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Reviewed by Michelle Robertson for Readers' Favorite
Some people are thrill seekers, or adrenaline junkies, others are romantics and love seekers. Both can have happy endings, and both can have fatal endings. What happens if you are both, or know someone who is both? Would you stop taking risks for the chance at love, or vice versa? Dancing in the White Room by Ute Carbone is a story involving extreme skiing, the skiing lifestyle, friendship, love, betrayal, self-doubt, risk-taking, and forgiveness.
Mallory Prescott, a patrolwoman at White Face Mountain in Lake Placid, New York, is dating one of the best extreme skiers known in the industry, P.D. Bell. At first his fearlessness was what attracted her the most; that and his eyes. As he pushed the limits further and further and decided to take on the highest mountain in North America, the West Rib of Denali, and then nearly got himself killed, Mallory's attraction to the fearlessness began fading. So was her patience when, after 5 years, he decided he wanted to attempt it all again. P.D. will be gone for 6 weeks, leaving Mallory and their daughter alone. Will Mallory be able to shut off her subconscious thoughts that keep attacking her relationship with him? Will she be able to forgive him for pursing a dream and being thousands of miles away when their daughter has a terrible accident and she is left to take care of it all herself?
Ute Carbone has skillfully written a highly enjoyable story filled with realistic circumstances and emotions, making it appealing to many different types of readers. The story itself has a transitional tone to it, popping from past to present, making it intriguing and entertaining, making the reader eager to read more.