Learning to Waltz

Romance - Historical
342 Pages
Reviewed on 02/04/2015
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Author Biography

Kerryn grew up the daughter of a professor in a New England college town. But her mother was a devotee of 'Olde' England - its antiques, mystery novels and vacation opportunities. As a girl, Kerryn spent a year in England and another in Ireland, with several shorter trips for good measure.

After high school, she traveled around the British Isles with her best friend. Perhaps inevitably, they fell in love with a couple of Irish lads - oh, those gorgeous accents! Roaming the Rock of Cashel in the dark with your first love? Totally illicit, totally romantic!

Her love for the man didn't last. She married another man and has lived in Florida long enough to feel like a native. But a piece of Kerryn's heart still lives "across the pond." So when the itch to write needs scratching, that's where her imagination takes her.

    Book Review

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.

Historical Novels Review

Reid’s stirring and intelligent novel... defies typical Regency stereotypes by centering its action far from the glittering salons of London and concerning itself on the small-scale dynamics between its two main characters... Reid excels at the slow, careful picture of two complex personalities... The tensions and issues of the historical backdrop are drawn with more vividness and well-researched detail than is usually the case, but it is the convincingly-drawn characters who are the main attraction of this extremely promising debut.

The Romance Reviews

Stunning… I was caught in the first few pages and couldn't sleep till I finished it… The author weaves a delightfully suspenseful tale that kept me on the edge of my seat. You felt for the characters, all of them not just the heroine. I gave this book Five Stars and wanted more. I love, absolutely love Regency and thought I knew all the tales by heart but this one is different.

Online Book Club

I adored this book! It is absolutely beautifully written... a gentle love story between two people, but also a story of family love and values. I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars... I can’t wait to read it again. I highly recommend it to lovers of historical romance. A real gem!

Ramblings from a Chaotic

A tender, emotional, almost innocent love story between two people who have no business being together...
LEARNING TO WALTZ is romance at its sweetest, with no need for extravagant storylines, eroticism or paranormal elements. The hero and heroine are true, honest people who deserve each other and the happiness their love brings.

Becca St. John

Beautifully written love story that captured my heart. This is a book you will read more than once.


What stands out most for me is how the author manages to transport us back to Regency England without over romanticizing the era. The historical detail is perfectly balanced. We get the stately homes and sparkling house parties...and the realities of class prejudice, poverty, limited medical care, and imperfect hygiene... By not trying to make either her characters or their time too "pretty," author Kerryn Reid creates a truly beautiful and moving experience.

Amazon customer

A poignant and believable exploration of not only the heart, but also the mind. Evan and Deborah are very well-rounded, complete characters - Deborah's persona, in particular, is incredibly layered, and watching her growth continue throughout the story kept me turning the pages as quickly as I could!
Reid's research clearly shines through, transporting you to England. The period is almost another character - rather than simply being a setting for a story that could be located anywhere and anytime, it breathes life into the characters and their actions.

Jean Harrington on Goodre

In Learning to Waltz, Kerryn Reid presents us with a different kind of heroine, a woman not a girl, who has experienced life, had a child and is now faced with grave difficulties. With few resources except her own resilient spirit, the heroine tackles her problems with courage and finds a way to turn what she's learned into the stuff of dreams. Highly recommended.

KylieK on Amazon

Authentic Regency Romance. It has been a long time since I have read a historical romance novel. Learning to Waltz was the perfect choice to jump back into this genre. I picked this book because it won the Chatelaine Award for Regency Romance, and I can say that I loved the novel. The story begins with a young widow who begs neighbors to help her find her missing son. When a wealthy gentleman saves her child, a sweet story of romance, family, and love unfolds. Looking forward to Kerryn Reid's next novel.

Chanticleer Books

Reid's focus is on her richly developed characters, not just costumes and carriages. She has filled her well-conceived saga with a complex and compelling cast... This well-researched and beautiful Regency romance will appeal to anyone who has ever loved and (almost) lost. A stunning and refreshing novel in the Regency genre. Read more at http://bit.ly/1VuJk2b.