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In One Last Dance: A Willow Valley Historical Romance by Linda Weaver Clarke, Felicity Brooks is an art teacher (and a watercolor artist) in an all-girl school in New York, a job and life she dearly loved, but after the death of her beloved father, she returns home to help care for her mother who is beside herself at the loss of her loving, kind husband. Martha Brooks now finds great comfort in her two daughters and is eager to match-make for the single 23-year-old Felicity. When Felicity arrives home, she finds her mother has made a new friend in a neighbor, Nicholas Adams, who, without her knowing, is on a special police mission. Nicholas soon finds his original idea of what a schoolmistress and spinster would look like very different from the truth of the woman now standing before him as they meet for the first time on her mother’s doorstep. Together they find love and the truth behind a mysterious string of burglaries.
A dream of a period romance set in the 1830s in America by Linda Weaver Clarke, titled One Last Dance, gives you a taste of true slow-growing love in the midst of trying circumstances. Linda Weaver Clarke paints a picture of blossoming romance in a time when one of our main characters is grieving and aiding their living parent to come to terms with a new role in life and the other main character is solely focused on bringing a two-year investigation to an end. Throughout this story, we are kept focused on the main themes of the book while enjoying all the playful events that draw these people closer. The author uses family, friends, and acquaintances to endear, entertain, and annoy you all through this steadily-paced story. Moments of action, emotion, drama, social conscience, and kindness make this book a wonderful read for all lovers of period drama. One Last Dance is one to keep you wanting more.