Photographer:  Abigail Marie, Non Pa’Reil Photography


Cover Design: Murphy Hopkins, Indie Solutions
 
 
The Dance is the story of what happens after the happily ever.
 
Bryson Walker stumbled heart first into the steady rhythm of her
life, never questioning whether other possibilities existed. She had been
Will’s girl since their junior year in high school, followed him to college,
and married him soon after graduation.
 
In every respect, they were a loving and successful couple,
until a series of missteps shattered all of Bryson’s truths. Maybe their life
was nothing more than smoke and mirrors. A performance that was never based in
reality.
 
Hart was barely an acquaintance. He and Bryson shared one brief
moment during senior prom, full of friction and heat that ignited a spark. But
that night Bryson walked away and Hart let her go.
 
Years later, twisted fate brings Bryson and Hart together again,
causing her to wonder if this is her second chance at once in a lifetime.
 
review

* A review copy was provided by the author for the Blog Tour *

~ 4 Heartfelt Stars ~

I don’t even really know how to express my feelings accurately, when it comes to The Dance. I feel anything I say won’t do this story and it’s characters justice.

The Dance is my first book by Alison G. Bailey and I was swept away by the storyline and the characters and all of the emotions she brought out of me while reading this book. This is one story I won’t be commenting on because it is a book that I believe everyone needs to go into blind to experience all that it has to offer.

This book is a standalone novel. At times I almost felt like we were getting two books in one. (You’ll see what I mean as you read this story) This book is not a fast paced story, but I don’t think it can truly be told any other way. After reading this book and the author’s note at the end, you can truly feel the amount of time and effort the author put into telling an accurate and emotional story. This book was well researched!!

I didn’t know what to expect going into this book, I just knew I had to read it, after reading the blurb. This book was nothing like I was expecting, it was so much more. Even though at times I questioned why and where the author was taking us, in the end I see why she wrote this story this way. I will say that she took me by surprise on a couple of occasions. This book also touched on some really serious subjects that I personally have never read about before. I do believe this book will hit home for some readers. It definitely had me thinking…. What would I do in this situation?? many times.

The Dance is told solely from Bryson’s POV. This is a journey of one woman who thought her life should be one way, only to have it turned completely around. Bryson’s journey is one of how real life isn’t always how you plan it. That missteps come along, but it is how we handle them that makes us better people. This book will steamroll your emotions. You will laugh, cry, yell, possible throw your kindle, blush but most of all you will fall in love.

Each of the characters we meet in this story holds a special place in this book. Not only just Bryson, Will and Hart. But Sophie, Ronnie, Colin and Doug. The development of the characters and their involvement in each others lives was relatable and believable. Each of these characters grew in so many ways as the story progressed and I was so happy at the end with how everything worked out.

I believe everyone should read The Dance. This is a book that when you are done will continue on in your mind and heart. I don’t think anyone will walk away from this book unaffected in some way.

 

 

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Prologue

the Dance

Prologue
I stood in front of the glass wall, mesmerized. The fake sunlight shimmered down through the water, bouncing off the yellow, green, and pink coral. The blue glow of the tank gave the dimly lit nook a mystical dreamy feel.
The prom committee had pulled off an epic feat this year. Instead of having the dance in our gross school gym it was being held at the new state-of-the-art aquarium downtown. Once the student committee agreed, Megan Sims, head cheerleader and overly developed youth, was given the task of presenting the new location idea to the faculty advisor, Mr. Hall. During the meeting, as Megan waxed poetic about riding the waves of hope out into the ocean of the future, she hoisted her massive boobs up to meet Mr. Hall’s sightline. Three seconds into Megan’s spiel the dude was so titnotized that he would have offered up his first born in order to pay the rental fee.
At first, I had my doubts about spending my final prom at the aquarium. The fishy décor didn’t exactly scream romance, but I had to admit, it was pretty cool. The dance was in Ballroom A, which opened up onto a huge deck facing the Charleston harbor. Inside three giant purple octopus chandeliers hung down from the ceiling, casting cool shadows on the walls covered in varying shades of blue. Big white coral sculptures were at the four corners of the room. Tables draped in white linen with candles and seashell centerpieces outlined the room, leaving a huge space in the middle for dancing.
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About Alison G. Bailey

I was born and raised in Charleston, SC. I attended Winthrop University and graduated with a major in Theater. While at school I began writing one-act plays, which I later produced. My debut novel, Present Perfect, landed on Amazon’s Best Seller List and appeared on many “Best Reads of 2013” Book Blogs. The novel won Best Book at the 2014 Indie Romance Convention Awards. My second novel, Past Imperfect, was published in February of 2014 and appeared on several best books of 2014 lists as well. Presently Perfect, the third and final book in The “Perfect” series was released in Dec 2014 to rave reviews. In March 2015 all the love, swoon, heat, and angst were combined into the Perfect Series Box Set. My fourth novel, Stop!, released in June 2015, becoming a bestseller in YA/Teen category.

 
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