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Reviewed by Trudi LoPreto for Readers' Favorite
In Learning to Waltz, Kerryn Reid has written the perfect historical romantic novel. Deborah Moore is a young widow, a mother to Julian and a loner in her village. Evan Haverfeld is a rich and single heir to the Northridge estates. He has no interest in finding a wife as he is enjoying carefree living way too much. The story opens with Julian lost in the bitter cold and Deborah begging the townspeople to help her search for him. Evan hears her plea and is determined to lead the search. When he finds Julian under a bush, cold and barely conscious, he quickly brings the boy to his mother. As the days pass by, Evan visits the Moore house and soon finds himself falling in love with both Deborah and Julian. Deborah has had a hard life with an abusive father and a husband that was not very lovable. She crawled into her own shell which only has room for herself and Julian. The night in her small parlor changes everything when Evan teaches Deborah to waltz, but still hasn’t changed her mind that she would be unsuitable to live the kind of life Evan is offering her. Evan understands but refuses to take no for an answer. Readers are taken on a beautiful journey of family and love, feeling the pain and hoping for a happy ever after ending.
Learning to Waltz is a flawless story of the love of family seamlessly blended with historical accuracy. Kerryn Reid may be a first time author of Regency history, but she is definitely headed for a very long and successful writing career. I loved this book from the first page and was a captive reader till the very end. I cannot recommend this book strongly enough to all who enjoy a good love story set in the late 1700s to early 1800s era. This is a sure fire winner; do not pass it by.