I Just Came Here to Dance
by Susan Mary Malone
Genre: Literary Fiction
Publisher: White Bird Publications
Date of Publication: Sep 15, 2016
Number of Pages: 340
Paula Anne Fairbanks understands all about the unexamined life. And she likes hers that way—until her world gets ripped smooth apart.
Running from reality, Paula falls under the mythological yarns being spun on Diana Maclean's porch. Surely Paula's own choices aren't to blame for the summer of insanity she spends under the spells of Diana...who is, after all, known as the White Witch of Sociable, Texas.
I JUST CAME HERE TO DANCE, a modern allegory, waltzes atop the line between the creative and the crazy, the sacred and the maligned. Through myths it weaves together the multi-layers of personal Self with that of the collective whole. And finally, Paula Anne and the townsfolk learn the simplest of truths: that the fire's ashes produce wisdom and courage, just as the stories say.
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About The Author
Texas native Susan Mary Malone has published two novels, co-authored four nonfiction books, and written many short stories. Her happiness is fiction, wine, and Labrador Retrievers, the latter of which she raises, trains, and shows. Literature is her love. In addition to writing, she edits; fifty-plus Malone-edited books have sold to traditional publishers, and one of them was made into a Hallmark Hall of Fame film (while another is in production, set to be released in 2015). Her stories revolve around the passions and purpose, the myths and meaning of women’s lives. Which often involves wine. She does, however, try to keep the Labradors out of that.
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This is definitely a juicy tale. I'm not sure if I was expecting more of a romance or a dance competition plot angle, but I was pleasantly surprised with the mix of quite a few aspects with the main theme being freedom. The freedom of ones' self after being wrapped in a tight world for so long that they only knew how to live in a certain way. The freedom to love and get to know people for who they really are and not assume the publics outlook.
I Just Came Here to Dance follows a woman seeing the world clearly for the first time after years of taking the path of least resistance that everyone expected of her. Lilfe hits her from all angles as she picks up the pieces and builds herself back up and stronger than ever. This was a fun, easy and inspiring read. I was provided this copy free of charge in exchange for an unbiased review.
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