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Reviewed by Gretchen Jawurek for Readers' Favorite
Amy, a hairdresser in Dixbury, comes home to Steve, the man she lived with and then married, to hear him give the "this-is-not-working-for-me" speech and then leave. At first Amy is devastated, but then Gloria, her friend, invites Amy to her ballet class. The ballet class opens up a new world for her. She makes new friends and get an opportunity to remake herself. Amy and her new friends go through many adventures together: Gloria, whose husband is very sick; Samantha, who has a mother with cancer; Lucia, who is looking for love; Marion, who is stuck in an abusive marriage; Helena, the ballet teacher that brings them together as a group; Brian, who is interested in Gloria; and Julay, who ends up being a friend to Marion. They become more than just people at the ballet class. They become best friends. Amy not only gains new friendships, but ones that will last. She also meets potentially a new love, Joshua the handyman at the ballet studio has caught her eye. Joshua and Amy start a friendship that turns into ... well .. you will have to read the book to find out.
Dixbury Does Talent starts out with heartache, but in order to find love, you have to have a little heartache. When I finished this book, I could hear Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker in my head and, believe me, you will too! Maxine Sinclair combines all the elements that we love in one romance - Christmas, ballet, wonderful men, loves lost and loves found. Every issue that happens in a woman's life - divorce, friendship, the other woman, death of a loved one, and domestic violence - is part of the story. Ms. Sinclair handles these very delicate subjects with sensitivity and a little bit of humor. And in the end, everyone gets a happy ending!