A Season to Dance by Patricia Beal

A Season to Dance

Ballerina Ana Brassfield has her path to the stage of the Met in New York and her future with fiancé Peter Engberg all figured out—until her first love, renowned German dancer Claus Gert, shows up in Georgia to dance with her and win her back. Claus kisses her after a rehearsal, a kiss Peter witnesses from the darkened audience. Convinced a kiss between Claus and Ana is mo...

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A Season to Dance Reviews

  • Nadine Brandes

    This book is fantastic.

    Put it on your to-read list. Read it. Buy it. Share it.

    Be changed.

  • Katie

    Loved Beal's A Season to Dance! Well-done, tangible look into a professional ballerina's life, performances, and exciting international travels. A fast-read showcasing God's dedication to us and the freedom of trading emptiness for God's redemption.

  • Kerry Johnson

    Vivid and emotional, A Season to Dance immerses the reader in the life of ballerina Ana and the two men who love her. I felt like I was walking through the lush gardens created by landscape architect Peter in Georgia, and I could almost touch the bright yellow sunflowers alongside Ana and Claus in Germany.

    With a gentle eye for deep emotion, the author settles the reader into the lives of professional dancers and their hard-to-reach dreams, and into the heart of a young woman searching for somet

    Vivid and emotional, A Season to Dance immerses the reader in the life of ballerina Ana and the two men who love her. I felt like I was walking through the lush gardens created by landscape architect Peter in Georgia, and I could almost touch the bright yellow sunflowers alongside Ana and Claus in Germany.

    With a gentle eye for deep emotion, the author settles the reader into the lives of professional dancers and their hard-to-reach dreams, and into the heart of a young woman searching for something more. For Someone more. Ana's story leaves the reader breathless until the last pages.

    I highly recommend this story of love and forgiveness, and look forward to reading more from this author!

  • Beth

    Ana Brassfield has her heart set on dancing at the Metropolitan Opera House. Her future is set. She is on her way to achieving her dancing dream and engaged to a wonderful man, Peter. Things are on the right track, until her first love, Claus, a famous dancer, returns to Georgia to dance on the stage, and of course, win his way back into Ana’s heart. After a misunderstanding from a scene on the dance floor, her engagement to Peter is off, and so begins Ana’s winding journey to realizing that her

    Ana Brassfield has her heart set on dancing at the Metropolitan Opera House. Her future is set. She is on her way to achieving her dancing dream and engaged to a wonderful man, Peter. Things are on the right track, until her first love, Claus, a famous dancer, returns to Georgia to dance on the stage, and of course, win his way back into Ana’s heart. After a misunderstanding from a scene on the dance floor, her engagement to Peter is off, and so begins Ana’s winding journey to realizing that her dreams may not be what she wants after all.

    In A Season to Dance Patricia Beal brings the artistic nature of ballet to life, all the while illustrating a life lived chasing after dreams deferred, and sometimes chasing all of the wrong things. This debut is an emotional story of redemption. Ana makes choices that heart this reader’s heart, but it was all worth it in the end when I saw the culmination of Ana’s journey. There are several emotional twists and turns, often twists of Ana’s own making. The story is introspective and told from Ana’s first person perspective. I really enjoyed Ana’s voice and getting to know her through the course of the story. Her journey illustrates perfectly that life will not go as planned, but in the end, you’re where you need to be. Ana comes to the end of her rope and finds an answer in Christ.

    Beal’s descriptions of ballet were as much a thing of beauty as the dance steps she was describing. The passion and exhilaration that come with telling a story through dance and the moves themselves came to life for me through Ana’s experiences. These seemed especially beautiful for me because I grew up dancing, and while I was never a ballerina like Ana, I still have a special place in my heart for dance. The author is familiar with the world of ballet, but the way she brings it to life is impressive and enthralling.

    Likewise, the descriptions of the different settings, whether in Georgia or Germany, are so well done. I felt as if I was walking through the fragrant gardens of Georgia in springtime or enjoying a picnic along the Rhine right along with Ana. Beal paints a beautiful picture with her words, whether describing the setting or ballet.

    Ana’s journey made my heart ache at times, and her disappointment in herself when she makes the wrong decisions is palpable. Though the consequences might have played out to Ana’s detriment, God took those consequences and made them turn out for Ana’s ultimate good. I appreciated that, even when Ana was living counter to what she knew was God’s will for her, everything was handled with delicacy and without unnecessary descriptions. Ana’s thoughts accurately portrayed the negativity of her choices, even when the actual choice didn’t play out on the page. Beal does a great job of giving the reader the information they need and doing so in a way that portrays Ana’s emotions nicely.

    I am glad for the opportunity to read this debut. It is obvious that the story is close to the author’s heart and that she was willing to make the hard choices when it comes to telling Ana’s story. If you do give this a read, please do read the author’s note because it adds another layer to this beautiful story. I hope there are more stories to come from Patricia Beal. Any future books of her will for sure be on my to-read list. Recommended wholeheartedly for readers of contemporary, realistic fiction and stories of redemption.

    I received a complimentary copy of this novel. This review is my honest opinion, and I was not required to write a positive review.

  • Beth Erin

    Full review on Faithfully Bookish

    The artistry of dance and nature saturates every moment of this beauty from ashes tale while heartache, betrayal, and turmoil beg for redemption, restoration, and grace.

    Ana has regrets. Lots of regrets. Ana has a lot going for her but her focus is continually drawn to what she doesn't (and perhaps can't) have. Her journey is long, winding, and complicated but the destination makes it a road worth taking.

    A Season to Dance perfectly conveys

    Full review on Faithfully Bookish

    The artistry of dance and nature saturates every moment of this beauty from ashes tale while heartache, betrayal, and turmoil beg for redemption, restoration, and grace.

    Ana has regrets. Lots of regrets. Ana has a lot going for her but her focus is continually drawn to what she doesn't (and perhaps can't) have. Her journey is long, winding, and complicated but the destination makes it a road worth taking.

    A Season to Dance perfectly conveys the hopelessness, emptiness, and inner turmoil many have endured as a young man or woman in need of a Savior. Bravo!

    I requested the opportunity to read this book through the author. The opinions expressed are my own.

  • Fiction Aficionado

    I am undone! By the time I got to the end of this story I was a blubbering mess—in a good way. This was such a beautiful story of finding sufficiency in God, and so unique. I honestly can’t think of another story I have read like this one.

    To begin with—ballet! As a classical music and ballet lover (not to mention a ballet mum), I loved entering Ana’s world. It was so obvious that the author has personal experience in this world, but even so, it’s not an easy thing to translate to the page. And y

    I am undone! By the time I got to the end of this story I was a blubbering mess—in a good way. This was such a beautiful story of finding sufficiency in God, and so unique. I honestly can’t think of another story I have read like this one.

    To begin with—ballet! As a classical music and ballet lover (not to mention a ballet mum), I loved entering Ana’s world. It was so obvious that the author has personal experience in this world, but even so, it’s not an easy thing to translate to the page. And yet Patricia Beal did so beautifully. She captured the music, the movement, and the emotion of those scenes in such a simple but effective way. Even if you can’t tell a plié from a retiré, you will still feel completely immersed in the dance.

    But at its heart, this isn’t really a ballet story. It’s a story about a young woman who is looking to her career and her relationships for fulfilment, but constantly falling short. It’s her search to fully understand the truth of 2 Corinthians 12:9—

    —and her journey to that point where she can step back and give her dreams and desires into God’s hands.

    Ana experiences both angst and heartache on the journey, even as she catches elusive glimpses of the joy and peace she is trying to grasp. At times I wanted to reach out to her and say, “Please, don’t do this to yourself,” but at the same time, I was so thoroughly immersed in her character that I could understand why she made those choices, and why she thought those choices would bring the happiness and peace she was looking for. And God clearly worked through those choices, even as Ana regretted them. But even when she seems to making the right choices, circumstances beyond her control threaten to take away the peace she has finally found.

    And then the ending . . . oh, the ending! I’m going to cry again just thinking about it. God truly turns Ana’s mourning into dancing in ways she could never have imagined!

    This is a truly beautiful debut, and when you read the author’s notes at the end of the novel, you will understand why there is so much heart in its pages.

    Patricia Beal, I am a fan for life!

    I received a copy of this novel from the author. This has not influenced the content of my review.

  • Natalie

    I met Patricia at the ACFW 2015 writer's conference and was charmed by her beautiful Brazilian accent and her ballet costume on the character dress-up night. Little did I know she was a REAL ballerina--and had written a book about a ballerina! Last week I won a giveaway of the Letters to Juliet DVD from an interview blog featuring Patricia, who graciously included a copy of A Season to Dance in the giveaway package! I'd been wanting to read this novel since I first met her and am so excited to t

    I met Patricia at the ACFW 2015 writer's conference and was charmed by her beautiful Brazilian accent and her ballet costume on the character dress-up night. Little did I know she was a REAL ballerina--and had written a book about a ballerina! Last week I won a giveaway of the Letters to Juliet DVD from an interview blog featuring Patricia, who graciously included a copy of A Season to Dance in the giveaway package! I'd been wanting to read this novel since I first met her and am so excited to tell you about the story in this review!

    The Main Characters:

    Ana, Peter, and Claus... Wow. These characters came to life on the page. The Blake Shelton comparison for Peter gave me an instant reference point, since my Granny and I have been watching the Voice lately. I pictured Patricia as Ana's look-a-like, and my mental image of Claus was a longer-haired Rick Cosnett, whose facial structure is coincidentally similar to Mikhail Baryshnikov. These characters have such unique personalities and back stories, and they are all inwardly broken. Their brokenness translates to their actions and they all make destructive decisions along the way. They learn from them, though. And that is one thing that makes this story so great.

    The Romance:

    This story is unlike any other I've read. It's a twist on the regular Happily Ever After. Ana loves two very different men, and she's a different person with each of them. The heartstrings are pulled when she is around them, and though I was anticipating one or the other to turn into the typical ex-boyfriend-villain, neither did. Many of the characters are lost or away from God during most of the story, so they make bad decisions concerning their relationships, but the author only portrays these actions as far as a few kisses and caresses, closing the door on more intimate events that will effect these characters for the rest of their lives. Patricia does an excellent job at portraying broken humanity in the light of God's love, where forgiveness is always waiting and the deeply-flawed have access to second-chance mercy as long as they have breath.

    The Pace:

    In the first chapter, a mystery is introduced, and the character journey to reveal that mystery follows. This is a thoughtful, emotional novel, exploring deep subjects that are suited to a quieter pace. At about the 2/3 mark, though, the events of the story grabbed me and the pace sped up significantly, ending with a finale that had me fighting tears.

    The Faith Element:

    The redemption message in this novel is one of the most powerful and clearly presented Biblically based faith-journeys I've read in a fiction book. Ana tries to find fulfillment in everything but God, then finally decides to "try out" religion, but eventually learns she can't earn her salvation or peace with God. Redemption is out of her reach as long as she's trying to climb up and attain it herself, and all the while her Savior is waiting for her to simply surrender to Him and ask for His salvation, and He'll gladly give her all she needs. In A Season to Dance, God pursues Ana's heart with a gentle and unrelenting love. It's a beautiful thing to watch unfold.

    The Stakes:

    The stakes include Peter's heart, Claus' heart, and Ana's heart, which is divided between finding her life's purpose, and following her dream of dancing at the Met in New York. Which one will win?

    The Overall Impression:

    A Season to Dance isn't my usual light-hearted historical romance and comedic fare. But the spiritual and life lessons the book portrays were ones I needed to contemplate, and I found myself surrendering several dreams to God to do with as He sees best. I love a book that will make me take a closer look at myself and my motives and encourage me to change for the better. This book did that for me.

    The More Factor:

    I would love to read more books by Patricia in the future.

    *I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.

  • Natalie Walters

    Debut author, Patrica Beal, delights the senses with A Season To Dance.

    Opening the pages I was treated to an emotional journey as ballet dancer, Ana Brassfield, struggles to find sufficiency in a life that seems to be falling apart at every pirouette. I truly enjoyed the stunning detail Ms. Beal creates in describing the setting throughout the story, which allowed me to breathe in the fragrance of lavender and hear the babbling of the Rhine or feel the chest thumping current of an orchestra warm

    Debut author, Patrica Beal, delights the senses with A Season To Dance.

    Opening the pages I was treated to an emotional journey as ballet dancer, Ana Brassfield, struggles to find sufficiency in a life that seems to be falling apart at every pirouette. I truly enjoyed the stunning detail Ms. Beal creates in describing the setting throughout the story, which allowed me to breathe in the fragrance of lavender and hear the babbling of the Rhine or feel the chest thumping current of an orchestra warming up as dancers take their place on stage. This kind of writing makes it impossible to not become enraptured in the story.

    Among the exotic settings that don't require you to get a passport, Ms. Beal introduces a cast of characters that would've made Mr. Shakespeare proud. These characters are not perfect. They don't pretend to be. They are broken and searching. Ms. Beal offers a compass of hope, truth, and relevance that proves thoughtful and impactful.

    There are discussion questions at the end, which I think will provide readers and book clubs another level of depth to the story.

    ***I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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