feel for Julian and his daughters Flo and Frankie as they remain by Leo's bedside and search for answers. I loved the closeness between the Case family as they came together for Leo and shared memories of Susan, Julian’s late wife.
Flo and Frankie had their own side stories in the book. Flo is a college student, who feels a need to take care of her father, and when she's not busy hitting the books she's wondering where her relationship with her best friend Tommy is headed. Frankie is married with a son and looking to make a big change in her life. I have to admit I was a bit let down by the change Frankie was seeking; I was thinking it would be something bigger instead of her quitting her job to become a kick boxer. However, her newfound career plays an important part later in the novel.
I liked how the author keeps the suspense going throughout the story as he introduces the various suspects. With a couple of them, you feel sorry due to the hardships they’ve gone through in their lives. By the middle of the book, I thought I had the culprit figured out, but at the end the author does a complete 180.
With Julian and Allegra's relationship, I liked reading about their history with their former significant others and I was rooting for them to get together. However, I felt they were lacking in the romance department, I would’ve preferred a little more buildup and interaction in their relationship.
While the story lacked with the romance aspects, the mystery elements are enough to keep you intrigued til the very end.
Rating: 4 stars